Interview | Epistra


Epistra is a music producer who started his journey in 2010. Since then, he’s worked with a wide array of artists and companies from Dizzy Wright to Mazda.


How did you start making music?
Since a young age, I always found myself focusing in on the instrumental aspect of a song. I would try to single out or separate each melody playing throughout the track. As I entered my early teenage years, I thought, “why not create music myself?” From that point, I started to study music composition in depth. The rest is history.

How would you describe your music and what inspirations do you draw from?
I would describe my music as primarily hip hop with a cinematic sound. My list of inspirations is very extensive, but Hans Zimmer, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, and Alex Da Kid are some of the biggest ones.

What software / equipment do you use? What are your go-to VSTs?
I produce in FL Studio and Pro Tools. I use a UAD Apollo interface, Novation Impulse MIDI keyboard, and Dynaudio BM15as for my monitors. My VST library is always changing but as of lately, I have been finding myself using Omnisphere majority of the time.

During your journey as a music producer, what do you consider your biggest mistake? How have you learned from it?
My biggest mistake as a music producer was getting too complacent where I was at. It is easy to think you have nothing more to learn when you start to make money with your craft. Once you develop this mentality, your production will start sounding stale and you will lose that original passion you had for music. I’ve learned to never settle and realize that this music journey is truly a never ending learning experience.

If you could only pick one thing from your studio, what would it be?
I would choose my MIDI keyboard/controller. As long as I can play the ideas from my head, the other hardware can wait.

If you could work with any producer or artist, who would it be and why?
There are too many people to list that I wish to work with. If I had to pick one, I would choose to work with Kanye West. The way he and his team puts his albums together is incredible.

What would you be doing if you hadn’t pursued music?
I would most likely be working as a full time networking engineer in the Silicon Valley.

What advice would you give to aspiring producers / beat makers?
The best advice I can give is to always be patient and make sure you continue loving what you do. The moment you lose your love for the craft, it will become a chore and burden on your life.

Where do you see yourself in the near future?
I envision myself working with more artists in the industry and branching out my production to new genres such as EDM.


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