SIM: What triggered your decision to start producing, and how long have you been producing for?
Colin: I started taking a look at production when I found the correct genre. It hasn’t been that long since I started producing, but I want to find sounds that I’m happy with; it takes time. Down the road I would like to focus on refining production, and I think that will come with time. It isn’t something you are just born with, it takes time to learn the software or even hardware you are working with.
SIM: Did you go to school for production, Colin?
Colin: I did not go to school for production, I’ve self taught everything with Youtube videos and just diving it and experimenting. I did however take a Jazz appreciation class in college that really did spark my interest to look at music through a different lens.
SIM: And your current genre influence?
Colin: Techno is the biggest influence on the tracks that are in development from myself. I have not yet started any work in other genres, but the others would definately be Progressive House and Deep House.
SIM: Does “Colin Udvig” sit alongside another monker?
Colin: No other Monkers for me, I think my name is unique enough for now. I might change the brand down the road, or if I produce in other genres. I have a few friends local that I’ve learned a lot from. I try and pick the minds of different artists from a range of production levels and genres. It helps to develop my own sound.
SIM: What are some if the most useful things you have learned from other producers?
Collin: Not everyone is going to like the music you make, unless you’re Eric Prydz. I’ve learned that their are no boundaries with what you have to enjoy or dislike. I think going out and learning how to mix a different style of music adds to your tool kit as a DJ. Each individual has their own tastes and that is what unites us all.
SIM: How much support did you encounter when you started producing?
Colin: I have tons of support within the community. Although Techno is more of a niche group of people, they are always willing to help. The friends I have met in the local scene, along with the friends I’ve met at various shows around the country have been great. I feel like the electronic music community is always welcoming, we’re all here for the music.
SIM: What has been your hardest obstacle to overcome as you’ve started out?
Colin: I think the hardest thing for me was to just sit down and do it. I’ve played around with the idea of making music for awhile, and I’m glad I took the plunge.
SIM: How has networking helped mold your perspective of working in the music industry?
Colin: Personally I believe networking is the best thing you can do in life, you can be the best producer but if you don’t meet people and show them your craft, it won’t matter. I have been very fortunate in meeting many great minds within the community. These mentors, along with the friendships I have built along the way, have shown me the dedication needed to succeed in this industry. After seeing the hard work Dan and Chris of Judah have done over the past decade or so, has really set the bar for me personally. They are both super talented guys that put a lot of time and effort into their productions they are also some of the most humble people I’ve ever met. I would also like to shout out to local trance legend Don Ortega, he’s been super helpful with everything from letting me pick his brain to playing on his CDJs until the early morning hours.
SIM: Do you have any advice for another new local starting out?
Colin: Find what you love to listen to, even if not all of your friends enjoy it. It might take awhile, but just keep doing things, and take those bits and pieces from what you have heard along the way, and apply it to your own music. Always support your locals, because those main acts were once just starting out. I make a point to go early to shows to see the locals, even if I don’t know who they are. An added bonus to doing that is I get to hear more music!
SIM: What have been some of your proudest moments as a local?
Colin: Opening for Ilan Bluestone and Spencer Brown will be my proudest moment for sure.
SIM: What are some of the next goals you have for yourself?
Colin: I would like to complete a song and have it signed. Finding more time to sit down and finish it will be the big thing.
SIM: What is something you hope never changes about yourself as you become more successful?
Colin: My humor!
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Make sure to catch Colin Udvig tonight as he makes Rev move before Ilan Bluestone! Tickets are available here.