I’m a huge fan of Basil O’Glue, as I’ve mentioned earlier in this article I wrote about his incredible progressive trance productions. I got in touch with him and he was kind enough to answer a couple of questions.
It looks like the past year has been pretty good to you, with huge support from Markus Schulz and many others, not to mention your steadily growing fan base. Do you have anything big planned in the coming months?
Hello there! Yes indeed! Last year I had amazing support by Markus Schulz and others. I did a lot of remixes, so from now my goal is to do more originals. I had my first international gig at Montreal, I played at Luminosity festival as well. So in general last year was probably the best of my career so far. Also, some fresh news, Styller and me, launched a label, “Saturate Audio”. and you can find more info at facebook.com/saturateaudio and at saturateaudio.com.
What are your thoughts on the state of the trance scene in 2012? Where do you think trance is headed in 2013?
Well, the last 2-3 years trance has become more commercial, but i see (and I hope) a coming back to the underground again. Maybe in a couple of years from now, who knows.
Who are some lesser known producers that you feel are doing something well or unique at the moment?
There are many many new producers who need just a little bit of attention. I can’t mention someone, it will be unfair for others, but I do have in my mind some of them
You regularly collaborate with Christopher Vassilakis as Celluloid, and recently with Amex to produce Rusted Bliss. Do you enjoy the collaborative process or do you prefer flying solo?
To be honest, I enjoy more working alone. But of course collaborating with others it gives you an opportunity to improve your techniques and your skills. With Christopher Vassilakis we have an alias, sounding more techno with some trance elements. We are doing at the moment our first original. I enjoy this project a lot.
Are there any other particular producers that you’d like to collaborate with?
I have a lot of favorite producers that I love their works. I will not mention someone from the trance scene. I think collaborating with artists from other genres is much more interesting. I love Charlie May, DNYO, Gai Barone and others with an old school progressive style.
We like to get a bit into the production side of things here. You’ve said before that you use Reason, what is it that you like most about it?
Yes I work with reason. This was my first software. Until version 6, Reason didn’t support any plug-ins / vsts. The new version does that, but again, you don’t have many options. I do miss some mastering tools to be honest, like an analyzer, or some better compressors, limiters, etc, but on the other hand, I am very used to it, so I can’t move to another DAW.
Are you using any hardware? Do you feel it’s even necessary anymore?
I dont use any hardware, although I would like to have a synth, so maybe I’ll get one in the future.
Do you have a quick tip or a word of advice for upcoming producers?
Just to work hard, try to improve their sound more and more. And maybe ask some honest feedback from friends. Only the honest (but harsh sometimes) feedback will make you better.
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions!