Panther God is a DJ, producer and head of Oh Drat favourite label Circuitree Records. His style is healthily multi faceted, with the foundations of hip hop and dubstep layered with UK garage and lo-fi, and his latest release Touch and Feel, featured below, experiments with four on the floor techno and rave sound. We were itching to find out his answers to The Questions…
“I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion”
Name: Panther God
The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: “I Broke My Neck In Africa” It’s a tune I wrote five years ago, all in one sitting, using the MPC and some vinyl samples. It took about 8 hours and when I finished it, I literally collapsed onto the floor as a result of exhaustion. It’s a tune I can still listen to, one that probably makes no sense from a music theory perspective, but is pleasing nonetheless.
Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: Maybe Charlie Astro. He’s the type of guy who can write a sketch for a new tune while you’re in the bathroom, giving one the sense that even collaborating with him is a just a matter of social exercise rather than necessary artistic practice for him. Also Kent Hernandez aka Kentsoundz, who is a fantastic producer and lyrical coach. He can pull vocalists up to their own next level with ease. That’s a fun thing to witness.
Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: “Work on projects, rather than just separate songs.” Mr. Len of Company Flow told me this at a show. It makes a lot of sense although I have trouble thinking that way.
A piece of gear I couldn’t live without: My Juno 106. The older I get the more I love it. I really am not a fan of digital or software synths. If the knobs aren’t tactile, most of the time I’m not having fun. Plus, analog gear does sound better…It’s not hard to prove. I’ve got a VST Juno ensemble in Reaktor that sounds nowhere near as “good” as my real one. I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion. It’s baffling.
A piece of gear I wish I could live without: Ableton Live. I use it for everything these days and actually hate how CPU is always an issue with it. I can’t even finish most tracks I start on it because mixing becomes impossible with all the audio dropouts and stuttering. If and when it becomes 64 bit I’m hoping it’ll run smoother. In the meantime I’m thinking of doing most of the processing outside of Live, running layers through hardware amps, compressors, filters, delays, etc. It’s not cheap to do so, but probably worth the effort time and money involved.
My studio environment in three words: Evolving, lean, impossible!
A song I wish I’d written: Any Burial tune, most Four tet tunes.
If I could do it all again, I’d: Have kept my mpc, nord, and Boss SP 505, and focused way more on learning music theory that production. After all production is secondary to the ideas in a track, not the other way around.