Banging techno grooves from the one and only Ben Sims. Around the time of this was written he had that tribal/funky techno sound that rocked the dancefloor. He was a favorite then and still is now.
I really like to be alone. It's nearly like being naked in the studio, and if someone were to walk in, that wouldn't feel good.
I really love the fact that instrumental music can have you do your own inner-movies or your own visuals to the sound. There's not lyrics dictating what you should feel.
It's not always possible to play a song exactly as it is on the album. That's also something that I really don't want to do because I like to have versions that also adapt to the band, so that is always a big challenge to see how we can transform those songs so it feels natural.
I'm very much thinking in music most of the time, but I really would love to start filming because when I was a teenager, that was my big hobby and it was always fun for me to explore that world.
It's very easy to overproduce stuff and you can forget those first spontaneous ideas are often the best ideas.
I like to surprise the listener a little bit and also surprise myself when I write the music.
For every album, I really try to make an album that you hopefully will listen to from the first track to the last track. I personally really like if there's a - maybe not a story, but there's a natural flow.
It's pretty much the songs I write that dictate what vibe it should be and what singers it should be.
Because I'm in a modern studio, there are so many possibilities - you can do so much. So it's sometimes a little bit confusing for me to actually see which way should I choose.
Sometimes, I actually end up doing three or four different versions of one song, and sometimes, those versions can be done very differently. They can be very laid back, downtempo, or sometimes the same song can be quite uptempo. But it is always the same melody and chord progressions.
Even if I have a quite strong melody, there are so many possibilities and so many directions that you can take the music.
If I was writing a song one night, I would leave the studio and come back the next day, and if I could remember the same melody on the same song, it was definitely something worth working more on. If I couldn't remember it, maybe there was a purpose about that.
If the melodies are strong, it's much easier to see which way I can take them sound-wise.
There are some ideas that I know I have to try out before I find the right sound, before I find the right melody.
I think that the creative process, especially in the beginning of making an album, I'm feeling very fragile, so to speak, because you are trying out so many different ideas, and if you are listening to it from the outside, it would sound horrible!
I must admit I'm a total control freak. That is the way that it works best for me.
Even if I don't think in visuals about the music while I'm doing it, after the music is finished, it could be great to incorporate that in the live show or doing my own music videos.
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