DJ Gregory's Point G cuts have been selling out within weeks of their release since he re-launched the project back in 2013. Going back to more sonically simplistic machine-based times of the late 90s he's touched on something that works. It just grabs you on a very visceral and nostalgic level but he manages to still feel current and appealing for a more contemporary dancefloor. He first brought the project to Farringdon last year and since has been going from strength to strength, most recently announcing his 6th release under the moniker, a triple vinyl treat which he self-released on his self-named imprint just last week (which has already sold out by the way). So, of course we jumped at the chance to gain some vital insight into exactly how he creates his sounds...
So, firstly can you give us a verbal tour of your studio?
The main idea nowadays is to jam analog stuff and use the computer as a recorder through a very good analog mixer, which is the Fleximix from Trident an 8 line that you can extend. Actually this mixer was built by Trident for the band Queen to use on tour, the pre-amp are super solid. For the drums I use mainly Akai MPC3000 and STUDIO440 from sequential circuits I may add a bit of the 707 or 727, regarding synth I use a lot of different ones like Prophet VS , Mini Moog , Casio Cz5000, yamaha Dx100 , Emu SQ80 , Polymoog, Korg Poly 800 , MonoPoly , 01WFD, Roland MKS 70, SH1, Akai Ax80 etc… Often being put through guitar pedals, vintage effect gear and reverb.
What’s your favourite and most essential item?
There’s two actually that I've been using through the years and completely in love with which is the Akai MPC 3000 and the Polymoog.
What is it you’re performing on when you play live exactly?
As the POINT G sound is full of samples I do play and blends loops and stems from the computer through Ableton. I use any controller like push or whatever that will trigger and then a minimum of 8 faders in order to have a real level flexibility, also a few knobs with effects.
How often do you change things up in your live set?
There’s always new stuff that I do test but the backbone of the live did change maybe 4 times since I did start to perform it 2 years and a half ago.
How much of it is new unreleased material? Do you find live sets double up as testing grounds for new tracks?
There s a lot of unreleased tracks that I do perform and improve through the gigs which is kind of cool, then as I do blend stems from my different tracks I also get surprised buy certain combinations.
Can you run us through why you’re working in this set up and what creative freedom it allows you?
The set up allow me to choose the structure of the tracks and to try any kinds of combinations also it is very portable as I couldn't bring a full heavy set up in the clubs every week ends
How different is it from what you produce with in the studio?
It’s not, which is what I like about it as we talk about club music I am not so found of the idea of going from one track to another with stops etc... I want a flow with a DJ feel (which is where I come from) so with this idea of blending all kind of sources with the possibility of choosing if I want a breakdown or not it is what I look for.
How’s your production developed over time?
Well for the POINT G project I try to keep it simple so I would even go back to basics. The DJ Gregory sound has been quit often produced in big studios with a lot of channels in the tracks. For the POINT G project I try to keep it simple and raw which was the idea at the beginning in 97.
And finally, if money was limitless what’s your ultimate studio object of desire?
Well I would say a NEVE Mixer and a Yamaha CS80.
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