In Techno Vinyls Records ’ series of interviews, we talk to producers who have releases on our label.
Interview with GO!DIVA (Danielle Godiva)
What does producing mean to you? When did you start your music career and what motivated you?
- Producing for me is a way of releasing emotion, a way of expressing your mood. It is relaxing, but on the other hand quite exiting too.
I started making music with a group of 4 friends around 1994. We made hardcore/ gabber, was good fun. We all got busy with our school and work so didn’t had much time for it anymore. After some years a ‘game’ got released for thePlaystation called ‘Music 2000’ and got me into it again, since i didn’t had a normal computer.
So i started producing just for fun. I collected vinyl for quite some years already, bought my first vinyl in 1991. But lol, it didn’t came to my mind i was able to mix with them. At a friends place, (where everbody was playing football games and) who got the gear to dj i thought.. Let’s do this and managed it very well. So, shortly 2 turntables and a mixer were added to
the hobby and my career started rolling and got serious soon.
How have your releases inspired you throughout your career?
- Inspiration comes with many occasions, just out of nowhere, gigs, travelling or other things that pass your life. Sometimes it feld like i made the best tracks whilst going through a very hard time. Music is emotion, it makes you happy or sad, relaxes or energizes and is inspiring, to me it is the key to guide my life. No matter what genre, style or artist.
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?
- It’s great to work on collabs, because you can learn a lot and teach eachother new things about the way someone works, creates, new tools and ideas.
Just a diffrent look and another creative mind can be a good motivation and inspiration. Remixing can be a lot of fun or not. Sometimes you get a pack with sounds that you wouldn’t be your first choice to use it in your own music, but challenges you to make it your own, wich is a fun proces if it works out well. It’s always exiting and am really curious to hear the result of a remixer working with your pack of sounds.
How do you choose a title for your tracks? Do you think a well-chosen track and EP title matters?
- Sometimes it’s easy, but can be a challence too. The title can be given by the inspiration for the track, the mood or the vocal you used. Sometis a combination of. With a name you add something extra to your story, so yes i think a good title is important.
Is a well-designed cover important to you?
- A good designed cover is very important. It can emphasize the music and draws attention. Can be your fiest impression. But on the other hand, if the cover is bad and the music is good it won’t bother me that much. The music is more important.
How do you choose record labels (what is a good label for you and what are your expectations)?
- It depends. The work must go with the label’s sound. There are so many labels these days and ofcourse you want the best for your work. Good or well known labels are a good way to get more exposure, but your creation should do most. A label should be taking care of it’s artists, be fair and don’t forget they put a lot of work in our music. Promote well and show insight what happends with your work after being released.
How do you see track sales in the digital millennium data flood?
- There a diffrent ways of looking at it. It made it easier for many new producers to get their music out and people / dj’s all over the world having easy acces to it. I remember when i started collecting vinyl, i had to save and save to buy some and it still aint cheap. But that is for both sides, labels and collectors. So for that reason it opend a doorway for many. The downsides, a lot of/too much music is coming out, wich has quantity over quality and then not to speak about the illegal downloads…
What are your future plans for making tracks?
- My plans, finish a lot of almost finished tracks lol. Keep on learning new things and grow. Just do what i love most.
Thank you for accepting our interview request, we wish you much more success in your producer work!
- Thanks for letting me part of the label and for appreciating my work.
- VINYL ► GO!DIVA – Gorgeous Madness EP