Hey Bastian, how are you, how has the last year been for you?
Hi guys! Last year has been tough in some obvious ways, as for the rest of us I guess… I miss my job, travelling, and playing in front of people every weekend, but on the other side I’ve had time to do plenty of things that were impossible for me to do before the pandemic, when my schedule was quite hectic. I think it’s been an interesting year and I cannot complain… But I had enough of it, and I am looking forward to getting back to normality.
Are you back to playing gigs now? How does it feel?
Slowly getting back to it, but yeah, first international gigs are starting to pop up and I can’t be happier about it. I can feel that there’s some extra special energy inside of the people, and I’m sure that the next years, especially when things get back to normal, will be the most special time in decades to be a DJ.
What is the art of house music for you? Why did you first get drawn to the sound, what did you like about it?
House has been for me the common link between all my artistic journeys as a producer. It’s been almost 15 years since I made my first track, and I flirted with plenty of different genres during this time… But House has always been there, giving this groovy touch and sexy flavor regardless of if I was making more techno, electro, or deep sound. I just feel so connected with it. Maybe it is because it is not so hard, not so soft, not so complex but at the same time sophisticated and emotional. It is the sweetest of the sweet spots.
Does Barcelona have its own unique techno sound and style and what is that?
I don’t think so, but I think this is positive. Barcelona is a city full of diversity, also when it comes to music and art. Here you can find a wide range of musical offers, both on clubs and on artists who are based here. Every one of them makes and offer their own thing and it can be really inspiring to enjoy their differences. I see Barcelona more like an artistic hub than a specific sound reference.
And what are some of the key tools in your toolbox, do you have fav bits of hardware or software?
It goes from time to time, when I feel more connected with some VSTs or machines and I use them all the time and then suddenly I don’t touch them anymore… But I guess that, if I had to choose the ones I would use the most, I would say Arturia Moog Modular and ShaperBox bundle as main VSTs, and Roland TR8S and Novation Peak as main hardware.
What inspired the new tune on CUARTERO’s Sanity “Lost Flow”? – Where and when was it written for?
Before the pandemic I was writing a lot of harder music, more like techno flavored tracks, but I lost connection with it during the last year. I found myself totally unable to even listen to it. I felt a huge need of sexier, groovier, housier sounds… So, I started writing some ideas around this need. One day I posted an Instagram Story from my studio while making “Lost” and Cuartero asked me about it. I felt so happy because I really admire him, and I felt like Sanity was the ideal spot for this new step. Some days after that I wrote “Flow”, which is my personal favorite, and I feel that points to this new direction of modern house I want to follow.
Are you making tunes to play in your own sets, with certain clubs and situations in mind?
Absolutely. One of my main goals is to make tunes I can play in my sets. I think this fact also have influenced me to make housier tunes. As a resident of Elrow, where the mood is energetic, positive, and festive, I found hard to play my darker music. I need to play my own music, it is one of the things I love the most from this job.
What makes your music unique, what do you pride yourself on when producing?
I think that I’m good as a sound designer. It can be frustrating sometimes, but I am really picky when it comes to sound design and sound engineering. This doesn’t make me unique though. What I am proud the most about how I make music, and maybe what could make my music unique, is that I am good hunting sparks. I make music by accident. I just play with randomness and try to catch something interesting out of the chaos. I think I am good at it. If you analyze “Flow”, for example, there are those crazy random vocal samples not making any sense, but at the same time creating a story. I try to kind of “give some order” to totally random disorder and chaos. And I love it, I feel proud about it.
Where is your best environment as a dj? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic etc etc
This is kind of ‘who love you the most, daddy or mummy?’ lol. I really do enjoy all these situations and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to find myself playing in diverse scenarios and moments, where I can play a wide range of different music. Hard to choose, but I guess I would say I prefer intimate audiences and long journeys.
You’ve been resident for the famed elrow parties in Barcelona, how much pride do you get from having such a prestiged residency slot?
Do you know what? I was proud about it before, but the pandemic made me realize how lucky I am to be part of this amazing group of talented people in a whole new dimension. Having time to analyze all the things we’ve made and lived, how important, and big the brand has become all around the world, and how many crazy stories we’ve wrote in our memories… I cannot even describe how blessed I feel. It is just the best feeling and the biggest achievement of my artistic career for sure.
What’s next, what else are you working on?
Currently I am working on a lot of new music, feeling more inspired than ever, and I have some interesting collaborations and releases on the pipeline for the next months. I am also working on a personal project that will mix different forms of art, and I am so excited about it. I want to create the perfect outlet for my musical and non-musical ideas. I think it’s going to be special and… Random! It is going to be so, so random 🙂