Exclusive Spotlight Interview With electronic music rising star Eric Bettens
Where are you from?
I am from Belgium
When did you start making music?
I started studying music at the age of 7, first the trumpet and percussion. But it was around the age of 15 that I became interested in electronic music and the world of synthesizers. Since then, I have worked on both side, classical orchestral music, film music and in electronic music.
How do you describe your music?
My classical training, my influence both in the classical world, as well as film music and electronic music, make my music imprinted with these different styles. I like, when I work on an electronic composition, to give a structure similar as that which you could find in an orchestral composition, and when I work the instrumental music, I always carry out a research at the level of the timbres of the instruments and of their associations, as if I activated filters on a synthesizer.
Favorite moment from your career?
I love the atmosphere that reigns at the approach of a concert, a mixture of excitement, questions, anxiety and wonder. All this gives a very positive energy that just needs to be released during the live
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
from Jarre to Stravinsky, from Beethoven to Vangelis, from Palestrina to Hans Zimmer, what matters to me is the way in which the composer manages emotion and shares it with his audience. I cannot limit myself to one or two artists because from the moment everyone has something interesting to say, he can influence, consciously or not, other people.
What is your producing software?
I mainly use Logic Pro, sometimes pro tools.
When have to score ( classical or film music) I use Sibelius.
What other things do you do besides making music?
Music has been the main part of my life. I am also a music teacher (composition, history, creation of film music, ...). My other passion is landscape photoraphy
What is your best-producing tip?
have something to say, have a common thread to tell your story, and above all, take maximum pleasure in what you create
What are your goals for the future?
in the near future, promote my new album HORIZON and prepare the concerts. I really want to share this new opus with the public.
What advice can you give for the young music producers/DJs?
Be yourself, be true, work hard
Please write a message to your fans.
I have long thought that making music was trying to reach a goal, but ultimately, the path we travel is much more rewarding. So enjoy the way, because you never know how long it lasts
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