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‘Music Production 101’ interview with Floormagnet


Floormagnet has been on fire so far in 2021, marking the band’s rebirth with exclusive guest mixes for 6AM and Like That Underground, followed by a series of singles, debut EPs and collaborations from a year. world.

With deep roots in the underground scene, they unleash their ideas by pushing the conventional limits of music, which they use to develop their own captivating soundscape. Inspired by Swedish addictive nature, intense darkness, light and vulnerability.

Floor magnet began their musical journey to where they are today over 30 years ago, sparked by a fascination with the genre that began with the influences of electronic music pioneers in the early years of electronic music, when a lot of attention was paid to House, Acid, Techno and subgenres. It touched their hearts deeply with the composition, rhythm, melody, timbre and the tension between predictability and spontaneity.

Check out the interview below!

Hey! It’s great to have you here. How are you?

Thanks for having us, we are delighted to chat with you guys!
All very good, have been a few intensive weeks to finalize several songs and prepare for the upcoming releases, grateful and in a good flow …

What software / hardware are you using?

We could talk about this topic endlessly, but you get the short version and
we use software: Cubase 10.5, Logic, ARP 2600, Yamaha CS80, Jupiter 8, Komplete Synths, Nexus, LuSH-101, Omnisphere, Serum, Vacuum Pro, The Riser, Knifonium, Loopmasters Loopcloud, Kick 2, Drumazone, M- Tron Pro, Mini Moog V2, Modular V2, Oberheim SEM, Korg MonoPoly, Korg Polysix, Korg M1, Korg LegacyCell, Propellerhead Reason, SoundToys, UAD plugins, Mixed In Key and OneKnob.

Hardware side: MacBook PRO 16 “, iMac 27”, Moog Sub 37, Korg Prologue, Korg MS20, two pieces of MS20 Mini, Prophet 5, Pro-One, Roland TB303, Roland TR8S, Roland SH101, UAD Apollo Twin Monitors sound card , Genelec and Technics 1210.

On top of that, we use an extensive sample / audio library from the 90s to the present day.

What are the 3 main rules that you follow when producing?

Passion, openness and fluidity, we always start with the rhythm and the bass line. We usually have an idea, but rarely have a ‘ready-made focus’, it will be what it becomes and may change during the creative process. We have a core value when we produce music, electronic music without genre, which gives us creative freedom.

Any advice for new producers?

It’s hard to give just one piece of advice… Don’t make music to fit a specific sound to fit a label, follow your own creative path and vision. Take influences, but ultimately your sound and your style should become your brand, not a “new” Tale of Us.

What are the main things to avoid doing?

Avoid listening to the Beatport top 10 and try to do a similar track, do whatever you want no matter what is trending on the charts and in the end it will pay off.

What advice did you get when you started out?

Zero, we didn’t have any advice when we started, we had to learn everything on our own and we are driven by passion and curiosity. If we were to give each other advice today it would be something like this and maybe a little bit of cliché advice; follow your passion for music, authenticity, be curious, stay focused and have perseverance. There are no shortcuts, you have to put in the time and effort to build your foundation, with your skills as a producer. Be humble and follow the advice of industry professionals.

What is your advice on sampling?

We love to sample, but it’s important to be a little careful and keep track of the legal parts. A good idea to have any samples approved by the composers / rights holders. Nowadays there are several unlicensed samples that can be purchased which are good, be creative and have fun with the samples.

Where do you usually start when writing a new song?

We always start with a beat and a bass line; on that we kick hard and usually find a bass sound with Moog. Then we usually jam together and then build it up with layers to create the right soundscape.

What advice do you have for creating a “signature sound”?

Use the influences you like, but with your personal touch. Don’t listen too much to the opinions of others, in our experience most people have no idea that they are only listening to the “top 10 on Beatport”, how that should sound right now. Music made of passion captures and touches the audience, that’s what builds a new artist / DJ / producer.

How to awaken your creativity?

It depends in what phase and in what mood we are in life, sometimes just in nature, silence can stimulate our creativity and listening to different musical genres, nightclubs, concerts, art, traveling to Ibiza, Miami, Berlin and London can really inspires to become vampires in the studio.

Check out some of their latest tracks below!


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