This week sees Aquasky launch a brand new sample pack label Monster Sounds. The first instalment sees the guys don their Black Noise alter ego for special Warehouse themed collection of fresh and inspirational beats, sounds and samples.
We managed to catch a few minutes with the guys to talk shop so check out the interview and download the pack to start creating your next Warehouse inspired party anthem.
You guys have just launched your own sample label ‘Monster Sounds’, how did this come about?
We did a sample pack for Loopmasters a few years back, it was the first in their "artist' series and we really enjoyed the process as we had wanted to do something like that for a long time before we hooked up with Loopmasters. We came up with the Monster Sounds concept as we have so many connections with really interesting people we have worked with over the years so it seemed like a good time to get them involved in the project and utilize the contacts we have.
What can we expect over the coming months?
A lot of high quality useable sounds from some of the world’s top musicians and producers in many different genres, from Warehouse to funk, rap, vocals and mutant bass!
Do you sample much?
Yeah a lot! We come from the era or Akai samplers in the early 90s and our studio was originally based mostly around samplers, so now using a modern studio we still have that style of production so sampling is very close to our hearts.
Do you have any tips on working with samples and loops?
Be creative, and have fun… the beauty of sampling is that you have pretty much any sound at your finger tips, sometimes you can get inspired to make a whole tune from the smallest little loop, its still fascinating to us how you can manipulate sounds in this way
What does your studio core consist of?
A PC running Cubase and Ableton Live , plus a bunch of VST plugins. We also have some hardware, a few cool classic keyboards and some recording hardware, but the majority of what we use now is software.
Any great software tips of cheap plugins or FX you use which don’t break the bank?
Yeah there’s some cool stuff out there that’s not too expensive, a lot of our favourites are actually included in the platforms we use, like Cubase's A1 synth which has featured on most of our tunes over the last 8 years or so.
Where did you learn the ropes to DJ and make music? Did you teach yourself / have a mentor?
Yeah self taught, although back in the days lots of my mates were DJs as well , so we all kinda learnt around the same time. Now as Aquasky we all use Serato or Serato Itch. Things have changed a lot there and the new technology has really made DJing much more creative. On the production front same thing really, we are all self taught, and the best thing about production is that your always learning new tricks and ways of working so it keeps things fresh. You probably learn something new each day and technology moves fast so there’s always new stuff to check out but there’s a lot to be learnt from old methods too.
What’s the best advice you can offer budding producers out there?
Just follow your own path and try to be as original as you can in what your doing. I think that’s usually the key to being successful, and I guess learn how to work a few key pieces of equipment really well rather than having a 100 synths and not really knowing how to program them. And don't let the bastards get you down!!!
What else are you working on at the moment?
Were just working on a new Aquasky album which will be out after the summer, also we have a new Aquasky release on passenger on the 22nd April called "Take Me There " (feat Diane Charlemagne) & "Feel The Sound" (feat Ladyroller from EZ Rollers )