Preamble | Mr Mitch
"Don’t be like me back in 2009 who was too shook to turn up to CDR in Plastic People"
We were given a few words of wisdom and knowledge from our next session guest in our customary pre-event interview with Gobstopper Records founder Mr Mitch.
Catch the talk with Mr Mitch on our YouTube and Facebook channels from 7 pm BST this Thursday 20th.
And be sure to get your submissions for the following OPN session!
How has your music production process evolved over time? Were you a musician or producer first?
I’ve always been a producer first, I tried to be a musician in the classical sense a few times as a young’n but didn’t have the patience for it back then and now I don’t feel like I have the time but nevertheless I consider myself a musician.
What key changes have you seen in the music industry/bidness during your time making records? Is independent the way to go?
I have had very little involvement with the majors in my career apart from maybe a couple production placements but I think with independent release, there’s a level of control over your music and the way you present yourself that you couldn’t possibly have at a Major. When I came into the game the time of independents making big money from record sales and white labels etc was over. So it’s only in the past couple years we’ve seen independent artists making a lot of money due to big number streaming, AJ Tracey for example. There’s still an issue, I believe, with mid-level artists making a sustainable income without touring.
What would you say is the biggest effect the pandemic has had on your creative process?
I’ve been stuck in a house with 3 kids who don’t have any school or nursery to attend to so finding time has been the hardest part. There have been a lot of late nights and early mornings involved but weirdly I’ve released a lot of music this year on Bandcamp, mostly inspired by their days each month where they waive their revenue fees.
Talk us through the track you last [cmd] ‘S’d ? ([ctrl] ‘S’ to PC users)
I just rediscovered this track that I started in Ibiza last year on my digitakt whilst on holiday. It’s a kind of dubby broken beat(ish) thing. Sounds perfect for the current good weather.
What piece of studio equipment (or live) would you NOT part with – Ever!!
I can’t imagine getting rid of my digitakt. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it lately and I’ve even managed to get my 9 year old on board with it, he’s really getting into drum programming.
Could you name three things that have been on heavy rotation on your audio player of late?
The new Duval Timothy album, Help
The new Shinichi Atobe album, Yes
And then Construção by Chico Buarque because I’ve only recently discovered it and I can’t get enough of it
What can the CDR audiences expect from your time with us?
I’m going to be going through some of my production processes but I still haven’t decided if I’m going to breakdown a previously released track, or something unheard off of my next album.
Have you any advice for producers/musicians developing musical works in progress to play at CDR?
Don’t overthink it, have fun with the process. Don’t be like me back in 2009 who was too shook to turn up to CDR in Plastic People, I had beats that I genuinely thought were good but overthought the situation and missed out on a good learning experience.