Photo Credit: Olaf Grind

Swedish electronic music producer Kasbo is a master of creating beautiful soundscapes and crafting a unique, identifiable sound. Propelled by early success in working with high profile labels Monstercat and Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective, Kasbo has gone on to release multiple albums and numerous remixes for artists like Ed Sheeran, Jai Wolf, Vance Joy, and others. We were glad to learn recently that he’s done all of this with FL Studio as his DAW of choice, and we’re pleased to welcome him as an official FL Studio Power User.

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

I started playing guitar when I was around 10 after my sister taught me how to play ‘Smoke on the Water’; I was hooked. I immediately started playing with my friends and forming different bands. But eventually pulling everyone together for band practice got increasingly difficult and I heard about music production. The fact that I could do everything myself really excited me, so I kind of put down the guitar and picked up the laptop.

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

A friend who I played music with recommended it to me, and at that time, it seemed like there were a ton of tutorials etc. for it, so the entry point seemed fairly low. I loved how freeform the playlist section was. I’m not the most organized person and generally enjoy just getting in ideas quickly without having to think too much — FL Studio is perfect for that. The simplicity of the channel rack was something that I always loved as well.

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

I’ve been making electronic music since about 2012 and started my artist project not long after. I’ve released two albums, “Places We Don’t Know” and “The Making of a Paracosm” and have a new album coming out June 7th, 2024 — “The Learning of Urgency”. I’ve done remixes for Ed Sheeran, Zhu, The Temper Trap, and Big Gigantic to name a few, and have worked on original productions with people like Shallou, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Frida Sundemo, TENDER, Vivii, and Dan Whitlam.

Kasbo – Atlantis (feat. Shallou, BJOERN)

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

I work out of an old prison-turned studio on an island in the middle of Stockholm. There are several studios here, all of which are old prison cells. Since it’s state owned, there are restrictions on how much we can modify the rooms, but I’ve been able to get it to be a little cozy spot with a projector, lights and some nice furniture, which is important for me when making music. I use a Komplete Kontrol for MIDI, but also a lot of hardware synths, which include a Prophet 12, Korg MS20 mini, Roland TR8S, Teenage Engineering OP-1, Tasty Chips GR-1, and a Gibson guitar with a Helix Pedal Board. For my sound card I use a Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre, and KRK Monitors.

Kasbo in the Studio

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

I’d say the best way to learn is to try to replicate songs you enjoy. There are a lot of YouTube tutorials as well on FL Studio specifically that teach you how to recreate songs. The more you learn, the more you figure out what you like and don’t like, and after time, you’ll have developed your own sound. Like I said, I think FL Studio is great for getting out ideas quickly, which is SO important in music. Utilize that. In the beginning, when you’re trying to learn, it’s all about quantity I’d say.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Thanks for changing the trajectory of my life 🙂

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