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Vaccine is the production alias of Christine Clements. Having been involved with the promotions end of the industrial rock and IDM music scenes since she was a teenager, and running drum & bass and dubstep record labels with her husband, ASC, writing her own music - after she'd been promoting other people's for years - was a logical progression.
Drawing inspiration from synaesthesia and her melting pot of musical influences ranging from Portishead to Skinny Puppy, Vaccine's style has been recognized as being considerably more melodic and not necessarily as dancefloor-orientated as her male cohorts. XLR8R magazine noted her "subtle melodies and echoed vocals", as well as stating that "(Vaccine's) constructions aren't necessarily main floor rave fodder, but rather, comedown music for the 6 a.m. afterhours." She is also notable for being the first female producer signed to a label in dubstep, Hotflush Recordings, within what was up until then a genre whose producers were almost, if not entirely, male. Her DJ mixes as well have attracted attention for their careful commitment to precise blends, mixing in key, and unexpected multigenre inclusions.
Never one to be confined by formulas or tempo, as evidenced by her DJ mix selection, Vaccine has recently been slinging her talents further afield partnering with elusive but lauded fashion designer Ernte on music for his runway shows, and garnering praise 30 bpm faster writing the melodic, IDM style of drum & bass popularized by Instra:mental and dBridge's Autonomic Podcast series. Additionally, Renoise, her sequencer weapon of choice in both the home studio and live PA setting, has been pushing her as the face of their site on their music player.
Onto my question.. what's your favorite type of music to produce, to DJ, and to listen to?
Also can you explain a bit about your workflow?
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Im curious about this too, because I love to see DAW's being used in a performance setting that arent ableton haha. Shows some creative use of kit.qwaycee_ wrote:would you mind explaining how you're using renoise in a live setting? how well does the program lend itself to that kind of use?
Recently I've been trying to make deep and chilled out tracks.
With just a sub bass I have a lack of low-mid/high-bass frequencies in the mix.
What do you normally fill up these low-mid frequencies with, making your tracks sound full but still chilled?
Thanks for doing this by the way.
I absolutely adore your studio mixes, so do you really think about them cause they really do have a a sense of journey and brilliant progression or are they just on-the-spot kind of things?
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1) Most of ur drum lines contain artifacts reminiscent of the whole dnb way of doing things. a lot of dubstep artists happen to put the regular reversed snare somewhere but urs always make me think of a forgotten dmc routine from 2034 that would be found in deep cosmos... soemthing really unreal... with all sorts of reversed, chopped bits thru.. in a deep sea of delay and reverb...
hows ur workflow on drums? do u process drums from zero as u make a track, or do u set drum processing sessions that allow u to affect tiny bits of weird resampled artifacts and then drag and drop them to ur projects? do u mix them alongside or do u put ur groove and melody together and then mix ?? u have really unique drums.
also, are ur drums classified by sources (samplepacks) or u just have that big kick folder against that big snare folder.. i have too many drums and dont know how to classify them
2) what do u use for verb and delay? whats ur favourite verb/delay plugin?
3) ur tracks sound crazy warm... does it come from cleaver, not too agressive eqing ? (as in letting bass mingle with the mids and his and not cutting every part of the spectrum apart from the rest so much)... see, i tend to realize more and more that lots and lots of sharp eqing ruins the vibe of a track and i was wondering what was ur opinion on the subject.
4) hows ur sub when compared to ur drums?? do u side chain it? ur drums have so much hugeness, yet ur bass is immense too... something i cant understand really
5) do u keep ur master bus clean? do u apply saturation to ur final mix??
Answer as specifically as u feel comfortable to do and sorry for asking that many questions
again : thank u!! !!
good day !
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apart from the usual big ups and compliments, whats special about most of your tunes is that everyone i showed them loves it, even the ones who dislike electronic music or dubstep specifically. oh, and your mix for hotflush is definetly in my top 3 mixes of all time. still listen to it at least once a week, pure vibes.
now, my question... to be honest i dont have a specific question, but maybe you have some cool production related advice for us? maybe something you wish you knew when you started producing.
okay, one specific one: on the high grade mix of fever, what exactly did you do to the bass? it really stands out from anything else i've heard, really powerful.
ok, that's it. thanks for doing this, bigups from germany
How do you treat your subs? Pure sine, something more, eqing, sidechaining,...?
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Any words on that bass part in fever? I love it. Is it a synth or some crazy compression giving it that percussive, sucking sort of sound?
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