Part of our recently interviewed SHAPE Platform, she’s the girl behind one of MusicMap‘s favourite records of 2016: SKY H1’s Motion EP. We caught up with the dreamy Brussels beatmaker to receive some good advice on producing music for the first time, how bass sounds at Berghain and her plans for the rest of 2017.
MusicMap: We’ve read you listened to your parents’ Twin Peaks CD and your granddad’s piano playing a lot, what other music were you exposed to when you were growing up?
SKY H1: As a teenager I mostly listened to French rap, drum and bass and grime, until I got into more experimental things.
You’ve been making music for around 7 years now, how have you and your sound changed since then?
I think that a lot of the sounds I used back then can still be found in what I do now, I’ve always been attracted to very trancey type of synths and that hasn’t changed in the meantime. Some of the things I made in the beginning were a lot more freely constructed and lately I’ve been feeling like I want to go back to that.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to start producing music but doesn’t know where to start?
Surround yourself by people that can give you advice or help you out with the technical side, once you understand this you can basically do whatever you want. Don’t try to imitate, always create whatever you feel like. Also don’t make it too complicated for yourself, try to use a limited setup and master that, instead of buying a lot of things, you’ll probably get overwhelmed and end up not using any of it.
What are your recurrent DAWs?
I learned to produce on Logic, but I’m using Ableton at the moment.
How was the experience of performing at Berghain?
Intense! The bass was so heavy at some point, my gear started moving on the table. Since that day I’ve actually always been disappointed by the sound at venues.
You are playing many shows this summer, what are your plans for the rest of the year?
Apart from some festivals in Europe and Canada, I’ll do a tour in Asia. Hopefully getting my new record out. Also working on some film projects, one of them is with Margaret Haines with who I’ve worked last year as well.
Who’s your biggest local musical influence, past and/or present?
I get a lot of inspiration from my friends, who are all doing amazing things. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by such a talented group of people.
Which clubs or venues would you recommend someone who is visiting Brussels?
If I’m in Brussels I’ll probably go to Beursschouwburg, a couple of my friends either work or organise events there. The program is great and it’s a very nice venue overall.
Can you send us a photo of the view from your window?
In the meantime I have moved from Berlin to London, these were/are the views from my windows.
Picture of SKY H1: Yoann Janssens