Parisian artist Point G, real name Grégory Darsa, is known to many as a veteran figure of both the french and underground house scene. Releasing music under the alias since the mid ’90s, classics like ‘Underwater‘ and ‘Chicken Coma‘ have seen reissues in more recent years, prompting him to revive the moniker with a steady release of straight up rough ‘n’ ready house music both old and new, as well as touring his live show across the globe.
Of course, the French producer is equally known for his contribution to electronic music as DJ Gregory. Having collaborated with the likes of DJ Deep and Bob Sinclair over his career, Darsa continues to push his sonic boundaries as DJ Gregory, with an album in the works and a yet-to-be-launched label.
Ahead of his performance as Point G at Ministry of Sound on May 12, where he plays alongside Karizma, Danny Krivit and Eli Escobar, he kindly invited into his studio, where he talks us through the machines most central to his creation process.
It’s pretty much the same process year after year, I feed my DAW (years ago I was using Logic, I stopped after Logic 8 and switched to Ableton) with all kinds of analog stuff, drum machines, synth and samples.
Regarding drums or synths I always try to get a certain texture, as I am not spending so much time on the mixing board to EQ and use effects, its really about the source of the sound at the first place. As i’ve been collecting all kinds of synths, pedals, drum machines etc, it gives me a wide range of different colours to programme a track.
The main tool for me in terms of drum programming is the AKAI MPC 3000, I bought it in 2000 and it never ever left the studio. Sometimes back then I would only make my tracks using it. The swing and the texture are unique. Even though in the mid ’90s I was using the Emu Sp1200 (which has the rawest sound ever) I really fell in love with the MPC. I have to admit that it was a bit easier to use as you don’t want always spend time in setting up the gear.
In addition to the MPC I like to use the AKAI S612. Very easy and fast with a particular lo-fi sound, super useful also to make any kinds of dirty keys or pads or whatever that can be tuned in seconds. I own an early Mini Moog racked version by midi mini which I’ve used for basses and leads for years. Unbeatable, classic and super PHAT!
The Prophet VS by Sequential Circuit, what a beauty, the stereo of the sounds, the arpeggios and this resonant filter that is so musical. A bit long to edit but lately I found this company “Stereo Ping” that does customised controllers and its now heaven. In the same range of the big synth i’ve been using the Memory Moog a lot, it has a more ’70s feel to it , always break down for no reason but the character of the sound is a blast.
So many sustained sounds lately in the music, i’ve been using all kinds of boxes with oscillators but the Drone Lab is my favourite. Super grainy and sweet.
On the ’80s tip the Ensoniq SQ80 is really something. There are so many patches on so many records from pop to techno. Once again a bit heavy to programme but with an additional controller its all rock and roll.
Point G plays for Found on May 12 at Ministry of Sound.
More info and tickets available here.