It is that time again, when we hook you up with some of the guys making a difference on our labels and this time we have turned our heads to catch up with a guy that we always had a good feel for, not only through his music, but also though who he is during the time we have known him. Dutch rising progressive star, Maurice Caron is doing this interview, were you are to get to know about him and his music a bit more. Following that is also an exclusive set made for this interview, were you will hear what he really enjoy at the moment from the progressive scene, and who knows, there might be some exclusive ones from himself as well.
We hope you will enjoy it!
Hey there Maurice!
We are truly happy that you take the time, making this interview with us and also create a set with music that is special to you at the moment. We know there is a lot on your agenda, and with your newly born daughter, well, they days aren’t where you can have priority at yourself all the time, so as said, we are truly happy you have taken the time to do this with us.
Let’s start with a brief background, who is Maurice Caron, where are you living your life and how did you get in to music and production?
I am a man of 31 years old, enjoying life wherever I can. Since a year my daughter is the joy of my life and since 4 months I live as a nomad with my wife and daughter. We sold and gave almost everything we had away and travelled to Portugal in a van, which friends of ours gave for borrow. We want to show our daughter that the world is a magical place and how to live close in and with nature. I’m vegeterian, sometimes vegan, and I am looking at how to make a live purpose with my music, combined with sharing inspirational wisdom I got from all kinds of great experiences and people in this life.
I make music since the age of 12, inspired by my big youth hero DJ Ruffneck. I bought all the Ruffneck vinyls and tried to make oldschool hardcore. Since I was 15 I started dj-ing, and had my own drive inn show for many years. I dj-ed in clubs, at weddings and all sort of parties and gained a lot of musical experience from that. But at one point I felt I wanted to add my own songs to the stuff I was spinning, so when I was living in the Caribbean, where I worked as a social worker, I used my free time to focus on making progressive house tracks.
Besides that I already made trance music under the alias ‘Inner Peace’ with my good mate Jan Gerben aka Jay G. We spend a lot of ours to figure out Ableton and all the VST’s that where out there, so he is really one of the persons that thought me a lot and gave me the feeling that making music is more then what is says, it’s also about friendship, about learning, growing and put your heart in it.
And last but not least to mention is my brother Marcel; he also makes music since the age of 12 I think and at the moment he is having is own professional studio. Although we don’t make the same style of music, still it is inspiring to see what he does and where it got him today.
We have seen your music out on the scene, through the Maurice Caron guise at least, for about two years now. How would you describe what went through so far with your music. Do you feel there is more and more people that get to know you now? What would you say is your biggest achievement so far, with your music?
Well, people recognize me on the streets nowadays! Which is a joke of course. I think a lot of people around me, in real life but also on social media, knows that im very active with music. I can’t say I got a lot more followers on facebook or soundcloud since i started releasing my own stuff, most followers are people I personaly know, so I guess I have to do some more marketing!
My biggest achievment would be that my song 7 IX founds it way to the transitions radioshow of John Digweed, where it was spinned by DJ Ejaz (very nice guy btw!). And also my track ‘Just in case I don’t win’ is one I’m proud of. It got released on C-jay’s label The Sessions Recordings, after I accidentaly met him on marketplace where I was selling a synthesizer he was interested in. A few months later the song got released after some nice conversations and production tips of C-jay, who is on fire at the moment with his 2 albums released on Bedrock! It got massive radio support by the likes of Solarstone, Gai Barone, Cid Inc etc.
And since then also other labels contacted me to make tracks and remixes for them, instead of me sending my material out for a release, so I’m pretty proud of that.
Another great compliment for me was when a friend, who taught me Reiki, sent me a message that he was working in his office and just had his computer play random songs. At one point he had to walk to his computer to check out which song it was playing because he really liked it, and it turned out that it was a track of mine! I’m very happy that he gave me that story, because that motivated me to make more music, because there where times that I thought ”for who am I doing this”. It’s great when people got touched by your music, it keeps you going!
If we go on to the producing, what are the easiest parts vs. the hardest parts if we talk about the process making a track from start to finish?
The most difficult part always was finishing the tracks, but lately that is not a real big issue. I made so many tracks ideas in my life, I think a few hundred, so most of the time when a melody or something comes up, I already have some sort of template ready to put it in. The same is for remix requests, most of the time when I hear an original, I quickly recognize which parts of it can be useful and in 90% of the times they fit in an almost ready format. So easiest would be the creative part of thinking of melodies, the most difficult part is I think collecting the tracks and make a EP that fits together. Besides that it’s sometimes to let go of you ego; it’s not about who will play your track so that you have to adjust your style to them, it’s about staying true to the sounds that comes spontaneously through you.
What DAW do you work most in, and what is your studio set-up?
I work in Ableton, including a lot of VST’s. I think my favorites are Sylenth1 and Massive. I use the volcano VTS from fabfilter to add the effects and create atmospheres. My setup is actually really crap at the moment! Because we live the nomad life, I had to sell my monitor speakers and I just bought some basic pc speakers to have some sort of reference. I use my BeyerDynamic DT770 headphones all the time. I use a Samsung laptop, from which the screen is broken so I also have to carry a tv with me all the time to connect it with (that works!). I also have a small Novation launchkey keyboard.
We know you DJ a bit as well, what do you prefer most, being in the studio or being in the club behind the decks?
When I dj, I get completely in the flow and feel on a higher level, a thing that can’t really be described and difficult to feel in the studio. But actually I like producing music more, because I’m not really a big party-goer anymore and started to get a aversion against alcohol and drugs abuse, which is most of the time a big thing in the clubs.
What would say are your 5 favorite tracks at the moment?
1) Guy J- MDQ (does this guy ever make music that isn’t from heaven?)
2) BT – Artifacture VIII. Un Nuovo Contesto
3) Oliver Lieb – Caldera (Subandrio ‘Global Mission’ Remix)
4) UNER – Urantia (Petar Dundov Remix)
5) Ape Sapiens – Levitron (Maurice Caron Remix)
If you are to give your best producing tip (that you want to reveal), what would that be then?
Set working blocks to work on your stuff, I personally feel that the morning is an excellent time to work on music. Also set goals, and write them down.
I also like to do a lot with panning, to create more atmosphere and dynamics in my tracks and the best tip: do your thing! There still is a lot of music out there that all sounds the same, be the difference.
Any secrets to reveal, upcoming releases, gigs that is to be in the coming months?
Not really secrets, but I am working on an artist album at the moment, and one of the tracks is the first one of the included guest mix I did. It’s ambient, chill, and very melodic and it’s a combination of a lot of tracks that I made during the years. It finally all falls together now and I hope to release it this year. Further I’m looking forward to my first EP on PHW Elements in March, including some great remixes!
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