Have there been any difficult lessons learned?
The art of making decisions. I'm still a novice. The blank canvas can be overwhelming so imposing restrictions helped: 3 takes per part, only 2-3 synth sounds on the record, etc.
How did you first hear about the Teenage Engineering OP-1?
An old bandmate recommended it. Then I tried one. To play is to love. Then I notice I'm not the only one and it's featuring in a load of live videos for people I respect (Bon Iver, The National)
What attracts you to it as a creative tool?
It's versatility and the fact that it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. I dove into certain aspects looking for particular sounds, but that's the tip of the iceberg. Though I'd love to know how it works inside and out, I'm more driven to get it delivering the sound in my head. It's intuitively designed so I was recording on it as soon as it was out the box.
What's your favourite feature?
I'm a sucker for a voice sampler and its hi end module complimented my dirty-sounding Yamaha VSS30 sampler which featured heavily.
Will you be using it for live shows? If so, how do you plan on integrating it?
What live shows?! It's on the cards but I'm trying to deliver shows as stripped down as possible so I have somewhere to go.