French DJ and producer Dustycloud has been a staple in the dance music scene for some time now, having spent time working in a variety of sub-genres, all while maintaining his distinctive style and sound. We recently enjoyed getting the chance to hear from him about his career, experience with FL Studio, and tips for producers to get the most out of our DAW. Read on to learn more, and welcome Dustycloud to our Power User list.

Dustycloud Track Breakdown

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

Hey, I’m Tom, a.k.a. Dustycloud, a DJ and music producer from Paris. I got into music production after discovering Skrillex’s music when he released his ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ EP, but before that, I was already a huge fan of electronic music from artists like Cyberpunkers, Figure, and Drivepilot.

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

I started using FL Studio when I was 18 — a friend of mine told me to try out this software back then, and I never left! Using FL Studio was very intuitive and very easy to understand, and that’s the reason why I’m still not switching to another DAW.

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

I’ve been making Dubstep, Electro, Deep House, House, and Bass House since the beginning of my career, and now also Techno music. In most of my tracks, there are both dark and very high energy elements. I’ve collaborated with artists like (fellow Power User) Matroda, Drezo, Dark Cities and some French friends like ASDEK and KOOS.

Dustycloud – Buried

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

I just moved to a new place and now I finally have my own room to make music. I’ve been making music in my bedroom for 13 years, lol. I only use a laptop, an external sound card, and headphones. That’s all you need to make EDM.

Dustycloud Performing Live

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

My tip for FL Studio users is to personalise your own default FL Studio project session to improve your workflow. You can create all the main groups and routings in the mixer, and do the same thing in the playlist. Put a bunch of analysers on the group channels that you want in the mixer. Use your own color code system everywhere to make it easy for you to understand the session. Save it, and every time you start a new track, open this FL Studio project.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Release as much music as you can, you will get more chances to make a hit and to get your music recognised. Don’t spend hours and hours on that snare that nobody cares, maybe you’re missing out on writing new great ideas.

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