Zepherin Saint takes us Inside his new track: "Hurry"
Zepherin Saint epitomizes the terms music producer, arranger and DJ with his relentless efforts in recognizing talented vocalist and musicians along his travels around the globe. Nearing only eight years of existence has proven to be more than enough time to solidify his role as Co-Founder of Tribe Records with well over 100 releases to date. As he continues to share his Soulful vibrations in teaming up with one of his favorite house vocalists, we sit down and discuss “Hurry” featuring Sara Devine.
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks Traxsource! Actually, Louie Vega and Joe Clausell were the first to break it on radio and in the clubs and the response was well received creating a good buzz going around the soulful house community.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I wanted to set a challenge for myself to create something that was reminiscent of the great days of arrangement in music with verse, pre chorus and middle eight but produced for todays soulful audience. So it was more an inspiration from an era of when dance songs had orchestras, horns and full bands that I wanted to attempt to achieve even though I knew I could not replicate it fully for obvious reasons. Sara Devine, one of my favourite vocalists has the ability in both her writing and performance skills to collaborate with and create such a song. The opportunity of working with such a talent presented a good challenge for me to produce something that Sara would both love and be inspired by. Her voice is for me that of an old soul, it stirs up so much emotion when you listen to her sing. So with my writing partner Damian Smith we set about writing a song that could hopefully capture the right arrangement, emotion, melody and chord progression to warrant having such an amazing talent feature.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
The productions live elements that you hear with the horn arrangements, bass and the relentless drums in the Tribe vocal mix that sits behind sweet soulful chord progressions. It’s a mélange of sound being mixed together both electronic and live creating a wonderful clash and crescendo.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
Percussion and live instrumentation. You will always here lots of percussion in what I do and I record live instrumentation where it works. It gives me more of a creative imagination and dynamic when producing to still have the human imperfections present. For Plug ins, I work a lot with Oberhiem and the Modular Moog. Aturia sounds generally feature a lot in my productions.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
Mini Moog Voyager rack mount. Managed to find one as they are now out of production in a small analog store I stumbled on in NYC called Armen’s repair shop. He had bought the last of them from Moog. I use it on everything, the sound is warm and smooth and with its three oscillators +/-7 semitone range you can create some great harmonies with the synth.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast-paced game?
There are no short cuts. Taking the long road can get you to where you want to be sooner. That long road is full of focus, sacrifice, failure, practice, humility, changes of direction to finally get you to the destination that is truly you.
Words by: Jose Gonzalez
photos by: Piotr Skrzypczyk