|Back Stage with Sonic Element|
|Written by John Mig|
This month, The Art of Music 062 is back stage with the Australian DJ/ Producer "Sonic Element". We would like to know more about him so the following questions covering aspects of his life and music career since he started.
John Mig: Can you tell us some words about yourself? How did it all start for you? How did you come up with the name Sonic Element as an artist?
I started playing piano when I was 13 as I always had an interest in music. After discovering Trance music at this age, I also started learning how to produce. The name Sonic Element is actually a silly combination of Sonic (from Sonic the Hedgehog) and Element (from Photoshop Elements).
John Mig: What was the breathtaking moment of your career?
Probably when I first started working with Rob Stevenson (Activa) and releasing my tracks on his label (Borderline) and other larger labels.
I think that artists like James Dymond, Darren Porter, and Jorn Van Deynhoven would be amazing to collaborate with. They are just amazing producers and are doing some great things right now!
Growing up, I was all about Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Matt Darey. I think they have shaped Trance music over the years and many of them still continue to do so. In recent times, I’m enjoying artists like James Dymond, Darren Porter, Jorn Van Deynhoven and several others I’m sure I forgot. I can’t say I have a favourite trance album per se, but my favourite tune is probably Luminary - Amsterdam (Smith & Pledger Remix).
Overall, I like that people are experimenting with the genre, but I do feel that some of the purity of Trance has been lost in the process in certain tunes. However, there are many artists who have managed to provide a fresh sound yet keep the essence of Trance music in their productions, and I think these are the ones which I admire the most.
It is a tough industry and there’s no doubt that having a big name instantly gives you the edge. I do think that many talented producers are indeed being heard, which is absolutely fantastic, but ultimately it’s up to the big DJs to make that happen, or most people simply won’t pay much attention. As such, sadly it is a combination of both which is required to help one succeed as an EDM producer in today’s world.
I think I would have to say that my track 'Destruction' turned out to be one of my best. It really captures everything that I think Trance is about.
I think my biggest inspiration comes from productions of other great Trance artists.
Sadly not so many any more as I do work full time in a different industry, but I try to spend a day or two every few weeks working on production when I can. I think that persistence is the key to succeeding in the music industry.
Yeah, in fact, it should be coming out before the end of the year and it’s named 'Evolve'.
This is a tough question. I absolutely adore producing originals, but I think I slightly prefer remixes (particularly of tracks I enjoy) because you already have an idea where you’re going with it before you even start. Also, it gives you a chance to show your interpretation of an already existing tune, and it’s fun to produce a complement to someone else’s work.
I use Cubase (6.5) as my main DAW. My main instruments of use are Massive, Spire, Omnisphere and Sylenth1. For effects, I tend to mainly reach for DMG Audio, u-he, ArtsAcoustic and Native Instruments plugins. I think my favourite plugin right now would have to be Spire (just in front of Massive), it’s really an amazing synth.
It’s a good idea to keep your setup lean and simple. The more tools you have, the less you can focus on the music. I also learned that it’s a good idea not to change your production system too often as it leads to new problems that can slow you down.
I try to spend time with friends when I can and also travel from time to time.
Not quite sure yet, but hopefully some more productions and a remix or two on Borderline
I would like to sincerely thank you for all your support over the years. It means the world to me!