All the way from Slovenia, music producer and entrepreneur Jaka Bostjancic (NGHTBLD) accepted our interview request and here is his life story.
How does one go from a guitarist to a music producer, did you just get sick of playing a guitar or did something else inspire you?
Jaka: It's a pretty simple story actually. I didn't get sick of playing a guitar, I still make "musical love" to it very often, I just wanted to do something bigger. And since I'm not the type to join a band, music producing looked like a good idea.
Credits: Jaka's official Instagam (link: https://www.instagram.com/nghtbldofficial/)
What exactly is your process of producing a song, from start to finish?
Jaka: I can imagine how difficult to grasp this might be for people who know nothing about music producing, but I just start with a simple melody. Nothing else.
I don't spend hours deciding what kind of song I want to make, I don't write down sheet music. I just open up Fl Studio on my laptop and the journey begins. Everything else, in my opinion, is a waste of time.
Firstly I open the thing called "vst plugin", which is basically what makes a sound. It can be a piano, a guitar, a flute, anything you can imagine. I always start with a piano since I find it most poetic. If I composed a melody on a guitar and translated it to a piano, it might not sound good there.
But, if I make a melody on a piano, I can copy-paste it to any instrument and it will still retain the original poeticness. Besides that, it's easier to come up with a base melody on a piano, then it is on, let's say, trombone.
Once I have the base melody written down, I open up some new instruments and compose complimentary melodies over it.
This usually takes 1-3 hours, depending how complex I want the song to be.
The only thing that's missing then are drums. You need rhytm to make your audience move, this part takes 1 hour to complete.
How do you find artists to buy your music and complete your masterpieces?
Jaka: To be honest, they mostly come to me. Imagine kids growing up with music by their sides, music that lets them know how special they are, songs that motivates them. Because of this, a lot of kids decide to become rappers and singers when they grow up. To tell their life story and to give hope for others as well.
So you can imagine, there are so many artists out there and as long as you have a solid social presence, they will find you.
Which is your favorite part of making music?
Jaka: That's an easy one! Listening to completed songs artists send me. Nothing is cooler than that!
Just the other day, I got a song back from the artist I made exclusive beat for. He took like 1 year to complete the song and shoot the music video, but man - I couldn't stop smiling while listening to the final song and watching the music video. The feeling that I've achieved something, made something that people will listen to it for years to come, that's a really humbling experience.
It just motivates you to work even harder and put out better music everyday.
As you can tell, Jaka is very passionate about his craft and that's what life is all about - finding that one thing that makes you want to wake up early in the morning and work on it the whole day.