Catch up with yunis

Dan Jones |

With features on SATURATE, collaborations with Mad Zach, starting an audio company, and lest we forget his incredible 'Depth EP' on MethLab, the work rate that yunis displays is unquestionable.

Unless you've been living under a rock. You'll have seen yunis making all kinds of movements this year. The German beatsmith held no prisoners in 2019, and from the looks of it, he doesn't plan to stop. A few weeks back, we took a look at his 'Depth EP' on MethLab, but it seems we have more to discuss.

Thanks for doing this man, it would be crazy not to. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Sup my man, I go by the name yunis and im a producer currently based in Berlin, Germany. I was born and raised in a city super close to the Netherlands. Besides that i lived in Hamburg for quite a while and thats the city where everything started for me in terms of my music career.

How did you get into music production?

I think I was 10 years old when I first got in touch with some kind of DAW. I remember buying something like EJAY at a local electronic market and started messing around with it on my dads computer. Absolutely non-comparable with Ableton Live, but it taught me the basics of music production.

A few years later, somehow, I discovered and bought an Akai MPC1000, which definitely was way easier for me to understand at that time, since its much more of an Instrument as an Workstation. I think the main reason I started to produce was to make my own beats to rap on, which I haven’t continued doing since then. Producing Vocal-less music was just a lot more attractive, because I can take it in a super complex direction and it was way more fun in general. Especially because I was finally able to record playing all kinds instruments.
But things really just started when I moved to Hamburg, where I got in touch with the Saturate crew. And from there everything else was a no-brainer. I just kept on doing what I loved most - making beats.

Start 'em young. What's the beats/halftime scene like where you're from?

Uh, thats a tough one to answer. To be honest, I really don’t know, but I think there isn’t too much of a Halftime scene in Germany. At least I couldn’t name anyone who sets his focus on Halftime, but there probably is way more than I think there is.

I feel you man, I see you and Rohaan have been busy in the studio... Also, KNOTS?

Yes, me and my boy Rohaan been working on quite a few tracks together, both, for his upcoming projects, as well as mine. He recently inspired me to start producing some DnB tracks - so expect a few rollers in 2020. Plus we just launched our very own Audio Sample Company called KNOTS, where we gonna release affordable, high quality, industry standard theme and genre specific sample packs for producers who are looking for some inspiring sounds.

This is great, glad to see you guys embracing new concepts.

Have you ever set yourself any challenges when making a track?

Defenitely, especially in terms of quality and mixdowns, which was always the hardest part for me when producing. I reckon I act more like a musician and less as a producer/sound designer when it comes to writing music. The only problem with that is that it can lead to really muddy and complicated to fix Mixdowns. When I write music nowadays I try to balance both aspects out from the start.

Plans for rest of the year?

Wrapping up my upcoming EP and a few interesting collabs, pushing KNOTS audio, as well as preparing 3D visuals for my NA tour in 2020!

Nice! Any new producers you're feeling right now?

Yes, there’s especially this young gun called JuLo. Im pretty sure this guy will blow up soon since he’s a fricking halftime genius. Imagine Ivy Lab, Shades, Tsuruda and Mr. Carmack would jump on track together, thats literally how good it sounds to me. Also, expect some music with him in the upcoming months. Really can’t wait to share with you guys what we have been cooking up!

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