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Exclusive interview with Refracture

1. Hello, Paul Dobson (Refracture)! Thank you for accepting our invitation to this interview. Can we start by talking about your formative musical experiences? Was there someone who influenced you to do so, another artist, family member musician?

My pleasure! I always did some form of music at a young age at School, mainly playing the Piano and some experience with the Viola. My real interest in music began, however, when a friend introduced me to Nine Inch Nails & Aphex Twin when I was 15. I just fell in love with the melodies and intelligent production. From there I delved further into electronic music, becoming interested in trance which then lead me to breaks and the rest is history!

2. If you had to choose one element of your music that defines your music as a whole, what would it be and why?

I think the main element of my music is usually its deep melodic content. I just love deep, moving melodies and that is where I always start. This combined with a heavy low end and lots of energy is what I think the ‘Refracture’ sound is mostly about.

3. What other artists/DJs influence your work? What have you learned from them?

The likes of Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin & Sigur Ros have definitely been a big influence from a melodic point of view. From a production point of view I do very much like Deadmau5’s sound, it’s just very warm and while his tracks might not always be to my taste, everything is very well produced. Feed Me is also a producer I’m very impressed with. As far as performers though it goes hands down to the Stanton Warriors, their tracks always have a very cool yet simple way about them and they always get the crowd going when I’ve seen them play.

4. What defines a good producer and what direction is house music heading in? Who are some of the DJs or producers you currently appreciate?

I think, most importantly, a good producer has their own sound and doesn’t just attempt to copy others because of what’s fashionable. Production wise it’s important to make sure everything has its own space and to take your time in making something sound as full and round as possible as well good attention to detail and not being lazy with it. As far as direction, I think things are going to start getting more melodic again. More nostalgic melodies that make tracks more recognisable and less abrasive dubstep basslines. Currently I think guys like Porter Robinson, Feed me and Zedd are doing good things because they are just heading whichever direction they wish, are extremely good producers and continue to push their sound.

5. What is the key ingredient in a track? Breakdown? Style of production? Bassline?

For me, personally, everything starts with a good melody. If I’ve got a really good melodic breakdown then everything seems to fall into place naturally from there. If the track is either evoking emotion or making me bounce around the room like an idiot, or both then I’ve got it right!

6. Do you agree with this situation that the electronic music became so hyper productive?

It was bound to happen, it’s become extremely popular so obviously a load of kids were gonna want to be the next superstar dj and start producing. There are so many producers at the moment trying to make it, but in my opinion this has only driven the standard higher as there’s so many great producers out there now you really have to be producing tracks to the very best of your ability and can’t get away with being lazy. Obviously there is more crap out there than ever but it generally isn’t competing. So, to answer you question, yes it’s hyper productive but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

7. What do you think of the massive dubstep scene at the moment?

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of it. There are a some very talented dubstep producers out but there are also just so so many just copying each other and not doing anything new with almost no respect for dynamics in tracks. It’s a love hate thing with me, I really respect the sound that the top producers reach but can’t stand all the copycats.

8. How do you think the new generation will define it self?

It’s really quite difficult to say, I think as I said it will go more back towards the melodic side of things but with the new standard of production pushing it forwards.

9. Your favourite producer at the moment.

I don’t think I have one really, although whenever there is a new Feed Me or Mord Fustang track out I will always give it a listen!

10. Who would you like to remix your music?

I’d really like to see what some of the big guys in electro would do with my tracks such Lucky Date, Lazy Rich or Miles Dyson.

11. What kind of equipment did you start out with? How much has that changed to this date?

I used to just use a sony laptop, a copy of fruity of loops and some headphones. I got my first few releases out on beatport producing on that until I decided I really wanted to take everything to a higher level and got to work on building a studio with lots of acoustic treatment, some krk monitor/sub and a midi keyboard. For djing I used to always dj on vinyl and then cd decks but have made the move to laptop recently as I have more control over everything and can get a bit more playful with effects etc at live performances.

12. Your favourite piece of equipment/gadget?

My Macbook Pro, I’ve had it 3 years, have played gigs all over the world with it and is yet to let me down.

13. What are the top 5 tracks we should check out?

1. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun (Refracture Remix)
2. Elite Force – Be Strong (Hirshee Remix)
3. Motioned – Right Here (Miles Dyson edit)
4. Refracture – Burn It Down
5. Deenk – Funky Shit (Refracture Remix)

14. Have you a favourite quote? Something that inspires you?

There are many, many quotes that I love but the one I always remember is by Stanley Kubrick ‘However vast the darkness, we supply our own light’. Great movies with perfectly fitting soundtracks inspire me, whenever watching one I always want to get to work on a new melody idea!

15. What do you hope to achieve in the future?

I hope to achieve lots of things, but most importantly I would just love to be able to make music as a living for the rest of my life, that’s my dream.

16. A message for all the people out there who love electronic music.

Thanks for taking an interest in my music and taking the time out to read my interview, continue to enjoy and support electronic music and I hope to meet you all at a gig or a festival one day!

Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun (Refracture Remix)

Refracture – Burn It Down (Radio Edit)

Deenk – Funky Shit (Refracture Remix)

Interview made by Adriana L.L. © 2013 DJs Arena, Music-News Romania

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