In this interview, we catch up with Moroccan DJ and producer Tony Kay to discuss his latest release ‘Time to Forget’ and his approach to music production. The Producer shares with us the initial inspiration for the track, as well as his creative process in crafting the melody; he also talks about incorporating unique elements such as Moroccan percussion, the importance of groovy rhythms in his productions, and his focus on authenticity over conforming to genre trends. As always, Tony Kay’s main goal is for listeners to enjoy themselves and have a good time. This is what he said.
Hi Tony! How are you?
I’m doing good, thanks for asking.
Can you tell us about your initial inspiration for ‘Time To Forget’?
I came across the vocal first, which I really liked, and from there I let the mood of the lyrics to dictate a chord progression and eventually the overall structure of the track. Always keeping in mind to make it quite a Melodic club track with a groovy rhythm and a catchy kick drum.
How do you approach the initial production stage of a new track?
I try to not get too attached on the initial idea especially during the early stages of a track, knowing that it will likely change. It’s like you’re dancing with the song – sometimes you lead and sometimes it leads. I think it’s good to keep an open mind when producing.
Can you walk us through your creative process for crafting the melody of this track?
I got inspiration from the vocal’s emotional vibe. At first, I kept playing the vocal on its own and kind of humming with it a melody and taking notes.
Can you tell us about any unique or experimental techniques you used in the production of this song?
I usually just work from ideas that I’ve written on my phone or are stuck in my head. You shouldn’t pressure yourself to produce a “banger” because doing so compromises your ability to be authentic and unconstrained.
Can you tell us about any challenges you encountered during the production process of this track?
One of the challenges was incorporating Moroccan percussions to the track. Had some difficulties at first as it sounded out of place, but finally got the hang of it and figured it out.
Can you tell us about any technical aspects of the production process that you think are particularly important?
For me it’s always the groovy rhythm. Whether I’m making a Tech or Deep House track, it has to be very rhythmic and give you the urge to get up and start dancing and having a good time.
Can you tell us about any other genres of music that influence your work?
To be completely honest, I try not to get very influenced as my main focus is to make music that doesn’t sound similar to most of the house songs.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music and performances?
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today, Tony. It’s been interesting to hear about his approach to music production and the creative process behind ‘Time to Forget’. We look forward to hearing more of his music in the future, and wish him all the best in your upcoming shows and releases.
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Written by: Alejandro Serrano