Music Maker – “Music Maker is also a powerful DAW that can also be used by professionals.”
Nick, why did you choose Music Maker as your DAW and what do you especially like about it?
I chose Music Maker as my DAW because of its simplicity when I first got into producing. Then as I kept on making music and growing as an artist I realized Music Maker its also a powerful DAW that can be used by professionals as well.
Which plug-ins within Music Maker are your favorites?
I really like the VITA Sampler: it makes it easy to chop up vocals and other sounds to make into melodies in my projects later. Another one of my favorites is the newer DN-e1 Synthesizer. It’s really powerful and great for making cool sounding basses, synth leads – and it’s easy to load presets into, which is always a plus!
Music production – “I just go with what I’m feeling at the time.”
Can you describe your workflow when you make a song? Do you have a special schema?
To be honest, my workflow is always random, I feel like it’s best that way! Sometimes I start with the drums of the track, sometimes it can be the bass or melody. I just go with what I’m feeling at the time.
How do you create your sounds and tones? Do you use pre-prepared samples or primarily VST-instruments? Do you record these live via MIDI keyboard?
I use a mixture of both recording live sounds and sampling sounds/melodies. Thanks to Music Maker’s easy to navigate interface I feel very comfortable sampling, using VST instruments and recording live via MIDI.
Trap – “EDM Trap is a lot more ‘in your face’.”
What is the essence of Trap, in your opinion?
That’s a deep question (laughs)! I think Southern Trap music has to be dark and gritty. When you listen to Trap music from the south, it should sound like the hood, it’s not a happy place.
For the EDM infused Trap music (the kind I make most of the time) it’s kinda the opposite. It can be dirty and gritty but sometimes it’s more hype and uplifting. EDM Trap is a lot more “in your face“ sounding most of the time and has less lyrics usually than Southern Trap music
Simtem & the music business – “Don’t release something just to release it.”
Where do you consider your musical roots to be, Nick?
Well not many of my family members played music, so I‘d say just from listening to music a lot as a kid. I played guitar and drums as a teen up until I was a young teenager. I also played classical instruments in high school, but I was ironically awful in music class (laughs). I found out about producing and djing around 14 or so and I guess the rest is history.
Artwork by Tobi Carelle
What tips would you give to someone who’s interested in making Trap?
Do your research! Learn about the origins of Trap music, the different styles, the people who are all involved in the genre, which DAW you want to use. It’s all important and will help you down the road as an artist. Practising is also very important, don’t release something just to release it. Take your time, make something you actually enjoy and can be proud of.
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