Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.) Interview

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.)DJ Story: Great Music! Are you using Ableton?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yep. All Ableton. Synthesizing, sampling and resampling. A minimalist approach.

DJ Story: Any plugins?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Oh yah. FM8, Sylenth, Massive, and many more.

DJ Story: What did you use for the bass?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): I don’t remember. Either Sylenth or UltraBass MX I think.

DJ Story: What about that vocal stutter? Great production. I love the use of panning.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yeah. It’s a combo. ;p It’s a vocal sample on top of a grained version of the vocal sample delaying, pitching and slowing down the delay as it goes.

DJ Story: So partially granular synthesis using simpler or something?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Nope. Just a sample in an audio track. I dont use simpler actually. Hmm.. Maybe i should try it.

DJ Story: I like it. It’s simple as the name implies, but pretty cool. Have you ever considered making tutorial videos?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): I actually have throught about it.

DJ Story: I’ve been really digging the Zenon sound, and I would love to learn more. I think I’ve been sort of getting the hang of it, but no labels beating down my door yet.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): ;p Just wait. Haha

DJ Story: Lol, yeah.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): You need a vision of what you want to create, and you have to hear it before it’s made.

DJ Story: Well, I’m subscribed now.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Now i have to make it huh? It’s really simple though. I barely use anything. Hahaha

DJ Story: Yes, yes you do….

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): One thing i do is synthesize out of my ass. Like, I open a synth, and route it to an audio track, and then just mess the fuck out of it with the filters, LFOs, various other mods, etc. All this nonsense is recorded. Then I chop up the audio.

DJ Story: Let me guess… follow actions?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): What? I didnt get your joke ;p I chop the audio and create grooves

DJ Story: Grooves as in timing templates or grooves as in mixing and matching recorded bits?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Mixing and matching. WTF’s a timing template?

DJ Story: Ableton has that thing called the groove pool. You know like adding a little swing to the beat making it almost like 6/8 triplets.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Aaahhhh. Haha! Yes. I just discovered that this week.

DJ Story: Cool, thanks for giving some insight regarding your process. I do something similar with resampling audio, but I often use follow actions instead of arranging it myself. You can have them go in order or randomly.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Nah man, I do it all manually. You should too.

DJ Story: I’ll have to try it that way more. I do both, but follow actions just get some interesting results sometimes with minimal effort.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Sounds gay.

DJ Story: Ha! Is there any other information you’d like to share about your production or performance workflow?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.):

Like i said, first comes the vision. After that, if the vision is really strong, like if i know exactly what i want to do I can whip out a track within 2-3 days.

DJ Story: I recently started messing with Massive. What a great VST.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yeah, its massive, but sylenth sounds much better in my opinion which makes up for its lack of depth compared to massive.

DJ Story: Have you heard of LinPlug CronoX? Smoke Sign recommended it to me.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yeah, I tried it too. Honestly, I tried a lot of plugins. Recently zeta+ because its free, but I honestly only use FM8 and Sylenth.

DJ Story: I will have to check out Sylenth and Zeta+

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Can get some crazy sounds out of FM8

DJ Story: I’ve used FM8 before. It’s very cool for sure. Have you tried Automat? Also free.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Never heard of it. I’ll try it.

DJ Story: It’s a good one I think, but Massive and CronoX are changing my life.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Sylenth is extremely simple to use. You’ll see

DJ Story: I used to only use Albino, but I’m certainly looking forward to experimenting with Sylenth and FM8.

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Antandra is the moniker of music producer and performer, Jacob Louis. His sound can best be described as bass infused rhythms with suspenseful atmospherics and etheric melodies. He has releases featured on Jumpsuit Records, LostinSound, Mycelium Music and Pure Perception Records, and has performed his original music at Kinnection Campout, CoSM, Burning Man, Unitus, T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi Equinox and many more! He has shared the stage with numerous world class artists including the likes of Desert Dwellers, Sixis, Ott, Kalya Scintilla, AtYyA and Globular.