by the partae

Where are you currently based?

In Rotterdam, The Netherlands

How did you first start playing music?

I started playing piano as a kid, but I decided to quit when things turned out too much into classical music.

What’s been happening recently, and how has your Covid experience been?

Much of the stuff that I was doing before COVID was already digital, so nothing changed too much. But of course, I had no shows, no real-life writing camps, and parties to visit. It was much more me, myself, and the computer. 

Aukoustics, Anna Graceman, and yourself have just released ‘Stars In My Eyes’; how did the three of you come to work together?

The first unofficial remix that I dropped online was from a track of Anna called ‘words’. It was just my first result of experimenting with producing software. Surprisingly, it turned out exceptionally well. It got many streams in a few weeks, got supported by big names, and most importantly, I got noticed by a few big labels. When my manager dropped a vocal by Anna a few years later, it was easy to jump on it and start working on it. 

In the meantime, Aukoustics approached me on Instagram, telling me that he loved my work and wanted to do something together. When I discovered that he worked on some big dance records, I was willing to give it a try, and as I just started with a first demo for Stars In My Eyes, it was easy for him to step in.  

What influenced the sound and songwriting?

Anna took care of the songwriting part, and we just did what felt right. We didn’t have any specific reference track or sound in mind. 

How did the songwriting process take place?

During these COVID times, it was all through the internet, sending stuff back and forth and placing it into one project. When everyone was happy, we did a final analog mixdown in the studio.

Where and when did you record/produce/master, and who did you work with?

Aukoustics did his part in Boston, Anna in Nashville, and I produced in Rotterdam. The stems went back and forth, and the master was done in Belgium (external).

How did you approach the recording process?

We just listened with our ears and did what felt right. 

What programs/equipment did you use?

We use Ableton and Logic.

How are you holding up as a DJ in the current climate?

It’s just keeping calm before this storm is over. It makes no sense to feel frustrated. It doesn’t only bring bad stuff. It also brings a lot of time to work on new music.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m currently listening to a lot of Roosevelt. It’s good in so many circumstances. 

What do you like to do away from music?

I like to go to the beach, hang out with friends, eat good food and read a good book from time to time.

What’s planned for 2021?

I got a lot of music prepared that will come out!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m a big fan of Tuna. As long as it is well prepared, I can eat it everywhere, but it would be nice to enjoy it abroad once COVID is over.


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