How did you get involved in creating music ?
Through the dancefloor. I was there when it all started with housemusic. I heard the sound and thought, yes...I want to make that too.
I already had an Amiga 500 computer with 512kb memory, yes,yes...At a software trade community I got this tracker called Oktalyzer.
That's the soft I made my first tracks with. I also used a home made sampler, which I bought for 30 guilders and the tracks got released on HitHouse records, a Belgium label.
From that moment it all started, with remixes of the track by Speedy J and more, sales went on and I could by my first studio gear.
Who (& which albums) did you work with so far ?
I'm more of a loner than a collaborator, but I made 4 albums and around 20 E.P.'s
Most of it can be listened to on my website :
I hit the Dutch top 40 with Grooveyard - Mary go Wild, and Secret Cinema - Timeless Altitude in Belgium and is one of my biggest sellers, which after 15 years, still works on the dancefloor! My latest release is on the Cocoon compilation ' I ', and is doing great. A next EP on Cocoon is already signed and is made with FL Studio 8.5
On a side note, when I was full on with FL Studio, I worked with Laidback Luke on a remix one time and showed him Fruityloops. He was interested right away and I convinced him you could use just a notebook and FL Studio to produce your tracks. He is doing this eversince....
How did you end up using FL Studio ?
My hardware consisited of a Kurzweil 2000/2500 and an MPC 3000 as sequencer at it's core. I bumped into Fruityloops at version 3 and Immediately loved it! It had the same wroking system as the MPC and therefore kept the workflow the same. Make a pattern, use control W( yes I still miss it), change the pattern, etc...Like the MPC, the core of FL Studio is still pattern based, and I love that!
What does FL Studio mean in your current setup ?
It's all I use. I use it in my studio as sequencer and I use it on stage when playing live. I run it on a notebook and when on stage I use 2 notebooks to play track by track all on FL Studio. You could say I use my notebook as my guitar.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using hardware & software ?
Biggest advantage on software.... [Control] S. Save everything in one time. For the Cocoon track, Kurzweil, I took my Kurzweil K2500 from the closet and made a track with it. It's still a cool instrument with unique features. Using FL Studio as the sequencer and mixer, I could easily integrate the K2500 in my setup, with all the advantages of FL Studio used. Sidechaining, using the Edison to record the output from the Kurzweil and save everything in a zipfile. Nice!
Any FL Studio loop (flp+samples) you would care to donate so our users can listen to/learn from your skills ?
To be honest, I use a lot of vst's inside FL Studio. But, if you would like to donate all the plugins inside FL Studio, sure I can donate something back in the form of an flp+samples!