Tell us more about yourself. When did you started “Deepkeen” project?
Deepkeen project has been started about a year ago. We both are dj’s and musicians. At first – it was just for fun and good time in the studio, but after a few productive months spent in the studio we decided to send our music to one of our favorites – I! Records. They signed with us immediately. We were really surprised by all the positive feedback’s received on our social media pages after our 1st official EP was released. We have so much new material for 2016 ready – stay tuned.
How do you normally start your new project?
We prefer to use Ableton Live, the most intuitive and inspiring DAW ever. Most of the time we starting our projects from drums and basses, when the track groove is there – we continue with synths & vocals. We’re always keeping all unfinished projects and ideas so that we could finish them even months later – nothing goes to waste.
One piece of kit or plug-in you can’t live without? Why?
I’d say – Kickstart VST plugin from Nicky Romero and Cableguys. Perfect for side-chain compression, used in all our productions: it’s really amazing, we use it as insert without creating a side-chain track, very good with the basses and synths, strings and for creating strange drum loops. Also we’re passing audio tracks through an old Akai MFC-42 for filtering. It’s a very nice piece of gear.
What’s the best production advice you’ve ever received?
Start your project with good and right sounds. It’s very important to select the sounds which are actually fulfilling each other. Another advice is to listen to the mix at very low levels, this will give you a better idea about your mix sound before the mastering stage.
1) Always use side-chain compression to get your kick drums pumping through the mix.
2) Balance your sounds through the mix and use EQ also on your effects return.
3) Check your mixes in Mono, it is a good way to find out if there are any phasing issues.
4) Take a CD player that you always use as a comparison. It’s good for reference and helps to check out any inaccuracies in your studio monitoring system.
5) Keep sure that the record sample rate matches the source sample rate. We usually use an external digital sync during recording and internal sync during playback.
1) Use best quality hits for your drums.
2) Always start with a solid idea, know why you want to make this track and what the end goal will be.
3) Never loose creativity, try pitching or stretching samples, cutting parts, bouncing with strange effects and resampling, there are no rules and boundaries and this is such a wonderful thing about making music.