We are honored to have you as a guests for our webportal’s editorial interview section. Here are the set of questions we are basically doing to the selected artists for this season adapted for you:
What advice would you give to a young producer that would like to emerge in this current electronic music scene? Are there any young talents that you are supporting that you would like to talk about?
E: Just go with what you like and where your tastes take you.. Be up on all the current music and especially the history of what & who has come before you… these things help build a foundation and also help to maintain a grip on what’s happening around you.
Liv: Be ready to put in the work and trust your instincts.
Briefly describe your standard performance setup for dj sets and live sets. Why does it work better for you? How did the new digital tecnologies influence your dj set/live performance work?
Liv: On the DJ side, I love vinyl but use mostly CDs when I play out. I’ve digitized a large part of my vinyl collection and playing on CDs keeps the originals safe. I also like the versatility of CDJs with regard to sound manipulation. There’s a lot you can do with those machines.
E: I play vinyl & cd’s. I prefer to play vinyl but the way the trends are moving even cd’s are going out of style. I don’t mind.. adapt & overcome as they say.
Which of your releases has given you the most satisfaction and why?
Liv: They all have their place for me. But If i had to pick one I’d have to say Still Going Theme since it was the first one out the gate.
E: I like them all equally for the time they were released and the musical mood we were in at those times.
When did you meet and when did you start producing toghether? At what point of your career did you understand that your projects would have brought you where you are?
E: We met about 9 or 10 years ago?
Liv: 9/10 years is about right. The career path is an ongoing thing. I hope to be writing and producing music for years to come.
Tell us about your studio, which sequencers do you use? With what hardware/software do you mainly work? What machine would you consider the best part of your kit?
Liv: My main DAW is Ableton. On the harwdare tip, my go-to synths are my SH-101, Nord Lead 2, Oberheim Matrix. For drums I use an SC DrumTraks, a Simmons analog drum machine, and turn back to the Nord to synthesize percussion patches. My guitars are always within reach as well. As far as the best piece goes, it’s nothing very glamorous. Quality mic pres and a good AD/DA conversion.
Describe the underground scene in the country you live in, USA. Do you have a lot of movement going on there? Are there any djs and producers “on fire” at the moment?
E: There’s an underground scene here in NYC and also around the USA. Mostly we play in NYC or L.A. Both cities are really going off at the moment. I think Still Going is on fire >>>>
Liv: What he said.
What are your future plans regarding Still Going familia discographical project?
E: Good music, good times.
Liv: We have a couple dozen songs in the works at the moments. The main goal at this point is to get mixed and and released!
Pick one record each that has changed your life and opened to your view the world of electronic music and let us know why.
E: Evolution by Giorgio Moroder. That is probably the best arranged song i have ever heard. So far ahead of the game.
Liv: I think the seeds were planted really young for me. I remember being fasinated by the electronic instruments in François de Roubaix’s television and film scores. Also New Wave played an important part. Bands like Depeche Mode (their Speak & Spell LP), Talking Heads, and New Order…
How do you think the techno music market is evolving over the years? Did the new digital market take down the general musical level to your opinion?
Liv: Digital music distribution has turned the music industry as a whole on its head. Though majors have probably suffered as a result, I feel that the independent market has thrived under the new paradigm. Has this lowered the quality of output? Probably not. You’re just able to get your ears on much more music now than ever before. It falls on the listener to filter the good, the bad, and the ugly.
E: I think the changes in the music business are universal.. every genre is feeling the change.. some more positive than others.
What can we expect from the Still Going’ sound in the future?
Still Going & SGR will continue to push forward.. probably rarely doing the same thing twice.. But don’t quote me on that.:):)
Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts.
Interview by GILL – Gabriele Gilleri