Innovative producer and DJ Ember is on top form right now, both with his live shows and working hard in the studio. Having just remixed Death Ray Shake, Scribe & Savage’s “Not Many If Any”, we got chatting to this developing talent about his current projects.
What’s been going on for you since the start of the year? Any standout moments so far?
The start of the year’s been pretty non-stop, which is great. I kicked off The Annual tour for Ministry Of Sound around November last year with Dom Dolla and Kronic. We were expecting to wrap up just after New Years but a few more shows got added last minute, so everything’s been super busy on the gig front up until now really. A lot of great shows around Australia for the tour, but it’s all starting to blur together.
Can you talk us through your production set up?
Production wise I keep it super simple. I’ve bought a lot of hardware, but lately it’s starting to collet a bit of dust. I’ve worked for years in Ableton on edits for my own sets and mixes, so I’m usually I’m working off headphones and getting the ideas together on the road. When I get a bit more time, I’ve got a set up at home with some Focal Solo 6s, Push and a few MIDI controllers, with a thunderbolt display linking up a lot of extra drives to store everything. But really I’m just working inside my mac lately wherever I can find a quiet place.
What has been the best bit of advice you’ve received?
Stay humble, for sure. My family brought me up to give everyone the time of day and I think that’s the best outlook you can have or pass on. Once you think you’re above anyone or you stop listening to what people have to say, you can really lose track of what’s important and stop taking in new ideas.
Your Death Ray Shake, Scribe & Savage remix has just landed – did you have fun making it?
100% – Death Ray’s been making some amazing music over the past year. I had the parts from the team at Downright for a while, but it was great to see it all come together. The other mixes on the pack are dope as well. Torren, Oski, Riot Ten and The Staffords nailed it. I got sent Blanke’s remix and started playing it more than my own actually. There are a lot of great names on the pack and it’s nice to see it getting some good airtime.
Are you working on new original material right now?
Definitely. I think I’m always working on something but I’m the worst at getting my head in to gear and finishing things off. But there’s definitely a lot on the cards for the start of 2016, which I’m really excited about.
Where do you want to see Ember in a couple of years?
I can never answer that question, I think that I look a few months ahead, at most, but with how quickly the music scene changes I can never tell where I want to be a year from now even. For me I’m looking forward to what lies ahead locally. There are so many restrictions being placed on clubs in Australia, but I’m hoping it encourages new brands and promoters to set up shop in new environments. I’m looking forward to getting involved there and pushing some new music out to people here and abroad.
Three tunes you’re particularly rating right now?
Marshmello ft. Omar LinX – “Keep It Mello”
Destructo ft. Ty Dolla $ign & ILoveMakonnen – “4 Real”
Valentino Khan & Wiwek – “Tropicana” (Wide Awake Remix)
Connect with Ember