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Nazatron is the musical vehicle of Genaaron Diamente. Genaaron grew up in a small town in Victoria, Australia and started playing guitar as soon as he was big enough to hold one. A steady diet of beatles records, 90s metal, school jazz bands and guitar lessons quickly evolved into an irreversible love of music.
After high school, Genaaron moved to Melbourne and after a brief stint studying computer programming he decided to study music full time. He spent the next few years honing his craft and practicing jazz scales. But Nazatron was not satisfied. The crazy metal and electro beats that he still listened to when no one was around started to consume him.
After graduating with a nice piece of paper that said music degree, Nazatron gave in to the inner music rebel and decided to give life to the music that had been growing inside of him for years. At last, his world started to synergize. He could now marry his love for music and jazz scales with the computer skills that he secretly still harbored. He locked himself in his room (that is, in between teaching guitar and playing/singing Clapton songs at dirty pubs) and after a few years, his debut album was complete.
Nazatron had passed the fork in the road, never to return.
ABOUT FORK IN THE ROAD
Fork in the road is the debut album of Nazatron. The album features songs written, arranged, performed and produced by Nazatron and took approximately three years to complete.
Being self produced, most of the tracks were recorded in Nazatron’s home studio and many an hour was spent sculpting each second of music.The music can best be described as an eclectic mix of Electro and Alternative Rock drawing from many infuences. The textures move from intense guitar polyphony to synthetic soundscapes. From minimalist percussion to squarepusher inspired Electro beats.
But Nazatron has always been a sucker for pop music and beneath the oscillators, LFOs and shred solos that decorate each track, Fork In The Road is bound together by simple, strong melodies. (From the press release)
Listen to music samples here: http://www.myspace.com/nazatron
We had the main guy spend time with us here at Sphere Music to answer questions that I am sure will perk fanatics.
so what made you decide to finally record and release this album? did it take a long time to record and produce?
I had been working on the tunes for quite a while. Some of the songs on the album had been written years ago. The decision to finally release an album was probably more of a result of gradually getting the production skills and gear needed to be able to get the music to the level that I wanted. So I guess it kind of evolved. It did take a few years to produce, because I did most of the production myself. I will probably be able to do things a lot more quickly now.
it looks like the jazz scales you have mastered finally paid off in this album. the melodies are interesting but they aren’t sweet pop pieces. is it intentional in your part to make them sound so?
I think I just try to make music that I hear in my head. I have a lot of influences and I really like music that is interesting and unique. There’s no style that I feel I need to fit nicely into, so I just let the songs go where they need to go. I love a good, simple, catchy vocal melody because I think that’s what really connects with people and it’s how I naturally compose, but I like to experiment with everything else (beats, production, instrumentation etc.)
how was the recording and production like? any funny or interesting experiences you wish to share?
Hmmm… I’m not sure if there are any funny stories. Lots of late nights alone in my room doing pretty tedious work. Lots of early morning rises to try and squeeze a bit more time in. The album was mixed by my good friend Malcolm Besley and when I had finished a track, he would come round to my place and mix. Mixing days usually involved a lot of PlayStation, coffee and of course, music making! The mixing part is always the process I enjoy most, as I get to take more of a passenger seat and watch someone breathe a bit more life into the tracks.
tell me about the kind of electric guitar that you play.
I have a few. I used a Godin guitar for most of the album. It’s a pretty versatile guitar. It has a midi pick up built into it so I can connect it to synths etc. which can be handy.
are you a slow composer as opposed to a prolific one? don’t get me wrong, i admire slow composers because they tend to record very interesting works.
That’s a very hard question to answer. I aim to be a prolific one and it’s something that I am getting better at being. Sometimes I can write a song in an hour, but then might spend weeks recording the song. Other times it might take me weeks to write one section of a song. I come up with ideas very quickly and try to compose daily. It’s the process of turning that initial idea into a finished track that takes time.
who are you musical influences?
Too many to mention! Beatles, Mr Bungle, Pat Metheny, RATM, Radiohead, Prince, John Mayer, Bjork. I think I go through stages of listening to different styles and artists but I try to take what I like from each of them and learn from them.
fork in the road-any thoughts about the meaning behind the title?
It means what you want it to mean 😉 Actually the album was a lot of fun to make but also very challenging. I felt at times it would have been easier to give it up and do something else. That’s really what the ‘fork in the road’ was for me.
On the misc and techie side of things….
what are the tools you use in the studio? (give us a glimpse of the technical side of the project)
I run protools on a PC. At the moment I am using a digi003 and an octopre. I have Dynaudio monitors which I use as my main speakers. I have a bunch of guitars, mics, keyboards and other peripherals that most small studios have. I guess a lot of what I produce is more about using the software and hardware creatively to acheive the results I am looking for. I have Native Instruments Komplete as well as other software such as the EastWest composers collection. There is literally an infinite amount of sounds that one can make with good software and I spend a lot of time experimenting and programming things. I try not to get to carried away with gear. It’s easy to do, but it won’t necessarily make my music better.
-favorite tracks in the album
I think ‘Cordial Girl’ has the most commercial appeal. I really like the track. It seems to be most people’s favorite too. I also really like ‘You’.
–are you going to take the music to the road?(touring or doing gigs perhaps)
I will eventually, but at the moment my focus is on writing and recording more material.
-what do we expect from you before the year ends?
Well, I am working on another album which will hopefully come out next year. I might have a few sneak peaks before the years end. I would also like to record a video clip or two.
-if you are off on a vacation somewhere, what are the five things you must take with you(of 5 things you can’t live without)
Hmmm… Guitar, iPhone, Laptop, a good book, ummm and coffee. Although, the iPhone can just about replace most of them by itself 😉
-your message to people who stumbled upon your music .
Thanks for listening and I hope I can keep making interesting music for you for a long time!