About using technology

It's easy to go overboard with technology. I know a lot of talented musicians who are used to fixing things, they don't listen anymore, they watch. ''I can see it's a bit uneven here.'' Wait a minute, buddy. Let's play Marvin Gaye's recording - it's a bit uneven here, too, technically. Play an Al Green record and guess what? It's also a little uneven. This is what makes music great. I like that my snare is slightly behind the metronome. He should be there. If this music makes you shake your head and it has a cool feeling, then it means that everything is fine with it, my friend, even if something is unevenly played. From the moment sound engineers have been able to see the music, they are constantly trying to fix things and make it perfect.

The producers think I'm lying to them until I can prove that if they move the notes I play a millimeter to the left or right, then I will feel it. When they start using Beat detective on my game, it's like playing with my soul. Don't use it for my game. It drives me crazy. I know a lot of talented musicians who, as sound engineers, have crossed that line, and I want to say that it destroyed that very feeling in their music. All this is also connected with human perfectionism. You see the music on the screen, and it's like playing Tetris - everything has to fit perfectly together, and you can see in which places it is. Why not just use a drum machine in that case. And in general, why then do you need a whole group? Let's pay money to watch five computers play tracks. And we'll sit there and shake our heads. Let's get back to being human again.

Source: Rhythm interview
Translation: Oleg Kuznetsov
Editing: Anna Gornaya