In a musical environment doused in digital tools, it’s a treat to discover a current artist whose weapons of choice are almost all-analog. Ferro is one of those artists. An Amsterdam-based patron of techno, his tracks depend on percussive movements that punch through your speakers atop low-slung, bass-heavy grooves. And all of it is made in his (mostly) analog wonderland of a studio.
In this clip for FACT, Ferro tours viewers through a sizable collection of synthesizers, keyboards, and mixers. The sounds are unique and “like nothing you can do with a mouse and MIDI controller,” he observes. Included in his arsenal is the fabled Fizmo mixer, a digital synthesizer that was only in production for a short amount of time yet has become a cult favorite among experimental musicians. The producer also demos his classic Minimoog Voyager and a snazzy new Modor NF-1.
Ferro spent much of 2017 in the European techno circuit, performing festival sets at Awakenings and Welcome to the Future, as well as recurring stints in Ibiza. He currently runs A&R and is a resident DJ for VBX Records. His latest EP, The Neverending Story, was released in March 2017 through Lessizmore.
Tour Ferro’s studio below.