Hello Barrientos and welcome to Different Grooves
Hello! Thanks for having me…
Did you start before with music production or DJing? What’s the more difficult of those two?
I started off producing ambient music when I was around 18 years old – I bought my first synthesizer then tried to replicate a lot of sounds I was hearing from people like Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, except in my own style with that sort of ambient twist to it. In all honesty, I thought it was really difficult! But having this challenge made me determined to try and create a more consummate sound. It wasn’t until a bit later on that I bought a set of turntables and a bunch of vinyl. In terms of what is more difficult, producing or DJing, I view them as almost intrinsically opposed. The mindset I have for producing a track is completely different to the way I think about DJing but the fundamentals of my creative process are still there… to put it in simple terms: I write music to reflect my mood and who I am as a person and I DJ to reflect other people’s moods and personalities. So I don’t think I can decide what is most difficult. They both have their own unique challenges.
You are currently based in Scotland, but your roots come from Chile and England: how are those different cultures influencing your musical taste?
Having grown up with these different cultures really helped me enjoy a lot of varied genres of music. This sort of mostly revolved around classical, jazz and latin. I got really influenced by the energy and rhythm of latin music and mix that with the technicality of classical and the freeform of jazz, then I guess it made me really appreciate all types of music. Listening to music outside of pop music from an early age really helps you want to discover more music that break that boring mould, so by the time I left high school it was perfect time to really try and push myself in finding new music that I hadn’t heard before. Never underestimate the power of your parents’ music taste!
Classical music is your past, electronic music your present: how your classical side is influencing your productions?
The main thing is probably the way I like to layer instruments in a track. A lot of my tracks will end up with a lot instrumentation in a session (which I’m sure is a bit of a nightmare for the mastering engineers!) similar to the way you would see a large amount of instrumentation in a classical score. I like music that is complex, whether it is different sounds, rhythms, tempo etc.… so I maybe try and do that in my music albeit at a more simpler, dance floor oriented level. Classical is a good influence to have when writing but I don’t think my music will ever be as intricate and complex as it.
Glasgow Underground is a well-established house label with a worldwide recognition, how does it feel to be part of it? And, how did the remix of Romanthony’s track “Bring U Up” come about?
Glasgow Underground is a great label to be a part of – I like the music they put out and I like the people that are signed to them. It feels like I’m almost part of this community, which has really helped with my productions and ideas over the last year since the Romanthony remix. That remix came around when I did a mix for synthglasgow.com and Kevin McKay had heard it – he then approached me asking about productions and offered me to remix Romanthony’s ‘Bring U Up’. It was a big honor for me to remix that, and it feels even more special since Roman passed away earlier this year. Since that release, it gave me some real momentum and it’s been awesome to work with the guys from GU, they’re helping me develop as a musician.
You are ready to be part of Different Grooves On Air catalogue: would you tell our readers and listeners what they are ready to hear from your podcast?
Well the sort of stuff I’ve been producing over the summer has been a more melodic house and deep house kind of vibe. I still love producing and writing that stuff but as soon as winter hits I get really into the functional, groovy sort of dance music. So this mix is more about grooves, long transitions blended with a few lovely deep vibes to inject some melody into it. The tracks are mix of old and new – some older ones from the likes of Davide Squillace and some brand new stuff from Daniel Trim. Also threw in the latest Origins Sound track from Glasgow Underground, those lads are gonna be huge in 2014! I always like to make my mixes as a sort of progression of sound so it kind of starts from groove, functional stuff and finishes with some gorgeous, powerfully melodic music.
Is anything new forthcoming in the next months you wanna tell us about?
I will have some new remixes out early next year… I’ve started work on my 2nd EP which I’m doing for Glasgow Underground again… I’m collaborating with my friend Illyus on some new stuff that I’m very excited about… basically looking forward to really getting into a groove in 2014 and I’m ready to work hard.
Thanks for your time, was a pleasure to spent it with you
1. Nick Monaco – The Stalker (Tanner Ross’ Hiding In The Bassbins Remix)
2. Matt John – The River Feat. Marc Lorbeer
3. Davide Squillace – Cubism
4. Nicole Moudaber – Can I Get Some
5. Sable Sheep – Upon Burning Skies
6. Romanthony – Trust (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
7. Yvo Zanev – Hotbox Room
8. KW – Detroit To London (DJ T. Edit)
9. Sante – Freak That
10. Marc Romboy – Set Me Free (A1 Bassline Nostalgia Mix)
11. DJ Soch – Up & Down
12. Tony Lionni – Los Souls
13. Paul C & Paolo Martini – Get This!
14. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
15. Jaymo & Andy George – Tales From The Basement
16. Origins Sound – Another Love
17. Rhythm Operator Vs. Rhodes & Brown – Fiona’s Room
18. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Ordinary (Lake People’s Circle Motive Remix)
19. Mano Le Tough – Primative People (Tale Of Us Remix)
20. Daniel Trim – My New Episode Feat. Wifi Yi Tong