1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
My name is Jason Taylor, I’m a visually impaired music producer/composer hailing from Fife, Scotland and I release my music under the alias Aether.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
I write chilled electronic music. I like to refer to it as late night listening, but others have labelled it with future garage, downtempo, ambient etc…
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I started making music around the age of 16 (I am now 21). I was in my later years of high school when i stumbled upon a video on YouTube with someone using FL Studio 8 and that is when I started. With regards to what made me want to make music, well I’ve always had a strong passion for music for as long as I can remember, although I guess it was my older brother who made me take up the production aspect, as it was really interesting to me listening to the beats he had made whilst he was studying sound engineering at college.
4. Stage or studio?
Studio, I’m yet to perform live, and although it’s something I’ve considered a lot, I feel that freelance composing is more my ideal. Perhaps in the future I will play live shows as Aether, but as of now, I live in the studio.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
My DAW of choice is FL Studio 12. The hardware in my room has recently been upgraded so I’m now using Genelec 8030C monitors, a Studiologic Numa Stage keyboard as my MIDI controller, my current interface is a Focusrite Forte but I’m in the process of upgrading that to a Clarett 8pre. Other than that the only other noteworthy piece of kit is my Zoom H5, which I use to record the majority of the samples you hear in my work.
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
This is a difficult question as there are 3 pieces of kit that I can’t live without, My Genelecs, Numa Stage and Zoom H5. If I was to choose one it would most likely be the H5, simply because of the fun you can have recording random things around the house, or outside, then throw it into FL and completely mangle the sound. I’ve made various snare sounds from this, and as I mentioned before, most of my percussion comes from this too!
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
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