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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
I am a Toronto-based electronic music producer that produces and DJ’s under the stage name Seizures Palace. With over 15 years experience in music production, and a Masters degree in music composition, I try to merge a strong theoretical background with a sense of play and exploration (AKA, throwing the rules out the window).
I was born in a perculiar way. My mom was electrocuted while 8 months pregnant and was forced into early labour, which is why I titled my first album ‘Born Electric’. My second album ‘Still Electric’ was released spring 2017 and I am working on my third album for this upcoming summer (15+ tracks).
I have played keyboard in the band Cool Man Cool for over 10 years, used to drum in a Ska-reggae band called The Skadoos, and have created hip hop instrumentals for many local acts. My passion is creating very heavy/distorted electronic music that is paired with lush orchestral sections. Sort of the Beauty and the Best of electronic music.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
After first hearing Da Funk by Daft Punk at the age of twelve, I gravitated towards writing electronic music. Since then, I’ve had many other influences that have each contributed parts of their style towards my own. Here’s a short list of my biggest influences.
– Daft Punk
-Kill the Noise
-Savant (My most recent influence)
-Muse (especially early work)
-The Red Hot Chili Peppers
What´s new right now?
Currently I am working on a 3-track EP with only drum n bass tracks before doing a final push to finish my third album. On December 8th I have a gig at BASSLINE Music Bar on Bloor street, in Toronto. I host a show there on the second friday of every month. I started these gigs as a way to showcase local producers, so that they can DJ their own material at a bar downtown.
Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?
Savant. That guy is amazing.
What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?
For producers: Mix in mono AND stereo.
For instrumentalists: Get more rigid with what kind of practicing you do. Instead of increasing your practice time by 20 minutes, spend 20 minutes a week refining your practicing process.
How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
Go to small gigs with the intention of meeting the owner, and see if you can line up a gig. Later, if the connections of a couple small venues doesn’t line you up with a bigger gig, try the same approach at larger venues. You’ll be better at talking with owners, and will have a good idea of what you want, and how to deliver what’s needed on your end. Also, your experience with the other gigs will look good.
Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?
Have you music up on all of the main digital distributors. It’s not as expensive as you’d think. I use Tunecore.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Getting a great mono translation out of my mixes. So far, it’s going really well.
What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?
Production: Be great at mixing in Mono
Songwriting skills: Explore the theory of harmony more and you’ll find both your harmony and melody writing will get more interesting.
What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?
I usually try one of these:
Work on a different track for a bit