Why did you chooseto work with Audiophony and why release a headphone signature?
I wanted to work with Audiophony because it's a brand that benefits above all a fine reputation amongst professionals and I wanted to offer the public and music lovers a headphone with a spectrum that matches me.
1 year after its release, can you tell us about your headphone signature "WINKK"?
It’s a headphone that would be a good compromise between an affordable price with a correct and qualitative hearing potential. The design was intended to be simple, practical and aesthetic in the sense that it can be used as a headphone, for work but also as a headphone for performances.
In addition to your headset, what equipment do you use (studio & live)?
Live, I use a synthesizer with analog modeling, the Korg XL microphone and an acoustic drum on which I add sound with microphones, and finally of course 4 CDJ 2000 and 1 DJM 800 or 900. In the studio, I just use my computer - a macbook Pro 15 inches with 2 TB SSD, a sound card Fireface 800, editing software Logic pro X, a microphone U87 and my favorite synthesizers are Nexus 2, Spire, Serum & Sylenth 1.
You posted a video on Facebook while taking singing lessons, you take often singing lessons?
In fact these are not exactly singing lessons, they are vocal coaching lessons. All singers, actors and people who are on stage (presenters or artists) need vocal coaching, this allows to practice the voice, the breathing and above all to always have the vocal cords in action with the right exercises. The voice is an instrument that must be maintained regularly.
During your shows, you use a drum and a synthesizer. Will you introduce other instruments?
To be honest, it is already quite complicated to manage to have the plates (which are moving in my Belgian setup), drums, synthesizer and vocals, so it's not for now but I am not against the fact of inviting other artists to enhance the show, to create an additional sharing.
What do you like to use as technique when mixing?
I am fairly traditional in my mixing way, I refuse to use a computer or any “easy” mixing support. I tend to stay long on the mix especially when it comes to progressive house (which concerns a large part of my set), but I love to scratch, to play trap and hip hop in the middle of my set. So I have several scratch techniques, including cue / scratch, which I particularly appreciate, but it is above all the relationship with the public that interests me.
Is there a songthat you like today and that you would like to remix?
I love the last album of The Weeknd, if I couldremix each of the titles, I would!
What is the most challenging in yourjob?
I would say lack of sleep, and being away from the family. But I am aware of having the chance to do an exceptional job, my passion, which makes me happy every daythanks to meetings, sharing, and that's what I like above all.I do the job I love and I think it's the most beautiful thing, regardless a few compromises.
Finally, three months after our last interview, what are your plans now for the future?
I continue to work on club progressive-house titles but also on a more mainstream album, which I think will come out next year, the tours throughout the year all over the world, upcoming collaborations, my coach status in "the Voice Belgium" and programming "D6Bels on Stage" (équivalent French TV show "Taratata"), in short always lots of music!
Many thanks to Quentin for his kindness and his time
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