Vampire Weekend say goodbye at their last venue show at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC +
Baio’s essential music making tips:
Don’t get bogged down in the small stuff/know when a turd is a turd
"In 2011 I tried to mix my first ever track myself. I spent two months working on the mix, trying to balance everything, make the synths and samples sound good, and the drums hit hard. What I was really doing, however, was overcompensating for a track that wasn’t good. You can spend forever mixing a turd, but no matter what, a turd will be a turd. Don’t be afraid of abandoning something if it doesn’t feel right, it’s important to continue moving forward when working on music."
There’s magic in mistakes
"I like having a lot of quantized things in my tracks, but sometimes it can be nice in electronic music to have little fuck-ups and slip-ups. Some melodies I’ll program but other ones I’ll play. If you play a melody eight times, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up with eight variations of that same melody. Try and preserve little screw-ups, they can give a track more character."
Parallel processing is your friend
"I recently got obsessed with the warped reverbs in Logic’s Space Designer. What I’ve been doing a lot is writing a melody, then sending that melody to another channel where the track is sent to a warped reverb and then sidechained hard.
"Using parallel processing in this way has made a lot of boring/stock synth sounds sound way more ethereal – the percussive melody and reverb at the beginning of my new track On&On&On&On is an example of this effect. Parallel processing, which at one point I may have been intimidated by, is a great way to make a track sound richer/fuller/doper. Don’t be scared of it!"
Music Radar: Tell us about your studio (pictured above)
BAIO: “I moved from New York to London last summer, and my set up is basically the same – one room at my place. I should also preface things by saying that I’m a raging slob, and that room is also where I keep all my clothes, so please keep that in mind when looking at the picture! Also, I’ve recently been working out of a studio in west London and some of my gear is still over there.”
Purveyor of ethereal, melodic dance groove and the nicest guy in indie music Baio signs in for Modcast duty following the release of his new Club Mod EP ‘On&On&On&On/Missive’. The EP, backed with remixes from HNNY and Neville Watson, mines a similarly deep dancefloor spirit to the likes of Caribou (especially as Daphni), Four Tet, Luke Abbot et al, sounding just as inspired in the club as it does in the headphones. Barcelona fans can celebrate its existence tomorrow night (Friday 10 October) in the Lolita Room at Razzmatazz where label mates Baio and Sharooz will be throwing down. Others can pick up a digi or vinyl copy now.
In the interview (link above), Chris discusses the impact his FOR Festival experience had on the mix, his early flirtations with dance music and what its like being the sweatiest guy at the club.
An Evening With Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend
Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend picks a trio of tunes to soundtrack his perfect night for Nemone’s Electric Ladyland on BBC Radio 6 - 10/4/2014 - Track list: Sly & The Family Stone - Sing A Simple Song | Genius of Time - Juno Jam | Caribou - Our Love