Manik Studio Feature - Traxsource In The Studio
M A N I K is a young New York City born and bred music producer/DJ that’s making huge waves. DJ Mag recently named him one of their official ‘Hot To Watch 2011.’ His youthful looks belie the serious and sophisticated musical talent that lies beneath. He is one of the cities few true musicians. The M A N I K discography boasts music releases on the worlds best underground imprints like Josh Wink’s Ovum, L.A based Culprit, Steve Bug’s highly praised Poker Flat, and an upcoming release on the almighty Hot Creations- run by Lee Foss and Jamie Jones.
You could throw around any number of “genre-locking terms” House, Funk, Deep House, Disco, Acid, Electronica; however, you’d still fail to get to the meaning of M A N I K.
With his release YJG (Yellow Jacket Girl) along side Burnski landing on Traxsource, we get an Exclusive look into M A N I K’s studio gear used on the tracks & much more.
What equipment do you have in your studio? (full studio kit list)
At my studio, I run everything through Logic Pro. This has been my main DAW for 6 years now. I am a gear head so I have a bunch of hardware that is used in my music making process. Juno 60, Moog Voyager etc. Some of the gear I bought as collectors pieces. I have some old weird drum machines too that I buy because I want to have one of the weirdest drum machine collection by the time I am 30.
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What is your favourite piece of equipment to use in the studio & why?
This is a hard decision. Each one is amazing at something. I will go left field on the Q and respond, my mind and ideas.
Give us some insight into your production process. How do you typically begin constructing a track?
I usually sit down and start scratching ideas. Whether its a lyric or a loop or a baseline- and I keep building. No gimmicks or fancy stuff or tricks. I think the best producers and musicians like Brian Eno or Arthur Russell were unique because they were just themselves all the time. They didn’t care about genres or making others happy. They knew that by being themselves artistically, others would smile along the way.
What piece of studio equipment or production process defines the M A N I K sound?
Making electronic music is a very personal form of producing. We are usually alone and working with machines, so as a result, you get to know yourself more as the years go by. My new album I am working on is a very personal record. With that said, I think my sound is just the end result of who I am. Good quality electronic influenced music.
What piece of hardware/software elevated your production to a higher level & how?
I think having my trusty Mac Pro at the heart of my studio space makes everything smoother. The Moog Voyager is also a beast.
What fresh equipment have you recently added to the lab?
Recently I got a Sherman Filterbank 2 effects unit. Analog filter/lfo/modulation all aboard.
What are your essential studio supplies (food, drink, cigs etc)?
6 pack of Pale Ale usually. Sometimes a generic beer like Sam Adams or Beck’s. If I work with my band, it’s Makers Mark or high quality whisky.
What list of artists have influenced your sound?
Matthew Dear, Moby, Arthur Russell, Four Tet, Josh Wink, Brian Eno, Chaz Bundick, Jimmy Edgar, J Dilla, Hot Toddy, No Regular Play, and tons of cool bands.
What are your 3 favourite productions?
For my released stuff:
1. ‘She Watches Me’
2. ‘I Got Us’
3. ‘You Know What It’s Like’ with Burnski.
What new production should your fans be on the lookout for at Traxsource soon?
I have 2 new Singles coming with Burnski on Real Tone & Culprit. These two records will be out in the first few months of 2013. In addition to this, I am working on finishing my new album. I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s something I am very proud of. Also, my band project ‘Shadow Lanes’ is working on wrapping up our stuff. You can expect both at some point in 2013. Lastly, I will be releasing a free EP this Spring/Summer. Much Love from Brooklyn.