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Behind The Scenes Of Gold/Shade’s ‘Halcyon’

It's an incredible new album from Gold/Shade so it only felt right to go Behind The Scenes.

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Dutch producer and DJ Gold/Shade has been creating a lot of hype around his new album ‘Halcyon’. It brings together Future House and Bass elements with the single ‘Lighthouse’ showcasing this in a very big way. Since the release of the album, the support it has received has been very good indeed. Now we take a close in-depth and Behind The Scenes look at how the album was made, the process of production with ‘Halcyon’ and much more.

To kick things off, can you tell us how the idea for the record came about?

The idea for the record came after the first couple of releases. More tracks were planned and I kept on making and sending in new songs and ideas. Before I knew it I had so many songs that all fitted together in the same vibe, that when the opportunity came to actually release an album, I didn’t have to think twice.

When you go into the studio, do you already have an idea of how you wanted a record to sound or do you decide to go into the studio and start something from scratch?

That depends. Some days I’ve seen or heard something and I kinda have an idea of what I want a song to sound like. Other days I have no idea what I want or how I’m gonna do it, so I just go to the studio and do the work and I keep working till I’m happy with at least the start of a song (this can take a while).

I think inspiration is a great thing and very necessary but it doesn’t always come when you want it to, so I think then you just gotta find it while working. For me it’s very frustrating to make something I’m not happy with and not being able to find out what to do differently but 9 times out of 10 when I keep at it I’ll eventually find a way.

Can you tell us a bit about the production process of ‘Halcyon?

I had a lot of ideas laying around but as I progressed I felt some were “outdated”. So then I either reinvented them or just made new songs. With some tracks I knew what kind of vocal I wanted on it and with others I didn’t. This was a process of finding the right voice for the right track. I think half of the vocals I recorded in sessions, the others just sent them to me. I don’t think there’s a real difference in outcome of the song as long as you’re both on the same page of what the vibe should be.

What hardware and software did you use during the production process?

It’s all Ableton live.

The album contains Future House infused Bass anthems, full of mesmerising melodies and mind-blowing synths. Why did you decide to focus on this sound as a producer and DJ?

I guess I just heard a couple of songs I really liked that inspired me to push what I was doing a bit in a different direction. As I was making more songs like this, I felt I could really produce a sound I loved. I’ve always been producing with a certain type of chords and vocals (sampled or original). I really like it when I hear something in a song and I’m not sure how they did it.

‘Halcyon’ was released on Powerhouse Music – what were you reasons for signing the record to the label?

I actually met with Randall, from Powerhouse, for another project. He came by the studio and after we talked and I showed him some tracks, I told him about my, then nameless, side project. When he heard ‘My Muse’ he got very excited. After that I sent him some more tracks, almost all instrumental, and he wanted to release those too. He came up with the plan to release a new song every month and we did! It’s very hard to find a label that is willing to invest in something new so I was very lucky to get this platform.

How important do you think it is for labels to invest time and money into giving upcoming talent a platform to showcase their talents?

Very important. Nowadays it’s not that hard to get your music out there but it’s very hard to actually get noticed. There is so much (good) music being released everyday, you need somebody to help you out and push you in the right direction without compromising your sound.

What does the rest of 2017 hold for Gold/Shade and can we see another release on Powerhouse Music in the near future?

Right now I’m really trying to focus on the live aspect of Gold/Shade. I want to perform but I need to figure out how I want this to look and sound. And there will definitely be another release on Powerhouse!

You can listen to the full album here. For more information on Gold/Shade:
https://www.facebook.com/forgoldshade/
https://twitter.com/forgoldshade

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Halcyon.

Dutch producer and DJ Gold/Shade has been creating a lot of hype around his new album ‘Halcyon’. It brings together Future House and Bass elements with the single ‘Lighthouse’ showcasing this in a very big way. Since the release of the album, the support it has received has been very good indeed. Now we take a close in-depth and Behind The Scenes look at how the album was made, the process of production with ‘Halcyon’ and much more.

To kick things off, can you tell us how the idea for the record came about?

The idea for the record came after the first couple of releases. More tracks were planned and I kept on making and sending in new songs and ideas. Before I knew it I had so many songs that all fitted together in the same vibe, that when the opportunity came to actually release an album, I didn’t have to think twice.

When you go into the studio, do you already have an idea of how you wanted a record to sound or do you decide to go into the studio and start something from scratch?

That depends. Some days I’ve seen or heard something and I kinda have an idea of what I want a song to sound like. Other days I have no idea what I want or how I’m gonna do it, so I just go to the studio and do the work and I keep working till I’m happy with at least the start of a song (this can take a while).

Halcyon.

I think inspiration is a great thing and very necessary but it doesn’t always come when you want it to, so I think then you just gotta find it while working. For me it’s very frustrating to make something I’m not happy with and not being able to find out what to do differently but 9 times out of 10 when I keep at it I’ll eventually find a way.

Can you tell us a bit about the production process of ‘Halcyon?

I had a lot of ideas laying around but as I progressed I felt some were “outdated”. So then I either reinvented them or just made new songs. With some tracks I knew what kind of vocal I wanted on it and with others I didn’t. This was a process of finding the right voice for the right track. I think half of the vocals I recorded in sessions, the others just sent them to me. I don’t think there’s a real difference in outcome of the song as long as you’re both on the same page of what the vibe should be.

What hardware and software did you use during the production process?

It’s all Ableton live.

The album contains Future House infused Bass anthems, full of mesmerising melodies and mind-blowing synths. Why did you decide to focus on this sound as a producer and DJ?

I guess I just heard a couple of songs I really liked that inspired me to push what I was doing a bit in a different direction.

Halcyon.

‘Halcyon’ was released on Powerhouse Music – what were you reasons for signing the record to the label?

I actually met with Randall, from Powerhouse, for another project. He came by the studio and after we talked and I showed him some tracks, I told him about my, then nameless, side project. When he heard ‘My Muse’ he got very excited. After that I sent him some more tracks, almost all instrumental, and he wanted to release those too. He came up with the plan to release a new song every month and we did! It’s very hard to find a label that is willing to invest in something new so I was very lucky to get this platform.

How important do you think it is for labels to invest time and money into giving upcoming talent a platform to showcase their talents?

Very important. Nowadays it’s not that hard to get your music out there but it’s very hard to actually get noticed. There is so much (good) music being released everyday, you need somebody to help you out and push you in the right direction without compromising your sound.

What does the rest of 2017 hold for Gold/Shade and can we see another release on Powerhouse Music in the near future?

Right now I’m really trying to focus on the live aspect of Gold/Shade. I want to perform but I need to figure out how I want this to look and sound. And there will definitely be another release on Powerhouse!

You can listen to the full album here. For more information on Gold/Shade:
https://www.facebook.com/forgoldshade/
https://twitter.com/forgoldshade

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