Mylo talks Novation software and hardware
Electronic music guru Myles MacInnes (aka Mylo) has been one of the busiest men in the music business for the last three years, playing with his band on numerous sell-out headline tours and at all the major festivals, as well as DJing across the globe. Now, Myles has decided to settle back into his studio for a while to work on his new album, armed with Novation controllers and soft synths.
Described as "Scotland’s answer to Royksopp" (The Face), Myles has had a diverse upbringing, including a childhood on the Isle of Skye, low life in London and Paris and academia in Oxford and Los Angeles. In 2001, he returned to Scotland with one purpose – to submerge himself in music. Now, five years later, with his debut album unleashed on the world and numerous hit singles and massively successful tours under his belt, he has been hailed “the saviour of dance music” (NME).
Mylo’s first album Destroy Rock & Roll is a refreshing and startling debut; a long-player that rivals the likes of Air’s Moon Safari, Daft Punk’s Homework and Royksopp’s Melody AM. Now almost platinum in the UK and spawning several massive radio and club hits (four top 20 singles), it has been cited by many, including Sir Elton John, as the “album of the year”. And Mylo’s remixes for the likes of The Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Kylie Minogue, and The Knife have defined clubland, confirming him as one of the hottest remixers around.
Unlike performing with his band, in which he plays with a quartet of sonic pioneers, in the studio Myles works alone. In the centre of his rig sits a ReMOTE 25 SL, which he uses to navigate his way round Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live. Myles was blown away by the simplicity of Automap and the amount of time he saved not having to assign parameters on his MIDI controller:
“I'm not very technical so I'm always full of wonder when things just work. It's magical! I couldn't believe how easily the ReMOTE SL connected up with both Reason 3 and Live 6. Tweaking parameters was always such a hassle with the mouse but not any longer. I think I'm going to make an acid-house album...”
Amongst his arsenal of software plug-ins lives a Novation Bass Station and V-Station, which now form much of the primary ingredients in his new album material. About the Bass Station, Myles comments:
“I wish I'd had this when I was making the first album! It’s fantastic! Hundreds of fat, squelchy bass sounds and a simple and intuitive interface. What more could you want?”
Mylo’s eagerly awaited new album should hit stores early in 2007, packed full of Novation sounds.