Age : 30 Sex : Male Zodiac : Virgo Country : Germany City : Berlin
Type : Exclusive mix Genre : Techno Hardware : Maschine / Akai MPK 40 Software : Ableton / Reason
Smelly Feet Records: Steven, we see that you are a very devoted producer. How and where did you learn your production skills?
Steven Beyer: I started producing about 6 years ago with friends who were also DJing and producing. We sat together and talked about producing and developing our first beats. The most important thing I learned was to never give up and keep on trying.
SFR: Take us through your production process. Are there any strategies that you have which help in achieving your particular sound?
Steven: Every time I start to produce a new track, I start with the beat. In my opinion, the groove is the most important element to a good track. I love to work with vocals as well. For this, I usually record an original vocal bit or look for a good sample and so on and so on... I have to feel the vibe when i finish a track. If I don’t feel it, I will never release it.
''Personally, I don't care about how you produce your music, as long as the finished product is great. That is all that matters to me.''
SFR: Have you ever sold anything that you still wish you owned?
Steven: Yes. When I started producing years ago, I tried a lot of different things with hardwares and was trying to figure out which ones would be best for me. I bought an Elektron Machinedrum, which is a really nice piece of hardware for producing beats, bass and grooves. However, at the time, I found it to be too complicated to work with because of all the knobs on it. After half a year of owning it, I sold it. Now that a few years have passed, I think i want it back again. Maybe I will buy a new one...one day.
SFR: How do you feel the new technology being released today affects the community of professional producers? Is it positive? Negative? Both?
Steven: I think anything you can use to produce good music is ok. The most important thing when you produce is to create your own stuff. Personally, I don't care about how you produce your music, as long as the finished product is great. That is all that matters to me.
SFR: What is your favorite piece of equipment - hardware/software/other?
Steven: I use Ableton a lot and sometimes Rewire with Reason. I love my microphone which I use to try different things such as recording my voice or recording some sounds which, as I mentioned before, will do myself. And, of course, I love my Maschine Controller from Native Instruments.
''...there are so many things that makes one unique, like the style, personality and stage presence, the interaction with the crowd...and so on.''
SFR: What steps do you take to ensure that you remain unique in such a competitive field?
Steven: That's a good question, and not an easy one to answer. I just try to have my own style when I'm producing, and when I am DJing as well. I don’t really think about it, I just do it. Being a Producer and a DJ does not make you who you are, there are so many things that makes one unique, like the style, personality and stage presence, the interaction with the crowd...and so on.
SFR: List a few of your personal favorite productions that have influenced you in becoming who you are today?
Skatebård - Sgnelkab - Skateboarding Was A Crime (1989),
Blake Baxter - Our Love (1997)
Al Green - Still In Love With You (1972)
SFR: Is there anything that you are working on at the moment that you would like the public to know about?
Steven: At the Moment, I have just worked on, and released some new EP’s and Remixes. Other than that, I am working on a new project with a friend of mine. More info on all of this is to be released soon.
SFR: Name your all time favorite dancefloors - as a DJ at the club, and as a face in the crowd.
Steven: I had one of my best Gigs at Sisyphos in Berlin where I played a set for 7 Hours straight, and it was absolutely amazing. Playing in Berlin always is exciting. I play a lot of great gigs in Berlin, around Germany and Europe as well. Every gig is unique and special in its own way.
If i go out, I love to go the Berghain, Berlin. I think everybody knows this Club. Its one of the most special Places in the world for me. However, I don't only go to Techno Clubs. When I have free time on the weekend, I sometimes go to a Hip Hop Party or an R&B and Soul night. I like to enjoy different styles of music.
SFR: Steven, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration. Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
Steven: I tried to show different variations of sound by adding some interesting bits and even some vocals. I want to show, in one hour, who I am and what I do.