UK based producer David Morris started producing music with an Amiga computer using 8-Bit samples, and so, the alias Boy 8-Bit. These days he's working under the names Roy Apron, Shako. We caught up with him to learn more about how FL Studio fits into his workflow...
Tell us about how you got into music ?
My name is David Morris and I live in London, though I am originally from Cornwall in the South West of the UK. I'm probably most known for my work as Boy 8-Bit where I have released on Labels such as Mad Decent, K7, Turbo, Blood Music, Trouble and Bass and more. I am lucky enough to have received essential new tune from Pete Tong's Radio One Essential Selection, for my track 'Baltic Pine' and I have also recorded several mixes for the station, including an Essential Mix, which was an incredible opportunity. I have around 40 or so official remixes as Boy 8-Bit (I've lost count) from La Roux and Florence and the Machine to Eric Prydz and Armand Van Helden.
My first steps into electronic music came when I discovered a copy of The Prodigy's Experience album on the flip side of a tape copy of Slayer's 'Divine Intervention' album. I ended up listening to the Prodigy side more (wracked with guilt as my metal friends didn't approve) and I became really curious as to how this kind of music was made. At that time I had an Amiga computer with a copy of Octamed 4, which has some demo songs included, so I loaded it up and started learning to re-sequence the included samples into something new. That was the start of it, from there it lead on to trying my hand at making electronic music, mainly Jungle and Big Beat, which I got into in a big way. My parents bought me a £30 parallel port 'Megalosound' sampler for my birthday and after that there were no more boundaries (4 Channels of 8-Bit samples aside)
We hear you aren't working as Boy 8-Bit any more?
What are your favourite productions you have made as Boy 8-Bit?
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
Tell us about your production environment & toys?
I have been using the same PC for a while now, its a 3ghz Intel with 2gig ram and two 500gb HDs one System and one for Audio. I still run Windows XP as with my Audio computer I have a "if it aint broke" mentality. I have an EMU 1820m Soundcard which I have used for about 10 years. It can be a bit temperamental, but it sounds great. It is discontinued now I think, so part of the reason I am tied to Windows XP! I use FL versions 8 - 11. Mainly so I can load up old ideas and then export them out as zips and load them into FL 11. I finally took the plunge to get away from blocks and I am completely sold on pattern clips. Once you know the F4 key and force yourself to name a pattern it becomes so much more easier.
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