Lanvary duo makes collaborative progressive house music between Moldovia and Dubai. They told us how they work…

Lanvary is Alex Sanches and Andrew. They are both from Moldovia and already use to make music together there. But Alex had to move to Dubai because of his job, then online musical collaboration became a natural solution for them to keep their music duo. So it’s been more than a year that these two guys are working hard – and having a good time after all – remotely, and it seems that it’s being worhwhile: several tracks made, a place in our last Remix Cohmpetition’s Top 5 (as their former alias “Kinki & NKoder”) and already some labels interested in release their tunes. In this interview they give us more details on their collaborative working methods and comment how they intend to use the Ohm Studio for their future productions…

1- Are you guys more focused on remixing or producing your own tracks?

The collaboration has roughly about an year since we started the production on serious level. Everything started with the remix of a track of mine, but the collaboration slowly evolved in a melting pot of ideas for original tracks, and speaking numbers we have created more original tracks together than remixes.

2- What’s your setup (hardware and software)?

I do use MacBook Pro running Windows and Andrew (Nkoder) uses a PC, we both are on Ableton Live as a DAW with a numerous VST’s. Regarding hardware our setup is also quite simple: we both use Native Instruments sound cards, me – Audio 8 DJ, Andrew Audio 4 DJ, as midi controller we use Korg MicroKontrol and our monitors are KRK Rokit 6.

3- How is your collaborative workflow?

The way we work it is a “ping-pong” style work flow: He starts the project by doing for example bass line, beats and percussion, sends it to me, I take over and add some modifications, work on atmosphere of the track, fx etc, and so on and so forth tens of time, until we reach to a final result. Basically every single part derives from each other creating a chain.     Because we work in different musical styles, we have to compromise on certain details, and as an also important moment it’s the verbal communication. We discuss the projects a lot using “google talk”, here we come up with ideas, we talk about the way the track is going to be, construction, style and so on. (…) The composition process is pretty much on a back-to-back basis, although we had tracks made in ‘one-starts-the-other-finishes’ way as well. The projects are sent usually in two ways, either uploading it on sendspace.com or when online through skype. An efficient collaborative workflow was possible only due to a complete match of both systems: we both run Ableton Live’s same version for the same operating system, and we also have the very same plug-ins.

4- How much does this method fit your needs? What do you miss from the time you were able to phisically meet?

We tried to work in a studio together, all I can say, we are less productive there. The collaboration we have allows us to take our time and express our musical views with no pressure whatsoever. We find this way really comfortable and it is productive. We are pleased with the final result so far. I think that the only negative aspect of the way we work is that sometimes certain projects require physical presence and a studio. But we are finding ways to  work it out, and at this point of time I could say that we encounter difficulties on a very rare occasion.

5- How long do you usually take between starting a collaborative track from scratch until finishing it?

Every single project/track is unique and talking about time frames, we had tracks done in 3 days and we had cases when it took us nearly a month to finish the work, but on average I would say it takes about a week to complete a project. The most time consuming aspect I would consider the arrangement part, but again it is relative, due to the same reason I previously mentioned. Making the “Stride” remix took us about 3 weeks to complete, it wasn’t exactly easy but it was challenging. We managed to find a path(style) to follow and come up with a kind of vintage progressive sound. We concentrate a lot on the groove of our tracks, and the remix is not a exception, this being the fundamental part and everything else builds up upon that.

6- Before using Ableton Live and adopting your current workflow, have you tried other collaborative tools?

It all started on Ableton, we never used anything before so I can’t really compare.

7- Do you think you’ll want to try real-time collaboration despite the big timezone difference between you two?

Although we are kind of used the back-to-back asynchronous way as it appears to be suitable for us due to time and schedule differences but we are definitely interested in trying a real time collaboration as it could have a different impact on the compositional process.

8- Do you guys collaborate only with each other, or each one of you also collaborates with other people?

Mainly it’s only us two, but Andrew from time to time has ‘on a side’ projects with other people. But we’ve always been open to new things (people, ideas, styles) and would be definitely interested in a collaboration with music partners on Ohm Studio‘s Cohmunity.

9- In your opinion what you can’t do today with your current method that you’ll be able to do with the Ohm Studio?

I guess real time workflow when needed is huge advantage working with the Ohm Studio. Seemless project sharing and files backup too. Other than that I think every single DAW has it’s pros and cons when it comes to factors which determine usability and efficiency. In the end of a day it all comes down to a personal preference I guess.

10- Will you be tempted to make tracks with the Ohm Studio from the first note to the final mix, or will you want to export the audio to one of you mix on another DAW?

Me and Andrew discussed that before, and all I can say that we are really curious to try to make a track from scratch up until the final stage. it’s more like a challenge for us. Talking about the mixing part, it is a little bit more tricky as it requires more specific details, but I think we could try that too.

11- Where we could listen to more of your collaboratively-made tunes? And what are your musical plans for 2010 and 2011?

Right now we are working on making a decent myspace, facebook and twitter page, up until then you can find our works on Soundcloud. Speaking of the current year the plan is to get more attention from DJ’s and Producers worldwide, will be definitely working hard on PR and signing new record deals. Next year plan is to have a solid amount of quality music, a decent portfolio, a fan base and DJ’s/Producers appreciation, a certain income would be good. All-time plan is to produce quality stuff and enjoy the process 🙂


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