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Skope Interview – Neurohop Production Tips

If you love large moving bass sounds with layered fat beats you’ll probably love the insane levels of funk in Skope’s neurohop. Skope is regarded by many as one of the pioneers at the forefront of this genre, with some phenomenal releases under his belt on Caliber Music, Adapted Recordings and Faust & Shortee. We sat down with him to ask him about his production techniques, influences and other general stuff.

Stay tuned for a podcast session coming out with Skope on Monday July 15th, 2013 – you’ll see it in our ‘podcasts’ section of the site.

Hey Skope, what music did you grow up listening to?

Hip Hop! I guess when I was really young I liked a bit of metal but not for long. hip hop became a staple diet for me at the age of 13 onwards.

When did you start producing and how did you get into it? 

I have been messing around with it for 4 or 5 years but I started writing music seriously about 3 years ago when I got my hands on Mac and logic for the first time.

What kinds of music did you make before focusing on neurohop/glitch hop? 

I made a lot of dubstep and garage, also a bit of hip hop, but I still make a bit of those genres now even though glitch/neurohop is where I’m focusing my efforts.

How do you approach a tune?  Drums first?  Melody?

Drums almost always come first, but it can yield different results buy trying it another way round. I will always design lots of sounds before I begin the writing stage though.

Where do you get your inspiration / motivation from? 

I want to make high quality music, it doesn’t go much deeper than that really. But I guess there is an element of reaching a certain standard of sound and music that always drives me to look for new ways of doing things.

Do you have a tune to date that you’re most proud of? 

Probably “Robofunk” I had a lot of fun writing it, it was one of those tracks that just came together and I cant really put my finger on how. Plus it was a great success and has helped me reach a larger audience for my music.

Do you do much resampling and frequency splitting to get your bass sounds sounding so delicious?

I resample and frequency split plus lots more techniques. But a lot of my basses are made live in the synths with midi with some additional processing. It allows me to carefully design my basses from the ground up and then edit/automate parameters early on in the plugin chain which can have a more drastic effect on the sound

If you got a chance would you write pop stuff for a major label (if the money was good?)

Definitely, I find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t (if the money was right!!!) I would still produce the music I like as well though, just do it under a different name

What plugin do you use more than any others? 

Dada Life – sausage fattener, goes on almost anything!

It certainly is fat… except that, what’s the coolest bit of kit you’ve got and do you actually use it much? 

I have 3 hardware processors. “fmr audio – really nice compressor” “lexicon mpx100 effects unit” and “korg kaoss padd multi effects unit/sampler” but unfortunately none of them get much good use purely because it takes so long to do and i have software to do almost all the things they can do. although I am starting to play around with them a bit more because it is fun to get hands on sometimes.

Do you master your own releases? 

Sometimes, depends if I like how an engineer makes my music sound.

What production technique do you think is really overused / annoying?

the lowpass filter

Yes – wobbles are so 2006… What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started out?

some sound theory and a knowledge of the plugins I am using

What do you think are some of the biggest mistakes people make with production generally when they’re in their first year or two? 

Over compression is a big one. referring to my last answer, you shouldn’t use anything if you don’t know what its doing!

Except for yourself (obviously), who else do you think is really pushing the genre in new directions? What are they doing differently to the rest?

Disprove has to be one of my favourite producers at the moment, getting such a nice clean and big sound. Teddy Killerz dubstep is beastly as well.

Have to agree with you about Disprove – what a beast! Thanks for sharing some insight into your production with us! 

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