Music Production 101: Trunks


Trunks is the US based sensation who has had a wicked few months. A fan of playing shows and getting audiences moving, he has moved in to the production realm, and has impressed even the industry heavyweights. His forthcoming debut EP ‘Senzu Beans’ has got people hyped for what they can expect next from the young man, and his own intricate sound has already got a fan base of its own. We wanted to learn more about what makes Trunks so great at making music, and how he does it! Here are some questions and answers to explore what Trunks does in the studio.

Hey! Thanks for taking time to talk to us about the production aspect of your career. Give us a bit of info about how you got in to producing!

Were you self-taught?
I can’t really say that I was one hundred percent self taught. I did learn a lot from trial and error by myself, but I have been fortunate enough to have some really talented producers that are friends of mine. Many of my friends and people that I have met along the way each taught me something different making me the producer I am today.

How did you develop your music production skills and talents?
Honestly, through making mistakes, a person can learn a lot by messing up. I’d make a track and wonder “why don’t my drums sound as crisp” or “how did that person make that kind of sound”. I’d work on it until I figured it out.

Where do you get your inspiration from when producing new music?
I get it from everywhere, listening to what people are listening to. I get inspiration from sounds I hear outside and in the motion of everyday life. If I hear something sparks an idea, I just go with it.

What’s the typical process you go through when working on a new tune?
I get the environment together first. I will get Madden up on the TV next me and mute it. I’ll vibe out to some music for thirty minutes and clear my mind. After I get my mind right, I’ll see what BPM the last song I worked on was, and I will try to work on something at a completely different speed. I lay out drums and then start going through sounds and ideas for the song until I have a roadmap of the track.

Do you have a specific method of production you stick to?
I always knock out all the drums first, I know other producers that dive into sounds first but drums are the best place start in my opinion.

When you are producing, what are your go to plugins and equipment?
The main two plugins I always find myself going back to are Omnisphere 2 and Serum, you can’t go wrong with either one. They both have their uses but I feel you will always find something new in Omnisphere 2. There are so many customizable features and sounds I wouldn’t even think of recording, it’s nice having that freedom to create literally anything.

What’s your favorite synth?
The Novation Synth called Peak is my favorite right now. It might change in the future as new things come out but I catch myself using that one a lot.

And your favorite sample pack?
The Boominati sample pack is one of my secret weapons. That pack has so many great drums in it. I know other producers who use it as their go-to pack too.

Do you have a favorite plugin for your mixdowns and masters?
For mixes my favorite plugin right now is the Neutron 2 and mastering weapon of choice is the Ozone 8. I really love Izotope products, I can be pretty biased about it.

What plugins/equipment is on your master channel?
I primarily use Izoptope Ozone 8 but RX Loudness Control is pretty cool too. I use that sometimes as well. Oh, and The Vertigo Sound’s VSM-2 Satellite is a crazy great plug in for the price. You can also catch me using stock plugins once in a while for Ableton and Logic too.

How long does it usually take you to complete a new track?
It really depends on the track itself, I can make something that I love in a few hours if the flow is there but I also have songs that I haven’t finished in months because I lost the inspiration behind the song.

Which traits do you think make an excellent producer?
Patience is a huge one for me; sometimes it can take a long time to get the sound you want out of something new. You might not finish a track that night but don’t always scrap something, just move on to the next and come back to it. You also need that when it comes to working with artists sometimes. Another great one is courage because you have to push yourself and try things outside of your comfort zone.

Finally, what can we expect in terms of new music from Trunks?
I’m diving into the genre of Future Bass and coming out with a few tracks. I have some great collaborations coming out soon, which will be on the new EP I’m working on.

Trunks Online
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Music Production 101: Trunks

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