Sierra is a French producer from France. She has recently released Gone, her second EP, on Lazerdiscsc Records.
We grabed the occasion to ask her a few questions.
Check out the interview!
Headphones For Robots: Who is Sierra? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Sierra: My name is Annelise, I come from a small town near Paris. I also lived a few years in Brittany and Barcelona. Now I am currently living in Paris.
HFR: What is the first musical moment you can remember?
S: My first classes of music when I was 5-6. I had a private teacher of piano. It was terrible. I hated it so much.
HFR: How did you start making music? What are your current influences?
S: My parents forced me to take classes of music. I first started with piano, then I took classes of violin for like 3 years. I was in the children’s orchestra of my hometown. It was horrible, and because of it, I started to hate music so much at this moment of my life. Now I am totally unable to read music because I think my brain wanted to delete all these bad moments. A few years later when I was 14, I started guitar on my own, and this is when I really started to enjoy making music.
I try to take influences in everything I can. I go to the cinema every week, I would say that this is what inspires me the most. But musically I love the artists that have a real identity. My favorite artists are definitely Vitalic, Gesaffelstein, The Toxic Avenger and SebastiAn.
HFR: You have just released Gone, a new EP of 5 tracks, on Lazerdiscs Records?
S: Yes my new EP « GONE » released the 24th of May.
HFR: How did you approach writing the songs on this EP? Was it different than on Strange Valley, your previous record?
S: Yes it was different. « Strange Valley » was something I had in mind for many years. I wanted to compose like a journey into a weird desert for many years. I remember me drawing some stuff about it like 7, 8 years ago… I really took time to compose it because I was in the same time taking classes of music production, and learning how to make electronic music. To be honest Strange Valley was like for me « A first try ». I am happy with what I did, but I would say that GONE is really more personal, and reflects more my identity. I was searching for what I wanted to compose for a few months… I had in mind one or two things at the end of 2018 but I don’t know how in February one night I was inspired and I composed GONE, and a few days later I composed the same night UNBROKEN and LEFTOVER. Inspiration never comes when you want…
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and performing them live? Do you prefer Software or Hardware ?
S: I use a MacBook Pro, with a soundcard MOTU Ultralite AVB ( that I don’t recommend ). And I had 2 pairs of monitors: Rokit 5 and Adam A5x. I like using both to have different perspectives on my mix. And I just bought my first synthesizer the Roland SH01a that I really love. Last year I was just doing DJ sets, so I was using a PIONEER controller, but now I am starting live performances, with a push, an Akai LPD8, SH01a. I do not have too much hardware for the only reason that it costs a LOT of money…
HFR: Will you play your new album live? Do you have other projects?
S: Yes, I mostly play new tracks live. My first EP Strange Valley is not really adapted for live performances, so I just play 3 tracks of it. I mainly play my new EP and some remixes, and exclusive tracks.
I just finished a remix for BROOK LINE. I am also working on a collaboration with the techno DJ Hippo. I also composed the music of a small short movie that will be out soon. I also just finished an EP for another project that I will run in parallel of SIERRA. This EP has been done with The toxic avenger on Enchanté Records.
HFR : Many of our readers produce music too. What is the best advice that you could give?
S: To be patient, really really really patient. To be serious on your project. One thing that really helps me a lot also is to have some friends who produce music too. It helps a lot when i send them my tracks to have their feelings, advices etc… It’s important because alone you cannot do too much.
HFR: Last words?
S: Well…Thanks for the interview!
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