Primo On Making Music

4 September 2012

When we had Premier model Primo Baker round for our '12 Faces of Summer 2012' shoot, he told us he was passionate about music, which showed as he got lots of cool songs playing on our Spotify. We wanted to find out more about his musical background and how he works. Despite not becoming a professional cowbell player (think of the amazingess), he has moved on to electronic music which he tells us all about below.

To learn more about Primo and his modelling experiences so far, you can check out our previous encounter with him here, including some rather lovely portraits by Cecilie Harris.

Hey Primo, tell us a bit more about your music.
I originally only produced dubstep when I started under the alias of "Irk" and then changed my name to "Sober," due to the fact of there being another Irk. I then recently have started producing future house/garage and trapp under the name "Primo". Regarding releases I am putting together a free EP which will include 3 exclusive tracks of my own. Ive designed the artwork for the EP myself. Whaaay.

How long have you been making music?
I've been producing properly for the last year, but I've been researching how to produce and fiddling about with my software for about 2 years.

How did you get into it?
My dads side of the family are pretty much all musicians. This meant that from a young age I was always surrounded by music from my dad taking me to the studio with him so his band could record a track, or sitting with my mum as she blares out reggae on the decks (sounds good but it was annoying when she wouldn't answer the door when I got home from school as it was so loud!). It all just made me want to have to do something involving music. I was lucky in the sense that my parents would support me. Even though I tried numerous instruments nothing seemed to click. I then came home from school one day and my mums friend asked if I wanted any of the programmes he had. I chose a music programme he had and installed it on my computer and that was it - it clicked. I'd come home from school every day and learn more, I'd watch YouTube tutorials on how to use the programme and I just developed my own technique. Although I didn't end up taking up on one of the instruments I had lessons for I felt that me being given the opportunity made me more confident that I could find something else that would suit me better.

Do you play any instruments?
Nope. I mean I played the cowbell in year 3 for some music thing but there is only a certain amount of things you can do with a bell... No offence to the serious bell players reading this.

Who are your main musical influences?
Genre wise: Soul, Dubstep, House, Reggae.

Where else do you find inspiration?
Listening to others.

Tell us a bit about your musical process
It's weird to be honest. Unlike most people I start my song with a synth line/pattern. It is common that when producing music you start with the drums to really structure the piece but for some reason I don't do that, but it's all gravy. After the baseline I add drums then make a build up/drop, then I add ambience to fill the track to make it have more of an impact musically.

Could you give us a little playlist of 5 songs?
You don't understand how hard that is but I'll try!
Vanilla - The Winter
Flosstradamus - Lana's Theme
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
S.P.Y - By your side
Gappy Ranks - Longtime

Do you have any guilty musical pleasures?
Back when I was a little rascal I used to try and belt out "Anastacia - I'm Outta Love" to my sister when we played Pop Idol. So sad I know.

What would your dream achievements be musically?
To succeed in being appreciated globally musicially, and generally would love to work with a fashion designer to make music for their catwalk show.

Sending my love to Boys by Girls!

Ah, Primo, sending our love to you too!

You can listen to some of Primo's music here ('Sober') and here ('Primo').

Words: Kaamilah Nahaboo
Polaroid: Cecilie Harris

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