Inside the "Art Of Flying" EP with Ivan Latyshev
Russia’s Ivan Latyshev returns to the Dessous roster for the ‘Art of Flying’ EP, an eclectic pair of originals with two well-balanced mixes on the ever-popular Dessous. Deep, Ambient, Punchy and even possessing a spoken word element.
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thank you! Now I’m far more a dad than I am a producer, and my focus shifted after my son was born. Moreover, the last time, I was living like a hermit close to a village that is very deep inside Russia. So, considering these circumstances, I can’t give you a correct answer. Also, recently, we moved to Barcelona. So, I think you should let two or three months go by before repeating your question. :)
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I started this track in my studio in Russia. I have a favorite film; it’s called “Waking Life”. When I saw it for the first time, I was wondering about the frame when the main character soars upwards. It had me wondering like that because I had a similar experience before I turned 30. It’s a song that is 100% autobiographical; in other words, it’s a confession to myself. My music writes itself, and not interfering in this process with the mind is the main thing.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work
I try to compare the live sound and classy electronic deep vibe. Here, I recorded live drums, and the vocals are from Heuston. It’s a very lively work and very organic. I used a Moog Minitaur and a Moog Sub 37 mostly for the arpeggios and the bass. And it seems to me that I had the opportunity to unite the incompatible. The main feature here, in my opinion, is the Neve compressor. He is the culprit of the craziest punch. So live drums, raw moogy bass, and musicals of UAD plugs make this track work.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
Usually, I have so many different machines; I also work with the different DAWs. My favorite is Logic, but I used Ableton too. But if I try it will be the mix of the classic drum machine, like Roland 909 and 808, live sound plus classic Moog, and Nord synths. I like the classy jazz vibe of a Rhodes and warm and little bit overload sound with many colors.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
Of course, it’s Neve 88RS and Neve 88RS Legacy. Also, I’m crazy about Soundtoys, especially “Echoboy” and my lovely “Moog Minitaur” fat bass lines.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
I just make some music for mostly my family and friends. But my advice is to stop thinking and just do something. Our mind makes everything so complicated. We are all obsessed with success and how to make money with music. Just make your beats and try to deeply explore the music field. And once music is open for you, music will start to write itself without you; for me, it’s some of the highest levels of mastery and my primary purpose.