Hello everyone and welcome to this exclusive interview with Sequence Six. He has been an AM Studios client for a long time, so I decided to chat with him about everything musically that is going on in his life, the struggles he has had as a producer & how he deals with them, his go-to plugins, his studio set up and more…
For all the readers, could you please tell the world a little bit about yourself…
My name is Giovanni Gioia, and I produce/DJ under the name Sequence Six. I’ve been making music for just over 6 years, and have been DJing for 3. My music has been signed to MASS and Titan Audio and been played by Aly & Fila, Sean Tyas, Alex Di Stefano, Mark Sherry, Shugz, and many other world-class Trance artists.
How did you get into the world of producing?
I was a fan of dance music in general for a while before I started making music, and when I started listening to some of the older Dash Berlin stuff from his album Music = Life, and all the Anjunabeats releases from around 2011-2012 I started becoming interested in how those sounds were made. I guess it all started to click at that point, that I felt a need to make some of that myself. My focus soon drifted to the harder and faster sounds of Trance music, leading me deeper into production and toward the style I produce today.
Who are your biggest influences/influencers?
Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson, Corin Bayley, Liam Wilson, Akira Kayosa.
How long have you been producing for, and what difficulties have you come across along the way?
As I mentioned above, I’ve been producing for 6 years, so there have been many ups and downs. The most prominent difficulty has been self-doubt, which has stemmed from many things. It’s something I’ve dealt with in personal life for as long as I can remember, and in producing, it took me on a lot of different paths. I felt I needed to sound like someone else, do what someone else does, or be so different from everyone else that I didn’t even know where to begin! It’s still an issue sometimes, but I’ve come a long way and am more in a mindset of telling a story with each record than having a consistent sound.
Another difficulty is sending your music to labels and not being taken seriously even if your productions are up to their standards. It’s a huge hurdle because labels can receive so many demos that they just skip over yours, or don’t give any feedback because they don’t have time. That’s happened to me and pretty much every other artist I know.
What part of producing do you enjoy most?
I enjoy almost every part of making music, it depends on the kind of track I’m making, but more often than not it’s writing and layering the main leads. When I get them sounding right, I feel so satisfied.
What does your studio set up look like?
I have a Dell laptop running FL Studio 12, and I use Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors connected via a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Super simple setup but it serves me well.
What are your go-to plugins?
I use Sylenth and Massive for almost all my leads and basslines, but one that a lot of people don’t use that I adore is the Jup8V by Arturia. For processing I mostly use FL Studio native stuff: Fruity Parametric EQ, Fruity Convolver for reverb, Fruity Blood Overdrive, but a game-changer for me has been Ozone 8. The processing I can do with a few settings beats out 99% of anything else I could use. It’s changed the way I produce completely and I cannot recommend it enough.
What part of the production process do you like the most & least?
I like writing the music more than anything, so when I write a lead line, and that sparks an entire piano melody into my mind, and then I end up building an intro pluck off that, next thing I know I have a whole track written. That creative burst is what makes me thrive as a producer. I think my least favourite part is when my CPU overloads and I can’t properly hear the playback in the project. That can get quite frustrating, and it happens with a lot of projects for me because I use a lot of synths.
What was the one tip that changed your productions for the better?
Always have a reference track! That tip, given to me by Allan, is super helpful. It can help your production go from drab to fab with a few tweaks based off of someone else’s signed record. The techniques you can teach yourself when you’re experimenting to get your track sounding as professional as theirs can be game-changers…and if you can get your track sounding as good as theirs, you are golden.
How did you find out about AM Studios?
I had heard a few of Allan’s records before and followed his artist page on Facebook. Then I started seeing the posts about AM Studios. I had only been producing for maybe a year or two at the time, and so I decided to book a 1-2-1 skype session. From that moment, I did skype sessions exclusively with Allan for over 2 years.
Which of the AM Studios Tutorials has helped you the most?
What has been your favourite track that you have produced & why?
My brand new collaboration with Corin Bayley has got to be my favorite. His and my sounds fit together seamlessly, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It’s a really special one that will surely warm your heart.”
What label goals do you have?
FSOE, Subculture, Kearnage, Pure Trance, and I’d love to get a tune on a VII Compilation.
Do you DJ? If so, which do you prefer DJing or Producing?
I do both, but I am a producer first always. I love DJing, and the crowd reactions are something I can’t even describe. But if I weren’t playing some of my own music in those sets, I would be unfulfilled, so I have to go with Producing on this one.
What’s your favourite day/time to produce?
I do music full time, so I am trying to get on a daily schedule to get in the studio by 8am and finish around 5pm or 6pm. The days I’ve done that have been much more productive.
Where can people listen to your music?
You can listen to my music on Soundcloud, and Spotify, and you can buy my music on Beatport. Here are the links.
Finally, if you could give producers some advice what would it be?
Believe in yourself. I know it can be hard, it certainly was for me, but believing in myself took my quality of productions up a few notches because my mindset changed from, “I wish I were good enough to make a track like that.” to “If I never try to make a track like that I’ll never know how.” then, I finally arrived at the mindset of, “I’m going to make a track like that.” You can say positive affirmations every time you go into the studio. You can listen to motivational speeches. Do whatever you can to get into a habit of positive belief in yourself when you hit the studio, and before you know it, you’ll find your productivity and quality rising. Not every day will magically become a perfect studio session, and I know you can’t stay positive 100% of the time, but even if you can do this 50% of the time, you’ll be much more productive, and proud of the music you’re making.
Massive thank you to Sequence Six for taking the time for this interview and to all the readers! Be sure to check out his music!