Producer Spotlight: !ndigo

Producer Spotlight: !ndigo

Who is !ndigo the Producer and how did you get into producing?

I come from a Eastern European country where Western culture and music in general is not very popular. When I was younger I listened mainly to rock and electro. I was always amazed how synths and vocals with great beats and grooves can provide a powerful synergy and “big sound”. I was well musically educated myself (music academy), so I started the process of learning how to create and record my own music and lyrics. I started producing around 7 years ago with a very bad set of monitor speakers, a sound interface and a “broken” DAW.

Through the years I learned that the melody, harmony, rhythm and vocals are very important part of any composition, but the sound design as well as mixing and mastering are the crucial component as well.

If you want a good, healthy sound you have to pay attention to all those components. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes the song encourages you to balance all the frequencies and fill the whole spectrum. Later my gear started to grow as I started to invest in production hardware, software, samples, education, etc. At one point I formed the sound with which I was pleased and I wanted for my music to be heard. I started investing in online services and labels, and this is how Indigo was formed. I chose the name because of the clash of blue and red as well as the concept of Indigo Children which is more of a pseudoscientific and abstract thing really.

What production software do you use and why?

My main DAW is Cubase 10 Pro, but I am very fond of Ableton also. Within the DAW, I use various virtual instruments and plugins such as: Serum, Avenger, Analog Lab, Arturia, Omnisphere, any that can sound natural, healthy and wide are good enough. Besides that, no producer in 2020 cannot pass without: Fab Filter bundle (Pro Q, Pro L, Saturn and Pro MB in particular), Waves bundle (H-reverb, H-delay, API compressor, Lin MB, Lin EQ), iZotope Ozone 9, iZotope Nectar 3, Wider, Stereo Delta, and many others.

These tools can help me achieve what I want with the sound. I can arrange the synths in MIDI and I can edit or modify them to form the exact thing I imagined in my head. That all applies to beats, samples, bass lines, cymbals, vocals, etc…

The important thing to mention is that you have to have a library of samples. If you plan on producing, don’t cheap out on good sample sounds. They make a very good addition to you general sound design.

!ndigo’s Home Studio

What’s your creative process for creating “Nobody Else”?

With “Nobody Else” I wanted to tackle an 80’s style song with a modern approach. Hence the kick, snare and bass are powerful and tight, but the pads, bells and leads resemble 80’s music era. All that is sprinkled with excellent vocals from Audentity Records Vocal Pop and RnB sample pack which was bought on Splice in lack of singers with English accent and good diction in these parts of the world. In the end it turned out to be a great song for a night drive with a great atmosphere.

What was your favorite project to work on?

I ghost produced many tracks that went on many labels for many DJ’s through the years. The project I am the most proud was recently finished. It is very catchy, big and wide. It has some Indian vocal elements which sound fantastic and is very suitable for modern playlists.

Which artist would you love to collab with and why?

That is the toughest question haha. Any artist that has the energy, skill and a deeper perception of harmony, melody and rhythm is really great to collaborate with, but let’s name a few: Zedd, Didrick, Seven Lions, Skrillex, Diplo, Matthew Koma, Chris Martin, John Martin, Zara Larsson, Weeknd, BloodPop, and really many others.

What’s next for !ndigo?

I would love for my music to be heard. The synthwave and synthpop are very wide subgenres of electronic music. Much can be said instrumentally and vocally. The thing with music is that you can paint an acoustic picture that has its shape in the timeline, so you can relive it over and over again and every time could be a different scenario. With that said I expect to continue to compose and release the tracks in the with interesting thematic and well thought out sound design.

Check out !ndigo “Nobody Else” below and follow him on Instagram. Stay Global my Friends!

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