Fred Everything - Inside The Track '(We Lost) The Night)'
Canadian DJ/Producer Fred Everything is a key player in the world of House Music and with 15 years in the music business and over 150 productions to his credit, he shows no signs of stopping. Born in Hull and raised in Quebec City, Fred got the early bug for electronic music in High School. He formed a few bands while spending his weekends as one of the youngest in local nightclubs. In the early 90s, he started playing live in raves and clubs in Canada. He was then known as “Everything,” because his live sets could range anywhere from techno to house, ambient and even drum and bass. He even got to open up for a then up and coming, Sasha. Tired of carrying his equipment around, mainly a TR909 and a SH101, he started DJ’ing and changed his name to Fred Everything. A move to the big city of Montreal was the next obvious thing, and it wasn’t too long after that Fred found himself releasing records on some of his favorite labels and catching the attention of DJ’s and producers worldwide.
1) Congratulations on your new EP “(We Lost) The Night”. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks! So far so good. Lots of positive feedbacks came from such a big variety of DJs. Some preferred The Night while others are all over Take A Rest, especially the Live MPC Dub. Great support on Traxsource as well!
2) Tell us more about the EP. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
For (We Lost) The Night, I wanted to create something a little timeless but relevant to what I play and love at the moment. The track started with me trying to recreate the sequence from Hercules & Love Affair “I Tried to talk to you” (Seth Troxler NYC Remix) on my Prophet 08, using its internal Step Sequencer. I then fed it into the Eventide Time Factor for a bit of Modulation Delay to give it some movement, wrote a quick bass line, fired up the TR-8 for some instant Roland beats and built the rest of the track on it. I also added some Arp Solina in a Small Stone Phaser pedal and dressed up the rest with some vocal snippets from old records. The acid part was done using my X0XB0X but since then, I got the new Roland TB3 which I will use on a new project.
Take A Rest is completely different. I wrote it on my laptop in my hotel room in Bogota earlier this year using what I had on my laptop as far as samples and soft synths. When I came home, I finished arranging and mixing it. The Live MPC Dub was done almost entirely in my MPC 3000. I re-sampled all the elements of the tracks in it and replayed it in my Mixing Desk with some Eventide effects and Space Echo. I was looking for a rawer more instant vibe. I finished it with a few edits and small overdubs inside Logic X.
3) Production wise, what is it about the tracks on the EP that make them work?
For (We Lost) The Night, maybe it’s spontaneity? The original demo came together really fast in one session. I usually spend more time on the finishing touch than the actual writing. I’d say I spend 20% of my time doing 80% of the track and I spend 80% of my time on that last 20% finish! Take A Rest is more of a Deep steady journey for the late night sets.
4) Is there one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
It’s more of a sum of various things. You define your sound by who you are, your experiences, influences, goals…. I’m trying to write something that is personal to me and hopefully sounds like, me. In the past few years, Dave Smith Instruments Prophets (08 & 12) have helped me get closer to the sound I want to achieve because they have a unique tone. I also use a bit of old and new Roland (Aira + Juno, SH…) and some Moog (Voyager, Minitaur). Logic X is my DAW but I use it often as a big Multitrack. Processing wise, I’m still a big Universal Audio Fan and also API Hardware for Preamp/Compression.
5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
At the moment, I would say the Midas Venice 24. I sold my big Mixing desk (Soundcraft Ghost 32) 10 years ago when I was trying to convince myself to go more In the box. This board has a great sound and EQ and also has a built in sound card to do Multi tracking in the computer. I can, for example, jam on all my synths and drum machines and record each track separately in the computer to edit later. This opens a lot of possibilities. It’s also the Headquarters for all my synths and FX to be permanently plugged in, via patch bay.
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Take A Rest! I think it’s important to take your time and really develop your sound and try to be happy with what you come up with before releasing. A lot of new producers are Djs itching to play out and make music just to get out there on the circuit. Don’t focus too much on all the technical tutorials. A Compressor doesn’t make a song. You do. Try to start by writing a melody, bassline or chord progression before you write the beat.