THE BIRDHOUSE 203: Reset Robot

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For episode 203, I am happy to welcome the techno maestro himself, Reset Robot, to the show. Hailing from Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Reset Robot has spend the better part of two decades fine tuning his production skills, and initially got his start with his first release in 2003. He popped up on my radar around 2010 - 2011 with huge releases on True Soul & Sci+Tec. Since then, Reset Robot has had major releases on releases on imprints like, Drumcode, Hot Flush, Knee Deep In Sound and More. His style goes everywhere from minimal to complex, heavy to melodic and everything in between, check out his guest mix below and read on for his BIRDHOUSE questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I got it started with a lot of dedication. I worked tirelessly on my production skills in my late teens and early twenties. I landed my first ever release back in 2003.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Portsmouth (UK). I’m not sure it has an influence on my music but it’s a great place to live. We’re a stones throw from the beach so it’s fantastic in the summer.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

It happens a lot. There are times when I just think “what the hell am I doing?” There are often moments, which are just around the corner that get you back on track. A few great sessions in the studio or an electric gig will do it.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I wasn’t using any hardware early on so I would have to say Reason. I started off using it and still use it to this day!!

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?

I loved Josh Wink, Sasha and Digweed back then and still like what they do now. Anything by Josh Wink would be in the bag straight away. I loved the way his tracks used to build. Always loads of energy.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Normally spending time with the family or playing tennis. I love to get out and about and to be active.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

At my parents house in South West France. It’s a beautiful part of the country and their house in the middle of nowhere so it’s easy to switch off properly.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I love gardening and I’m pretty handy in the kitchen.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Pink / Beige 

Favorite and least favorite words?

Lather / Hashtag

Favorite animal?

Cats

Favorite board game?

Not technically a board game but I love ‘Boggle’

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Grilled Cheese

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club

Biggie or Tupac?

Neither

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Exercise

THE BIRDHOUSE 197: Black V Neck

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From now until both Birdhouse Festival in Chicago and Dirtybird Campout in Modesto, I will be featuring a select artist playing on one of these lineups to take over the guest mix and give you a preview of what is to come. This week, for our first Dirtybird Campout feature, we have our newest Dirtybird artist, Black V Neck, on guest mix duty. This duo recently caught my attention after having their first release on birdfeed on Last year with their track “Stop ‘n Go.” This year they sent me their newest track “Mouth Music,” and I was blown away. The production quality was top notch and they were able to create something fresh and unique in an extremely effective way. After I heard the B-side “Sex, Drugs Alcohol,” I knew it was time to welcome these two to Dirtybird with an official EP.

Although relatively new and upcoming producers, Black V Neck have already had a string of releases on labels such as Bunny Tiger, Audiophile XXL, Shanghaied and more. They have also received huge support from Shiba San and released a number of tracks on his imprint, Basement Leak. Make sure to catch Black V Neck kicking things off at Dirtybird Campout on Friday, October 4th at 12pm at The Birdhouse stages and check out their BIRDHOUSE questionnaire and guest mix below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

Julian: We both met the first day of band camp in college seven years ago, coincidentally we both played the french horn and realized soon enough that we both loved making electronic music. I showed Ian Abelton and the rest is history.
Ian: Yeah and I loved it so much, I got the logo tattooed on my arm. When we started, we were working off two laptops in our school’s practice rooms. Then three years ago, we converted an office space into our shared studio where we produce all of our tracks.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

Julian: We are from Miami born and raised, Ian being of Jamaican/Cuban descent and I have a French/Cuban background.
Ian: The city has an influence on my attitude and my driving, which reflects in my music.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Julian: Zero.
Ian: Square root of negative two.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Julian & Ian in unison: A Subwoofer.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Julian: I always try to emulate the vibe of house music artists from the 90’s such as Thomas Bangalter and Armand van Helden.
Ian: Chris Lake and KSHMR, their sound is versatile and top-notch. They set the bar for us when it comes to production, challenging us to put out only quality tracks.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Julian: I like to go for long runs by the water on the boardwalk, it always helps me relax. If I can’t do a run, I go to the gym or head to the pool and try to soak in the Miami sun. Ian: I find that learning something new keeps me on my toes and motivates me to look at things from a different perspective.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Julian: When I’m in the studio working on a new song that I’m proud of. Playing shows also reminds me why I continue to make music my career.
Ian: What he said!

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

Ian: We both actually play the french horn and drums. I also like building computers and PC gaming. #PCMR

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Julian & Ian: Our favorite color is black, our least is white. Are you surprised?

Favorite and least favorite words?

Julian: Least, Moist

Ian: Fave, Moist

Favorite animal?

Julian: Penguin
Ian: I literally don’t know. I like turtles?

Favorite board game?

Julian: The Game of Life

Ian: Cyberpunk 2020

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Julian: Pastellitos from La Careta

Ian: Batido de Mamey

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Julian: *NSYNC – Tearin' Up My Heart

Ian: Attack Attack! – Smokahontas

German or Detroit techno?

Julian: German

Ian: Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Julian: Club BED, feat. DJ Pillow

Ian: Warehouse, the 90’s were lit.

Biggie or Tupac?

Julian & Ian: Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Julian & Ian: Spaceballs

Exercise or Netflix?

Julian: Netflix, a new show every week.

Ian: Exercise, it’s never not bulking season.