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Secuem – English Version

What does Secuem mean and where is it coming from?

“Secuem” is the result of various manglings between my name’s and surname’s initials, S and M. I played with these letters thinking what the options would be… I wanted something easy to pronounce, but something that you won’t immediately find on Google….
That’s how I got “Scum”, “Escuem”, “ESCM”, but neither sounded right..
Finally I went with “Secuem”. It was easy to pronounce, I felt it represented me and of course… I couldn’t find it on Google :))

It doesn’t mean anything it’s just, the letter “S” with (cu in Romanian) “M”

I saw you have more remixes (some of them impressive) than orgininal material on soundcloud; do you prefer/get more inspired to work on an already existing idea?

It’s true, there are several remixes there, some of them impressive, thank you, I like the way they sound, and how they’re crafted technically.

I get inspired by a lot of things, from the sound of the vacuum cleaner which over imposes itself over the sound of the neighbors power drill, to the gypsy woman outside screaming “I buuuuy booootleees” (happens in Romania). I don’t have a standard workflow for making a song or a remix, I try not to impose limits on myself, to be as free as possible. I like to make remixes as much as I like making my own music, the problem with my own music is that I haven’t yet found a formula, the missing piece, for them to be 100% complete and express my idea, the missing piece being a feminine voice to be precise, and until now I haven’t found it.

How did u get started with music?

I started by listening a lot, a whole lot, everywhere. When I was 8-9 years old I would listen during holidays in the country side: Modern Talking, Sandra, Sabrina, Italo Disco etc.

My first contact with the music that was about to mark me was at 11 years old, when I first heard World In My Eyes – Depeche Mode something clicked… Violator was the first album I bought, which I listened to endlessly and listened to second by second. I had no idea then what a cymbal, hihat, kick, synth, pad were, but I was listening to every single sound and tone from that album. To this day I think it’s a masterpiece.

I started making music myself around ’98, I had my first band with 4 friends. We were called “Baros” (Sledgehammer) and we were playing some kind of fuck off and die industrial electro rock, a lot of Nine Inch Nails influence. We loved what we were doing and we thought we owned the world. It lasted about 2 years, until it mellowed down and each of us went their own way.

How/where did you learn to produce?

I opened a DAW for the first time around ’98 as well, Cakewalk using a Pentium 2, I was doing the song structures for ”Baros”. Drums, Bass, pads, synth, pretty much everything. I would put them on tape and we would listen to it, everyone would have input, made lyrics and that’s how the songs were coming out, it was fun. I want to thank my friend Radu Marza, who showed me how to produce music on a computer.

I stopped arounf 2001, and didn’t start again until 2009, when I discovered Ableton (because of Radu again) and the Secuem story started. The difference between ’98 and 2009 was huge, it was much more simple, information travels differently, finding out things is much easier.

Since 2009 I’m trying to bring my ideas to life, remixes, own songs, etc. Sometimes it comes out exactly how I want it, sometimes not, but that’s how it goes.

Passion, relaxation, patience, a lot of work is what you need, ….the rest is silence 🙂

What is your instrument if you can say so?

My first musical instrument that I’ve put my hand on and managed to play was the guitar, these days I play the keyboards as well when I compose, but I can’t say I know how to play it…

So final answer guitar.

#6 What are your future plans?

I’ve met a lot of new, very interesting people since I’ve restarted making music, I’ve become friends with lots of them and we started “baking”, cooking ideas, concepts and directions connected to music. Besides my Secuem project I play samples, fx, looping, etc. in Viky Red’s live band.

For the future I see myself still making music, alongside my main craft which is Architecture.

As the philosopher says: “Without music, life would be a mistake”. I don’t see myself as a frontman in a band, maybe in the back somewhere, more like in the producer’s chair, in the studio, playing keys, guitar, making tracks, remixes, just like now, only on a bigger scale, it would have to be outside Romania, maybe Berlin or London 🙂

Name 3 tracks (anything by your own) who people that read this interview should listed to.

Yeaaah, I would name 3 bilion tracks that inspired me and got into my bones, I won’t name classic tracks like Depeche, Nin and others, we all know and love those, they are living legends that made history.

I propose 3 tracks that I found by accident when I listened to them, and even if the earth would be burning I would still have stayed and listened to them to the end

1. Phantogram – When I’m Small

2. Miike Snow – Black & Blue

3. Justice – DVNO

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Ce inseamna si de unde vine numele de Secuem?

“Secuem” este rezultatul unor imbarligaturi intre initialele numelui si prenumelui meu, S si M. M-am jucat putin cu literele astea si ma gandeam cam ce variante ar fi; Vroiam sa iasa ceva usor de spus si sa nu-l gasesc pe tot Google-ul. Asa au iesit “Scum”, “Escuem”, “Escm”, dar parca nu erau ce trebuie; Scum era prea…SCUM si era peste tot, Escuem era prea basescu_popescu_iliescu si tot neamul lui “escu”; Mi-a cazut pe “Secuem”; era usor de pronuntat, simteam ca ma reprezinta si bineinteles…nu il gaseam nici pe Google :))

De insemnat nu inseamna nimic; Doar litera S impreuna cu M, “S cu M”, Se cu Em.

Am vazut ca ai mai multe remix-uri (unele impresionante), decat piese originale pe soundcloud; prefer/te inspira mai multi sa lucrezi pe o idee deja existenta?

Da, asa este, sunt mai multe remix-uri suite acolo, unele impresionante, multumesc, pentru ca, imi plac mai mult cum suna si cum sunt facute, tehnic vorbind (mix, master, etc).

Ma inspira foarte multe lucruri, de la sunetul aspiratorului care se suprapune peste zgomotul bormasinii vecinului, pana la tiganca care o aud pe strada cu “sticleeee cumpaaaaar”; Nu am un mod standard ca sa zic asa de a face o piesa sau un remix; Incerc sa nu-mi pun nici o limita, sa fiu cat mai liber. Imi place sa fac remix-uri, atat de mult cat imi place sa fac si piese propriii; problema cu piesele proprii este ca nu am gasit inca formula, piesa care lipseste, ca ele sa fie complete si sa exprime 100% ideea mea; mai concret, imi place ca o piesa sa aibe voce (feminina mai exact) si pana acum…nu prea am reusit sa gasesc acea piesa care lipseste. Dar, cine stie 🙂

Cum ai inceput cu muzica?

Cu muzica, am inceput cu ascultatul; mult, foarte mult, peste tot. Pe la 8-9 ani ascultam mult ce auzeam pe la mine pe la tara in vacanta; Modern Talking, Sandra, Sabrina, Italo Disco etc. Primul contact cu muzica care urma sa-mi intre in oase si sa conteze cu adevarat, a fost pe la 11 ani, cand am auzit prima data “World In My Eyes – Depeche Mode”; atunci ceva a facut click; “Violator” a fost primul meu album cumparat, care l-am ascultat de foarte multe ori si l-am studiat secunda cu secunda; Nu stiam eu pe vremea aia ce inseamna ala fus, ride, crash, kick, synth, bass, pad, etc…dar eram atent la toate pacanelile si tonurile de pe albumul ala. Si azi, dupa atata timp, mi se pare grav de tot.

Cu scos efectiv de sunete intr-un mod mai organizat asa, am inceput prin 98, cand am avut primu band impreuna cu 4 prieteni. Treaba se chema “Baros” si cantam un fel de electro rock_industrial fuck off and die. Multa influenta Nine Inch Nails. Ne placea foarte mult si ni se parea ca suntem foarte gravi. A durat pana in 2000 cam asa…pana s-a fasait toata treaba si fiecare a luat-o pe drumul lui.

Cum/unde ai invatat sa produci?

De produs, adica momentul cand efectiv am deschis un DAW si am inceput sa dau cu mouse-ul prin el a fost prin 98. In Cakewalk, pe un Pentium 2, faceam structurile de piese pentru formatia de atunci “Baros”. De la tobe, bass, pana la pad-uri, synth-uri si ce mai era. Le puneam pe caseta si le ascultam toti impreuna, fiecare mai venea cu idei, se faceau versuri si….iesea piesa; era fun. Aici vreau sa-i multumesc prietenului meu Radu Marza, care mi-a aratat calea in toata treaba asta cu produsul de muzica pe calculator.

M-am oprit prin 2001 si pana in 2009 nu am mai facut nimic; In 2009 am descoperit Ableton-ul (tot multumita lui Radu) si asa a inceput povestea cu “Secuem”. Diferenta intre 2009 si 98 era enorma, lucrurile erau mult mai simple, informatia circula altfel, aflatul de chestii era mult mai la indemana.

Si din 2009 pana azi, incerc sa scot cat mai mult din ideile care le am in cap; Remix-uri, productii proprii, etc. Uneori iese exact cum vroiam, uneori nu, dar asta-i viata; Pasiune, relaxare, rabdare si multa munca sa fie, restul …e tacere 🙂

Care este instrumentul tau, daca se poate spune asa si daca exista asa ceva, aici ma refer la un instrument clasic (toba, chitara, saxofon) in loc de calculator/ableton, daca nu exista asa ceva nici o problema…

Primul instrument muzical pe care am pus mana si cu care am si reusit sa cant, a fost chitara; Astazi mai dau cu mana si pe clape cand compun, cand imi caut teme si note, dar nu pot sa spun ca STIU sa cant.

Deci ca raspuns final, chitara.

Care sunt intentiile de viitor?

De cand m-am reapucat de muzica, am cunoscut oameni noi, oameni deosebiti; cu multi am devenit prieten si am inceput sa “brutarim”, sa coacem impreuna idei, concepte si directii, legate de muzica. Momentan pe langa treaba mea cu Secuem, mai merg cu Viky Red in concertele lui live pe partea de sampling, fx, looping, etc.

Pe viitor ma vad tot…facand muzica, alaturi de meseria mea de baza, cea de arhitect; “Fara muzica, viata ar fi o greseala”, vorba filozofului; nu ma vad frontman intr-o formatie, poate in spate, undeva. Mai degraba pe scaunul de producator, in studio, clampanind la clape, chitarind la chitara si facand piese, remix-uri, ca si acum, doar ca la o scara mai mare; si obligatoriu afara, poate Berlin, sau Londra :))

Numeste 3 melodii (orice, dar non Secuem) care ar trebui sa le ascute cei care au citit acest interviu.

Daaa, aici as numi 3 miliarde de piese care m-au inspirat si mi-au intrat in oase; nu o sa numesc piese clasice, gen Depeche, NIN si altele; alea le stim toti sunt frumoase, au facut istorie, legende vii etc etc.

Propun 3 piese care atunci cand le-am vazut, am dat de ele accidental…si de ar fi ars pamantul, tot as fi stat sa le aud pana la capat.

1. Phantogram – When I’m Small

2. Miike Snow – Black & Blue

3. Justice – DVNO

Il puteti gasi pe Secuem aici:

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Mr. Bill Interview

Mr. Bill is an amazing electronic music composer/producer, based in Windsor, Australia.

33ms: Your music is rather astonishing, where do you get your inspiration from?

Mr.Bill: I get my inspiration from a lot of different things, but I guess my experiences with previous music and stuff like that. I was in bands for a long time and went to a lot of gigs and built up inspiration from a lot of genres of music, a lot of different live performances I’ve seen in the past and so.

33ms: What musical instruments do you play?

Mr.Bill: I play pretty much anything I can get a tune out of, but primarily I play guitar and bass guitar and I play a bit of drums also.

33ms: Would you classify your music as  belonging to a certain genre?

Mr.Bill: No, I don’t think so, generally I try not to stick to one genre, the idea behind that is I simply get bored writing the same music everyday, so I just try and change it up everyday, so I don’t get bored of what I’m doing.

33ms: Do you have any specific customs or habits that get you into the zone to make music?

Mr.Bill: No, not necessarily, I generally just sit down and start writing and before I know it, I got half the track finished and I’m pretty much ready to go.

33ms: When you compose music does it come in a flow, or it takes time to build it up?

Mr.Bill: No, it usually comes up pretty quick, I only spend generally a day or two per track, not much longer than that, the longest time that I’d usually spend on a track is maybe like 3 or 4 days, it usually flows up pretty quickly.

33ms: When you make a song, does it come out as you hear it inside of you, or it gains a life on its own?

Mr.Bill: When I get an idea that I hear inside me, generally it comes up different, but it still has that same, I guess, purpose that I thought of in the first place, so it still has the same emotion behind it that I thought it would in my head, but it just sounds different.

33ms: What are you working on at the moment?

Mr.Bill: At the moment I just finished a new EP and done a couple of remixes for some collaborations in Australia and New Zealand. At the moment I’m not really working on anything I’m just trying to get this stuff released

33ms: Yes, I know, you just released your new album Suave, how long did it take you to make it?

Mr.Bill: Suave took a week and a half or 2 weeks.

33ms: Really???!!!

Mr.Bill: Yeah, I didn’t work on it for very long, pretty much it came out pretty quickly. Suave it’s kind of weird, it’s a pretty formulated album, and it doesn’t really require to much thought to get stuff like that out I guess. It’s kind of, sort of basic formula music for dance floors.

33ms: Did you had a certain theme in mind when you composed it?

Mr.Bill: Oh yeah, the name Suave says it all, it’s all about classy music and it’s designed for clubs and designed for sipping wine to and stuff, it’s got a lot of sort of jazzy chord progressions in it, and just reminded me of classy music.

33ms: Does your music have a story, maybe a visual story when you are composing it? And if yes could you give an example.

Mr.Bill: Well up until this last EP i have just written, entitled “The Designer” (which is currently unreleased), no, it did not have a story.

But The Designer is basically 5 musical pieces that describe the general sort of emotion you may come across when taking amphetamines in my opinion. Suave kind of had a story line in the sense that it was all based on “classy” music. However it wasn’t so much a story as much as just a vibe. Im recently getting more in to the conceptual side of music.

33ms: I know that you use a Mac and Ableton Live to make your music, what are your other tools?

Mr.Bill: I use a couple of midi controllers like a Korg Pad Kontroller and an APC 40, and just a various bunch of microphones, that I use to record random noises; like an Olympus LS10 field recorder and a couple of dynamic microphones. Apart from that I use a synthesizer sometimes, a Roland SH-201, but I rarely use that, and just an assortment of plug-ins pretty much.

33ms: How do you find the music scene in Australia?

Mr.Bill: I think it’s good, it’s definitely better than some other countries, but it could be better, I think, especially for the electronic music scene. For live, band music, it’s going pretty well, but I think electronic music could probably be better.

33ms: Do you find the cities are the same music scene vise, or as you move to different cities in Australia the taste changes as well?

Mr.Bill: Yea, through different scenes the taste changes for sure, there is definitely a bit of a Breakcore Drum & Bass scene over here and there is also a Psy Trance scene, a BreakBeat scene and House and Electro scene, there is definitely different sounds happening in all of them.

33ms: What do you think of the audiences outside the big cities? I was at a gig that you played in Windsor, your hometown, and I enjoyed the atmosphere there more than Sydney.

Mr.Bill: I like the kind of chilled out atmosphere you get in the smaller gigs, but it’s definitely fun to have a big dance floor as well. I think the smaller gigs and the bigger gigs definitely have a different vibe and personally I don’t really have a preference, I’d like to have a mixture of both I guess

33ms: How do you feel about being a musician these days, that basically means being a composer, producer, sound engineer, graphic designer, web designer, web master, and find and promote your gigs as well?

Mr.Bill: I think it’s good, I think it really allows people’s creativity to come through, and especially like you just said, you have to do all these things at once, so it kinda keeps you pretty busy and you’re not really relying on anyone else to get your product sorted, you’re doing it all yourself and I think that’s good.

33ms: You prefer doing that instead of  focusing just on one or two things?

Yeah, I don’t have a problem with that, lately I’ve been getting other people to do my art, but I really do think it’s a good thing to kinda have a big say on everything you do, whereas with the bigger record labels they kinda choose the art, they kinda choose how it gets released and all that stuff, I kinda think it’s good to have all that say in what you do with your project.

33ms: And last question, what are your favorite things outside music?

Mr.Bill: I don’t really do much other than music, I study and I pretty much write it everyday, apart from that, hanging out with Sophie, and yeah that’s about it, playing music.

33ms: Yeah, thanks a lot.

Mr.Bill: Allright.

You can find more about Mr. Bill’s music by visiting his website:

Here you can download most of Mr. Bill’s music for free, but you should pay for it if you can afford to,  get Ableton Live lessons and heaps of other stuff.

© 33madspirals 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to 33madspirals with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.