What’s your current studio set up?
I built a studio complex in the Kent countryside in 2014. I also use a killer studio with some good friends of my home town Brighton.
In my Kent studio I use a Mac Pro 3.5 Six Core Machine running Cubase 9 & Ableton. I have a lot of UAD plugs ins and the standard Fab Filter, iZotope, DMG, Native Instruments etc etc.
My Monitors are Nuemann KH310A, Egg Monitors, Avantone, Sub & Sub Pac.
My rack is Apogee Ensemble, Focus Right Isa One Pre Amp, DBX Compressor, 5 Channel Headphone Amp, Access Virus B, and a few other bits.
Mics – ADK 67 tube mic (that is next level), 3 Zigma Solid State Set, AKG D112, SM58 & 57’s, Okamod Solid State Vocal Mic.
Drums I am sponsored by Yamaha and play their electric DTX750 kit. Acoustic, I play a custom made Vince Clarke kick drum, 1960s Premier Toms and snares. Zildijan A Custom & K cymbals.
DJ wise I have 2 Nexus 2000 Cdj’s & 850 Mixer. 2 Technics 1210’s, Serato, Korg Koas Pad, Sennheiser hd25 & Yamaha DXR PA.
How did you get into dance music? What made you take the step into production? Are you a DJ who started producing or producer that started DJ’in? .
I’m a drummer that started DJing and then producing. I grew up playing DNB drums in a band that had releases on Virgin. Whilst in that band I started learning how to scratch and eventually to mix Drum & Bass. When that band ended I couldn’t find the right musicians to work with so I started producing in my bedroom.
What’s an average day in the studio like for Erb N Dub.
Its always different. I tend to start around 10am and finish when I finish. Some days I spend a whole day making new sounds and the following day start a new tune. Or if I’m in mix down mode I focus on that until its done. I am one of the rare producers that likes mixing a track down. Each track is different and I love the feeling of when a track is finished, whenever that is….
So where do to get you creative influences these days? What music inspires you and gets the creative ideas flowing?
I get them from many areas. Sometimes its writing a sick drum loop or a killer bass patch. Also, DJing helps a lot. Dropping fresh music on the dance floor and seeing what the crowd responses like, is vital. D&B and music full stop is changing all the time so its key to create current of future thinking tracks.