Describe your songwriting and production processes and philosophies. What part does technology play?
My production process is old school, it always starts with records and my MPC3000. If I am happy with what am doing I’ll transfer the beat to Pro Tools or Logic and take it the next level. I am all for technology, it compliment my way of doing things perfectly.
Describe your personal studio and live/stage rig including all M-Audio gear. How do you use M-Audio’s equipment conceptually and procedurally? Why M-Audio gear?
My basic studio set up at home includes a couple of laptops, an MPC, a Roland Space Echo and a Wurlitzer. The basics but work for me. When I DJ I use Torq if I don’t use my records, and use the Trigger Finger or the Oxygen 8.
When you tour, what does your laptop-based mobile studio consist of? When and how do you use it to keep up on current or on-going projects?
Logic and Pro Tools, and my Torq set up.
How has using software like Pro Tools M-Powered, virtual instruments and effects plug-ins changed the way you make music? Which do you use? Have they helped you to better collaborate with other musicians and producers?
I started producing in 1999 and Pro Tools was already around so it is pretty much all I know and yes I find it very easy to collaborate with other producers and musicians. Especially if you are working with people that are in the same place at the same time!
What comments do you have about the aforementioned hardware and software you use? What usage tips can you share with other musicians?
I am all over Logic these days, but my most fun still comes from sampling and messing with the MPC. As far as DJing, Torq has made my job effortless and that’s a good thing!!! I love the way it all sounds if I keep all my mp3 at 320.
How would you describe M-Audio’s role and accomplishments in the music industry?
I am very happy with what M-Audio has accomplished and has brought to the table so far. By dealing personally with them, I know they have only just started to surprise us! I am expecting big things from them in the next 5 years! Be on the look out!
What projects are next on the horizon for you? How do you see M-Audio products playing a role in them?
A follow up to my kingsbread sessions and the new steve spacek studio album, as well as a new steveandi ep… and of course more DJing and radio business.