Each month we select a winner from our partnership with Indaba Music. This month’s winner is Watt who won our contest with his track ‘Promises’. Watt is a producer currently residing in Spain that has a ton of potential. This track really stood out to us with its elements of funk incorporated into progressive house. We loved it from start to finish!
Watt – Promises
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Check out the full interview after the jump!
Electronica Oasis: What first got you in to producing music? How long have you been producing?
Watt: It all started during my semester as an exchange student in Denmark. I didn’t have access to any guitar or piano so I decided to start using my computer as an instrument since I have always needed my dose of music every now and then haha. When I came back to Spain I was totally hooked and couldn’t stop. That was almost two years ago!
Electronica Oasis: What equipment do you use when producing?
Watt: My JBL 305 monitors, a Line 6 interface that I bought long time ago to plug my guitar to the computer and Ableton Live as my DAW, and sometimes I compose on my Ibanez guitar so it could also be included.
Electronica Oasis: What are your top three songs you’ve made?
Watt: I would say Promises, Meow and Voices.
Electronica Oasis: Do you play any instruments? How long have you played them?
Watt: I started playing the electric guitar with a couple of friends when I was about 14 years old (Currently I’m 24), we used to cover Nirvana, Blink-182, Pixies, etc. And some years later I discovered Muse and they absolutely blew my mind! Their piano tracks where so powerful that I promised myself that I would learn how to play them. So I bought an 88 keys midi controller and with a little help from youtube tutorials I was able to play every single one of their songs on piano in about 2 months.
Electronica Oasis: What artists influence your style the most and why?
Watt: Muse definitely had a big impact on how I approach composition, but I guess that my main influence when it comes to actual production is Joel Zimmerman “Deadmaufive”. One of the reasons is that he certainly cares about his sound and tries to make it as clean as possible, and specially nowadays when the electronic music genre is hurting a lot from poorly mixed tracks. The craft of the music producer is being diluted by all this generation of bedroom producers… Oh wait, that includes me! Oh the irony.
Electronica Oasis: If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
Watt: The fast and easy answer would be Deadmau5 but strong personalities tend to clash with each other and that is not a very comfortable environment for collaborations, so I would choose Mat Zo since he makes some really great stuff and seems like a fun guy.
Electronica Oasis: Aside from synthesizer/drums/piano, do you have another instrument you prefer to use in your songs?
Watt: Sometimes I include some real electric guitar and bass when the track asks for it, they add something that cannot be achieved with VSTs… That human feeling of playing a live instrument is pretty unique.
Electronica Oasis: Where do you see yourself in terms of your music a year from now?
Watt: That’s a tough one… I dunno, hopefully I will be making more and better music. I would also like to have a live set that I can be proud of and share it with the people!
Electronica Oasis: Last song played on your iPod?
Watt: Nine Inch Nails – La Mer
Ghostal – Puppy
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Mitchell Southam – Lie To Me (Original Mix)
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We’d like to thank everyone that participated in the contest and look forward to hearing the entries next month. To enter next month’s contest click here.