- So, you somehow hear the music you are about to produce in your head in advance?
Insider: The music is always finished in my head before I go into the studio, when I fire up the machines I create the magic.
- But back when you were like 20 years old. Did you already experiment? How long did it take to produce the first successful track? Considering you must get familiar with the instrument, you must spend a lot of time to know what can possibly be done.
Insider: Yeah. But then again, back in those days, the whole playing field was still open, there were no rules and you could experiment at will. For instance, at the time there were still a lot of unused possibilities with a Juno 106. Nowadays doing something extraordinary with it is almost impossible. Now it’s mostly used to copy or retrace the classic sounds.
Insider: Well, because most of it is already done. For instance: the sound manipulation… At a certain point, you know you are there, you created the sound you liked, your trademark sound. I have my style, I create very straightforward, a bit like a metal band. In a way I'm trying to emulate and imitate the feel of guitar sounds through my electronic universe. I rock, but by using synthesizers instead of guitars and instead of using pedals to change the guitar sounds. I’m trying to do the same with my synthesizers.
- I feel that today's economy is based on growth and that makes things different. Oftentimes there are innovations, new designs every year, companies release new synthesizers, plugins come and go every single week. So how much time did you spend on your first instruments and what were your first synthesizers?
Insider: My first piece of gear was the previously mentioned W-30 from Roland that I used for sampling and as a workstation. Liam Howlett from The Prodigy also used the same and he did the whole first album of The Prodigy with that one piece of gear, with nothing more! Soon I added a Juno 106 and the JD-800. Those were the first pieces of gear I owned and these basically formed my initial setup. Later, I added a Roland 303, a R-8 drum machine (I didn't have a real 909), and my now notorious Roland 808.
- And using that you were consciously trying to achieve a unique sound design.
Insider: Yeah, I never sampled anything - of course vocals are an exception, from other similar records. I always created my own sounds and that’s what I still do today. Well, at least in 90% of the cases.