Schallwellenmagie introducing Yottabit

Here comes another artist we stumbled upon on Soundcloud this time: Yottabit. His real name is  Markos Mazarakis and he is from Athens, Greece.


Yottabit on myspace

His track Freak of nature found our interest straightaway, so here it is now and as always with interview:

Yottabit – Freak of nature

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Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Yottabit: I’ve been playing music all my life. I started experimenting with live electronics around 2004-2005 and got into producing in 2006.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Yottabit: I just love sound. Can’t imagine things being any other way so it’s the natural way to go.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music ?
Yottabit: I listen to music all the time, so I can’t really say which artists have influenced me the most, I guess everything I listen to ends up having it’s say in my music somehow. Some of the albums I’ve been digging recently and some all-time favorites:

13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
The Gories – I Know You Fine, But How You Doin‘
Steve Reich – It’s Gonna Rain
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Prince – Parade
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
Iannis Xenakis – Metastasis / Pithoprakta Eonta
F.U.S.E. – Dimension Intrusion
JPLS – Program
Robert Hood – Internal Empire
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Yottabit: I produce most of my tracks in one take. I usually lose focus if I leave a track unfinished, so I try to finish it on the same day. I spend most of the time jamming and experimenting with the sounds until something starts to appear, then it’s just a matter of building the arrangement and polishing the edges.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Yottabit: I usually forget to eat until I finish what I’m doing, so I keep getting thinner and thinner.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Yottabit: I usually know from the first hour if the track is going somewhere. Once you find the main atmosphere everything falls into place pretty much on its own. I don’t make re-edits on my tracks. If I don’t like them, I just write new ones.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Yottabit: My setup is pretty minimal. Right now I use Ableton Live for everything. I sample sounds and vocals from my laptop’s crappy microphone, and I also use an Evolution UC33 midi controller for live effects. I don’t really use VSTs except maybe Reaktor sometimes.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Yottabit: Marc Houle’s live set is pretty amazing. The guy truly raves.

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Yottabit: I use Ableton when playing live or DJing. I like how flexible it can be, also I never really got into DJing the traditional way, with turntables and stuff, so for me it’s the most natural interface.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Yottabit: Right now I have two releases on the works, so if you like what you hear, stay tuned.

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