Techno Vinyls Records ’ series of interviews, we talk to producers who have releases on our label.
Interview with DJ SCALE RIPPER (Scale Ripper Xerofill)
What does producing mean to you? When did you start your music career and what motivated you?
- Music production means a lot to me, It’s part of me. Sure I have days I think this is shit, I need to quit, but I can’t! It’s an addiction, a way of being creative and feeling productive (…at least if I see positive feedback ). I’ve been doing this for ages, 1999 was my first official release on vinyl, but back then I had another name and made gabber… 175bpm hardcore to da bone baby! to my surprise, a few years back I found my first vinyl release sold for 4x the original price in discogs.
How have your releases inspired you throughout your career?
- To get better. Sure, I’m not the best , everyone has limitations (time, money…intelligence and within my limits, when I hear a released track of mine that has something bad, I start to hate it which forces me to improve and to establish a minimum of quality.
Do you like to collaborate with other artists? What do you think about remixing? Do you like to remix or do you like to have your music remixed?
- I think it’s a must! I like having others do remixes from my tracks, not when I started…not at all! But being now older, having more money and less time, I can surely appreciate having invested in making 1 track, and ending with a “3×1 offert” like in the grocery store.
How do you choose a title for your tracks? Do you think a well-chosen track and EP title matters?
- This is a very personal question hehe. I spend 1/2 of my free time netflix’ing or youtube’ing and when I hear a nice short sentence or words, a small alert in my head turns on making me write down the name for future tracks. Ep names are mostly a mix of parts of several tracks
Is a well-designed cover important to you?
- Frack yea it is! We eat with our eyes right? It’s that important to me that I started designing cover for myself. There was a while where I did even posters for big parties…those times! I’m still making covers and pictures for myself when possible. What can I say, i’m a creative person.
How do you choose record labels (what is a good label for you and what are your expectations)?
- Well, I choose a label like how I choose a girl. Jokes aside, It has to be a good fit, It should represent serious business…by that I mean they have to have proper covers, some known artists. But make no mistakes, a lot of labels turn me down, some come to me, and repeat… It’s a mixed bag for sure but, sometimes it’s just a matter of sending the right tracks to the right labels.
How do you see track sales in the digital millennium data flood (for example: how do you see the digital sales, promotion tracks, illegal downloads etc.)?
- I think digital sales were always a joke, you pay for a track in a shop, but the maker sees (almost) nothing in return. Not all labels pay the artist’s. I had to change my way of thinking very soon and had to see each release as a promotion for me, as an artist. It’s how things run, I don’t like it and I understand it’s complexity, but that is why I try to get something else in return, because: you are getting older and you want to see that you just don’t invest for nothing…like in a relationship with a person.
What are your future plans for making tracks?
- Well, I’m having a break right now. There are a few tracks pending to be released but not at least for what remains of 2020. Meanwhile i’m going to focus a bit on my work and after that, I’ll be back playing with my new studio gears!
Thank you for accepting our interview request, we wish you much more success in your producer work!
- Thank you for asking! Keep pumping music and talk to you soon!
- VINYL ► DJ Scale Ripper – Ex Inferis