The 237th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Alberto Sainz.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Hello, I’m actually 31 years old and currently living nearby Turin Italy . I started playing music in my own with my classical guitar at about eight years old . Lately, in 2009 I started airing a radioshow named “Global Views” on Ensonic radio Montreal.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue itseriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
Like almost every physical being, I think I was born surrounded by sounds, noises, and music…
I obviously have been influenced from my father feelings and moods and my first electronic music memory comes from an EP by David Sylvian named “Gone To Earth” : been catched by guitar’s pedal workflows and textures so i decided to learn something more about it.
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?
First time I had the chance to draw notes on a sequencer I remember I was thinking something like “Ok, keep calm and do simple things” : never took any production courses, just keeping in mind old friends of mine playing with Roland TR-909 and keyboards. Anyway courses are very important in some way, cause there is always something new to learn.
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?
When inspiration comes to me, everything flows naturally… Like a river . Not focusing a lot on technical skills at the moment
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 tried working as a hairstylist for my mom saloon, but that was not my passion so I decided to help my father in a aluminium foundry . Lately, due by the european crisis they closed activity so I decided to perform my hobbies and passions, football trainer and music . In my spare time I l usually love to drive my car, trying to “feeling the ground” .
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 effect on your own productions?
I listen to a lot of sounds, from songwriters to pop-indie and rock . One of my favorite artists of all times is Leonard Cohen. I Love his lyrics and notes … Usually when I try to produce something, I try to feel something coming from my own.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
well I think it was a compilation named Paul Oakenfold… Travelling , there are not so many cds or vinyl stores with the music I like here … So, finding something I really like physically, i mean something I seriously can touch with my hands is very very hard here . I always loved the sensation of touching artworks and music : that’s the way I’m also trying to move on another country . Digital Music is still very important cause allows people to find music coming from many different countries , and liquid quality has almost nothing to envoy to vinyls in my opinion.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Hey, I’m a Belieber ! Hugging you Justin !
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Maybe those “producers” helped by ghost producers.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
All the producers i actually follow on Soundcloud and mixcloud or socials they have basically some kind of influence to me… I hope to define and redefine everything, trying to reach the standards of the most famous ones .
About inspiration, its like one empty paper sheet in my opinion…
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?
Do what you want , feel what you feel.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
100% Light by Yael Deckelbaum.
‘Timelapse’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here