Q&A with Roger DeFlor
Jan. 19, 2022
Where did you grow up and where do you call home now?
I was born and raised in Barcelona. Now I''m living in Brighton, UK.
Do you make music by yourself, or collaborate with other musicians? Who have you collaborated with?
I write, produce and perform all of my songs. Producing my own tracks gives me the opportunity to be more creative and gives me more freedom to experiment for as long as I want with all the crazy plugins and virtual instruments on the market. Recording your own music might be not the best option if you want to release music fast in the beginning, but it gets better with time and you understand more about the process, how to place microphones, use preamps and compressors, and all the software inside your DAW. I usually work with Logic which gives me a huge amount of possibilities when producing a track. It's a massive library of instruments and sounds and it's great. Slow Down is my first release so I haven't worked with anyone else yet.
What can you tell us about your latest release?
'Slow Down' is an easy-going track that reminds us to keep things cool, to follow our instincts without worrying too much about the future or what others will think about us. Slow down is a bedroom pop production with a laid back groove. The music video depicts a man with a monkey mask, performed by Roger. It was filmed on location on the north coast of Catalonia on the beach. The monkey is doing yoga, trying to relax and 'Slow Down.' He's trying to forget his own animal instincts by doing so. It works a bit as a metaphor as we all have our inner animal constantly telling us to do things without even thinking twice. Like an animal would do when he's hungry, he would go after his food day after day. There's an old saying in a lot of cultures that encourages us to go slower in order to go faster.
This song was written at some point during one of the latest lockdowns. It was then when I realized that I was being more productive by being less stressed out, just focusing in one thing instead of going crazy and rushing everywhere. I used to live in London before Covid became a Pandemic. That's why I decided to move to Brighton, close to the big city but more quiet. I wanted to focus on music instead of spending too much of my time on the public transport.
What is your creative process like?
The creative process is never the same, it can happen in many different situations so it's important to always have some battery left on your phone to be able to take some notes on your recorder. Sometimes it can be weird to sing and idea on the streets or inside a public transport full of people. I usually pretend that I'm speaking with someone on the phone (it's less embarrassing), but I know that if I don't do it I'll forget that idea. I'm not good at remembering ideas so I need to have them recorded. It's a funny exercise to listen those after a couple of days because most of them are rubbish. I would say that one out of 30 is worth it, but then I have something to start the guitar with. Then I find some chords and work a bit more on the melody, structure, and lyrics, etc. But it doesn't always works like this. Some days a song can be made in 45 minutes, the whole structure, lyrics, melody and chords. That is perfect but it rarely happens. I can feel it when it does though, then I know I need to keep on playing until I get it. If I leave and return to it later then the momentum is gone.
I also try to write as much as I can. It's practice, the more you do it, the faster it is to create a song and find an original melody. In the beginning most of my melodies where very similar to my influences. I still can hear them in my new songs, but it's not that obvious. I mean, there are only 12 notes, so...
There's a beautiful step in the creative process. This is the reason why I wanted to be my own producer. These days, a song is not only a rhythm with melody and chords. The production part is essential to the creative process. It can make the song really especial so I didn't want to hire a studio and record the songs in just a couple of days. I would much rather learn how to do it in my bedroom and have enough time to invest in finding the right sound, and notes for each instrument. Though it sounds like a reasonable plan, you need to have your own timetable because if you take too long, the magic of the song might disappear during the process. It's challenging but very rewarding when you are capable of doing what you had in mind.