This week we had an opportunity to catch up with James Mendex. We asked him to tell us about his release “MØ – Final Song (James Mendex Remix)” and to show us how Splice fits into his production workflow.
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What inspired you to share this track with the Splice community?
The cool thing about Splice, aside from the all the sounds, samples, and projects you can get, is that you don’t need to have a huge following to have your music heard. It’s a much longer process on other sites, like SoundCloud, to get people to listen your music and build a following, but on Splice everyone gets the same opportunity and if your music is good it will get to people. For this remix, I was stuck and needed help finishing it so I put a preview up to see if anyone had any ideas for it…I ended up getting more responses than I expected.
Tell us about your approach to writing and production. Any favorite sample packs or plugins?
Almost all my productions will start with me trying to figure out some chords on the FL midi editor using a piano. I know Sylenth1 in and out so this is at the top of the list for my favorite plugins. I also love to use the iZotope Ozone 5, Kickstart by Nicky Romero and a lot of the inbuilt FL Studio vst’s.
You’re primarily a FL Studio user. What is it about FL Studio that makes it your DAW of choice?
FL Studio is what I’ve been working with ever since I started producing. Its quick interface makes it super easy to get ideas down. The weird thing with FL is that its so simple to use because it lets you be as unorganized as you want, which can sometimes turn against you, specially for me when I put a project aside and then come back to it…I can’t find anything!
How has Splice had an impact on your production process or workflow?
Splice can be a great source of inspiration if your blocked, either through a sample, a vocal or maybe just making a remix of someone else’s project. It has also made backing up projects so much easier. Now I can just upload the project onto Splice and don’t have to worry about FL crashing next time I open the FLP. Most producers out there have probably experienced that horrible moment when your DAW won’t open the project you’ve been working on for hours.
What are your influences at the moment?
As a DJ, I’ve always looked up to Laidback Luke as one of the best. I also look up to Martin Garrix not only for being the leader of the new generation of bedroom producers, but also because of how much of a reference and inspiration he has been for me personally. Currently my biggest influence musically speaking is Illenium, I’m so stoked on his remix for Flume’s Say it and his collab with Liam O’Donnell, It’s All On U.
You’ve had quite a few users in the community Splice the project file for “MØ – Final Song (James Mendex Remix)” – what do you hope that they’ll do with it?
I’ve already received some ideas to finish the project, honestly whatever it is people are doing with it, the feeling of having someone being able to create something new based on your work is incredible. After considering a few ideas, I’ve already picked someone to finish the project with and I’m super excited to see where we’ll take it.
Where do you think that you music is headed next? Anything that you’ll like to share with us?
I’m constantly changing my style. I work on a different genre on every other project depending on what I’m feeling when I start producing it. I’ve grown as a producer making both Progressive House and Big Room, but now I’m looking more into Future Bass. The only thing I know for sure is that whatever I make I’ll probably be learning new stuff; there’s still a long way to go and I want to keep growing musically.