The 215th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Marius Ene.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
– Hi, I’m 30 years old, living in Bucharest, Romania, producing since 2008, Dj-ing since 2012.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
– In 1998-1999 there was actually good electronic/club music on the radio, especially at night, I discovered some great artists and music in that era and I just wanted to be part of that world, I still do. Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Chicane etc they all had a great influence on me.
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
– It was pretty hard in the beginning, didn’t know exactly what to do or what equipment I need for producing, I learned how to make music by myself with a lot of help from the almighty internet
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
– I guess writing original melodies, that’s the most difficult part, making music that people will remember, not just another track out there! Also, the final tweaks and the mixdown process are very important. Regarding the creative block, I think it’s different for every producer out there, sometimes listening to other genres helps a lot, but also listening to other electronic productions can bring new ideas.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
– I have a job that takes most of my time unfortunately, so the writing, producing, remixing etc takes place at night or during the weekends.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
– I’m listening to electronic/club music 95% of the time, but I would like to switch off sometimes, I think it would be refreshing and great for creativity to hear what other genres are bringing to the table. Will do that when I’ll have more spare time hopefully.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– Chicane – Behind the Sun was my first electronic record/album that I bought from what I remember and my last record was Ada Kaleh – Introspectie, love this record!
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
– I’m still using Windows XP
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– It’s easy to get overlooked these days when there are so many producers making music specifically for clubs, it’s impossible for me to name just a few of them. You can have a “big track” at one moment, but it takes more than that to make a name for yourself. Releasing quality music constantly, knowing how to promote yourself and spinning in clubs can help you make the difference.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– Not easy to say where the inspiration comes from, it can be from a great night out, or a walk in the city or nature, listening to other artists or just from pure silence.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
– I’m am one of them, so the advice to me and to other producers is to have patience, work hard and try to come up with something new and fresh every time.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– Junkie XL & Sasha – Breezer
segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas