One Minute with electronic music producer David Pilcher
Name: David Pilcher
Tell us a little about you: I’m an electronic music producer, where I’ve produced under the name ‘the naive machine’ for several years, having some decent success, with DJ magazine’s single of the month, played at a BBC 6 music’s live night and also created the sound track for Jagex’s Ace of Spades computer game. Since I’ve become a Christian I really wanted to bring that vibe into my music and has led me to be working more and more with others. This has led to my collaboration with Vicar to be Dave Hendra, forming our Christian Eikon project and also our new Prom Night project.
We are lucky to be involved at St Mary’s Church Bryanston Square in London, where there have let us lead worship there a few times, which has been amazing to do in our Eikon style. Furthermore several of the songs have been synced for TV shows and adverts. I’m now also working with several other singers along a more soulful pop route, which is really exciting, helping to tease amazing talent out of people!
What makes you different from other creatives? I definitely feel my faith now plays a big part in my creativity, as I feel I’m no longer just creating for myself, but in what I’m making secular or christian is an act of worship. What makes me different is I’m always attempting to make something that sounds or is different to the norm, I quite like a challenge and to be pushed, and some of the artists I’m working with now really are doing that, I’m loving it, finding loads of inspiration!
Who has been your greatest influences? This is a hard one to say, as I have always had quite an eclectic taste in music. I would say anything from older artists such as Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Bill withers, to hip hop artists such as Biggie, Wu-Tang, Grandmaster Flash, Common, Jurassic 5, De La soul, Madlib, J Dilla, to modern people such as, James Blake, Chet Faker, the XX, Zero 7.
What does your workspace look like? It looks like a synth madhouse! Theres quite a few beefy analogue synths around the room, ready to jam on! They can be routed through my Boss effects pedal unit with a talk box in line too, which can give some crazy effects! The hub though is my laptop, midi keyboard and monitor set up where I sequence all my tunes. Theres a set of decks too and shelves packed with vinyl - back from a while ago where I used to produce a lot of hiphop and sample a lot! Then theres my microphone corner all padded out for decent vocal recordings!