If you’ve been keeping up with our videos from CDR Berlin, you’ll have heard 4di’s music in the intro. And with good reason. The Berlin-based beatmaker has been consistently submitting ear-pleasing tracks to CDR for much of our German sessions’ lifetime. Regularly mixing up his style and sounds, we’re always keen to hear his sonic idiosyncrasies. Take a seat and hear what 4di has to say.
When and where did you first attend CDR? What do you recall?
It was back in 2011 in Berlin. A friend of mine told me about it and that I should submit a track in advance. I don’t know if it was played, because I couldn’t stay the whole night. But I had a good time anyways.
What have CDR sessions meant to you?
First of all it’s good to have this platform where people really listen to your music and give you an unbiased opinion. Secondly for me it’s important that CDR is open to so many kinds of music. The tracks I make often vary in between all kinds of genres and I sometimes have the feeling of not fitting in anywhere. At CDR I never thought that I can’t submit a track because it’s too much in this or that direction.
Have you collaborated with, or hope to, any artists via CDR sessions?
No, unfortunately not. I’d really like to do something with singers or vocalists.
Any other noteworthy CDR memories?
Yes, many interesting lectures with great producers. [4di later told us that his fave info sessions to date are those with Theo Parrish, Dabrye/James T. Cotton (with Traxx), and Robot Koch]
Please could you describe your work life/creative life tussle. Any tips or tricks for managing to keep making music?
I used to spend to much time on single projects. I want to change that by getting rid of one year old “sketches that have potential and that i have to finish one day…” and by avoiding unimportant details in tunes. For me at the moment it’s probably the best to spend as less time as possible on a song. That also helps to balance it out with the work life.
Have you a favourite club and/or soundsystem?
Not really. I enjoy places where people are easy and open minded. The sound should to be well balanced and clear. it doesn’t have to be a super massive function one or whatelse soundsystem for me…
Please give a brief description of your current production set up.
It’s really spare. A computer and a midi-keyboard. I work a lot with samples. A friend of mine also borrowed me his SP12, but I rarely use it (it’s a shame I know).
Have you a favourite piece of equipment? Something you always return to or at the centre of your studio.
It’s probably my sample bank. As mentioned above, I often work with samples. Over the last years i collected tons of obscure sounds, drums, atmospheres… all kind of stuff. I’m also trying to build my own synths out of samples instead of using the synths of the DAW.
I know it’s a bit dogmatic, but in the past it was always important for me to work with those individually collected sounds (especially drums) and to know where they come from…
Any projects or tracks your working on at the moment that you’d like to let us know about?
I just uploaded a project called Variations on Bandcamp. It deals with the situation that I often have built a proper set up of sounds, but while playing around with them, I find to many different approaches for a track. That’s maybe the moment when I should get rid of some parts, but in that particular case I didn’t want to kill these ideas, just to have a “track” or a “song”.
In Variations I just kept everything and made a 15-minute mix with six more or less raw ideas morphing together.
Finally, have you any advice or words of warning for producers/musicians developing musical works in progress to play at CDR?
Maybe not for others, but for me: “keep it simple!”
Vibe on: 4di will be performing at the CDR Berlin Summerjam + BBQ, August 8th. See you there?