Zaflon aka Dan Clarke is a producer from South London better known for his instrumental work and collaborations with vocal artists and rappers. Zaflon studied music at Westminster Uni alongside Rudimental and Jamie Woon who he later went on to engineer on his first album Zaflon has been played several times by Mary Anne Hobbs on 6 Music Recommends. Now, Zaflon is turning his attention to some solo ventures. He has just released his single ‘Till The Meds’ Wear Off’, which is a banging dance tune complete with a feel-good video.
Let’s here what a typical day in the studio involves for Zaflon…
“I usually start with keys. I’ll make a cup of coffee and work on a patch that feels right when I play it. I used to smoke but canned that a couple years back. I’ll then usually chuck different drum hits into the sampler and see how they play off against each other, if I’m not in the mood for drums I’ll do the same thing with foley or wavetables. Sometimes I’ll bring up some visuals for inspiration. If I get on a roll, I’ll just roll with it as far as I can, if not I’ll just work on something else and come back later. As the track progresses I start organising it more and more. I label and save every channel and aux as I never know when I’m gonna come back to the track. Some days I’ll just decide today is all about guitars or today’s all about DnB. I think that working as an artist development producer has made me quite versatile but it’s also made me random AF. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people that just liked the one thing and made a name for themselves in that field but that was never gonna be me.”
Watch the super feel-good and vibey video for ‘Till The Meds Wear Off (Let’s Dance)’ here: