We have the pleasure of sharing our interview with Canadian producer Neojock. From House Music to Drum & Bass and everything in between, he is definitely someone to watch out for in the next few years with his unique style and his ability to produce one great song after another. Some people say he has enough songs to fill 3 albums or more. We can’t wait to hear what’s in store for Neojock in the future but for now you can read our interview and enjoy.
Hello Neojock, how is it going?
Pretty good. Had a fun filled day here in Bancroft, there’s a lot of neat shops in town to browse and find unique items, especially in the art scene.
For people who don’t know much about you. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into music?
I’m Vladimar Bilan, and I was born in North Bay, Ontario. I’m currently 19.5 and I reside in Bancroft, Ontario, a small town north of Peterborough.
I grew up playing a lot of video games and watching TV shows. My dad had his studio set up in our basement and I would spend hours sitting behind him watching him play Diablo and watching him play piano. My mom also sang in a 70’s cover band alongside him at the time, so I had a lot of exposure to music
What mainly inspired me initially was music in video games. At a young age I got addicted to playing Dance Dance Revolution at the arcade, and pretty soon I was one of the best players in town. When I moved to Ottawa for college last year I found a rhythm game community and an arcade with a machine, and I still have a few high scores on that machine. I still play regularly here at home and the games have opened up a lot of new music to me.
You took Music Industry Arts in college. What was that like? Any valuable knowledge you would like to share?
In general that year of my life opened a lot of doors for me. It was my first year away from home, and in a big city, so I really got a glimpse of life in Ottawa. I made many good friends and I discovered a lot about myself.
As far as the program, I did end up learning a lot of knowledge that I apply in my music even today, but I do know a lot of my skills were developed on my own. The program did show me the areas that I don’t want to end up in as far as a career in the industry.
If there’s any knowledge I would share, it’s that more people should dive into the unknown and have more ambition. It’s in that deep abyss that the most interesting people dwell and you will move forward in life the more connections you make.
You create many different genres of electronic music compared to producers who stick to one genre. What inspires you to be diverse and do you think more producers should be?
I don’t intentionally be diverse. I just simply make music that I want to make, and if there’s a genre for that, then cool. I also don’t like to stick to one genre because it feels like I’m just making the same song over and over again. It doesn’t matter to me what other people produce, but diversity does help with a lot of aspects of the creative process.
Right now you mainly produce. Do you have any plans for the live side of things?
I would like to get out there and perform. I have no experience as a DJ, but I’m willing to learn from people. As far as a live show I’m really not sure what my place would be, I just want to share my music with the public.
What is your studio setup like?
I have a pair of Shure SRH440 headphones that I’ve used for a number of years, and they’ve been hella faithful to me. I also have a pair of Yamaha HS5’s that I use less frequently, as I don’t have a solid place to use them. I mainly produce music on the couch using my headphones on my mac. I use Reason 8 and I’ve been using Reason since 3.5. I also have a few controllers here and there but I rarely bust them out.
What do you think about the electronic music industry at the moment and where do you think it’s heading?
It’s really hard to say where the industry is heading, as the streaming services available aren’t sufficient for the ‘little guy’. All I know is that I love to make music and I hope that in the future I can make a living doing what I love.
Who are some electronic music artists you really like that inspire you?
I was raised listening to oldschool techno like Kraftwerk, and a lot of experimental stuff like Boards Of Canada. I listened to a lot of Deadmau5 a few years back and he was a huge inspiration to me back then, I’ve moved in a different direction altogether now.
Any releases coming or anything else we should know?
I would like to release an album of some sort this year, as well as perform at smaller venues this coming summer.
What is your favorite fruit?
Probably Dragonfruit for looks, and Pina Colada as my favourite fruit flavour. I can’t settle for one particular fruit.
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