“The next big thing? Germany winning Euro 2016…” Martin Eyerer takes on our quick-fire Q&A.
Music was my first love…
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
Working as a lawyer and not liking it, I guess.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Take a breath and think – then act.
What inspires you?
Generally music, other musicians, artists, travelling, meeting people, movies, books, nice analogue gear, my studio, and my drum lessons.
What’s the next big thing?
Germany winning the Euro Cup 2016.
Best club experience?
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Picking up trash from the park when I was 14. It was the punishment given to me: they caught me riding a motorbike without a licence.
How do you know when a track’s finished?
When the story a track has to tell is told.
What was your last day job and when did you realise you could give it up?
I’ve worked all my life with music and as DJ. I studied law besides it, but never worked as a lawyer.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
I am a lousy songwriter but good producer. So I can’t regret not having written great songs.
What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?
Excellent skills, hard work, being consistent and focused. There is no easy way to success I think. Even if you have a lucky shot and some hit record or quick success it takes everything to stay on the level.
What’s the worst track you’ve ever released?
I never regret any track I released. The moment I wrote it I liked it. Of course taste and style changes and from the current perspective there’s a few tracks I don’t like any more.
Recommend us a film.
Recommend us a book.
1984 by George Orwell.
What or who is underrated?
Keeping it simple.
What or who is overrated?
Having a lot of gear.
What are you addicted to?
Too many good things.
What do you lust over?
Playing longer sets on one of those nights.
What is your greatest regret?
Not having started guitar when I was young.
What one thing would most improve your life?
The perfect assistant.
What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played?
I can’t remember as I erase those things quickly from my memory.
Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?
Very rich experience and fun as well.
What’s the secret to a great mix?
Feeling for music and experience.
If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?
Radiohead – ‘Pyramid Song’.
How do you relax?
Not often enough but usually running in the morning and having a nice coffee afterwards or just watching a stupid serial late at night.
What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?
My calendar – it rules my life.
Art or money?
Strangest place you ever wrote a track?
Usually I never write good stuff while traveling – I need my studio for that. Once I absolutely had to finish a track for my last album and I wrote it in the airplane to China. I sent it my friend Santé to check if the frequencies sounded well and played it on the show that night. It was ‘The Rolls’.
What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?
Idiots who have no experience or clue about processes you do telling you how it should work.
What’s your favourite label? Why?
Kling Klong. I can release what I want – no need to discuss.
What’s the worst thing about making music?
There is nothing bad about it.
What’s your motto?
“Don’t call us – we’ll call you!”
Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?
Try to keep everything simple. Focus on a few elements and create them awesome.