The Creative Process #4 Das mörtal

When did you start making music and what was the contributor factor that made you to do so?

 

Around 8 years old on an old Casiotone that my father had brought from Chile with him. Having a lot of Depeche Mode in the house, I think it was a driving force behind my love of music making.

 

How hard was it for you to create, record and release your first material?

 

Pretty easy actually because I don’t feel self-aware about it or any music I make.

 

What is the main art form that influenced you in creating? Was it only music or did movies and other forms of art influenced your creative process?

 

Music and movies, specially anything from the 80’s to the 90’s is a big influence directly and indirectly on my music.

 

What are the steps that an idea takes before becoming a fully fledge song? And how does that idea affects the way you build an album from the ground up?

 

I always start by making loops of feeling or emotions I want to express. Once I’m satisfied with it, I start a new one. Once I got a bunch that tell a story, I expand those loops into full length tracks.

 

What do you consider the most important traits that a song and an album must have before you consider it to be completed?

 

A theme/story, similar to a narrative in a movie. When I feel it tells a story that evolves on the same theme, I’m done with it.

 

What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter or go to a certain setting in order to get creative?

 

I don’t need to enter a certain mood before starting creating. I just do music when I feel like it. I do a loop that often inspires another loop for a second track, and that pattern repeats itself.

 

Except art are there any other external or internal factors that influence you when you create, if so what are they?

 

Being with friends, touring and just my work back home.

 

What is your main motivation to create and be creative?

 

Opening my software or switching on one of my machines often ends up in a few hours starting new tracks. Also having remix requests drive my motivation.

 

How long does it take to go from a song to an album from scratch to the fully recorded version?

 

There’s not really a timeframe for such a thing since I mostly make music when I feel like it of have some spare time. And I don’t put any deadlines on my work, which help quite a lot making tracks that have my personality.

 

Do you take multiple takes of the songs before settling on the final version or do you go with the flow and just do one take?

 

Mostly do only one, but I do different versions for LIVE performances to add something more to people who already know the tracks.

 

During live shows what do you like to do more, experiment and improvise on the basis of the existing album and songs or you are more likely to recreate the recorded material as faithfully as possible?

 

I like creating specific live version of the album tracks so I get to make people dance to the songs they know but differently. I also throw some unreleased tracks from time to time.

 

What are the main ingredients that makes a live show special for you?

 

Having really involved people dancing to the music, no matter how much they are.

 

Do new ideas appear during live performances? If so how to do you proceed in order to materialize them?

 

Yes they do but I don’t try them right away because I risk making some of the other tracks not work.

 

What is the perfect time of day and weather that makes you creative?

 

A sunny spring day in my apartment.

 

What are your future plans and what advice do you have for people that want to get into creating music?

 

Keep making music and live shows. I would suggest anyone making music to make it for them self first. Never try to impress others, just yourself and you’ll never be disappointed of anything you’ll make and will keep evolving your sound.

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