Studio Focus: Dubspeeka / Hugh on July 16th


For our readers who are not familiar with you yet, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I’m a producer from Bristol. I’m currently releasing with Last Night On Earth, Drumcode and Skeleton. I used to write and perform the music for Kosheen.

What is your current studio set up?

Inside the Mac Pro I’m working with Ableton Live, Logic ProX, UAD plugs + Apollo Interface, NI, Circle2. Hardware consists of Adam A8 speakers, Moog Voyager, Juno6, Mackie Desk and some old guitar pedals.

When working on a track, what is your process?

It depends, sometimes I have an idea for a melody, so I’ll expand that and then maybe work on the drums later. Or I might have a strong groove in mind, so the drums are first with everything fitting afterwards. I tend not to use the same methods as I like to keep things interesting and fun. I also like to jam on the hardware, record everything and then edit the bits I like in Ableton. I’ve been doing this a lot lately, you get a nice natural flow in the arrangements this way.

How do you normally go about sourcing and designing sounds for your music?

I’ll have something in mind, and then I just tweak until there’s something I like. Most of the time it’s close, it can change, but I know when i hear it.

If you experience a creative block in the studio, do you have any particular rituals that get the inspiration flowing again?

Don’t force it. Take a break, go for a walk, listen to some music, get out of the studio space. Come back with a fresh head.

Mixing down can often be frustrating when starting out in production, what advice would you give for getting tracks ready for the club?

The best thing to do is AB your track to something you like. That’s a good starting point. If your bass is massively high in the mix compared to a lot of stuff your hearing out, you might want to take it down a few db, unless you want excessive sub. But it’s a good way to hear what other producers are doing in their mixes.

What’s up next for you, any releases in the pipeline?

I have a release coming out on Skeleton, it will include some ambient pieces which I’m quite excited about. Also have something coming out on Drumcode Ltd (vinyl only) which includes a Markus Suckut remix.

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