Production Specs: SciFi Stu
Il britannico Scifi Stu è un produttore hip hop con base ad Edimburgo. Stu, dotato di uno spiccato gusto retro e interesse per l’elettronica pop anni 80, si è formato con il classico suono di New York, e, dal 2007, quando ha iniziato a farsi notare, ha lavorato con rapper del calibro di Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox), Apani B, Hus Kingpin, John Robinson (Scienz of Life), J. Sands dei Lone Catalysts, King RA, Junclassic, Has-Lo, Moka Only, Tha Connection, L.I.F.E Long, Ill Poetix, Internal Quest, Count Bass D, SPON (Beat Fanatic), Remarkable Mayor, Prolifical, e altri ancora. Oltre alle produzioni rap presta anche il suo gusto e l’orecchio a basi in stile anni Ottanta, tutte sintetizzatori e batterie elettroniche, di sapore pop e dal “tiro” incredibilmente catchy.
First commercial beat sold/placed: The Will Ft Vast Aire, 4th Place & Jonwayne on Domination Recordings. 2010. I had dropped a few things prior to that, but that track felt like my official introduction to the scene.
How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of: Still not there quite yet…haha. I think this should always be an ongoing process for any artist. I genuinely find it difficult to separate myself from the writing/recording process, so even with time, I will always be listening out for issues in the mix etc with my tracks. I am not sure I will EVER be 100% happy with anything I release. I am a very critical listener.
Favourite production set-up: My favourite set up was probably in around 2009. Ableton Live, Akai MPD 32, Macbook, old Numark turntable. Super simple, but it just worked in the space I had. I am a very visual person, so I need to have things look and feel ‘right’ in order to be comfortable in getting to working. My current set-up is roughly similar, but I have some outboard gear now and more space.
Best digging advice from someone ever: Basically…go wild, the world is your oyster. Don’t worry where a sound comes from as long as it is high enough quality to shine through in the mix.
Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, i have to go back to the lab!”: Madlib, not NEW stuff necessarily, just Madlib in general. Mad brings a workmanship and style that just cuts through, it’s very natural and his style (sound-wise and visually) is unique to him.
Your worst production mistake ever made: I don’t feel like I have made mistakes necessarily, but in the process of learning I have probably released some less well-executed tracks compared to the initial vision I had.
One essential mixing tip: Take your time!… Mixing one track for 5 hours will hurt your ears and brain. I think you need to be as objective as possible and take your time to distance yourself at regular intervals.