How did you get into DJing?
We have been more on the side of songwriting, and producing music firstly. With us transforming our music into a full edm project, the DJing part comes with the territory of wanting to put on a live show and share our music and other awesome music we love with an audience in person.
What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
(Dr. Cool) So I got into audio production way back in 2005, and I went to the LA recording school in Los Angeles, in 2006. I really learned most of my skills from just pressing buttons and trial and error. I had my biggest breakthroughs from being in the studio working with big producers like Logan Mader, and John Feldmann, just watching and learning their methods. With YouTube being around for so long now, this is my go to when I get stuck on something, or need to find some inspiration or tips and tricks. I swear you can learn anything on YouTube now. I would say I am definitely a Pro Tools wizard, that’s the DAW I’ve used all these years, and I recently moved to Ableton for EDM production, and the biggest challenge is just learning the new shortcut keys, because this is crucial for my time management and speed. I guess for me, I’m always learning and watching how other people do things, to try and pick up on anything I don’t already know, and I’m always finding cool new ways to mix and try new things I wouldn’t normally do. As far as learning to DJ, to be honest, I bought a Udemy course, and just went through that to get a better understanding how its all done, and the rest is just practicing.
(Babe) When I was a kid, I went to a music school and learned about harmony and theory, and started learning how to sing at a young age. I started writing my first songs when I was probably around the age of 15 and I just knew music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What did your first setup look like?
(Dr. Cool) I started out with the original Mbox, Pro Tools 6 and a Mac powerbook G4. I had one Schecter C-1 Elite guitar that I’ve had since 2001, that was like my prized possession at the time.
(Babe) My first mic setup was pretty much me in front of a mirror pretending to sing into my hairbrush! haha. For DJ gear we started with a Pioneer XDJ-RX2
What does your current setup look like?
(Dr. Cool) A complete mess, too many guitars! Literally, we have 24 guitars lying around our house, and I’m actually selling some, because I never thought I would say this, but I have too many! We have our own recording studio in our place, with a powerful iMac with all the plugins and virtual instruments you can imagine. We have a double wall vocal booth, keyboards, piano, very expensive microphones. Everything we need to fully track, mix and master our music.
(Babe) Yeah, and then out in our living room we have our own DJ booth setup where we can practice. We have the standard CDJ-2000NXS2's and the DJM-900NXS2. Our whole place is like our music production warehouse. We even have photo / video walls where we do our own photoshoots, and can create professional looking photos or video content. We do a lot of our own photo shoots and I used to be a wedding photographer in Ukraine, so I know how to work really well in Lightroom and Photoshop to edit our pictures and make them pop!