1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hello, I’m Derek Miller a.k.a Outernationale. I’m originally from Linwood but now residing in Livingston.
I’ve built up a decent reputation as a remixer and I’ve worked with some well respected artists- Pet Shop Boys, Section 25, Peter Hook, Dynasty Electrik.
I recently started a new indie label ‘5 Pin Din Recordings‘ which will be home to all Outernationale releases and remixes as well as unearthing new talent.
The Outernationale remix of Freebass’s ‘You don’t know this about me’ will be the labels next release.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
It’s predominantly electronic, although I do like a bit of guitar now and then! I try to make music that’s a bit more engaging and interesting to the listener, music that would appeal to me!
3 When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I’ve been writing music in one way or another for over 30 years now. As a kid, my exposure to all types of music was immense. My mates all had older brothers who were listening to punk, new wave, disco and electronic and I was fascinated by all of it. The urge to get involved in it was very natural, although it’s probably taken a little longer to get where I wanted to be.
4. Stage or studio?
I’d have to say studio, simply because I spend so much time in there although I would love to take the Outernationale stuff on the road. I’ve recently been working with Idlewild’s Kris Pohl and Michael Bannister from Texas in the studio. It’s fascinating watching and learning from these guys. They’re like mad scientists!
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I’ve always been an ardent user of Roland products and they’re through every piece of music I’ve written.
They’re very tactile and extremely usable. The new Boutique range is amazing. Arturia is another big favourite as nobody does soft synths like these guys!
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Roland’s MC-909 was and still is a huge influence on me. It’s instantly accessable for those blinding bouts of inspiration and works brilliantly as a sketch pad. I wrote most of Section 25’s Dark Light album on that machine. Proper classic.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
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