The records I'm most proud of currently are aliases I've released under, namely figueroa and stone giants. They represent everything I've learned up to this point along with being uncomfortably new territory for me.
Thankfully this hasn't changed since I started making music. I write music, record and produce it, then sometimes I perform it too. Lately I've also taken on the role of a label owner but that's a separate thing and luckily I have amazing people helping with that.
I started by playing around with cassettes when I was a teenager. I'd edit songs and make different versions of them. This moved into samplers, field recording and eventually synthesis of recorded sound. My interests now encompass all of these things along with many other forms of synthesis.
I'm mainly motivated by curiosity, love and vengeance. Role models might include Prince for raw talent and charm, Bob Dylan for uncompromised dedication to a personal expression, and Jodorowsky for spirit and originality.
I tend to think of obstacles as the driving force that underlies creativity. Whether it's the ingenuity to escape meager resources or the force to punch through boundaries others have created. None of this makes any of it less frustrating of course, it fucking sucks a lot of the time but there's a point to it I think.
There are loads of things I'd do differently now if I could go back for a second try, but I'd be robbing myself of the rewarding experience of learning and the mistakes I needed to make.
I love my Neve eq's and compressors. I love them so much. I use them every day on whatever I'm mixing. Also my awkward Buchla synths, my tube based equipment and a Neumann M49 mic I'm lucky enough to have here in the studio.
I'd say embrace your limitations as they are your friends. They'll force you to develop the areas of yourself that are unique in order to overcome them.
I use them for a detailed view of my recordings, checking the imperfections I might overlook otherwise, and of course stereo imaging. I do often just listen in headphones for pleasure too, there's something undeniably immersive about a good headphone listening experience.
I've been working on a lot of vocal recordings lately. I've used the closed back design of my original pair to monitor my voice while recording. Also as a reliable alternate reference against my studio monitors.