Tech house & minimal producer

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Ekoboy is a reflection of Greek DJ/producer Vangelis Kostoxenakis. Widely known for his raw, quirky signature style and established by his releases on Dirtybird, Moon Harbour, Sola, Toolroom, Circus and more.

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Interview with Ekoboy

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Ultimately, the choice between analog and digital comes down to personal preference, artistic vision, and the specific needs of each project. Many modern producers like myself embrace a hybrid approach, combining the best of both worlds to leverage the strengths of analog warmth and digital precision. Some artists may prefer the intimate connection with analog gear and the unique sonic characteristics it imparts, while others may appreciate the convenience, versatility, and infinite possibilities offered by digital technology. In the end, the key is to choose the tools that align with your creative goals and allow you to best express your artistic vision.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: Im a click away.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: What I like most about my job is the opportunity to immerse myself in the world of music, express my creativity, and connect with others through the power of sound. My dedication to the craft, collaborative spirit, and love for music ensure that every project I undertake is a rewarding and enriching experience, both for myself and those who experience my music.

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Review Portfolio and Previous Work: Take the time to review the provider's portfolio, including samples of their previous work and projects. This will give you an insight into their style, versatility, and the quality of their productions. Look for projects that align with your own vision to ensure a good fit. Check Client Testimonials and Reviews: Seek out testimonials or reviews from previous clients to gauge their satisfaction with the provider's work. Positive feedback and client satisfaction are indicators of a reliable and skilled professional. Communicate Clearly: Before hiring the provider, communicate your expectations, goals, and preferences clearly. Effective communication from the outset will lead to a smoother working relationship and ensure that both parties are on the same page. Discuss Project Scope and Timeline: Outline the scope of your project and discuss a realistic timeline for completion. A clear understanding of the project's scope and deadlines will help manage expectations and avoid any potential misunderstandings. Collaborate and Be Open to Suggestions: A successful working relationship involves collaboration. Be open to the provider's creative ideas and suggestions while also expressing your own vision. The best results often come from a harmonious exchange of ideas. Budget Considerations: Discuss pricing and payment terms with the provider early in the process. Make sure both parties are comfortable with the agreed-upon budget and payment schedule. Professionalism and Reliability: Look for a provider who demonstrates professionalism, reliability, and a commitment to delivering high-quality work on time. Punctuality and dedication to the project are essential qualities to ensure a smooth collaboration. Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to ask any questions or seek clarification on any aspect of the project. A good provider will be happy to address your concerns and provide the necessary information. Trust Your Instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts when choosing a provider. If you feel comfortable with their communication, portfolio, and approach to the project, it's likely to be a good fit.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: A modular case. Sky is the limit

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: All my life.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I have released music on various respected record labels and gained recognition for my unique sound and infectious rhythms. My tracks often feature groovy basslines, catchy melodies, and expertly crafted percussion, making them popular among DJs and dance music enthusiasts alike.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: When you think you mastered it, think again.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: Tech House, Minimal Deep Tech, Techno, House.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: My strongest skill is to describe and provide detailed information about various topics, including music production, sound engineering, studio setups, synthesizers, and the creative process involved in music composition. Moreover, I am capable of sound designing and arranging rough sketches to final products, ready for release.

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: A wealth of creativity, technical expertise, and a deep appreciation for the art of sound to every song I work on. My studio setup and passion for musical expression ensure that each composition I create is a unique and captivating experience, leaving a lasting impression on my audience

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: As a music producer and sound enthusiast with a studio setup that includes a Moog Sub37, ARP Odyssey, 2x104 modular case, ASM HydraSynth, Elektron Model Cycles, class A digital conversion, and UAD plugins, my typical work process revolves around a harmonious blend of analog and digital creativity. Here's an overview of how I bring my musical ideas to life: Inspiration and Conceptualization: My work process often starts with moments of inspiration that spark my creativity. Whether it's a melody that lingers in my mind or a unique sound I stumble upon during experimentation, I take these initial sparks and develop them into concrete musical concepts. Synthesizer Exploration: With a range of synthesizers at my disposal, I dive into the world of analog synthesis first. I might begin by experimenting with the Moog Sub37, creating lush basslines or soaring leads that set the tone for the track. The ARP Odyssey complements the Sub37 with its distinct character, adding vintage charm and quirky elements to the composition. Modular Soundscaping: My 2x104 modular case is where sonic exploration truly flourishes. I lose myself in patching and experimenting, crafting unique and evolving textures that become the heart of my compositions. The modular setup often surprises me with unexpected sounds, sparking new ideas and directions for the track. Hybrid Sound Design: To expand the sonic palette further, I turn to the ASM HydraSynth's wavetable synthesis capabilities. Its expressive keyboard and modulation options allow me to sculpt futuristic and ethereal sounds that add depth and character to the arrangement. Groove and Rhythm: When it's time to solidify the rhythm section, the Elektron Model Cycles steps up. Its intuitive sequencer and versatile sound engine enable me to craft infectious beats and percussive elements that drive the energy of the track. Recording and Arrangement: As the pieces of the musical puzzle come together, I use my class A digital conversion to capture the nuances of my analog gear with utmost clarity. I record various takes and performances, exploring different arrangements until I find the perfect structure that conveys the intended emotions. Mixing and Processing: Once the recording is complete, I delve into the digital realm, utilising my UAD plugins to add the final touches to the mix. These plugins help me refine the sound, apply professional-grade effects, and ensure a cohesive and polished result. Feedback and Refinement: Throughout the process, I seek feedback from trusted peers or collaborators. Their input helps me gain fresh perspectives, leading to valuable refinements and improvements in the composition. Finalization and Delivery: With the track now sculpted into its final form, I review and fine-tune every detail before preparing it for distribution or release. My passion for sound engineering ensures that the final product meets the highest standards and accurately reflects my artistic vision. In summary, my typical work process is a seamless interplay between analog exploration, digital refinement, and a relentless pursuit of capturing and sharing the essence of sound in its purest form. The combination of my diverse equipment and meticulous attention to detail allows me to create music that resonates deeply with both myself and my audience.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Welcome to my studio, where creativity knows no bounds and sonic exploration is a daily adventure. My collection of synthesizers and equipment forms the foundation of my musical universe, allowing me to bring my artistic visions to life in ways I've always dreamed of. The centerpiece of my setup is the iconic Moog Sub37, an analog beast that never fails to mesmerize me with its warm and organic tones. Its expressive capabilities and intuitive interface make it an extension of my musical soul, enabling me to evoke emotions through every note and modulation. Right alongside the Sub37 sits the legendary ARP Odyssey, a timeless synthesizer that adds a touch of vintage charm to my productions. Its distinctive filter and oscillator character infuse my music with a sense of nostalgia and uniqueness. My 2x104 modular case is a playground of endless possibilities, where I lose myself in a world of patch cables and sonic experimentation. I love the hands-on approach and the serendipitous moments that arise while crafting sounds from scratch, tailored precisely to my imagination. The ASM HydraSynth brings the digital realm into my setup, introducing me to a universe of wavetable synthesis and futuristic sound design. Its expressive keyboard and wealth of modulation options inspire me to create evolving textures and otherworldly timbres. When it comes to rhythm and beats, the Elektron Model Cycles is my go-to companion. Its groovebox-style sequencer and versatile sound engine let me craft infectious rhythms that drive my compositions forward. Ensuring pristine audio quality throughout my studio is the class A digital conversion, which captures the nuances of my analog gear with utmost fidelity, giving my recordings an unparalleled clarity. Adding the finishing touches to my mixes are the UAD plugins. These meticulously crafted digital emulations of classic hardware processors elevate my sound to a professional level, infusing it with the richness and character of vintage gear. In this sonic haven, I embark on endless musical journeys, exploring new genres, and pushing the boundaries of my creativity. My studio setup is more than just a collection of equipment; it's an extension of my musical identity, enabling me to connect deeply with my audience and share my passion for sound with the world.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: Pre-production Consultation: Engaging with the client to understand their musical objectives, preferences, and desired outcomes. This involves discussing the style, genre, instrumentation, and overall creative direction of the project. Mixing: Balancing and blending the individual tracks to craft a cohesive and harmonious sound. Mastering: Preparing the final mix for distribution across various platforms. This step involves optimizing the audio for different playback systems, ensuring consistent volume levels, and applying final touches to achieve a professional and polished sound. Instrumentation and Arrangement: If needed, I collaborate with the artist or producer to enhance the arrangement of the song, suggesting additional instrumentation or structural changes to improve the overall impact. Sound Design: Creating or sourcing unique and creative sounds to add texture and depth to the music. This can involve designing custom synth patches, creating sound effects, or manipulating existing audio elements. Feedback and Collaboration: Throughout the production process, I communicate and collaborate with the client, providing updates, seeking feedback, and making adjustments based on the client's input. Quality Assurance: Ensuring that the final product meets professional industry standards and is ready for distribution or release. This involves careful quality control and attention to detail.

Gear Highlights
  • Modular synth
  • Moog Sub37
  • Hydrasynth
  • Electron Model Cycles
  • Boutique 2x104 Eurorack System
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