Please tell our readers a little bit about your background.
Of course! We are Tobi und Greg from YouNotUs. We are producing Dance/Pop and House Music for almost a decade now. And we live in Berlin.
What is your favorite piece of hardware gear to work with and why?
Since Vocals are really important to us, we love a proper vocal chain! This almost always contains a 1176 compressor, a Maag EQ and the Neve preamp. In combination they give an amazing sound which helps to make every vocal shine!
Is there a specific VST plugin that radically changed your workflow?
Serum! It’s our absolute got to VST Synth. Anything is possible with it and therefore we use it in every Project. Also there are so many stunning presets you can find online, its a never ending love story!
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Do you have a specific process when it comes to creating tracks? For instance, do you start with a beat or with a melody?
We always start with the melody. The production should be build around the core, which is the melody. It is the most recognizable element of a song and so it needs to be perfect. For us the melody is most of the time a vocal or a synth melody.
How do you approach space in production as it relates to delays and reverbs?
It’s always a challenge to keep the mix clean. We recommend sidechaining reverb with its own dry signal! This is a real game changer.
Also: low cut as hell
In order to have a clean mix, you need to have enough space for everything – especially in the low end.
Which aspect of music production do you feel you excel at?
Emotions before technique.
In the end you have to catch the people. For that you need to make them feel your music. It’s as simple as that.
Once we released a song, where the lead vocal was recorded in a songwriting session with a MacBook microphone standing in a corner of the room
We tried to recreate the vibe in the studio in a recording booth with a lot of different mics like the Neumann U87, AKG C12 VR and some others. But in the end we kept the shitty MacBook mic signal because it had the most emotion and we couldn’t recreate it.
Put a lot of effects on it though
Your best advice to get that kick drum pounding?
In first place, you need to choose a nice kick drum that fits to the sound and track, a bad kick sample will stay bad and destroy the mix.
Also long bass notes require short kicks and the other way around.
Sidechaining is also a big part of it. Often we sidechain nearly everything on a track (at least to a certain percentage).
Out of all the productions you have made, what would be your personal favorite?
Probably our song „Chucks“, which is not the most successful release. But it feels really unique and different from our other productions. We also love the sample, the track is built around.
What is the best advice you have for other producers in the game?
Connect with other people and make as much music as you can. Watching hours of tutorials on the internet might help a little, but in the end you learn the most from actually making music and working with other people.
Since we have the internet, the „connect with other people“ – part is much more easy. So you should use it.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
It’s a long way to become a successful musician. At the end we think it’s worth it, but it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. So don’t give up.
If you really want it, you can do it
Thanks again for doing this interview.