Inside The Track w/ Vanni & Fav
1) Congratulations on your new ‘Are You Dancing?’ release. How is it being received in your sets and how are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks so much!! We’ve had a great response to the release so far, with supporters spanning from typical Deep House DJ’s to the more Indie and Nu Disco crew. It was nice to receive a positive acknowledgement from some heavyweights, including Booka Shade, Brian Tappert, DJ Meme and Audiowhores, among many.
2) Tell us more about ‘Are You Dancing?’ What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
On the ‘Oompah Mix’, there is a cross-pollination of nostalgic 80’s electronica with a modern Deep House groove for the dance floor which has a very distinctive bass. It carries a lot of emotion, a bit like the musical equivalent of a Mona Lisa smile, somewhere between happy and sad. For the Disco version, Sarah wanted to experiment with the old 80’s VL Tone Casio, so we dug out this tiny piece of kit and played with the quirky sounds, backed it with an electronic pulsing bass, with Alex delivering a fantastic spacey top line.
3) Production wise, what is it about ‘Are You Dancing?’ that makes it work?
With the ‘Oompah Mix,’ it’s all about the asymmetric bass riff that organically changes throughout the track. We manipulated it during the recording in real time using the Prophet 08. We are very happy with the result, as the bass breathes and continuously moves, keeping things interesting.
4) What is the one machine, program, sound or technique that characterizes your sound?
We use a lot of Analogue synths to create our sound, from Moog (Sub Phatty), Prophet 08 (DSI – Dave Smith, our hero!) and Andromeda 6 (Alesis) among others. We love the old toys for their rich sound. And now it is easy for us to work with these sounds remotely through our DAW (Logic). We use these synths as we can quickly execute and find the real the sounds we are looking for, and they are more versatile that virtual instruments, that can sometimes be a little limited. Most of all, we get the chance to create brand new sounds.
5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
The Access Virus TI2. It’s a virtual analogue synth that we use for creating warm sounds which have beautiful effects on tap. With this small piece of kit, you can create a lot of new sounds, worth every cent!
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Don’t be afraid of being different and experimenting let yourselves grow naturally as artists and believe in what you do. Be professional, always carry a smile and above all have fun with what you do.