Vodge Diper: Interview + Exclusive Tracks
Ever since our introduction post on the mysterious Vodge Diper, we’ve been waiting for him to release some solid full length tracks for us to enjoy. Earlier this month he released his debut EP, ‘Keytar Hero‘, which is jam packed full of synthesized electro madness. Vodge was nice enough to let us interview him and give a couple dubstep remixes to us for free, so make sure to support him and purchase the EP and follow him on facebook/soundcloud.
SL: First off, we would like to know if you could choose one person to collaborate with on a track, who would it be?
VD: Don’t waste time do ya? Hmmm, maybe Feed Me or Skrillex, but mainly so I could see how they communicate with the bass gods. From an musical point of view probably Bob Dylan. I heard the dude can throw down some sick rhymes!
SL: Are there any tracks right now that you just can’t stop listening to? It’s always interesting to see what other producers are bumping on a daily basis.
VD: There’s a couple of tracks like Rabbit Killer’s Super Game Demo that I’m rinsing because I love them, and then there’s a couple others I’m rinsing because every time I listen to them I sit there thinking ‘How the f*** did he do that?!”. I love and hate that feeling in equal measures…
SL: Like all of us, we know you don’t just listen to electronic music. What other types of music or artists do you enjoy?
VD: I love to listen to live jazz on the weekends as I’m actually not much of a club goer. Other than that I love things like Mum, Bjork, [insert obscure artist that makes me look cooler than I really am here]. I used to have long ass dreadlocks and listen to metal and rock but those days are long gone now. I even find myself enjoying the odd MTV style pop song! (Even though MTV is to music what KFC is to chicken).
SL: Any musician has their unique spin on music in general. What’s your take on music and its influence on people, and what do you like most about making music?
VD: Music is seriously weird for me. Just talking about it makes me confused, it’s so guttural ya know? All I know is that I love and I suppose it doesn’t need to be analyzed much further than that.
SL: We know how you love synth solos and arpeggiated breakdowns, so what programs/hardware do you use to produce your music, and what about that/those programs do you like best?
VD: I use FL, Ableton, and Reaper. There are strengths and weaknesses to all three but I think discussion about this sort of thing is a bit of a waste of time. As long as it’s not Reason we’re cool, haha! Just joking but seriously, who cares what you use, just go out, learn your tools, and make the best music you can.
As far as specific synths go I use Massive and Sylenth A LOT. For bass, massive just can’t be beat in my opinion and for my solos Sylenth just seems to work real nice. Oh and it’s also great for chords and stabs and all kinds of other stuff. Those two are my go to synths. I should also put a word in for The Glue, hands down the best compressor I ever used.
SL: So would you mind giving us a little inside scoop for any big remixes in the works or originals you’ve got coming?
VD: To be honest most of most of my upcoming tracks are on Soundcloud because I’m just not patient enough to do the whole ‘hype’ thing but I do have two tracks coming this year that I’m hoping people will enjoy. One is a remix of one of Burn The Fire’s biggest tunes this year and the other is going to be a remix that I’m going to give out for free. Actually that remix might ruffle some feathers but it’s all about the music right? I couldn’t care less about politics.
SL: Where do the ideas for songs originate? Do you hear a sound in your head and create it, are there musical themes? I think a lot of beginning producers have musical talent, but don’t know how or where to start. Any tips?
VD: Actually I’m usually a bit of a skeptic when it comes to these sorts of things. I mean who genuinely walks around and hears electro hooks in their head? I, like more people than are probably willing to admit, sit down with pretty much nooooothing in my head. Maybe an idea of style ya know but that’s pretty much it. In my opinion we do things by just doing them, not by thinking about doing them. That’s actually something from my life that music has taught me, you don’t get points for thinking about doing shi*t. Life is about getting your hands dirty right? So yeah, to all those people who are just starting out producing I would say: Don’t give a single thought as to how to start, just start. Start in any way you can, download demos, listen to stuff you like, rip people off to the point that you could never release it, make totally original shit that noone could bare to listen to! People say “He who fails to plan plans to fail”. I say “Planning is what you do when other people are failing and actually learning stuff”.
SL: What’s your musical background like and what led you to produce electronic music? What does it do for you that no other type of music can?
VD: Pretty run of the mill actually; started off playing guitar and bass in bands and soon realized that I was more interested in the sound of the instruments than actually playing them. I actually got into electronic music through Warp type stuff and then I thought to myself “I have to learn how to do that”. As for what it does for me, I have nooooo idea. Who can put words to this stuff ya know. We’ve all heard the cliches and I could spill a ton of them here but I won’t waste your time. I just love it so I do it is all.
SL: So when did this realization that the music you were making was better than average and that it could possibly go somewhere come to your attention?
VD: Actually I think the AVERAGE quality of music you can experience on a daily basis has gone down but the highest quality is going up by the day! I love what the internet and cheap computers have done for music. Yeah there’s undeniably more garbage but there’s also way more great stuff too and half the people who complain about it wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without it. As for me, let me put it this way: if my music really is ‘better than average’ then I had that ‘realization’ way before it was actually true! If you don’t believe in what you do then no one else is going to right?
SL: Where do you hope to see yourself in the music world in the coming years? Goals, dreams, ambitions?
VD: Well obviously number ones under all my alias’ would be great but really, I’m not trying to conquer the world, get hyped to the top of the charts, kick groupies out at 6 in the morning, nothing like that. I’m just a dude with a computer who loves to make music and if I can keep doing that for myself and others who enjoy it I’ll be seriously happy. If it goes further, awesome, if not then that’s cool too. I made music when my only fans were my housemates so whatever comes, comes.
SL: Lastly, it’s our SL tradition to ask, is there any phrase or quote that really speaks to you or describes your take on living?
VD: ‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture – interesting but beside the point.’
Vodge Diper- Easy Now (Dubstep VIP)
SoundLogik Exclusive Track:
Vodge Diper- Let’s Go Dutch (Dubstep Remix) [ Logikkk ]