It’s an interesting thought, to understand that we’re living in an era of musical rebirth. There’s a growing number of artists, bringing a multitude of palettes to the table. One such artist is an up-and-coming producer/dj from Montreal. Johnny Trika is a name we’ll all be hearing a lot more of, especially with his first release landing on SCI+TEC Digital Audio in just under a week. Dubfire, having a nag for finding great talent, has been relentlessly playing Trika’s productions, including “Punk Fools”, which seems to work wonders on dance floors everywhere.
We had the chance to have a short chat with Johnny, speaking on his live setup and even some advice he had for budding producers around the world. Enjoy, and keep a look out for his debut EP, dropping on October 16th.
Undrgrnd Sound: Johnny, thanks for taking the time out to talk with us. First off, tell us a bit about yourself.
Johnny Trika: For sure, thanks for having me. Well, I’m a 22 year old producer currently living in Montreal, Canada. I was born and raised here and have been producing for 3+ years now. There’s not much else to say.. It’s hard talking about myself!
UGS: How did you get into producing/mixing? Which route did you take first?
JT: I started with producing and focused on that 100%. I have a lot of material so I play live sets instead of DJ’ing. Focusing my attention on live sets allows me to experiment with my own material in ways that aren’t possible with DJ sets. I knew I always wanted to move into live over DJ sets because producing is my passion. It’s also a lot of fun playing a live set, and I find I enjoy it more because it is entirely my material!
UGS: Who are the top 3 influences when it came to finding your specific sound?
JT: Well, my sound is very minimal. My top influences would definitely have to be Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, of course, as well as Gaiser.
UGS: So you’re releasing, not just an EP, but your very first release, and it’s on SCI+TEC. You must be pretty excited, to say the least. Tell us a little about how you managed to get discovered. Any tips for up and coming artists?
JT: Yeah, I’m definitely excited that I get this opportunity to share my music with such a wide audience. As far as advice goes, you should never be afraid to send demos! Always feel confident in the demo you are sending. The best way is to hand a USB in person to whoever you want your demos to be sent to. That’s what I did – of course, the way in which you send your demo isn’t as important as the demo itself. If the track is good, it’s good; whether you send your material through emails or with a USB.
UGS: The music always speaks for itself. While we’re on the topic, what programs/plug-ins are your favorite for producing.
JT: I use Logic for producing and Ableton Live for my live setup. I really enjoy the whole FabFilter series. There are some great plug-ins in there.
UGS: And how about your live set-up? What hardware are you using?
JT: I use a Livid CNTRL:R as my main controller with an attachment piece. I also use a Maschine as well, as it’s a pretty ideal piece of hardware to use with Ableton. Being able to have such flexibility on the fly is something that definitely fuels my live sets.
UGS: We’re at a point in time with this art, when pioneers and newcomers are collaborating, and creating some amazing stuff. Being a younger producer, what’s your take on the technology that’s changed the game so drastically?
JT: Technology is great. I think having a more complex setup is definitely harder to perform but also much more interesting and you can create some amazing things with some of the new pieces of technology from Native Instruments or Ableton, for example. Being able to push boundaries with music is what’s allowing the right changes to occur. We’re definitely headed in a good direction.
UGS: So any upcoming tour dates scheduled or special projects, that you’re excited about?
JT: Yes! I just released my SCI+TEC radio mix on Delta 90.3 FM and of course, my EP for SCI+TEC comes out Thursday, October 16. I’m playing with Dubfire in December, which is something I’m looking forward to. Gigs are starting to pick up and it’s looking really good!
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