We are very pleased to share the latest track by Sidlo Philips called “Shortcut”. Check out the full edit on our Youtube channel:
We also took the time to talk with him:
What was your first EDM track you have heard which made you fall in love with this genre?
“Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound” for sure. I wasn’t even into electronic music until I heard that song but it really made an impact on me and to this day I still think it’s the best song within the EDM genre.
When did you first started with producing music?
I bought my first audio interface about eight years ago and I started recording crappy instrumental demos but I was so fascinated with the idea of creating a song “in-the-box” sort of speak that I didn’t want to give up on it. So since then I’ve been involved with several projects where we’ve recorded and programmed everything at my place and then made the mixing and mastering ourselves. It wasn’t until maybe a year ago that I realized that I want to produce electronic music. Sometimes in life you end up asking yourself what you want to do in your life and where you want to be and since then I haven’t looked back.
How did you came up with your DJ name?
My real name is Philip Sidlo and my friends has always been telling me that “Sidlo” (my last name) is a great name for an artist, but I didn’t want it to be just “Sidlo” so I added my first name. No real imagination there haha.
Which DAW do you use and why?
I use Ableton Live and Bitwig Studio. I like the workflow of both DAWs, it makes it easy for me to try out different musical ideas without messing up the arrangement and I can focus on what’s important rather than moving blocks of audio and midi to the right place. The reason I have two DAWs is that I like to have variation in life, it keeps me inspired.
What are your favorite plugins for synths, mastering and effects?
I mostly use stock plugins actually. The only aspect of my life where I believe “less is more” is about my plugin library haha. But to mention some of the third-party plugins I do use:
Dada Life Sausage Fattener
Fabfilter Pro Q-2
reFx Nexus 2
Sonic Academy A.N.A
Izotope Mastering Suite
If you could do a collaboration with any artist out there, what would be your top 3 (and why)?
Tube & Berger – I love how they can keep an arrangement so interesting with layers and different melodies, you always end up wanting more. The biggest reason to why I’d like to collab with them is because of the sexy almost-disco-like vibe they bring to their tracks. Haven’t heard many tracks like theirs when it comes to that.
Prok & Fitch – The first tech house track I heard was “Here comes the noise” by Prok & Fitch and I was almost enchanted by the groove and subby basslines and how well it worked together. It was so simple yet so powerful and it made me want to discover the tech house genre. Wouldn’t even have to be a collaboration, just sitting with them by a table with a drumstick each and see what happens you know haha.
Robin Schulz – I always picture things in my head when I’m listening to his tracks. He knows how to put up beautiful soundscapes using simple instruments/synths with great chord progressions and melodies that really speaks to you. It’s storytelling through music basically and that’s a quality I really look up.
What do you usually drink when you are in the studio to get inspiration?
I don’t believe inspiration come from drinks haha but I usually drink Coca cola or water and sometimes red bull.
If you could travel the world as a DJ what would be the three items you will always bring with you in your bag?
Except for the bare essentials like laptop, headphones, mixer etc. I would bring:
My DAC (NuPrime UDSD).
A french dictionary.
Probably a second pair of headphones because I’m a headphoneaddict haha.
2016 just started, what can we expect in the upcoming year from you?
I’m in the finishing stage of producing an album that I’ve recorded with a band called Ennui. When that’s finished I want to release an EP and maybe a couple of singles. I also have the ambition to get out and play as a DJ this year. The whole year of 2015 I’ve been practicing at home and I feel it’s about time to get out and play to improve my skills.