It’s been a hectic time for MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire features over the past few weeks, and tonight sees us release the next one! We’re stoked to drop an interview (and awesome mix) with Holland’s TMSV.
TMSV is signed to the superb bass labels Tube10 and Box Clever and has played alongside some of the biggest names in dubstep; Phaeleh, Distance, Cyrus and V.I.V.E.K., and we’re managed to get an interview with the man himself! Peep the interview in full below and don’t forget to grab the free download. Keep an eye out on TMSV’s Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter for updates.
Photo by Jacob Bours
How long have you been producing music for? I think I’ve been producing for about 5 or 6 years. Maybe a little longer if you count the couple of times I experimented and discovered the basic idea of putting samples in a certain order to make something that resembles music!
What made you start? I’ve always been creative in some way. I used to draw and paint (occasionally). Drawing especially was really important to me, because it enabled me to create something out of nothing and to create with my hands what I thought of at that moment.
When I became truly interested in music, around the age of 14-15 I think, I started to get the feeling I needed to make some music of my own. I took guitar lessons for a while, but that was mostly basic stuff, like learning how to play a power chord and other very simple things that made the guitar sounds I heard in metal music. I kind of lost interest (or the proper motivation) after a while and I quit. I did pick up the guitar once more to record samples for ‘Guitar Tune’.
The need to create my own music was still there though, and when I started to listen to jungle and DnB, I decided to try my luck with Acid Pro and FL Studio for a bit. Obviously the first couple of tunes I made were absolutely horrible, but the satisfaction I got from making sounds (and, again, making something out of basically nothing) kept me going.
After some time I got a bit bored of producing one style of music (namely repetitive, hard DnB). That’s when my cousin introduced me to dubstep: I got hooked and made a couple of tunes. I loved the freedom and the space I had to place my sounds in, so I kept making more and more dubstep tunes. I never really made another DnB tune.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I mainly use FL Studio and lots of (mostly free) VST plugins. There’s a lot of free stuff out there that’s very good. All of my workhorse effects and most of my synths are freeware.
I’m a huge fan of the Kjaerhus Classic plugins and I use FL’s Parametric EQ 2 on every channel. Occasionally I use Cubase, mostly to learn how a ‘traditional’ sequencer works (makes collabs a lot easier), and because audio editing in FL Studio is far from perfect.
Turntables or CDJs? I own a pair of CDJs. It seemed like the right choice when I bought them; because I like to play my own tunes, to see if they sound good on a big system.
I’ve often thought of playing vinyl, but since I’ve heard so many stories about clubs not having the proper equipment, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. Good music to me is good music, regardless of format.
I do think vinyl is important in a scene like this. Everyone’s a producer these days, and everyone can release tunes digitally. Releasing vinyl shows dedication, and forces labels to really think about what they’re releasing.
Best set you’ve played has been…? My best set might have been the one I played at Tivoli De Helling in Utrecht (where I live). Youngsta, Distance and Cyrus played that night as well, so I really felt like I should play a good set.
I remember playing in Ghent as well (the night is called Rotation). There were a lot of people there and I played lots of tunes I hadn’t played for ages, including a load of stuff from 2006-2007. People loved it!
What are your plans for the future? I really want to release a lot more music. Box Clever is a great label, and people can definitely expect some more tunes from me on there.
I hope people will keep booking me, and really want to play out in the UK some time. I’m playing in Germany in September, keep an eye on my Facebook page if you’re in the neighbourhood!
What music are you listening to at the moment? I listen to a lot of music. I’ve been revisiting ’90s hiphop recently, especially the early Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre albums. Other things I’m listening to at the moment are random songs by Desmond Dekker, ‘The Score’ by the Fugees and ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ by Bon Iver (my cousin bought me the album on vinyl when he was in the US)!
My taste in music is very broad. I’ll listen to anything, as long as it’s good.
Sometimes I spend too much time making music rather than listening to it. It’s good to take breaks from making electronic music and taking the time to listen to different kinds of other music. It keeps me inspired and decreases the risk of making dubstep-influenced dubstep (which is an extremely slippery slope and leads to boring music).
Any advice to upcoming DJs/Producers? Finish tunes! If you don’t, you’ll just have a hard drive full of unfinished ideas and loops, and you’ll never get anywhere. Not everything you do has to be perfect all the time. Give yourself time to learn, and accept the fact that you’re not yet as good as you want to be.
The more tunes you finish, the more you learn about every aspect of making electronic music: you’ll give yourself multiple ‘environments’, so to speak, to learn.
One tune will be interesting because of the compression and EQ you’ve got going on, the other will be interesting because you’re experimenting with the arrangement etc. I enjoy listening to my older tunes just to hear what I did back then and how my sound and techniques have changed. If you don’t finish anything, you won’t be able to keep track of your learning curve.
Keep in mind that it’s not what you’re using, it’s how you use it. Find what software (or hardware I guess) works for you and take your time to master it.
Another piece of advice: don’t immediately send everything you make to everyone. Of course it’s good to get feedback and when you’re starting out you should get as much feedback as you can from people you know.
Putting two mediocre pieces of music on Dubstepforum every week is not gonna get you the feedback you want, and, more importantly, will taint your reputation before you even need one.
Show your stuff to a couple of friends, producer buddies and your family. That way you’ll discover what you’re good at and what you need to work on. Learn to really listen to your own stuff and learn to accept negative and harsh criticism.
Also, labels will probably not be interested in tunes that everyone already has…
TMSV was kind enough to drop us a 40 minute mix with a truly sensational track list that’s been doing its best to destroy our subs since he sent it over. Grab the free download and be sure to let us know what you think!
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