Zardonic (Federico Agreda), has been awarded as Best Keyboardist and Best Metal Artist in his native Venezuela, voted the #1 DJ in Venezuela by The DJ List, reached #1 in Beatport's Drum & Bass Release charts with his album "Vulgar Display Of Bass" (including the mega-hit single "Bring Back The Glory"), and #1 with his "Far Beyond Bass" remix album and #1 in Amazon's Bestsellers in Hard Rock & Metal charts with his remix of The Unguided's "Phoenix Down" single. When we heard he was using FL Studio, we were scared! We'd better get Zardonic on the Power User page before he comes looking for us...
Tell us about how you got into music ?
I think it's something that was pretty much born with me. I was already fiddling with toy keyboards when I was little and was fascinated by synthetic sounds. To me it was a completely different world because they were sounds you couldn't hear in nature (no matter if it said "Marimba" in them, that shit was not a Marimba lol). So you could say I was born with electronic music before I even knew about it!
My parents also had a very exquisit taste for music. All I could hear in the car when I was 4 was Classical Music and Nu Jazz.
And when I was 13, my brother played me "The Great Southern Trendkill" by Pantera. So I had access to a lot of different styles and loved them all. Then I started with the Zardonic name when I was 18, when a friend had FruityLoops v3.0 in his computer. So you could say I've been using this software since way back.
Tell us about the mask, how did that come about?
It's based off my logo which is based off my face. At first it didn't even have the cable hair you see there, it was meant to look more like a lucha libre character. And it slowly evolved into something more like a hybrid of Mortal Kombat and Spawn and Predator and a bit of Cyberpunk. As my music is pretty industrial sounding, it absolutely fits!
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
Like I said, I started when I was 18 when my friend got me FL v3.0, and well man, what can I say? FL Studio means EVERYTHING to me! I can't imagine my life without it. It's like a gateway to a different dimension where I'm some sort of an alien god and all the sounds are like the evil minions awaiting orders for total destruction. If it wasn't for FL Studio I wouldn't be making music, and if I wasn't making music I wouldn't have toured all the countries I've toured. It's my life. So thank you :)
Tell us about your FL Plugin Showcase video. Any special tricks or techniques?
I have to admit my approach to production is pretty raw and primitive. To me, all plugins are like toys. I'm not an expert in synthesis theory, but if you give me something and let me fiddle with it, I'll always make something cool out of it. Of course I do have a certain signature sound in my head (I love distortion!), but the good thing about this is that I'm constantly looking for new ways to get new sounds out of whatever toys I have. That keeps my sound fresh instead of being a cookie cutter. You'll see in the video a couple things though that are best watched and not explained. And of course, a free download not to be missed for all FL users!
FL Studio and all its native plugins pretty much. Sytrus, Harmor, Harmless, 3xOsc, PoiZone are among my favorites. Effects like Love Philter and Maximus are in all of my songs aswell. Oh, and the Vocoder is by far the best virtual vocoder ever created in the market, not only said by me, but by pretty much everyone else.
As for the hardware part, got a couple Pioneer SDJ-08 monitors, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones, AKG Perception 220 condenser microphone, Roland R-05 Wave/MP3 Recorder, M-Audio Keystation 88es, KORG Monotron and Monotron Delay, M-Audio Fast Track Ultra, and a custom made chiliGREEN laptop which pretty much works as a desktop replacement. It's a monster!
So you're from Venezuela, how did you buy FL Studio?
Haha, well, as you are aware, we have very strange economic policies that only allow us to get $400 dollars per year to spend on the internet. I don't mean the equivalent to $400 dollars, but the fact that you can only exchange whatever bolívares are necessary to get a top of that amount. I guess the government was trying to reduce imports and motivate people to produce their own stuff and start exporting and improve our economy. While that's a noble cause and I agree with it, I don't think it's the right method.
So well, it was only when I started touring the world, and finally got paid in dollars, that I could have access to a limitless amount (well, not limitless as I'm not rich, but sure was more than $400 dollars!), and then I bought FL Studio Signature Edition and additional plugins. I felt bad in the beginning because I love your software and only was able to pay for it later, but I'm happy you understood my situation was kind of "special" so to say, and I'm happy to be part of the Power User family now. It means the world to me!
Do you have any links you would like to share?
Yup! My official website is http://www.zardonic.net but it's currently under construction so you won't find much but a player and some links to all of my social networks (unless you happen to click it in a moment in time where it was magically finished hahah)
In particular, I'd like to link everyone to http://tinyurl.com/bassmetal , it's a short URL for a section on my Facebook Page full of free legal downloads, including FL Studio projects, Mixtapes, Remixes (in 320 MP3 quality) and more stuff to come soon!