Q&A / Hiest
What inspires you the most?
Musically, I find myself the most inspired by different approaches to workflow and composition - a groove made quickly on the Novation Circuit, for example, might spark inspiration that I wasn't feeling when starting a track "in the box" with Ableton. Being able to switch things up in terms of how I create definitely keeps me going. And sometimes when I lose interest in a project or it's just not vibing, I save the melodic loops as samples to chop up and rearrange later!
Where do you feel the most centered and happy?
I feel most centered and happy in the studio, hands down. Although now that I'm writing it, maybe "the studio" isn't a physical location but more of a mindset you take around with you? Either alone or with friends, I love to be in spaces where being creative and expressing that part of myself feels easy and unbothered.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Growing up, my grandfather would always tell me that it was important to work hard, dedicate myself to my studies and all that, but before anything to make sure I was having fun. That always stuck with me and helps me keep my priorities straight :)
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Consistently playing/practicing/making music and exercising have been the two biggest boosts to my happiness and quality of life in the past 5 years. Both activities help me to blow off steam and reset my headspace, and I've found ways to keep both super fun and exciting!
Producer / United States