Random Soul

Who are you and what do you do? How long have you been a working musician?

We are Yogi & Husky, also known as Random Soul.

H – Hi, I’m Husky, DJ & Producer. I have been DJ’ing since 2001, and producing since 2007. I would still not classify myself as a musician, however I have been professionally DJ’ing since 2005.

Y – Hey I’m Yogi and I am a DJ, Producer, Engineer and multi-instrumentalist. My first paid gig was when I was 15 in a covers band playing bass. From there I started doing musical theatre, singing and playing keyboards in bands too. Then went on to discover DJ’ing.

What is your educational background? Are there any schools, courses, or books you recommend?

Y - I studied piano when I was 8 or 9, doing a few classical grades. Also, I had a few vocal production lessons out of high school, after I discovered I actually had a voice. I also started a Bachelor of Arts (Music) at university that I have yet to complete.

H – I have a bachelor of Business from the University Of Technology in Sydney. Not really music related, however I am glad to be able to use my business skills for the running of our record label and various other solo projects and companies.

What hardware are you using?

Y - Computer is a Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core with 16 GB RAM, Soundcard is Avid’s Digi 002 and a TC Electronic PowerCore for extra DSP power. My outboard gear includes a Dangerous D-Box Summing Mixer, SSL G Series Compressor, Abbey Road Custom Edition, TL Audio 5052 Stereo Valve Processor, 2 x Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro’s. Microphones are a Rode NT-2 and NT-3. My monitors Yamaha NS10’s with a Yamaha Subwoofer. But I also use a pair of Genelec 1029A’s and various consumer speakers when I’m mixing down.

H – Mbox Mini and my Mac Pro from 2007, Plus a Novation Impulse keyboard. My dope Mackie HR824’s help to round out the studio.

What software are you using?

H – We are both on Pro Tools software with numerous plug-ins for synths and also compression, EQ and mastering tools. What we have chosen is what keeps our sound up there with the best. Unfortunately, a lot of this software and plugs are rather expensive, however we feel the money spent on studio gear always equates to a quality product when produced by professionals.

What is your favorite or most essential piece in your studio?

Y - Definitely the D-Box Summing Mixer. I was monitoring through the analog outs of the Digi002 for years. Then once I switched to monitoring through the digital out of the Digi002 through the D-Box D/A, my mix downs came to life. Along with the jump to class-a summing it’s given us a big desk sound with the efficiency and recallable mix from working in the box.

What would be your dream setup?

H – My dream set up would basically just involve a big open studio with loads of outboard synths to flick through sounds and patch them back into my rig. At the moment it’s all software for my studio, and I would love to expand to a private space where I can indulge in building my stock of sound banks!

Can you describe your creative process? Is there a particular routine or schedule you stick to?

H – We generally start tunes together with some basic loops and musical ideas put down by Yogi. Then I’ll take them away and work on the form of the song, adding loops, drums, and more instruments to create a track that closer resembles a finished piece. Then it’s back to Yogi’s to tie up any loose ends musically and then he mixes the tracks and cleans up all the levels and processing. This system seems to keep the workflow going pretty well for us and usually means we can pump things out in a shorter period of time and also have a few projects on the go.

Where do you shop for and discover music?

Y - Traxsource, Beatport & Stompy mainly. But also iTunes and CD stores.

H – My main shopping sites are Traxsource, Beatport, Stompy and Juno Download. I also enjoy hitting record stores when traveling, however that is usually for records to listen to more than play these days.

Any highlights from your latest musical discoveries?

H – The last Commodores album I bought was dope. And an old Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King LP.

Y - I am thoroughly enjoying the latest Kimbra album. Along with the latest from Frank Ocean and John Mayer.

What's brewing in your studio?

Y - At the moment it is just preparing the next lot of singles from our debut album, " Live For The Moment", final mix downs and mastering. So coming out straight after WMC is our jam with Joshua Heath called “Time To Funk”. Remixes from Jay Vegas, Joshua Heath and ourselves.

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

Y - Listen, have fun, experiment and explore your music.

Where can we find you on the web?

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