We sat down with Gery Otis, the mysterious producer responsible for countless Drumcode promos and tracks like ‘Red Moon’ and his remix of ‘Vertical Smile.’ More recently, his track ‘Jazing’ will be featured on Part 2 of Volume 2 of the Drumcode A-Sides compilation, out June 23.
Many of our readers think you’re a pretty mysterious producer, so they will be excited to get to know you a little bit better. When did you start producing and what does an average day in the studio look like?
I started making music during the “analog era”, using exclusively a 909, a sampler and a 16 channels mixer including multi efx. Only in recent years I felt the need of showing my works to public, once considered my sound enough mature for mass listening. Still today my products are mainly analog made, but they couldn’t be the same without the right digital compromise. That’s what my studio sessions are focused on, as well as the constant research of an always original personal style, which reflects my individual emotions and not the machine’s.
We like to keep things a little light with our interviews. What’s your favorite meal to eat while producing?
There’s nothing in particular I usually eat while I’m at work. Rather, it’s not rare I neither have lunch nor dinner for remaining at controls
Tell us a little bit about your favorite recent set. Why was it so good and how did you prepare for it?
When I generally perform, I don’t use to define a track list, I usually bring with me all I need for adapting to the event, mostly my personal productions or unreleased of many genres. About my last sets, I spotted several positive feedbacks for my current musical style. People is your ultimate test, you can listen to a track which sounds pretty good in the studio but then it couldn’t work in the club, you know, is only there where you can find answers to your questions.
We are all pretty excited that your awesome track ‘Jazing’ will be featured on the Drumcode A-sides Vol. 2 compilation. Can you tell us about that track? How did it come to be and how long has it been in the works?
I can’t never get enough saying that taking part in this collection is for me as a official entry in a piece of modern history. All of us know Drumcode has been leader and inspirational label since the beginning of techno music. So, you can image how proud I am and what kind of satisfaction I’m feeling right now. The particularity of my track “Jazing” is its dynamic atmosphere. It’s the result of a long studio session and frequent adjustments. I’m honoured it has been considered at this rank.
Speaking of Drumcode releases, any word on when Sebair, BAHO, Some Contortion, or Constant Line will be released? Which of these is your favorite?
I’m really proud of “Some Contortions” , Adam started his set at Time Warp 2014 with it, but I’m now focused on current release, I would love to check Jazing feedbacks first, from public and DJs, trying to make only better the way to follow.
What’s in store for the rest of 2014?
Can’t say exactly,for now i still have somethings to define..Just keep on following next releases…
We always close our interviews with the following question. What tracks are you really excited about at the moment?
I’m literally going crazy for “Open up” by Adam Beyer, it’s essential and damn groovy, definitely one other Drumcode gem. I absolutely have to quote also “Kommen Zusammen” remixed by Joseph Capriati. i love it.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today!
It was a pleasure.
Gery Otis ‘Jazing’ is out June 23 on Drumcode.