Interview with electro pop act Vive La Fête
Here’s a great tech-talk with Roel Van Espen via Side-Line magazine: We live in an era where music is produced on computers with programs as ProTools / Logic / Cubase / Reason / Ableton Live / … Some artists prefer analog synths above digital, some stay their whole career loyal to the same brand. Nowadays keyboards and technology became much more easy to use and cheaper for the masses.
Our interviewer DJ Wildhoney had an exclusive talk for Side-Line with some of the most important musicians of the electronic scene about the gear they use to compose songs and to perform live on stage. From today on we will publish every day a new interview with such bands as The Neon Judgement, Vomito Negro, Wumpscut, Pouppée Fabrikk, Monolith, Vive La Fete, Frozen Plasma, Haujobb, etc. Step with us into the studio of your idols and discover how your favorite tracks were produced and which equipment was used for it! How cool and interesting is that?
Roel Van Espen plays keyboards in Vive La Fête since 2006 and is also active in Raul D’Jam (as Raul de Jamonez), Zuppastar and Elysian. The “French touch electro-rock band” has built a new studio recently and is currently writing on a new album.
SL: How long ago did you buy your first keyboard ever? Which technology did it use and do you still own it?
RVE: The first keyboard I bought was a Korg Polysix, somewhere in the eighties. It was one of the first polyfone synths that were not too expensive in those days. I remember the “Ensemble”-effect was great fun and totally new for me. Those strings… waw! It’s a shame I don’t have this keyboard anymore… I once didn’t turn it off during the night, so the circuits inside melted! In those same years, my brother bought one of the first affordable samplers: an Ensoniq (Mirage, I think). It was a revelation for us: you could sample for even more than one second! My brother bought it second hand, so it had already a lot of nice samples inside. I remember the guitar sample from Yes (“Owner Of A Lonely Heart”), ugly but also kinda cool. I used the sample in almost every song I made in those days. It’s a good thing those 4-track tapes are buried deep under the ground now.
SL: Which computer(s) and software do you currently use in your (home)studio?
RVE: I use ProTools. I’m still obliged to do this on a pc, as I use FL Studio as a great plugin within ProTools (for drums, virtual synths, …). Until now, FL Studio is only available for pc. Hopefully it will be available for Mac soon (they are beta testing it right now), then I can finally switch to Apple. I already use Logic on my Mac, but that’s mostly for dj-stuff or as a backing track. For recording purposes, ProTools works fine for me. So why change?