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

My name is Jonas Imbery aka Telonius and I've been doing music for more than 20 years.

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

I was educated in flute, piano and sound engineering, and am self-educated in bass and saxophone. For courses, it depends on the city or region. Thanks to the internet there are plenty of very good tutorials and masterclasses about everything on YouTube. Look for your favorite producers or bands and try to find some little movies/interviews where they explain how they work. For me this way was the best school.

A good teacher is always very helpful for learning an instrument in a proper way.

What hardware are you using?

Console: Amek Big. It's a great console with massive EQs by Neve, perhaps bit old school but I like the sound and it has very powerful EQs.

Compressors: Urei LA 3, Alesis 3630. I use plug compressors too but here I know what to do exactly and nothing beats the sound of an old tube compressor like the Urei. The Alesis one is very cheap but effective. Very good sidechain.

Effects: Lexicon Hall, Bell Delay, TC Electronic FireworX, Roland RE-501. I like them because they all have a unique sound.

Synths: Roland JD-800, JUNO 6, JUNO-106, Korg Poly-800, Sequential Circuits DrumTraks, Roland TR-505 + 909, Doepfer MS 404, DX-7, MC-202

The Quality of plugs changed so much in the last years, but I love using the dinosaur. Like the console/effects or synths they have all a very unique sound especially the DrumTraks. All those synths have their own life. You never know if you can exactly rebuild the same sound. I love this.

What software are you using?

Software: Ableton Live + Logic both are very good sequencer softwares. For my live stuff I prefer using Ableton. Quick & easy to handle, but for complex arrangements, Logic is a bit better for me.

Plug-ins: Izotope Ozone, Insight, Shutter, Iris. They're very good, especially Ozone for mastering, and Iris for creating your own sounds and sound design. I also use D16, NI Maschine, Focusrite Eq + Compressor, and many more.

What would be your dream setup?

Trumpet - Miles Davis; Guitar - Prince; Drums - Bernhard Purdie; Bass - Squarepusher; additional Production - La Funk Mob/Motorbass.

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

It depends. For Telonius sometimes it's just a little melody or a bassline. Starting from there I try to create the rhythm sequence and build it from there. For finalising and mixing I go to my mate Rob Rox.

Where do you shop for and discover music?

Websites, promos, friends, physical stores.

Any highlights from your latest musical discoveries?

Experiencia, a Portuguese Pre Psycho Rock Band.

What's brewing in your studio?

At the moment, I brew the live setup for Telonius. It will be 2 friends and me. Hopefully we can start doing shows by October/Nov.

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

Try to keep it simple. Not too much FX or sounds. I always start with 2 different delays and 1 or 2 different reverbs. More or less I have always the same sounds at the beginning for the basics, like drums/bass & keys. It's easier to stay at the initial idea for me. Always try to keep the first idea in mind, the one which really kicks you.

Where can we find you on the web?

Telonius / SoundCloud / Facebook /