Jure Peternel interview

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Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for a living?
I am Jure Peternel from Slovenia (Europe). Music is present in my life all the time. I started to play piano when I was five, sang in child choir and then in an adult men choir, but the singing wasn’t quite suited for me. Well, in the mean time I finished minor musician school for piano, but I never continued my music education. That was probably the biggest mistake in my life. Anyway, my dreams and desires for music have never expired within me. I am currently employed as IT system administrator in Slovenian IT company, not as musician at all, but in my free time I’m a song writer and keyboardist for band Eternity (symphonic rock/metal) and composer for music to motion picture (trailers, movies, games, etc…)
My dreams are for sure, to become in near future a full-time freelance composer.

What is your niche or specialty, that makes you stand out from rest of the audio professionals?
Well it is hard to compare with audio professionals, because I am not considering myself for a pro at this point of time. With just two years writing, producing music for a motion picture, I am somehow relatively fresh to this genre so to speak. But I will try to answer on the question above. I am into rock/metal music for several years now, as a fan and as a musician. And I also love orchestral music. So my goal is to, somehow, try to make a song mixed with orchestral elements (soundtrack music) with metal/rock elements.

Something similar to symphonic metal/rock genre, but in this case, would be orchestra in front and marked as number one in my composition. Other instruments like drums, guitars will be in background of the mix. If I add a little modern 21st century sounds and effects into a song, then my goal is accomplished. I know that I didn’t invented hot water with this idea and I am pretty sure that they are composers out there who already make this kind of music, but I think that this style is not so occupied in comparing to other styles. And after all, I don’t look at this as my niche or speciality so to speak (for example: something that I must do at all costs) but I simply love what I do and it makes me very happy. And that’s all that counts for me.

Can you give us a brief summary of the equipment you use regularly?
I’m currently running everything on my MacBook Pro (Intel i7 quad core, 16Gigs of RAM) with an audio interface Focusrite Saffire pro 24 DSP. For the main keyboard I use Roland Fantom X7, for monitors I have little pair of Yamaha HS50m with HS10W sub. Headphones that I simply love and they spend a lot of time on my head are Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro. I own some more keyboards like Korg TR 61, old school Roland XP-50 and a guitar Epiphone Les Paul.

What are your go-to plug-ins and software? (virtual instruments, audio processing etc.)
My DAW is Logic PRO 9, without a Kontakt 5, it would be very difficult for sure ;) Inside the Kontakt I regularly use a lot of various libraries from brands like ProjectSAM, Cinesamples, Audiobro, 8Dio, Sample Logic, Heavyocity, etc., for drums I love XLN Audio products and as far for guitars it’s very nice to have in your arsenal IK Multimedia products. For polishing vocals it was always very helpful a nice little plug-in called Melodyne. I was just amazed with today’s technology! ;)

When do you find you are most creative?
When I wake up in the morning and my purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of my life! Then I make myself a very nice cup of coffee and smoke two cigarettes, they must be two, not more and not less (it’s some sort of a “ritual”, so never mind) and the action begins!

What is your usual process for creating audio content for games, films etc.?
Creating a score for video takes many steps. The entire process can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on many factors such as my interest in the project and how much time I have at my disposal. There are several ways I go about this. I may improvise at the piano and come up with something that I think has potential for a composition or come up with something that blinks in my head when driving a car on the way to work, or I can decide to arrange a piece of existing music, that I had already written and “sits” in some dark corner of my hard drive, waiting for the right moment to step in.

Are there any particular secrets to your creativity?
Hm…I don’t know about that…everyone has its own secrets right? But it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, if I just told you mine, hehe! No, no I was just kidding! ;) I think that there is no particular secrets to my creation, just every piece that I make, comes straight from my heart and when my soul feels satisfied, I say to myself ”Yes Jure, that’s it!”

Do you have any audio creation techniques that resulted in something interesting?
I like to combine different styles into new, undefined music genre and just listen what becomes of it. Here I use experimentation, an open-curious mind and a ton of different (to me unknown or known) plug-ins.

Any specific “lessons learned” on a project that you could share?
Firstly, I’ve learned on my own skin that is always good to listen to a director. You really must understand his wishes and his point of view on a current project. I know that it’s not always an easy task, but it can save you a lot of wasted energy and disappointment. Secondly, constructive criticism is always welcome. Don’t take it personally, don’t lose enthusiasm to music, just listen and learn. You will become better and better in every single piece you will make.

Any tips, hints or motivational speeches for the readers?
Your limitations create your sound, that’s for sure. Be open minded, don’t be afraid to experiment and the most important, pleasure comes first! Have fun and enjoy what you are doing, that is all that counts anyway at the end. If you create a piece with your soul and love to the music, that song is going to sound very special in people’s ears for sure ;)