Last month we published one of our most listened and downloaded podcast episode of this year, a voyage into Anaxander's smooth grooves, warm vibes and deep rhymes universe. If you haven't checked the episode out, make sure to give it a proper listen here or scroll down for the soundcloud widget at the end of this article. As we already teased in the podcast posting, the mix also came with an interview, done by our dear friend and collaborator Fede Lng, who also set up the podcast for us. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read ;)
Hello Anaxander how are you?
Hi Federico, I am fine thank you, I hope you're fine too.
When did you decide you were going to take music production seriously?
I wrote songs since I can write, I played in a few bands too. I bought my first set of machines back around '96.
What is your set up at home?
My set up is built around a MPC1000 with the JJOS so, I would say my very own MPC1000 as it's unique. I recently sold a TR707 but I sampled it in some different ways, I use an AirBase 99 (my favourite drum generator) and also a few synths that I really like. Most of them are analog but I also have some digital ones with some sounds module from Emu. I mix the stuff out of a Midas mixer for its warmth and its eq-ing and routing structures/possibilities. I use some analog compression (very lightly) from a small corp. from the USA, but probably not as good as I must do. I have an old DP4 that I use quite a lot and some old stompboxes/pedals as well. Some are recent too.
Basic foundation when starting a track?
No rules is the rule. I may start something while studying chords or scales, or I start writing music after a crate diggin and sampling afternoon. It's very often when I start playing the synths that the thing begins (don't get fooled, I am a very very bad player btw). Sometimes I mimmic some old records and it can start from here for example, just the playing of a bassist that I reproduce then take it somewhere else.... No rules, really.
Recently you made public that you also produce under the alias of Vernon, can you tell us a bit more about that?
Nothing more to tell about that, some feel attached to a name, I don't.
What releases you have coming up next?
Well I recently have received the masters of a split series from a really really cool label from Atlanta you probably won’t expect me in, a series (of 2) records I really am proud about. Love Notes From Brooklyn has scheduled an EP with a splendid remix by Amir Alexander. I will also be present on the UK/French label Serie Limitée. In France I am about to put out a very nice piece of wax with Modelisme with a hot remix by Kai Alce. I've been invited by Steve Bug for a compilation he has got the secret of and with a bunch of very very hot artists. A few other things may point out later in 2016 but it is not time to speak bout them.
And what is (in your opinion) your best track so far?
My best track is yet to come, I humbly think.
If you had to choose between an MPC 2500, a Super Jupiter with Programmer and a Roland System 100M, which one would you go for ?
My favourite of the MPC is the one I have, I am really not into modulars so I would go for the IX!!