Producer/Musician Interviews: Gareth Wynne-McHardy

Almost two weeks ago, we featured Hamza Sayah, and asked him a few questions to gain insight into his life as a DJ and producer. Today, we are featuring a new guest. He is an up-and-coming producer, based in Edinburgh and he goes by the name of MisterGareth. His music reflects the modern progressive style and can be enjoyed both chilled and in more energetic environments. His Soundcloud is linked at the bottom and so if you haven't already, check him out!

Give a brief description of your styles/genres.

"I usually go for a progressive house style with the music I make. Producers like The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero, Vicetone, Dzeko and Torres, and Gazzo have been pretty big influences. If I'm making an instrumental song I've got more freedom to pursue that style but in making a remix the song is more constrained by the style of the vocals."

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What gear do you use?
WI use a Korg 25 key MIDI keyboard to record with and I use a pair of Superlux HD668B headphones. Not playing live shows at the moment means I can afford to be pretty minimal with my equipment."

Who would you say your biggest inspiration has been musically?
"Music promoters and tastemakers like Proximity, MrSuicideSheep, and Koala Kontrol have been my greatest sources of inspiration. It’s thanks to Proximity that I first heard Vicetone’s End of the Year Mix 2014 and that mix is the holy book of progressive house."

Favourite VST plugin?
"I'm a bit torn between Nexus and Massive. Nexus has some fantastic controls and is very friendly to beginners but it lacks the complete control offered by Massive. Opening up Massive for the first time is a bit like being put in front of the control panel for a space shuttle but once you get the hang of it there’s a greater range available than with Nexus. The smaller degree of control with Nexus can be a bit frustrating but its accessibility is a definite strength."

NI Massive

What's your thoughts on sampling and sample packs?
"I'm guilty of using drum samples all the time. Making your own can make the track a bit more unique but the ease of choosing something decent and pre made is too compelling. I think I might be a bit of a lazy producer but the technical stuff takes second place to the quality of the music."

Digital or analogue?
"Digital all the way. Might not quite be as high quality as analogue but only the most discerning listener will notice. I don’t think that small minority is worth the extra fuss of all that equipment."

What song do you wish was yours?
"Imagine Dragons – Demons (Dzeko and Torres Remix). The melody in this track is amazing and is accentuated by the style of build used leading up to the drop. This track feels enormous."

Dream collaboration?
"A collaboration with Tiësto would be amazing. That guy seems like the Jay Z of progressive house music. There’s no way to have a career as accomplished as his without having your finger on the pulse of the genre."

What is your guilty pleasure musically?
"Tay Swift? More like Bae Swift. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Hah"

What one tip do you have for new DJ's/Producers?
"Audio blogs like this one and Youtube tutorials are your friend. You’re unlikely to be facing a problem for which someone hasn't made a video solution."

Favourite album of all time?
"Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms. It’s a pretty big departure from the type of music I make but that weird blend of acoustic guitars and pop punk is amazing. Highly recommend. Been listening to it for nearly 2 years now and I love it the more I hear it."

Best produced album of all time?

"Pharmacy by Galantis is a masterpiece of an album. I don’t know of a single fault in the production. It won a Grammy for Runaway and spent ages on the charts for other songs like Gold Dust, Firebird, and Forever Tonight."