Mirkwood (Original Mix)
Having just released his explosive new ‘JVCKWOOD’ EP via Excision’s Rottun Recordings this past Monday, bass music producer, LUMBERJVCK, has put himself in a good position for future releases. The young woodsman, otherwise known as Connor Schnatzel, first came onto the radar by offering his original tracks and remixes free to his fans. Now showing the darker side of his creativity with this EP, we can surely expect to hear much more from this promising talent. To gain an understanding in how he produced intricate tracks, such as the recent “Mirkwood”, we chatted with LUMBERJVCK to hear more about his production techniques and set up:
What DAW do you work with and why?
I work with Ableton. I prefer Ableton because of its ease of access. I used to use Reason, but I would get really frustrated with the workflow so I switched.
What does your studio consist of?
My studio consists of one 50 inch flat screen, Rokit 6 monitors, a Focusrite Scarlet soundcard, and an MPK61.
Top 5 go-to VSTs to work with?
LFO Tool, Akustix, Effectrix, Insight, and the PX-7 FM synth in Reason.
What are some techniques you use for sound design?
I love layering sounds. I usually layer a bass growl with a real animal growl. I have the bass come down the middle while the animal growl is spread in the stereo field. This is how I get my most crazy noises.
You’re starting off a track, what’s the first step?
The first step to any track for me is a big and loud drum beat.
Any weird tricks that speed up productivity for you?
When I need to kickstart productivity I write everything down I have to do in a day. I won’t let myself relax or make other plans until the list is complete.
Are you trained in any organic instruments?
I have trained myself in guitar, piano, and drums.
You can pick up a copy of “JVCKWOOD” EP here.