1. Favourite knob/fader/switch on a piece of gear and why?
My favorite knobs are the ones from my Modular Synth. Starting to build my own machines was a great achievement for me and I definitely have a special affection for the knobs of my Eurorack type modular system, which I built piece by piece from scratch in CIRCUITO SONORO LABORATORIO a workshop laboratory I started with a colleague where I investigate modular synthesis and perform sound experimentation.
2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change?
Drumbrute Impact allows me to flow creatively and take advantage of those moments of inspiration to the fullest, it is the most important thing for me. Having powerful rhythms and sounds to create the beat is time won in that process. There are no pauses to make settings or edits and that’s where I can find the perfect sound.
3. What setup do you bring on holiday/tour/commute etc.?
COMPUTER AND MINILAB MK2 Each new place I visit has its unique magic, traveling is opening my mind and I cannot miss the opportunity to be inspired by that journey, so I bring my computer with virtual synths, Arturia’s V collection is very complete.
To have control of the Daw and Synths, I also carry Arturia’s Minilabmk2, it’s small and everything fits in my backpack. As a plus I also use the cell phone to record ambient sounds and some concrete sounds I can use later as samples.
4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa?
I would like to have an app version for cell phones or tablets of the pocket operator, I use PO Speak and even though its a small machine I achieve sounds with a lot of character and create powerful beats.
5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying?
TC HELICON VOICE PROCESOR – MINITAUR
The TC helicon Voice live touch, not so much to regret selling it, but I would buy it again. I sold it to buy the moog minitaur so it wasn’t that painful haha…
The Tc Helicon is a vocal processor that I really enjoyed using, I used to loop my voice layer by layer and create entire songs adding effects and transforming it into an instrument more like a synthesizer, I came to create my own processes for the voice, very fun.
6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music?
Sequencers are a “must have” for me. This year I´ve been fortunate to be sponsored by ARTURIA and one of the machines that I use the most to produce now is the Key Step Pro, i was using the Beat Step Pro before, so it was very easy and intuitive for me the change. To Control analog and digital hardware in real time is pure creation i just connect all my synthesizers and I flow, the music takes over me.
7. If you had to start over, what would you get first?
I studied music as a profesional career so i was used to compose my music more in an academic way through sheet music then pass it to the computer in a Daw, recording each instrument track by track until a had a whole structured song and that was it. Now i would say that having Vsts, a good computer and a controller is the easiest way to start. Make your music “in the Box”
8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without?
That is a tiny part of the gear hahaha
9. Most surprising tip/trick/technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit?
There are no rules, we are rhythm, we are a constant beat by the pulse of our heart, interpreting those vibrations within us and taking them out into the real world is what has led me to make “broken beats” more amalgamated rhythms and finally to feel them as an extension of what music makes in me.
I have many ways of making rhythmic patterns, I use samples, drum machines, I use sounds, I record noises and process them, but in the end the thing is to decide what textures you want to create with all those tools and I always try to create a different atmosphere that reaches the person who is there listening.
Artist or Band name?
Laura Katić / Caperooza
House Progressive / Indie Electronica
Where are you from?
How did you get into music?
I was involved in choirs and local bands from my town, then i studied music as a career more focused on teaching.
What still drives you to make music?
How do you most often start a new track?
I work as a music teacher and a freelance music producer, also have a project called
CAPEROOZA in which I produce all the music, so I start tracks very often.
How do you know when a track is finished?
When I feel i can dance and enjoy it without thinking of any technical issues. With the music i make for others when they feel happy about the result.
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Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?
Never stop making the music you love, the music that comes from your soul.
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