We are very excited to present Tortoise from Melbourne Australia. Please check out his soundcloud if you like what you hear! Link and interview below
***INTERVIEW WITH THE TORTOISE***
-Hi Tortoise, let us start off by saying you are the man, and that we are big fans here at DM. From hearing many of your productions you have a very clear and ethereal sound. Is there anything this stems from? Or maybe some producers that have influenced you?
Thank you, you are way too kind! I haven't heard my music described that way before, but I like it. At the time of the first few releases the ‘slow mo’ disco sound was all the rage here in Melbourne. I guess I was influenced by what I was listening to and what I heard out at the time. As well as really liking the output other Melbourne artists, which inspired me to put my own spin on the sound. There are a whole bunch of artists that I love listening to, but I won't bore you listing them all. The tracks that have inspired me most are those with interesting chords and basslines. Its this aspect of playing around with different chord ideas and basslines that I enjoy most when making a track.
-Coming from Miami the house scene in Melbourne seems to be unreal. Just by looking the roster of Waving At Trains is jaw dropping. Can you give us a quick insider view of what it’s like to live in Melbourne?
Melbourne is a great city. Even though I've lived here my whole life, I never seem to get sick of it. Without trying to sound like a tourist advert, I think it definitely deserves its reputation as the cultural highlight of Australia. There’s always something new to check out, and the foods bloody unreal! Musically, I think the scene is going from strength to strength. The next generation seem to be more open to new music and ideas than in the past, which has helped promoters who have gone out on a limb to consistently offer good music. I've noticed that more girls are now coming to these parties than in the past, which is a nice trend from the male dominated ‘snag-parties’ of years gone by. As you mentioned, there are some great artists on the WAT roster, and I certainly feel lucky to be a part of it!
-Are you one to take on collaborations or do you prefer to make music alone?
I like the idea of both. What drew me into playing around with production in the first place however, was the thought of being able to come up with an idea for a piece, generate all of the sounds, and finish it on my own. When I was younger, I played a lot of drums and some keys, but felt restricted being confined to a limited number of instruments and sounds. So the thought of being able to come up with an idea for a track, and finish it without the need to bring in others was really appealing.
-Do you produce at studio or in the comfort of your own home?Is there any gear in your studio have that you just can’t produce without?
The ‘studio’ situation has been a bit of a mobile one over the years. Initially I was making everything in the box. So all I would need was my laptop, midi controller and some monitors. I have collected a bit of gear over the past few years however, and i'm finding it a better way to inject uniqueness into tracks through playing ideas live. I now have a space with all my gear set-up. Yet to have a noise complaint, which is a massive plus. My most used bit of kit would have to be the Juno 106. Most of the chords played on tracks recently have been from this Machine. Its great just to pull up one of the presets as a starting point and play around.
-This might be an early question to ask, but do you have aspirations of starting your own label or doing anything in that direction?
I haven't given it thought at this stage to be honest. I had a bit of a hiatus making tunes last year, so i’m keen to spend time working on new material at this stage. I always liked the idea of having my face as a centre artwork on a record, and since no one else has been willing to float the idea, having my own label might be a necessity (jokes).
-What story are you trying to tell with this mix?
This mix is an attempt to take you sonically to the outskirts of Melbourne, from Craigieburn to Frankston. Its a mix of tracks i've been digging of late, some new vinyl purchases, some old favorites and a new track of mine. Hope you enjoy.
-Last but not least, we want to thank you for your time and energy, we are very grateful for the opportunity. We hope to see you touring in the USA in the near future!
The Tortoise Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/the-tortoise
The Tortoise Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tortoise/103481453092225