We caught up with Picota & Kumbh for an in depth look at their studio techniques and advice for new producers…

Between you, do you separate tasks and find you have different strengths in the studio?

PICOTA & KUMBH: From the beginning we have learned to do everything in our tracks, but over time each one has specialised in certain things. Kumbh is all the day creating sounds in the studio, and Picota really likes to make the convoluted drop and the structure of the track.

Talk us through your set up?

PICOTA & KUMBH: We have a Interface Audio EdirolFa66, Krk Rokit6, Roland sh201, Virus Snow, Emu6400 and a basic computer.

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What one piece of gear would you love to own?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Empirical Labs EL8X-S Distressor

What are your top 5 plugins currently?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Addictive Drums, Massive, Rverb Waves, Camel Phat, Serum

How would you describe your sound for those that hadn’t heard before?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Pure darkness sound with cinematic intros, ambient and FX. We really like to recreate an old school sound whilst adding our own style.

Where do you find inspiration? Also if you are working in the studio and get stuck; how do you get past that point?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Movies and other music genres like hip hop or classic music are a nice place to get inspirited.

We sometimes get stuck, so we try to look for more ideas in the cinematic world or just stepping back and making no music for a while. Sometimes is better to rest a couple of minutes and return stronger.

How long have you been producing?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Picota started making music when he was 18 years old when he starts his studies of sound. Kumbh started making music more later with 15 years old. After a couple o years making music, we joined forces in our first track Cigarettes Can Kill You.

How many hours does it typically take to complete a track from start to finish?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Depends of the composition of the track, how difficult and the theme… It depends on many things. Normally we spend a couple of months to finish the track. Usually it takes two weeks to create basses and drums and 1 month to create a dark ambient atmosphere.

What do you listen to in your free time?

PICOTA & KUMBH: We really like listen underground hip hop, orchestral music, nu-metal. We really recommend artist like: The Notorious Big, Akira Yamaoka and Charles Bradley.

What advice would you give to new producers?

Experiment. Each day you can learn something new, don’t copy and try to find your own sound.

What are your favourite techniques and plugins for processing drums and basses?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Compressor, Saturation and a lot of EQ is the most important thing.

If you could choose a dream collaboration, who would it be with and why?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Gydra and Noisia, because theses guys gather everything before writing songs and this method is far better for creating great songs.

How do you usually start tracks and where do you turn to for sound sources?

PICOTA & KUMBH: Normally we spend a couple of weeks making drums and basses. After that, we combine each sound together and start to compose.

What projects are you working on currently and where would you like to progress to in 12 months time?

PICOTA & KUMBH: We are making a Deep Drum & Bass EP with 6 tracks and another EP with a few songs in dark Neurofunk genre.

We would like to release with important labels as Dispatch or Eatbrain and to work with international artists because that is the best way to improve.

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