‘Conceptual, Exploratory, Eccentric’ | Interview with Human Centerpiece

Pleasingly organic, deep, ethereal electronika. To use some of the artist’s words, experience it like a story being told. Read our discussion with the producer below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Conceptual, Exploratory, Eccentric.

Your music sounds organic indeed. What is your secret? What advice would you give to a young producer that tries to achieve this warm organic sound?

I would say the most important part of making a production feel organic is the layers of FX and foley in the background of a track. I pair this with granular synthesis techniques that are resampled in the mix.
By layering these sounds and not always snapping drums to a sequencer, it can result in a more organic sound.
the randomness of these results make a track feel more human with all its gritty faults.
For the new producer: There is plenty to say in regards to creating your individual sound. For starters,
Take the time to find sounds/keys/tempos/genres that you like. Learn the names of them and learn how to make them for yourself. Take a reese bass for example. It’s embarrassing how long it took me to learn what a reese bass was!
I knew I liked the sound but never knew the term and therefor did not know what to look for in terms of tutorials. Next, build a library of these sounds.
Take these ingredients and repititiously create songs with them. create a song every month, every week, every day. With repitition and time in your DAW, eventually you will build a style that is unique to you.
Now stop reading this and get to it!

What made you gravitate towards electronic music?

Electronic is one of the few genres that still has so much untapped potential IMO. It’s still the wild west when it comes to making interesting sounds.
The sonic possibilities of electronic music are seemingly infinite. Without the limitations of instruments and the humans playing them, electronic music can explore sounds that we could never recreate without computers.
Also, the chasm of sub-genres in electronic music are vast. So much so that I believe the lines are blurring between genres and really don’t mean anything anymore. Have you ever heard of Pisscore? Or Faux Utopian? I don’t recommend it, but it’s a thing.
And I love electronic music for it. It’s a place for seeking new territory and that is my goal as Human Centerpiece.

Favourite electronic music producer?

I don’t really like to say I have one favourite. But I am heavily inspired by the likes of Aphex Twin, Sorrow, Burial, Sewerslvt, Clams Casino, Oneohtrix Point Never, Koan Sound, and Death’s Dynamic Shroud to name a few.

How do you listen to music in general? Streaming platforms, vinyls or…?

Headphones of course! I like to listen to full albums and mixes. I have the benefit of being able to listen to music on headphones all day everyday so it is a big part of my life.
I have a vinyl collection and record player but it’s not the best way for me to experience music.

Your sound has a rich, wide variety that goes from ASMR to more club oriented elements. In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Everyone uses music in different ways I think. Some might use it for motivation, for dancing, for sleep, etc. My music is for the listener that can experience it with headphones and full attention on the experience.
I use music as a soundtrack to my life so that is the kind of listener I want to appeal to. I imagine they would experience it like a story being told.

You suggest your listeners to use headphones. Considering your music is production driven, are you scared that the average listener may listen to your music in extremely low quality laptop internal speakers (or even worse on phone internal speakers)?

Unfortunately yes. I remind people to listen to music with headphones because you lose so much of the entended presentation when listening on small speakers. It is a travesty to listen to electronic music with no bass at all!

What is the story behind your name?

It is nothing special really. I have a running list of dumb band names and Human Centerpiece was the one I chose. I don’t think anyone will forget it after seeing it.
It grabs your attention because it is similar to another shocking phrase, but bares no relation.
But the gaudy answer is that I think of the listener as the centerpiece of the music (Which is why headphones are so important.)

Thank you!

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