In our blog series "USED" we will be featuring established as well as upcoming artists and producers, who are using our vocal samples. In today's post we talk to David Modroño - a really talented young producer from Bilbao, Spain. He goes by the name of Lost Kid and he has been using samples from our free vocal sample packs and is now an owner of the "All Vocals" and the "Vocals Starter". You can check his tracks and learn more about his production techniques and music passion below.
Producer: Lost Kid (Bilbao, Spain)
Producing For: Almost 3 years
DAW: FL Studio (Occasionally Ableton)
Describe your music genre in your own words:
"I make simple music inspired on deep house mostly."
Did you have a single life event that got you into music production or did it happen gradually? Tell us more about how you started making music.
I started listening to electronic music some years ago and I was amazed by it. I had a friend who was already producing music and maybe seeing someone so close to me creating his own thing made me want to start. I also saw a big artist like Alan Walker grow a lot, from his small YouTube channel, to his music being released on NoCopyrightSounds until nowadays with his music being worldwide known. He was a big inspiration for me.
Do you think growing up in your location helped shape your music style in any way? Tell us more about the local scene, your early influences and what kind of music do you like to listen to yourself.
I don’t think my location affected my style of music, maybe my closest friends did, since they almost have the same taste in music as me. I was very influenced by musicians like Avicii, Alan Walker, Chainsmokers and later on by Marshmello.
I don’t think I like a specific kind of music, if I enjoy the song I listen to it, that’s all, although it is true that electronic music is one of my favorites.
How often do you find time to produce music and do you consider music the dream path of your life? Do you mix and master all your songs yourself?
I’m currently a student and I mostly produce in my free time. I don’t think of making music as my job in the future, it’s more like a hobby but if I had the opportunity I would not miss it.
"I do master and mix my songs by myself but I usually ask my friends for their opinion during the process to see if something doesn’t sound good."
Can you name your top 3 plugiins for editing audio you use the most?
I use a lot of FL Studio plugins like the Parametric EQ 2 or the Reeverb 2. I also use Nexus a lot and Sylenth1.
If you could give a single piece of advice for music production to your younger self what that would be? (Or what do you consider as one of the most important lessons you have learned about making music since you have started?)
"I would say to my younger self that the tools you use aren’t as important as the idea you have and how you execute it."
How often do you use vocal samples in your tracks and what kind of vocals do you usually search for and enjoy using?
I’ve been using them a lot lately because
"I think vocals bring the track to live and they help to express what you want more easily."
I search for vocals that sound clear and don’t require a lot of processing other than the one you make to stylish it. I also like them to have long lyrics.
Do you have a specific process for editing vocals in particular, or plug-ins you always use for that purpose?
I don’t have a specific process but I usually use EQ, some reverb and maybe some compression.
How did you process the vocal sample/s in your “Feel The Night” track that’s part of our free vocal sample pack? Please share as much details as possible on any plugins or techniques you used.
Since it was my first time using vocals I was still figuring out how to use them.
"This particular track was built around the sample itself."I simply used some reverb and delay in the main vocal and i side-chained it too. In the “build up” before the drop I duplicated the vocals and pitched them up to make them feel fuller. For the drop I chopped a little part of the sample and made a melody with it, I processed it in a simple way too, just some side-chain, delay, reverb and EQ. For some parts of the song where you can hear that melody I put automation on it to introduce some variation. I used native FL plugins and Kickstart for the side-chain.
Probably if I had to remake it I would change a lot of things but it tuned up very well.
Do you see yourself as a music artist touring and playing your music live, or rather staying in the studio and producing music for other people?
If I had the opportunity I would like to tour and show my music to the world but producing for other people would not be bad either.
Do you have any upcoming releases in the plans? Have you considered releasing an EP or even an album? Tell us more on what’s next for you.
I’ve just finished a song that I will upload in a short time but since I produce music as a hobby I don’t think I will be releasing any album or EP anytime soon, I just produce for fun.
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