Talk­ing Shop: Ian Chang

The Son Lux drum­mer on his de­but solo EP

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Since mov­ing to NYC in 2007, Hong Kong-born drum­mer Ian Chang has per­formed and recorded with artists in­clud­ing Matthew Dear, Joan As Po­lice­woman and Moses Sum­ney, along­side his role be­hind the kit with Son Lux. His de­but solo EP Spir­i­tual Leader – which sees him us­ing his kit to trig­ger and tweak sam­ples – is out now. FM: Tell us about your stu­dio… Ian Chang: “Cur­rently, my setup is in its nascent stages. It's just my lap­top, a four-piece mesh head drum kit with Sun­house's Sen­sory Per­cus­sion at­tached, a MOTU 4pre (this al­lows Sen­sory Per­cus­sion to com­mu­ni­cate with my lap­top) and a pair of DT770 pro head­phones.

“There's so much I'd like to change but it's a slow-grow­ing sit­u­a­tion. The next step is to find a space (I'm cur­rently set up in my bed­room) that I can acous­ti­cally treat and put up mon­i­tors. I would also love to get a live drum-track­ing sit­u­a­tion fig­ured out, but that's sev­eral steps down the line.”

What's the lat­est ad­di­tion to your stu­dio?

“I just got a bunch of FabFil­ter plug­ins that have been help­ing me up my game. I've mainly been get­ting into us­ing Pro-Q 2, Pro-L, Pro-C 2 and Pro-MB, and I've been lov­ing it.”

What dream bit of gear would you love to have in your stu­dio?

“There is so much gear that I would love to have, but more im­por­tantly, what I would like to be able to do is to have a sit­u­a­tion where I can record drum tracks on my own.”

Ian Chang's es­sen­tial pro­duc­tion ad­vice Lis­ten an­a­lyt­i­cally

“Make it a habit to step back and lis­ten to mu­sic, in­clud­ing your own works in progress, from a non­an­a­lyt­i­cal stand­point. It's easy to focus too much on the de­tails and to lose site of the general emo­tional im­pact of mu­sic.”

Work with in­ten­tion

“Do ev­ery­thing with in­ten­tion. There's no right or wrong, so the best you can do is to make de­ci­sions that you can re­ally get be­hind. When mak­ing cre­ative de­ci­sions, don't for­get to ask your­self why?”

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