You may remember Zelski from the chill House number that won him second place in the Bordo Remix Contest. His tropical twist and powerful kicks definitely caught the attention of judges and listeners, but it turns out, he’s also full of great wisdom.
Q: Can you share some advice for other aspiring producers looking to create great songs and remixes?
A: “My advice would be to get a feel for what comes naturally. Don’t try to produce music that is popular, but that you’re not really into. Write what you like to hear. The chances are, there are other people out there that like what you like and will want to listen. Practice your craft and get creative with it. Be daring and venture into different sounds that aren’t considered popular and break the laws of music as we see them. As times goes on you will develop your own style and sound.”
Q: What tech do you use when producing?
A: “I use Logic Pro to produce all my music. I started out on Logic over 10 years ago and have always stuck with it. I use a lot of stock plugins as well as external ones too. My external go-to plugins would be Sylenth1, Xpand, Massive & Trillion.”
Q: Can you describe your sound… what are your influences?
A: “I would define my sound as Melodic Electronic music. I pull influence from anything and everything I can that is around me. Whether it be from a particular sound I have heard or a visual image that has inspired a certain dynamic or feeling. Currently I’m listening to Petit Biscuit, Marshmello & Matoma as well as others. I mention these guys because I am a huge fan of their production on tracks and how they go about building up moods and atmospheres.”
“I have to work quickly and be able to get what’s in my head inside the DAW at a decent pace otherwise I can lose interest.”
Q: Can you describe your artistic process?
A: “9 times out of 10 I begin with the Drums. I have to get into the swing and groove of the track straight away and there is no better place to start than with the drums. After drums comes the bass chords so I know what key and progression is going to take place in the track. Then I add my sub bass in to give the track a deep warm accompaniment. From there I fill in all the details as I work. I have to work quickly and be able to get what’s in my head inside the DAW at a decent pace otherwise I can lose interest.
If this is the case, I leave the track for a couple of days and come back to it.”
Q: What are the biggest challenges facing creators today?
A: “The biggest challenge is getting noticed. There are so many people doing music production now and the tools are so readily available that it’s easy to do from your bedroom and still get a huge sound that sounds broadcast ready. The competition is so high.”
“It’s useful to have constructive criticism from people you don’t know. Constructive feedback should always be encouraged”
Q: Why are tools like SKIO Music’s platform and community important for aspiring producers like you?
A: “SKIO’s a place you can talk to other like-minded people and further your knowledge with music production. It’s useful to have constructive criticism from people you don’t know. Constructive feedback should always be encouraged. Platforms like SKIO gives producers who are trying to build a fanbase to get people interested in their sound opportunities to do so. SKIO provides high-quality stems, contests and the ability to work with other members to release great music.”
Q: Could you describe your overall experience with the remix contest.
A: “I loved it. It’s actually my second time entering a track. I specifically chose to enter this competition because when I heard the original track by Bordo I really liked it and wanted to put my own spin on it. I didn’t enter with the full intention of trying to win a prize, but it was a great way to work with great audio stems and post it up for other people to listen to. When I found out I had won 2nd place it really made me feel amazing. I felt like people were listening to my music and enjoying it. It gave me a lot of inspiration and confidence in myself as a music producer.”
Q: What’s coming next for you in your musical career?
A: “I will be continuing to do remixes and writing my own music, however, my next goal is to start writing music for Television and other visual media.”
Q: If you could create a billboard, what would it say and where would it be?
A: “My own personal billboard would be placed on the Moon. It would have to be big enough for everyone to see from the Earth. It would say “ZELSKI’”
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Omri Amouyal is a DJ / producer, talent finder, ninja networker and Co-Founder of SKIO Music. As part of a highly motivated and experienced team, he works closely with a wide range of artists, labels and managers to connect opportunities with creators in the SKIO Community.