Kasper Bjørke

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Kasper Bjørke and I am a producer and a DJ. I also work on the side as the A&R at the indie label Fake Diamond Records in Copenhagen.

When did you start making music?

I started in 1998-99.

Are you doing it full-time? If so, for how long?

Yes - besides the A&R thing which is mostly done from my computer and phone in my studio on my own time anyway. Since around 2000 when I got my first major record deal (with a commercial discohouse project) that made it possible to quit my day job as Art Director at an advertising agency.

What hardware are you using?

I used to have a lot more outboard stuff when I had a studio together with Tomas Barfod (WhoMadeWho drummer), but we threw a lot of it out when we moved, actually. Instead I've cut to the bone and only have what I actually use: A Doepfer modular analog synth that is really amazing for its bass sounds, a 90s Virus Indigo synth with a fun soundbank of old pads and basses, some microKORG synths, Akai MPD26 (similar to the old MPC with drumpads and note repeat), and a great small Akai MIDI keyboard which is excellent to travel with because it's so small and light … And of course my iMac (studio) and my MacBook Pro (for travelling). I use ADAM A7 speakers and Dynaudio speakers for reference and Ultrasone PRO headphones for detail listening.

What software are you using?

Logic - and have been since vers. 3.7. I started out on a cubased Atari computer and a mono sampler in Tomas Barfod's bedroom. After that we started using Pro Tools but then shifted to Logic because we didn't like the MIDI programming in Pro Tools. I have the big Waves plugins pack + some other plugs, but I only use a small percentage of them.

What would be your dream setup?

I don't need a lot more than I already have. I think it's good sometimes to be creative with a few things and know them really well, instead of having a lot and not knowing what it can do.

Where do you shop for and discover music?

I have a few DJ friends that I exchange tips for new tracks with. Other than that I check out my favorite DJs and producers and labels - and see what they have coming out. Beatport is good for some music but not for all. I also use iTunes quite a lot actually. And listening to podcasts, such as Beats In Space with Tim Sweeney.

Any production tips & tricks you'd like to share?

Less is more. Don't overproduce and try to get access to an outboard tape machine when you go into mastering. It gives a lot of warmth to the sound and takes it away from the generic computer sound which is inevitable.

Where can we find you on the web?

Kasper Bjørke / SoundCloud / YouTube / Facebook / Twitter /