This week we had an opportunity to catch up with Simon Sundström, also known as SwS. We asked him to tell us about his release “Breathe” and to show us how Splice fits into his production workflow.
What inspired you to share this track with the Splice community?
Splice is the platform where I upload most of my work and this track is a remix of a track in the community, so I thought it would be nice to upload my remix here too.
Tell us about your approach to writing and production. Any favorite sample packs or plugins?
It often starts with me playing on my acoustic piano and improvising till I find something that I like. Then I move to the studio and I experiment with different sounds on my Nord Electro.
Next I will move on to building the drop in my DAW. There are many ways to start a project but this is the most common way for me. I love KSHMR so when I heard that he had released a sample pack I instantly downloaded it, I also use Vengeance but I don’t like it as much as KSHMR´s sample pack even though his sample pack is free.
Sylenth1 is definitely my favorite plugin because I like the simplicity and how easy it is to create a sound that I like. And of course, I like Waves very much too.
You’re primarily a Logic X user. What is it about Logic X that makes it your DAW of choice?
I love Logic and don’t think I will change but I’ll maybe get FL Studio in the future but only if I collaborate with someone that uses FL Studio or open a FL project.
How has Splice had an impact on your production process or workflow?
I discovered Splice by accident right when I started producing music and I really don’t think I would’ve come this far without Splice. Actually I’m not sure I would even be producing music if it hadn’t been for Splice. I got positive feedback already on my first track which was very inspiring. Even though I now realize that it was really bad so I’ve deleted it now.
What are your influences at the moment?
I play the piano and take lessons once a week. I’m learning everything from jazz to house and I´m trying to widen my musical knowledge as much as I can. I’ve even played the cello when I was younger and I also play the drums. I also sing in the Stockholm Boys Choir. My dad sings and play guitar too so I have quite a lot of experience and influences from the acoustic world which I’m now trying to combine with my electronic side of music.
You’ve had quite a few users in the community Splice the project file for “Breathe” – what do you hope that they’ll do with it?
I hope they can improve it and I´ve already had two guys that have, Ayron Wheel and Martin Fox. This is a remix so you can´t really remix it but all improvements are welcome.
Where do you think that you music is headed next?
My next step in music I hope can be to blend in acoustics instruments in my electronic music, I’m also looking for a good vocalist and lyric writers so if you are one or both, don’t hesitate to contact me.
We’d like to thank Simon for taking the time to chat with us and for offering us some insight into his process. We’re looking forward to hearing many more tracks from him! Be sure to keep an eye on his Splice profile at SwS for all of his latest projects and upcoming releases.
June 15, 2016