Adrian Carter [adicarter]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Synthesisers and sequencing, production & remixing
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I work alone and on a rolling basis with any number of musicians/vocalists.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
I have remixed Amanda Palmer & Peaches and The Young Punx and also Orbital
Please list discography in which you have participated.
Original EP's for Earth Monkey Productions UK and AWAL and forthcoming material on Tiny Tigers.
Remixes & Production : Amanda Palmer ft Peaches, Orbital, Jane Silence, Jillian Ann, Anne Garner, Kris Menace ft The Kiki Twins. Wet Nuns, Steel Trees, Remixed In Sheffield, Double No No, Yo Yo Statix, Pixieguts, Radio Scotvoid, Small Colin...loads more.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
Always had an interest in technology and music but I got my first real ideas from taking courses at Red Tape Studios in Sheffield which introduced me to some of the key concepts.
What was your musical education?
I studied English & Music and Performing Arts at Sheffield University. I studied at Red Tape Studios in Music Tech, MIDI Sequencing and Sampling.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
About ten or fifteen years ago I realised I couldn't not be involved in making music.
What is your creative process?
Its ongoing, hopefully one idea rolls into another. Remix work gives me a little shot in the arm if I feel my own ideas aren't working out.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
It can be either. Recently I've treat music as a 9 to 5
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes, I have my phone with a voice notes recorder by my bed. If a melody turns up I'll hum it into my phone. My phone is full of garbled hummed "things"
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
There's always the potential to go back to a track but now I try and keep the workflow pretty fast and impose a cut off point on myself. If I'm really happy, the track goes to mastering. After that, the job is done.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
My creative territory, I dont think its mine per se. However I'm largely self taught so I've got my own way of doing things so I guess its mine in that sense. Its compact, ramshackle and electronic.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
The bit where ideas aren't flowing. I get anxious when that happens and have to take a step back.
How often do you practice?
Six days a week in some form or other.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
Production only, not live (yet)
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Tons, house music/pop music/ too many to list :)
List three songs that are key to your life.
That changes week by week. I love Blue Monday by New Order though that's a constant.
What should be done to stop piracy?
I haven't got the answer to that one.
What type of music do you detest?
Brostep. Black Metal.
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I plug myself largely online. My experience with reps has been neither good nor bad, occasionally disappointing but nothing earth shattering either way.
What other things have you done to make a living?
All sorts. I currently work in electronics to put food in my mouth. I've done loads of shitty jobs though.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Do it for the love of it. If you make money its a bonus and you're lucky.