Interview with Alexey Drayling!
Here we are back today, with another interview to all you visitors at our place, this time we are heading to Russia to catch up with a producer being around for quite some time. More known to the progressive community as Teana & Tiida, Alexey Drayling is someone that we all probably have know through his music for quite some time, though we felt we all should get to know him a bit better, so here is everything about him. We hope you will enjoy it!
We are truly happy that this interview is coming up, it’s an honour to have you in on this, we know you are busy with your music and your regular life so we appreciate that you take your time for us and your fans. Could you give us a brief about the early stages of your career. How did you end up in the music business and how did it turn out that you got in to producing?
I’m very pleased considering the fact it’s my first interview. I have been interested in writing music for a very long time, starting from the moment when I bought my very first computer in year 2003. At that moment a few friends of mine were already involved in creating simple beats for their hiphop, basically that was loops in ACID Pro 2.0. Thanks to them I timidly started learning the process. A little bit later, I discovered Reason and that was the point where I understood — that’s gonna be long haul. Thats how I started my creative path as a beatmaker.
Have you been practicing instruments since your childhood and has the interest for music been there all the time or is it something that has come creeping during the years?
I don’t have musical education. But I have a great sense of harmony along with the experience I gained during these years. It helps me to produce music. I have listened to music from my birth, and started producing 2003, as I told before.
We know you have made a whole bunch of genres during the years but if we stay in the genre of progressive house, if you should try and define your sound, what would you say then to describe it with your own words?
Yes, indeed, I tried a lot of genres. That was hip-hop, trance, chillout and lots of variations. Now I can describe it as trance-like house. In fact, it’s quite hard to talk about that, it’s much easier to listen. Sometimes I try breaks sound. By the way, my latest release (under my real name) is breaks.
When producing, how do you build your tracks, do you work with a certain strategy all the time or it can be different, sometimes starting with percussion, sometimes with a melody or bass line?
There is no strategy at all. The approach is always different. The only thing that remains the same is the template I made for Logic. With pre-set routing, delay and reverb sends and other tricks I use every time.
Are you using both hardware and software for your productions and what DAW are you using?
I produce music with Logic 9. For mixes and vocal chopping I use Ableton. Talking about effects — I like built-in Logic plugins and also packages like Waves, Valhalla, Oxford, Sonalksis. Instruments — Sylenth1, Omnisphere, Predator. That’s without thinking, but I actually use everything I can get my hands on. The home studio itself is very small and minimalistic. Apple MacBook, simple midi-keyboard and monitors (value for money).
How would you define a good progressive track?
As everything else it must be simple but not primitive. It’s very subjective actually. You can only feel it.
Let us know a few producers that you really like to listen to and let us also know what it is about their productions that makes it for you?
I was influenced by Solarstone, Way Out West, Gabriel & Dresden, Paul Oakenfold and, of course, early Tiesto. In these later days I can note Deadmau5 and Christian Beat Hirt (more known as Dinka, Leventina, Passenger 10, EDX).
What kind of music do you listen to, are you going strictly for progressive music or you listen to all kind of styles?
Sure, lots! That depends on my mood. The only thing I don’t listen is hard rock and everything like that.
You live in Russia, how would you describe the EDM scene, and especially the progressive genre in your country?
The progressive scene is very developed in Russia, I suppose the world already knows that. A lot of producers and projects started in the past years. I’m also pleased with labels run by Russian guys (but registered aboard). That’s Silk Music, DAR Label, Vendance. I would not talk about that as a feat, but Russia is in equal position as everybody else. And somewhere in front of all
Tell us, is it possible to go and see you DJ also, or you ”just” work your music in the studio and you are fine with that?
I’m quite enough in the studio. I had several gigs. I played with Ableton Live and controller. Although, objectively speaking I do not have predisposition to this. The matter is that I spend a little time to it. You better listen to my friend, DJ Probity mixes, against the background of his skill, I will not look very well
A lot of the music today is not sold, it’s spread through Internet and musicians and labels hardly make any money at all on their productions and the hard work that’s been put in. What are your thoughts about the sharing through blogspots, forums and all other ways for illegal sharing of music and what do you think there is to do about it?
With the growth of the Internet it’s inevitable. I don’t have a clue how to fight against it. But from time to time I see discounts for tracks. For example recently Macarise Kristoffer Ljungberg gave a share — he suggested to buy any track and as a reward he offered any other track for free. I gladly participated in this. And I totally agreed with his words about what we spend a few dozen (somebody more) euros per night in the clubs, but we can not buy a few tracks per month. So that the point of conscience, it allows someone to support your favorite artists, but someone’s don’t.
What can we expect in the coming months from if we talk about your productions?
A few tracks will be released in the near future with my old friend Kirill Titov (Ukraine). He is very experienced producer and he will declare himself soon. Also worth note the fact that he has released his first album Dream Fugitive and he’s gonna release second album Monologue soon, I guess I will be lucky enough to make a remix for it. There is a person (very famous) who will soon decide. Two remixes in august/september. First for Marsbeing, second for well known Ken Loi.
Where do you see the name of Alex Drayling in a long term perspective, let’s say in a couple of years time?
My plans are to gain experience, I’m gonna make something epic. Maybe I will have a tour.
Time to round things of, it’s been a pleasure to have you in for this interview, any final words to your readers at Progressive House
Thank you all who follow my productions, thanks to friends who help me and
to all PHW crew, you all stay tuned!
August 5th, 2012