Jan 13, 2014

Aleksander Vinter, aka Savant, is never one for sitting still. As one of the most unique producers in EDM, no genre is off limits—dubstep, electro, chiptune, glitch hop, you name it, he does it. We had a chance to speak with Savant about his newest album, his thoughts on the industry, and more.

Savant - Valkyrie (Original Mix) [Savant]
LessThan3: You released three albums and a couple of EPs in 2013. How do you come up with music so quickly, and what were your thoughts behind your most recent LP, Orakel?
Aleks: I just love to make music! Some people like to play sports or work on cars, but for me I just love sitting in a studio and making new sounds. With Orakel, and with all my albums, I try to tell a complete story and take the listener on a journey through what I’m feeling.
LessThan3: There are a few vocal tracks on Orakel. Can you touch on that a little bit?
Aleks: All of the vocals are my own on Orakel. I try and do vocals on every single album I put out–it’s cool to chop it up and play around with the vocals afterwards. It’s amazing what you can do with vocals.
LessThan3: Some of your songs borrow from 8-bit and other video games–are you a big gamer? Have you picked up a new system/games? Anything for Christmas?
Aleks: I’m a huge gamer! I love sandbox games like Fallout–anything Bethesda really. My manager just bought me a Playstation for the holidays, so I’ll be busy for a while.
LessThan3: You’ve been touring the past couple months. How has your tour experience been so far?
Aleks: It’s been great meeting and interacting with my fans; they really are amazing people. To be honest though, I’m not really a big partier. I understand the appeal of the girls and the drinking and all of that, but I’m much more at home making music in my studio. The touring life is crazy and tough on the body.
LessThan3: Are there any other artists you’d like to work with? Any influences at this point?
Aleks: I love Classical music. It would be my dream to work with someone like Hans Zimmer on a movie soundtrack. Have you seen his studio? Oh man, it’s beautiful.
LessThan3: You’ve always been very outspoken and you spend time speaking to many of your fans on Facebook. Has your rising fame changed the way you do anything at all? Any pressure from anyone to sell out or alter your sound?
Aleks: Oh yeah, all the time. So many labels and execs have wanted me to change my style, or make the same music all the time. Some people hate my new stuff and only want me to make the same kind of music. At first this bothered me and I tried to listen to people, but now I’ve realized that I’m going to have haters no matter what I do, so I’m just going to make the music that I want.
LessThan3: What’s the goal for 2014? What can we expect?
Aleks: More music and more albums. I’m also planning to work on music for a video game, which is pretty exciting.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Aleks: Wow, that’s a tough question! Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey is pretty epic. Or maybe I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith. That’s a good “the world is ending” track.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Aleks: New, old, now.
Airplay enabled