UK powerhouse John Monkman is our guest this week on the 95th edition of the central When We Dip podcast. The London-based producer, renowned for stellar outings on the likes of Kompakt, Last Night On Earth and Noir Music, delivers an exclusive new sixty minute recording for the occasion. The mix showcases his sleek synth-laden sound expertly. What’s more, we had the pleasure of catching up with John in Q&A, touching on the latest for his own imprint Beesemyer, his work with Dolby Atmos immersive audio and lots more…
WWD: Thanks for joining us John! How is life in London right now?
We just had a week of intense snow which definitley livened things up.
WWD: Your latest release ‘Massai’ is a monster. What was the inspiration by the production?
I sampled small bits of audio from a documentary about the Maasai and their extraordinary lives. This set the tone/atmospheres for the tracks which were then laced predominantly with Moog.
WWD: You’re one of a lucky few that have had a chance to play around with the new Dolby technology in 4D. Can you tell us about that experience?
It was an eye or should I say, ear-opening experience. Its almost like I have walked through life listening to music in mono then someone hit the stereo switch and BAM…however instead of stereo it is all encompassing – Its a far more organic representation of sound.
The Kool-Aid has officially been drunk.
WWD: Where do you see the biggest innovations in production and performance for DJs/producers over the coming years?
My current work with Dolby is really making things clear in terms of how sound should or can be experienced. I’m looking forward to when Atmos or similar tech becomes more integrated/standard.
There’s a lot of repetitive tasks to perform when producing songs. I’d like to see DAWS integrate more AI/Machine learning tech that could speed up this process.
WWD: Your production prowess is well documented but we’d love to know what’s the latest tip you’re learned and now apply to your work?
In the early stages of a track I’m working more and more on my laptop as I find more often that inspiration is found outside the studio walls. However in the past I’ve always been frustrated how songs then sound in the studio when it comes to mixing/producing…so, recently I’ve been starting on headphones then plugging the laptop into the studio do a rough mix/at least have the kick/bass and percussion sounding as it should then I know where ever I work the foundations are solid.
WWD: 3 non-dance acts you’re listening to right now?
Kelly Lee Owens, Anaphase and Arca
WWD: There’s a new remix in the work for Kincaid and Sinal. What details can you share about that release?
We’ve been discussing releasing an EP on Beesemyer for some time. Its two originals + I just finished remixing the lead track ‘A Very Stable Genius’. Release date is beginning of May. Excited to be working with such talented artists.
WWD: Touring wise what does the next few months look like for you?
I’ll be popping my WUITW cherry in a few weeks headlining their upcoming warehouse party in a secret location somewhere in London then Ibiza in April followed by my Coachella debut where I’ll be playing my live set on the Do-Lab stage…mental!
WWD: You’re UK-bred but also a US citizen. Have you ever considered relocating to the sunny west coast?
WWD: One thing you look forward to this Summer?
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