Tigersonic is a bass player and producer from North London. Felix, AKA Tigersonic stopped by for some DIY QnA.
1. Tell us about yourself and the music you make
Hi I am felix aka Tigersonic. I am a producer and bass player. I make optimistic dubtronica for people with short attention spans i.e i make short tunes …. with a dubby vibe.
2. What are you working on at the moment? Tell us about your latest project
I am making a series of short music pieces that go with visuals. Mostly things I have shot and edited on my phone. I release those regularly on instagram
I have a cassette out called Blip Cuts on an experimental label (South East London label, Linear Obsessional) and am working on my next collection of tunes – out soon.
I have also started playing live again after a long break – this time solo which I have never done before – I do creative coaching with other musicians and am always telling them to get out of their comfort zone – then I realise I was not doing that myself – anyway, solo is kind of scary and also fun and most deffo out of my current comfort zone LOL.
3. What’s your process for making music (songwriting, gear etc)
I work as a studio engineer so my main platform is Pro Tools – but over the last couple of years I have got interested in what you can do lofi like making beats and starting tracks on my phone apps..
I really like the current experimental scene that is going on uk wide – where people frown on you bringing a laptop to play live – it gets you thinking.
I just scored 6 drum machines as a joblot on ebay so looking forward to see how I can get them incorporated into some tunes.
My current fave phone app is Korg Gadget but have loved using imaschine and some bits and bobs like file mangler Dubfilter.
I have been doing an online course with a guy called Mike Monday who encourages you to “splurge” – make loads of music without thinking or worrying about it much and it has really changed the way I work and how much music I produce – bought a lot of fun back into my music making.
4. What or who inspires you musically?
On the dub side obviously all the greats like King Tubby /Scientist and our own fabulous Adrian Sherwood/ Jah Wobble / Dennis Bovell.
But it’s not all dub. Two of my favourite records are A Meeting by the River by Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Brian Eno and David Byrne’s Bush of Ghosts and I am always a fan of heavy beats and wobbly basslines.
5. If you could be stuck in a lift with any musician dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Too long to mention but think I am going to go for Frank Zappa as I expect he would be fascinating / wise and even more important, very funny.
6. What advice would you give to other DIY musicians, especially those just starting out?
Relax make it fun – no one is forcing you to make music #fuck content make art.
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