Workflow with Sabine Brix, Writer & Electronic Music Producer

In this edition of Workflow, we have Sabine Brix (nominated by Lisa Cugnetto), a writer and electronic music producer talking about how surroundings affects her mood.

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Describe what you do: I am an arts journalist, freelance writer and electronic music producer and composer. In both areas of my work I like to explore the human condition, vulnerability and sexuality.

How do you like your coffee: It’s usually black because I always run out of milk!

Device(s) you use: Macbook Pro, Roland SPD, Roland TR-8, Ableton Live and various synths.

Describe your working style in one sentence: It’s pretty chaotic as there’s often multiple projects going on at any one time.

What does your workspace look like: I live in a studio apartment so workspaces are set up across multiple areas – I need all the space I can access! If I am writing, I work on a simple desk placed next to a window which overlooks the park.

There’s also this cool kind of glass-fronted alcove and I have a whole bunch of synthesizers and bits and pieces in that room. Annoyingly that space has a built-in desk which is very high, impossible to adjust, and wonderful for back and neck strain. Sometimes I’ll drag the equipment onto the writing desk so I can sit comfortably.

How does your workspace affect your creative process: I think productivity and process is linked to emotional stability. I’ve probably created the most work in my current space because it’s surrounded by parkland and filled with light, which has undoubtedly had a positive impact on my general mood.

It’s interesting because some people say having a studio set-up in your home doesn’t create enough separation from the work, but I disagree. I think if I really need to finish something and I enjoy what I am doing I could do it anywhere, but of course your surroundings play a part emotionally and if you feel connected to the space this has an impact on the work.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: Music is a point of contention if I am writing because I listen so deeply that it distracts me from forming a sentence. So I can’t listen to anything with lyrics or any kind of electronica made for the dance floor because I can’t separate my thoughts from the music. I do really like Chopin though, or film scores by Clint Mansell and Angelo Badalamenti.

Who would you like to nominate for the next workflow interview: Leela Schauble.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.