Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring Tim Enso for an exclusive interview
Where are you from?
I’m currently living in Los Angeles, but I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia.
When did you start making music?
I began learning instruments when I was just seven years old. I was lucky enough to attend a local music school in my hometown, and my first musical instrument was the violin. From there, I went on to play the piano, the accordion, and the saxophone. These days the only instrument I play is the sax. While studying, I always wanted to create my own music, rather than just play other people’s compositions. So at the age of fifteen, I started to learn how to do music production. At the time, I was trying to make hip-hop with some local rapper friends, but my passion was for electronic music.
How do you describe your music?
I’m a big fan of all kinds of house music, and up until 2020, EDM was my biggest influence, what I would consider festival music. However, that changed recently, and I’ve discovered the underground music scene. I fell in love with new genres; melodic house, techno, afro house, and deep house. In my tracks, I really enjoy using eastern melodies with organic instruments and live percussion.
Favorite moment from your career?
Well, I suspect the best is yet to come, but so far, I’d say my favorite moments are whenever there are groups of people dancing and enjoying the music on the dancefloor. It lets me know they are connected to my music.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
I love exploring new genres and artists. Discovering new sounds gives me great ideas. You could say my biggest musical inspiration is music itself.
What is your producing software?
Right now, it’s Ableton. Believe it or not, It took me about 10 years to become a conscious Ableton user. Before that, I was producing with Cubase, FL Studio, Logic, and Studio One. But now I can say with certainty that Ableton is the best software for electronic music.
What other things do you do besides making music?
Besides making music, I do live performances, of course. When I want to take a break from all that, I love to travel, and I also enjoy sports, especially skiing in the winter. I also study business courses in my spare time.
What is your favorite track of all time?
That’s a tricky one. It changes all the time, depending on where I am and my mood. But I frequently end up listening to Hotel California by Eagles. It’s the one that stays with me.
What is your best-producing tip?
Be unique. Seeking inspiration is fine, but don’t copy other artists. Never be afraid to be different.
Why did you start making music?
I always wanted to play my own music. I felt it was a way to express myself far more than playing music written by someone else. My teachers always used to tell me that I needed to play like other musicians, to sound like the musicians on the records, but I always felt that I had to play music the way I thought it should be.
What are your goals for the future?
I’m still working on new music to create and release. In an ideal world, I’d get a big label to help me broaden my appeal and create opportunities to work with famous artists and perform around the world.
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
I think I’m still young to give any advices 😉
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