“What’s underrated? Burgers. Essential on-tour snacking.” The Minus man takes on the quick-fire Q&A.
It’s what I love to do.
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.
What inspires you?
Everything around me.
Best club experience?
The Button Factory in Dublin. I played a homecoming there on December 26th and it was wild.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Working on a food packing line in a factory.
How do you know when a track’s finished?
After you’ve tested it out at a show, and it works.
What was your last day job and when did you realise you could give it up?
My last day job was as a chef. I’d given it up about a year before I signed with Minus to fully focus on my production.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Pink Floyd – ‘Money’
What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?
You gotta work hard!
Recommend us a film.
Adventures in Babysitting – an 80s classic.
Recommend us a book.
James Martin – Desserts. Tasty.
What or who is underrated?
Burgers. Essential on-tour snacking.
What or who is overrated?
Pop-up shops/pop-up restaurants.
What are you addicted to?
My Nespresso machine.
What do you lust over?
A Neve console or a dalmatian puppy.
What is your greatest regret?
I don’t live with regrets.
What one thing would most improve your life?
A gym membership.
Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?
A bit of both really!
What’s the secret to a great mix?
Tuning and balance.
If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?
Groove Armada – ‘By The River’.
How do you relax?
Watching movies, TV box sets and eating out.
What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?
My SH-101 – I use it in every track because of its rich, analogue tone.
Art or money?
Strangest place you ever wrote a track?
Wunderground Music – really funny.
What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?
Time-wasting debates over which is better, analogue or digital.
What’s your favourite label? Why?
Colombia Records – they have released some of the most influential music spanning my entire lifetime.
What’s the worst thing about making music?
Hitting a brick wall.
Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?
Add elements where they are only really needed and choose your elements wisely.