We’re back with a bang tonight, with the latest feature our run of producer/ DJ interviews with MakeItGood.
Parisian Von D started on a beat up drumkit, became a sound engineer and then started producing dubstep. Along the way, both Skream and Tes La Rok remixed Von D’s tracks, while the producer gained support from the likes of the BBC’s Gilles Peterson and three time DMC World Champion DJ Craze. It’s also safe to say Von D’s album ‘Daydreaming’ was a massive success, featuring huge tunes with names like Phephe and Foreign Beggars. We caught up with Von D to chat about both past and present, and about what’s in store! Catch Von D on Soundcloud, Myspace and Facebook.
[Photo by Ali Mousavi]
How long have you both been producing music? I have been producing music since I was 14-15. As soon as I started it took up all my time and I wasn’t focusing on anything else. I was just producing and learning… It’s natural to make music for me – I make music everyday.
What made you start? I had a massive love of music and I was curious and wanted to experiment. I’ve still got that love and that’s the only thing that keeps me producing, and I’m making a living out of it!
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Cubase SX5 a lot along with Logic too. I sometimes use Reason for specific things. I’ve also got some hardware stuff.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables for sure! I’ve been mixing for ages, well before CDJs were about!
Best set you’ve played has been…? It’s hard to say as I’ve played so many amazing sets, I couldn’t pick just one out!
Your album ‘Daydreaming’ was released at the beginning of the month, and features a few tracks with other artists…What’s it like producing/working with other artists? When I’m working with another artist, singers or producers, it always goes really well because I work with people that I already have a relationship with and get along with them! Singers trust what I do most of the time so it’s all good. For example when I work with Phephe it’s always so easy and fast, we don’t need to talk a lot! I play the tune and then she writes lyrics and the melodies for her vocal. We know straight away when it works and so it’s really natural!
What music are you listening to at the moment? I’m always listening to a lot of diferent kind of music… Another hard question!
Any advice to upcoming dj/producers? Keep your mind open and remember that there are no rules! Work hard and stay positive!
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