In our CONTINUING FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” we SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, and we LOOK INTO THEIR INSPIRATION, CREATIVE PROCESS AND APPROACH. OUR SECOND EDITION FEATURES GERMAN PRODUCER SWIMMING TV. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK CYRIL A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS WORK and his process. DOWNLOAD HIS GUEST MIX AFTER THE INTERVIEW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Cyril Buchart: I’m Cyril Buchart // Swimming Tv from Dortmund, Germany. I make something that I would call Psychedelic or Ambient beats.
SA: How did you start making music?
CB: My father was a musician when he was younger too and luckily he kept all his instruments from his younger years. So if you have all these Instruments around you, you almost automatically start playing around with all this stuff when youre bored. Basically this is how I started getting into making music, just playing around with and teaching myself stuff.
SA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?
CB: When I was younger, I listened to alot of math rock, post rock and such things. Someday, not being into electronic music at all I discovered Four Tet and I was just blown away by how organic his sound is. It sounded really “handmade” to me. I started digging more into this direction and someday I began to fiddle around with more electronic sounds myself. Nowadays I can’t really name my influences, I get influenced by almost everything, a lot of movies and their soundtracks. The soundtracks of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind or The Jacket are fantastic examples, I just love their soundtracks. In music I find the releases of _flau, ghostly international or brainfeeder very inspiring and forward thinking.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
CB: Most of times I start by making myself a cup of coffee and putting some field recording on that I made that I find interesting. This normally gives me already a certain direction, a certain mood of in which direction the track will go ( at least I think this at the beginning, usually it will turn into something different ). Then I start like painting sounds in this field recording, kind of strange to describe but thats how it looks in my head. Also its important for me to arrange quickly and not mess around with stuff too much, I get lost in messing around with stuff way too fast.
SA: Do you ever feel inhibited or empowered by creating music electronically?
CB: I feel really empowered by working on music in a DAW, but I try to not create everything electronically. It’s cool that nowadays everyone can create music with just a laptop, but coming from a band background I really like playing Instruments and making noises with my hands.
SA: Where do you like to create?
CB: I have to create in my bedroom, I just need some level of coziness and chill to create. I worked on tracks in a studio for the last half year or so and of around 30 Tracks there is nothing that i really liked. At home you’re able to get out of bed and just start playing around in your underpants, when you have a studio you have to go there and when youre there you sometimes just force yourself to create just because you’re there.
SA: What are you working on currently?
CB: Im working on some concept EPs with certain themes and some little remixes but I think it will take some time for them to come out, I don’t like to rush things.
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
CB: Just keep your eyes open.