In this interview, we delve into the creative mind of the talented DJ and producer Tensteps. Known for his infectious Trance sound and captivating productions, we discover Tensteps' preferences when it comes to various aspects of music creation; from collaborating with vocalists to his ideal working environment, Tensteps shares his insights and sheds light on his artistic choices.
So, without further ado, let's dive into the intriguing world of Tensteps as he navigates a series of intriguing 'this or that' questions that give us a glimpse into his musical preferences, get ready to uncover what makes Tensteps tick and how his choices shape his remarkable music.
Would you rather produce a track with a vocalist or without?
With a vocalist 100%. Fans of mine will know that I almost never release instrumentals. They have a low ceiling as to how well they can perform on streaming services and how memorable they are to fans. As a general rule, humans latch onto humans, and in Electronic music, the most human element is voice, so anything with an amazing vocal will be infinitely more memorable than an instrumental.
Do you prefer to play at indoor or outdoor events?
I don’t really have a strong preference, but air conditioning is always nice to have, haha.
Would you rather remix a classic track or produce an original?
Usually produce an original. It’s nice to have full freedom of expression and control over every element of the track. But I started as a producer making remixes, so they’ll always have a special place in my heart and they’re always lots of fun to do.
Do you prefer to work on music during the day or at night?
These days, daytime. I used to be a night owl and would do studio sessions until 4am. But I can’t stay up that late anymore that easily haha, so now I work mostly during the day. Sometimes a night session will go to 10 or 11pm, but usually no later than that.
Would you rather collaborate with a producer who has a similar style to you or a completely different style?
I think there has to be some degree of synergy, but it’s about finding the things that work about each of our styles and combining them. For example, there’s a couple of Melodic Bass artists I’d love to work with, because to me, Melodic Bass is just half-time Trance. It has similar emotions, melodies, and vocals that tend to work across both genres.
Do you prefer to play at small intimate venues or large festival stages?
Well, I’ve yet to play a large festival myself, but I think they each have their unique selling points. But if I had to choose just one, I’m a sucker for amazing production so I’d say a festival.
Would you rather use software synths or hardware synths?
Software all the way. I’ve never been a hardware guy, just not my thing. I like to keep things in-the-box as much as possible.
Do you prefer to work on music alone or with a team?
Alone for sure. I have a select few friends I can send stuff to for feedback, but ultimately, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my music so I want the final say in everything.
Would you rather produce a track with a focus on melody or rhythm?
Melody 100%. No substitute for an amazing melody.
Do you prefer to work on music in a quiet studio or in a busy environment?
Quiet studio. I need to be able to focus on what I’m doing and hear things clearly. Trying to work on music on a plane or at a coffeeshop has never been an enjoyable experience for me.
With this interview, we learned more about Tensteps’ musical preferences and creative process. We thank him for sharing his thoughts and giving us a glimpse into his musical journey. Follow him on social media to stay updated on his latest releases, projects, and live performances, as with his upcoming releases and highly-anticipated debut album, Tensteps is set to make waves in the Electronic Dance Music scene.
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