John Graham aka Quivver is a man who’s been at the forefront of electronic music for over 25 years, both as a producer and DJ, writing and playing everything from House to Techno to Breaks to Drum and Bass.
With his new album Revelate released on Bedrock and hitting the music stores we really got down to the nitty gritty of the creative process and how the album came together…
“I did want it to be like a journey. I wanted it to be an album that people could play from start to finish and enjoy as an album, not just a bunch of tracks thrown together”
Listen to Revelate on Beatport.
John shares his wealth of experience as we discuss the importance of habits and routines for successful people, how he created his album, his workflow for finishing tracks and being prolific in the studio and how he broke into the world of writing for games, TV, and films.
“Sometimes I’ll record random stuff into my phone, like just bassline ideas or groove ideas…something that will trigger inspiration for the rest of the track”
With tours coming up in India, Mexico, Argentina and the USA, and with more projects under way, John rarely has reason to take his foot off the gas…
“I usually get inspired to go in the studio when I’ve just done a DJ mix…I’ll spend a day going through promos and looking for new tunes…and I’ll always get inspired after that. So it never gets boring. I really love doing it”
“I’m always keen to get in and create something new and it still gives me a buzz, that feeling of creating something and finishing it…gives me goosebumps”.
So the whole thought process, the approach to different creative projects and particularly how he created the album was the thing that really connected with me and lit me up.
Dive in and enjoy the ride. You’ll learn an absolute ton from this interview…
- “Don’t take your foot off the gas when things start going well. Stay focused and stay motivated and stay inspired and love what you’re doing.”
- “It’s really tempting to buy endless amounts of EQs and compressors but it gets to the point where you just make it a lot more difficult”
- How to leverage creative diversity
- How to stay inspired and motivated and avoid boredom
- The key factors to a long career in the music industry
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