For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and the transition towards your own voice? And what is the relationship between copying, learning and your own creativity?
With anyone I teach, I always advise them to have a reference and label in mind when they create but not to stick to it all the way. For example, look at the speed and key of the record, what type of kick has been used, how has the low end been created etc. But after time this starts to fade away when you get successful at productions and as you build up your own sample library that gives you an identity. Reusing sampling kicks and drums from your old tracks for example and improving them and defining your sound. Most importantly making the hook or lead and drop something crazy that you would turn to a friend on the dancefloor and say! WTF is this!!!!
Most importantly making the hook or lead and drop something crazy that you would turn to a friend on the dancefloor and say! WTF is this!!!!
Another thing we did not talk about back then is your own music school “Make Me A DJ”. What’s it about? How does it work? And how does this reflect in your own growth and vision?
The “Make Me a DJ” school has been running in Manchester, UK for around 10 years. It allows me to invest in the label and Rudosa projects, which have become a real lifeline in lockdown while I live without gigs. The concept behind the school is one to one lessons from producers and DJ’s who are successful in the scene. We teach from beginners through to advanced mixing with myself.
What do you say to aspiring creators out there trying to find their voice and identity as artists?
It’s a long road to finding your sound and it’s done by putting in lots of hours and ultimately making tracks that will most likely never see the light of day.
Finish everything and keep adding them to the pile, don’t rush to send out a demo. It’s better to send to DJs slightly higher up the tree than you, to play and give feedback. Work on your own sample library and network at every chance you get. It’s a long road to finding your sound and it’s done by putting in lots of hours and ultimately making tracks that will most likely never see the light of day. It only takes one big DJ or one viral video of one of your tracks to set the ball rolling so keep working no matter what.