Renard

i'm renard. i live in hamilton, ontario, and produce music as a full-time occupation - primarily the music you hear on this site. i'm also a not-exactly-high-class graphic designer and game designer and huge video game aficianado. lapfox trax is my personal weblabel, and all of the music you see on it is my own.

Q: WHY ALL THE ALIASES?

A: i like to design characters, and i love the idea of fictional musicians (think like Gorillaz or Prozzäk or something like that). i also like to produce many different kinds of music, and i think rather than shooting for a specific genre and labeling it as such, it's a lot of fun to categorize my music under aliases, so people can follow their favorite productions easily, and see each character grow and develop. so essentially it's just for fun!

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRODUCING MUSIC?

A: i have been seriously producing using computers for about 10 years now (currently 23 years old, so since i was 13), but have been using music software since around 10 years of age, and been casually playing electronic keyboards since many years prior.

Q: WHAT DO YOU MAKE YOUR MUSIC WITH?

A: i primarily squence in OpenMPT (modplug tracker) and arrange + mix + master in ACID Pro. i use a host of many plugins and samples, as well, that i've amassed over the years. as far as hardware is concerned, i have a MicroKORG, Commodore 64 with MSSIAH cartridge, and Korg 05R/W.

Q: WHAT PROGRAM SHOULD I USE TO MAKE MUSIC?
A: try them all. find something that you like, not something that is the standard. OpenMPT is by no means an industry standard, and is actually pretty outdated and archaic (i've been using it for over 10 years) compared to most modern music applications. as much flak as it gets, i always recommend that people try out FL Studio as a starting point, or Reason if they're into working with knobs and dials more than the regular user.

Q: WHY DON'T YOU SELL ON ITUNES?

A: apple's iTunes service takes a ridiculous cut from artists and offers a service that does not actually benefit the artist. they do not offer a way for the customer to contact the artist, they generally offer a single format to the customer, and they do not give the artist complete and instant control over all of the work hosted on their service. bandcamp, however, takes a very small cut, is a company of very few people, allows the customer to get the music in the format they want, offers pay-what-you-want options, has no DRM, multiple payment options, and more. and no, you don't have to buy music from iTunes to play it on your iPod or iTunes software, as apple would lead the computer-illiterate to believe.

Q: I PIRATED YOUR MUSIC!

A: great! piracy rules. piracy and filesharing are great promotional tools, and help spread the word of artists. people that love the music they pirate generally do end up supporting the artists, and the only people that think otherwise are the RIAA and the labels under its umbrella. if you buy some music from me and want to send it to your friends, go ahead! i don't care what you do with it as long as you aren't directly reselling or bootlegging it as a whole. use it in your YouTube videos, post it on your website, whatever!

Q: WHO DOES YOUR ART?

A: usually my girlfriend, squeedge, but if you check at the bottom of each album's page, you can find an art credit easily. when me and squeedge work together closely on an album cover's design, it's credited as PSURG. i usually handle any required typography or post work.

Q: CAN I ASK YOU SOME MORE QUESTIONS?

A: shoot off any questions you have to lapfox@gmail.com and i'll try to get back to you!