During Halloween night of Freaky Deaky I was able to meet up with Bakermat for an interview after his set. He was one of the most down to Earth and funniest guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He carried around a disposable camera and took pictures of everyone no matter who they were. He is also one of the tallest guys I have stood next to. Between him, his manager, and the saxophonist, I was the shortest BY FAR; and I’m 6’2″. When we had went up to the media room there were no tables and it was extremely noisy. I ended up making a make-shift area in the hallway and that’s where we conducted the interview.
His set at Freaky Deaky was full of house vibes. I really enjoyed it because I feel as if house has lost its presence within the EDM festival scene. Bakermat was never supposed to be a DJ/Producer. Psychology was his main passion at the time. Read on to hear more about this amazing producer/DJ and why he takes over this week’s Artist to Watch!
TFM: What is your all time favorite song? You could listen to it anytime and it will always get you in a good mood.
Bakermat: F*ck. That is a hard question. My all time favorite song has got to be ‘Ave Maria’ by Schubert. It’s a classical song.
TFM: What is your favorite instrument?
Bakermat: I think it has got to be piano.
TFM: Not the saxophone? (Bakermat has a saxophonist on stage during his performance who joined us during the interview)
Bakermat: No I hate saxophone (sarcasm). Jesus, I hate it so much.
Saxophonist: If I had to choose I would choose piano as well.
Bakermat: The piano is more neutral.
TFM: Going off this love of classical music, who is your favorite composer?
Bakermat: Rachmanioff from Russia. Great guy.
TFM: Out of all the festivals you have played at, what is your favorite one?
Bakermat: Tomorrowland. Definitely.
TFM: What is your favorite area in the world or place to play?
Bakermat: Paris, France.
TFM: Any specific place?
Bakermat: Zig Zag Club.
TFM: I know you studied psychology. Would that have been your Plan B if music didn’t take off?
Bakermat: No. Actually it was my Plan A. And I didn’t do anything with music in three years of studying and on my third year I just took a semester off to find out what I could do next to just studying. I did stand-up comedy and that kind of stuff. I also made a tack. And that track got picked up and suddenly I had a musical career. So it was never the plan. So I’m already doing Plan C or D. It’s just a random thing, but Plan A was always psychology but right now music is Plan A and maybe Psychology is Plan B.
TFM: What programs do you use to produce?
Bakermat: I use FL Studio and Ableton.
TFM: Do you prefer one over the other?
Bakermat: Both because I think that both of the DAW’s have their qualities, you know? Ableton is very good at sampling. The sampling is good because you have the yellow grids that you can use to stretch your vocal and make an 80bpm vocal into a 120 bpm without even touching the quality of it just by stretching little parts of it. That’s what I like about Ableton, for sampling it’s superb.
TFM: So then what do you like about Fruity Loops?
Bakermat: Fruity Loops I like because it’s a clean sheet. It’s just nothing preprogrammed. It’s just a clean sheet of arrangement and you can just drag and drop and I just drag the…
Saxophonist: The working environment
Bakermat: I love the working environment. It’s just like an empty sheet and you can just grab wav files in it and just play around. It’s just a really free. With Ableton you have scenes and clips. I don’t like that because I like nothing.
TFM: So you use Ableton more for getting the sounds you want and you kind of compose it through Fruit Loops?
Bakermat: Yeah, I always do the arrangement in FL. But for little 8-bar loops, or whatever I want, I do it in Ableton.
TFM: Do you use any VST’s or plug-ins?
Bakermat: Ya, I use…I actually have this nice (I already told you about this [speaking to the saxophonist]). I love Waves; like effects. I love the OneKnob series. There’s also the CLA series which is pretty good for effect. For synthesizers I use Sylenth and B-Station. For drums I always use samples. Always just drum kicks and snares and stuff. I have never used a drum machine. I think that’s a waste of time.
TFM: What was the hardest part from when you started your music career to now?
Bakermat: The hardest part is flying. I hate flying and it contains a lot of flying. It’s always traveling. The flying is the hardest part, playing is the most fun, and the interviews are cool, and the backstage is cool, but the flying takes so much time. And I think it’s really unhealthy that you constantly switch in heights is a thing that really messes me up.
TFM: What’s the longest plane flight you’ve had to take?
Bakermat: The longest plane flight was like 23/24 hours to Australia, but the longest traveling in total I did was I think from the US to South America. It was like 38 hours of travel from door to door. From leaving the hotel to the other hotel was 38 hours. So that’s heavy. It kills you.
TFM: Could you describe your life in a phrase?
Saxophonist: It’s a difficult question
Bakermat: It’s a difficult question. Jesus Christ. Such a difficult question. It’s so complicated, this kind of lifestyle, so it’s hard to describe it in one sentence or a meme. I think ‘Work Hard Play Hard’. Because it’s hard work but you also have the benefits of partying.
TFM: Having that whole other side of it must be nice.
Bakermat: But it’s hard work but you’re really getting the max enjoyment out of every event. You have all this free liquor and girls and sh*t. It’s an advantage.
TFM: With the ‘Play Hard’ aspect, do you ever feel overwhelmed? When you get done with a set or something and you just kind of want to relax and everyone swarms you.
Bakermat: Ya sometimes. Like at EDC. After the set I always want to relax for like at least 5 minutes just on my own and just think about the set and how it went. But after that event I just had no time. I just went and constantly was with people and interviews and just questions and people. And it’s like for three hours you just talk. You just want to sit down and have a thought about your set, but that’s just not possible. But it’s part of the job.
TFM: What did you think of Freaky Deaky?
Bakermat: I liked it. I think the people really were looking for drops more though and normally my sets don’t contain that many drops, but the thing is they bought a ticket so I wanted to entertain them. What’s most important to me is that the people had a good time, and not that I have my special kind of moment ‘like I’m so f*cking special’. I want them to have a good time so I adapted a little from my regular sets. I just got the vibe that people were liking drops more so I adapted a little. Not too much. I’ve never crossed my ‘sell-out’ point. I would never do that. I only play tracks that I love and if I don’t have it on my USB then I don’t love it. So if I have it on the USB then I don’t like it.
TFM: So you worked in other songs during your set that you usually wouldn’t?
Bakermat: Ya I can work it in. It’s a little harder but personally I’m a broad dude. I like a lot of styles. Even harder stuff. So I played a little harder than normally.
TFM: What’s an artist you like to listen to regularly?
TFM: Any specific song you love of his?
TFM: Their album together was good.
Bakermat: Very good.
TFM: They’re coming out with another one.
Bakermat: Ya I love them. I like the kind (of music) involving jazzy and bluesy soulful element in your tracks as a dance producer. So I like every guy who does that. Daft Punk did it as well. I think it broadens the genre, because at the moment it’s a little bit too much pop and dance. Vocals are a bit cheesy. I like the fact that guys like Flume are doing a different thing and are still being popular in the mainstream. I respect that.
TFM: Would you like to add anything else?
Bakermat: Go buy my album haha. My mixtape. Go buy everything I have. Give me money haha. Can I add my bank account so people can deposit money? I don’t even have an album but just go buy it. Buy my fake album. I don’t know.
TFM: You can make it all white and pink noise.
Bakermat: Ya white noise, just go buy it, haha.
Saxophonist: Mad respect to Elton John.
Bakermat: Ya mad respect to Elton John. No, not Elton John. I don’t respect him at all.
Bakermat: No. Mad respect to Stevie Wonder, because he makes amazing music.
Bakermat: I know C2C and I’m a pretty big fan. I haven’t heard that remix though.
TFM:You should try to check out that C2C remix sometime.
Bakermat: You should check out Beat Fatigue. He’s not famous at all but I love him. He has like 5,000 followers. He’s smaller, but is amazing live especially. He’s doing a DJ set with a guitar. A funk guitar.
Manager: He tours in Canada and tours in South Africa and a little bit in Australia.
Bakermat: We saw him in Canada and it was just an accident that we saw him actually because we were just walking around. Amazing.
TFM: I understand it with you and DJ’ing because when I do gigs in Indiana everyone want Rap and Trap and I love to play house.
Bakermat: But I get that in America. For me it’s something different in America. In Europe I’m used to people being open to all types of genres. I could play techno set in Europe and they’d still be like ‘f*ck that was good’. But here if I play like one techno song they’re not happy.
TFM: But Gesaffelstein is playing here.
Bakermat: Ya but he’s cool. And even in Europe he’s like f*cking cool. I did a lot of festivals with him in France. He has charisma. I saw him backstage, he has charisma. When he comes in a room it’s like ‘woah’.
TFM: He seems like the most stoic guy.
Bakermat: Smokes constantly. Just an awesome guy.
TFM: This summer I spent a month in Florence DJ’ing and you can play anything.
Bakermat: Florence? In Italy? It’s a great city. But I have to get use to America. I really made a special USB for America. It’s different here. They just want build-ups and drops and I have to get used to that.
TFM: There’s a funny video going around about the really long build-ups and disappointing drops.
Bakermat: Ya that’s amazing! I love that! In Europe that’s hot right now; disappointing drops. That’s the thing. Just building up massively and then just having a techno beat. People love that right now. Do you know ‘OPUS’ by Eric Prydz?
TFM: Yes I do.
TFM: Ya the like 10 minute remix?
Bakermat: Ya I love that because it’s going down after that like a techno beat. But people don’t get it.
TFM: No not at all. I feel like people come to festivals now and they don’t come for music so much as rolling face or raging.
Bakermat: Ya they just want to rave. I actually thought about playing that tonight but was like ‘nah’. That has to look like a sarcastic statement. I’m not gonna do that. Most of the people wouldn’t enjoy that.
TFM: It’s hard having a love for music as well as trying to appease the everyday crowd who is all about the Top 40.
Bakermat: Ya completely. It definitely wouldn’t have gone well.
TFM: Thanks for sitting down with us today Bakermat!
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