Joining us today for an exclusive interview is Kardano, the talented DJ and music producer known for his groovy and dynamic sound that blends elements from different genres. In this interview, we dive into the production process behind his latest release ‘Bad Dream’, a Disco track that showcases his unique sound and style, Kardano’s experience as a DJ and producer, collaborations with renowned artists, and releases through top-tier labels have helped him refine his craft and reach new heights in his career. This time, we explore his inspiration behind the track, his approach to creating a Disco sound, his insights regarding mixing and mastering, and much more.
Hi Kardano, how are you?
Great! just getting up, ready to head to set at the moment.
‘Bad Dream’ is out now, can you tell us about your initial inspiration for the track and how it evolved during the production process?
The track was made in 2019, during the start of the pandemic. The title ‘Bad Dream’ comes from the pandemic.
What was your approach to creating a Disco track, and how did you go about getting the desired sound you were looking for?
I was not really looking for a sound, it was more of fulling my blank canvas with color and picking the right ones that worked.
How did you decide on the arrangement of the track, and did you make any changes during the production process?
I think I started with piano chords, then the bassline, all came together, then I hired a session musician to play the sax on the track.
What was your method for incorporating the vocals and pads into the mix, and how did they contribute to the overall feel of the track?
The vocal is actually a well-known splice sample, so I tried not to use it as much as possible, LOL, but it definitely fills the track up nicely.
How did you approach the mixing and mastering process for ‘Bad Dream’, and did you face any particular challenges?
There was really not a problem when it came to mixing this track, if you have the right sounds picked out there is really no work to be done, the mastering process was passed off to a mastering engineer for another set of ears, which I feel should always be done if it’s in the budget.
Can you tell us about any specific techniques or tools you used during the production process that helped you achieve the desired sound?
Keeping the sounds simple and not complex, I use a lot of stuff from Roland cloud, I think I was using the SH – 101 for the bass, I can’t recall since I don’t have access to my studio to check the session reports, I’m at my film job at the moment.
What was the most challenging aspect of producing ‘Bad Dream’, and how did you overcome it?
Nothing really, just being in the pandemic at the time, and not knowing what was gonna happen in the world.
How do you feel ‘Bad Dream’ compares to your previous releases, both in terms of its sound and the production process behind it?
This is actually one of my old tracks from my vault of finished music so, I’m showcasing an old Kardano sound and I feel I was still finding my sound at the time.
Are there any lessons or insights you gained during the production of the track that you will apply to future projects?
Not really, just keep it simple, pick the right sounds, some tracks come easier than others.
We appreciate Kardano taking the time to share his insights and experiences on the production process of ‘Bad Dream’, his dedication to his craft and his willingness to experiment with various genres have contributed to his distinctive sound and make him a raising figure in the Electronic Dance music scene.
We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to hearing more of his incredible productions. Thank you, Kardano!
Listen and buy ‘Bad Dream’ now