We take you 'Inside The Track' with Paul Rudder
We caught up with the talented young artist to chat about what makes his latest release on Large Music tick…
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thank you. Both tracks are going well. My friend Hurlee has been playing out the EP in the last few weeks in various clubs in the island of Mallorca and he told me that they are working great on the dance floors. By my side, I’ve been trying this “deep” sound to open my sets and I have to tell you it is a perfect way to start the night dancing.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
A big part of the inspiration behind these tracks comes from my friends. A part from my friend Tetê de La Course, that actually lives few streets from my home lol. We often spend several hours together in his studio talking about deep house and house music sounds, music in general and also about production techniques. Later, when I go back to the studio, I can bring all these important things with me. In another part, the inspiration for these tracks comes from my friend Stefan Lyczewski. He has been in my studio last summer, where we did an EP that has been released previously to this one and where we had the chance to talk about the Large sound that we both really like. He is always keeping me high motivated, so that I put my hands to work and finally had the chance to fit my style in Large Music, a label that I simply love.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
In ‘Higher’ I like when the chords riff changes in the first breakdown and it starts to go together with the vocal, the vocal cuts and the percussions. Later on, to bring more groove to the track, it comes the bass line that follows the same line of the chords. ‘Feelin U’ is a bit more deep. I think that the mix between the pad and the vocal cuts that are saying “feelin you” gives a touch of class to the track. The whole EP is mainly focused on the first hours of the night, where you can start to get nasty and dance with closed eyes.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
At this time I cannot say just one particular thing. I assume that could be the connection between my three main machines. Roland TR-8 that I usually use for the snares, the hats (closed and open) and to give more power to the tracks thanks to the rides. Maschine, that I use for percussions and to chop the lines for my chords and basses. And last but not least, my Korg Triton used in midi for the vocal cuts and in analogue for the string, leads and pads. David, the guy that mixes my tracks, is an important part too. A true professional that is always doing a great job with what I send to him.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
It would be easy to say Ableton Live 9, as obviously I wouldn’t be able to do music without it. I think that Maschine helps me a lot, as I do the main part of my tracks with it and it is also a good source of inspiration.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
I firmly think the most important thing is to believe in yourself, to fight for your sound, and even if sometimes you have plenty of reasons to give up, just keep on! Obviously it’s also very important to learn new techniques and to renovate every some time. Don’t forget to enjoy what you do and to live it to the max!