Quentyn. Home Tonight.
After enjoying huge success as one half of EDM dynamic duo Volt & State, with releases on Revealed Recordings, Armada Music and Protocol Recordings, and gaining mammoth support from tastemakers including Tiesto, W&W, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and BBC Radio 1, Quentyn (aka Volt) has decided to embark on a new, solo musical journey. We caught up with the multi-talented artist to discuss all things Behind The Scenes of his latest release ‘Home Tonight’.
Hi Quentyn, thanks for taking time out to chat about your latest release called ‘Home Tonight, which is out now on Enroute Records. To kick things off, can you tell us how the idea for the record came about?
I started with the bassline on my guitar; from there I created the chords with a simple piano sound. I wanted to make a groovy track with happy vibes, but also have some deeper emotional chords at the same time. I was happy with the way this combination came together.
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?
With every track I make, I always begin with composing a melody (through a simple piano- or guitar-sound). If I can transmit the emotion I’m looking for, solely through a melody (in one loop), I believe this would be the strongest possible starting point. My goal is to seek limits on how I can make music in complete different genres without losing this emotion. As I’m comfortable making progressive house, my starting point would be very close to this genre, but I’d like to see this project as a beginning of a journey in developing myself into different genres. For now I’m exploring the crossover between (Progressive-) house and band/indie music. It’s more down-tempo, more 80s inspired synths and with less electronic elements.
Can you tell us a bit about the production process of ‘Home Tonight?
My idea was to make an electronic track but still have accents on the acoustic elements, and create some kind of crossover between house and band music. I wanted the song to have a bit of an unusual arrangement with only one long break instead of the common break – drop – break – drop structure. I am super happy about how this turned out to be, and I am looking forward to hearing what the world thinks!
What hardware and software did you use during the production process?
One of my secrets is using the Arturia Oberheim, I love the analogue touch of it! Also, I used the Korg MS20 for the lead sound, combined with a simple Sylenth 1.
The track is an uplifting House anthem, full of mesmerising melodies and infectious synths. Why did you decide to focus on this sound as a producer and DJ?
I think the biggest change since we quit Volt & State is that I now have more freedom in making music. With Volt & State, during our production process I was always thinking about how tracks would work live, like during a big festival or in a club. I was focused on how to keep the energy level high during the entire track, to keep the crowd going. I also believe we were unconsciously always sort of thinking about which label would fit for the track and therefore always producing in a certain direction. It feels good to not worry about this when I’m in the studio now as a solo producer. Throughout this year, since the split with Martin, I’ve tried to move forward and spend a lot of time writing melodies, developing my sound (making my own kick, snare, synth sounds, etc.) and making plans about which direction I want to go with my music/project as Quentyn.
‘Home Tonight’ was released on your very own imprint, Enroute Records. Why did you decide to self-release the record and will we being seeing other upcoming artists feature on its roster?
This project is a personal journey, seeking to write the perfect melodies and expand genres, without trying to produce towards the market’s needs. Therefore I’m now releasing under my own label Enroute Records and at this point I’m focusing on releasing my own music.
How important do you think it is for labels to invest time and money into giving upcoming talent a platform to showcase their talents?
I think as a label it’s really important to have a balance in focusing on established artists and talents. At the end it should all be about the music!
What does the rest of 2016 hold for Quentyn and can we see another release on Enroute Records in the near future?
I have two more tracks lined up to release and a bunch of unfinished ones so I’m really looking forward to release these throughout the year. Stay tuned, updates will soon follow through my social channels!
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