We go Inside The Track with London talent: Saytek
The past few years have seen London talent Saytek go from strength to strength, with his famous live-jams being broadcasted everywhere from DJ Mag to fabric and his productions being picked up by some of the finest names in Techno. An alumnus of Liebe*Detail, Soma, Bedrock amongst others, Saytek returns to Kevin Saunderson’s KMS for his latest offering ‘Doppelgänger’.
Already being championed by BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits on her Friday night show, reviewed with a 9/10 from Mixmag, Saytek’s latest release ‘Doppelganger’ is a sure-fire Techno winner.
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Oh yeah, I am really happy. I have been playing the jams in my live shows for a while and the E.P is getting love and support across the board from B Traits on BBC Radio, it got a 9/10 from Mixmag, Sven Vath, Skream, Karotte, Cevin Fisher, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, Hollen, Reboot, Anderson Noise , Michel De Hey, Psycatron, Tony Humphries, Jonty Scruff, Chris Fortier, Javier Orduna, Steve Mac, Paco Osuna, Severino, Mark Farina, Shiba San, Javi Bora, M.A.X, Groovebox, Rich Wakley and many more.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
It’s two live jams, so in terms of club play, I would normally play something live like Revolutionize near the beginning of a set or Doppelgänger at peak time. I am always inspired when touring and hear lots of fresh sounds when I am out and about. It’s normally the DJs warming up for me, especially in Europe, that surprise me with fresh new electronic sounds.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
Well, like everything I am putting out at the moment, it’s the result of a live Jam. My studio is very much my instrument with each part playing an important part in the sounds I make and the end result of the tracks. The music is just performed live, then edited a tiny bit to make it more DJ friendly, then mastered and released. I think the fact it’s performed live with lots of kit gives it a unique energy and raw sound you just couldn’t make arranging in the traditional way with software.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterises your sound?
Like I said before it’s a combination of kit and how it’s all connected and programmed that really makes my sound the way it is. Everything plays a role from Ableton in session view being controlled by the Novation Impulse to the analog synths and drum machines with in built sequencers (Elektron Analog 4 & Analog Rytm + Volca Bass & Keys), to the Korg Kaos Pad and RMX100 or using old school sampling techniques on the Volva Sample, It’s all like one machine working in harmony. I have always used a combination of software and generally hardware people don’t always want to talk about software when you have a lot of gear! But it’s important to mention Native Instruments Maschine, which I make most of the beats I play in Ableton in. Also The D16 Group Drumazon, Nepheton, Phoscyon are 909, 808, and 303 emulators that I run live in Ableton – they are the only soft synths I don’t bounce down as I like the hands on control.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
None, I love everything together. Obviously some things are more important like Ableton or the Elektron stuff, but saying that, some of the best crowd reaction comes from the Volcas! I can make complete tracks in Ableton, so if I absolutely HAD to choose one it would be a laptop running Ableton and Maschine. But that would make me very sad.
advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast-paced game?
Stick to what you love and make the music you really care about!
Check out what happened last time we caught up with Saytek. We went ‘Inside the Studio’ to chat about all of that awesome gear.. and he recorded an exclusive Live Jam for us with our friends at Hoxton FM! http://bit.ly/2auK6I7