Athlete Whippet show us their production gear and their temporarily adopted frog. If they ain’t putting out the bangers, then the frog certainly is.
With a recent EP out on Toy Tonics, it was only a matter of time before we persuaded Athlete Whippet to show us their studio. Listening to the latest record it’s quite obvious the duos’ background in live music plays a significant part in the music-making process. We wanted to get behind the door and see what gear is being used to create their sultry sound.
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My Studio – Athlete Whippet
Attak! Welcome to our studio on the riverside in Deptford.
We share the space with a few like-minded friends and artists from the area. It’s become our paradise over the years. We’ve managed to get some of our favourite instruments in there, and we’re surrounded by a few best friends, so it’s the perfect space for us to switch off the outside world and fully focus on the music.
Since we’re both from a live performance background; playing in bands since our early teenage years, we put a lot of ‘playing’ into our productions. Of course, that includes synthesizers, drum machines, loops, and samples, but it also includes “traditional” instruments like bass, piano, guitar.
DJing wasn’t the avenue that brought us to electronic music. We reached there from the other end of the spectrum by exploring that meeting point between instrumental performance, composition, repetitive dance rhythms, loops and production. That’s where the magic happens for us.
Prominent basslines almost always play a key role in our tracks. Often they are the main hook.
An example can be heard in I Think I See from the new EP Nogueira or Yesterday and Can’t Make My Mind Up, from our last record.
The Korg MS-20 or the Moog Sub 37 is what we use for synth bass sounds.
This is a classic and to this day it’s still the most instant and intuitive synth we’ve ever touched.
It’s always our go-to choice for getting an idea down immediately. Plus it sounds amazing too.
Almost all the pads you hear on our records are coming from this.
This is a nice old beat-up piano which we often use when tracks start feeling a little sterile, cold or “in the box”.
‘Slow Down’ on our new record is a good example where this plays the main role. Super nice, slightly out of tune – does the trick ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Fender Jazzmaster Bass Guitar
A great classic bass this!
We use this a lot when we want to keep the groove organic or bring in some funk.
It’s on “I Think I See” from our new EP, Fanfa on our previous one and lots of others of our songs.
The Rhodes is everybody’s darling. It’s best known for making things sound smooth, organic, warm.
We’ve used it in Mesmerise for example.
Fender Jaguar Guitar
Guitar is Robin’s first instrument and it still finds its way into our tracks sometimes. Although usually, it’s in a subtle way.
It’s a great option to introduce some light groove for us.
Roland RE-150 Space Echo
The Roland RE-150 Space Echo works really nicely on vocals. We’ve used it many many times in the past.
It gives a lot of personality and makes things nice and trippy. (~˘▾˘)~
How could you not like this guy?
He has been temporarily adopted from our studio neighbour Nick Powell.
Obviously, he holds the mood up at all times and keeps the bangers coming.