The 243rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Hot TuneiK.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Hi! I’m 26 years old, I’m living in Mexico City and I’ve been Djing since I was 15. I started producing when I was 17.
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.”
Well, I remember my first album that I bought was Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel, after listening to this I started to love electronic music, Paul Van Dyk in fact was one of my favourite Artist for a while.
When I was 13 I loved trance music and continue listening to this genre for a long time, then I moved to Deep House & Tech House.
But when I really started to take this more seriously is when I first listen to Sasha & John Digweed and I love Progressive House Music, then some of my friends introduced me to Guy J, they bring him on August 2010 and I totally begin to transform my productions.
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 difficult for me to learn how to produce, I remember I was only reading and viewing tutorials about how to do music, my first DAW was Fruity Loops, by that time I only had in my head what and how I wanted to sound but it tooked me like 4 years to accomplish this, then I meet a close friend now Yasser Garibay, he taught me more specific stuff about productions, after this my sound completely change but I felt like something was missing, then my friend Dhyan Droik told me to switch to Ableton Live and so I did!
Then I met Joy Marquez a well-known Dj & Producer in Mexico and he taught me everything that I know now, with a technical procedure I definitely reach my goal about producing.
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?
The mixing part, I think it’s the more important thing to do when you finish or you are doing a track, because even if you pay for an engineer to master the track if it’s not well mixed it will never sounds perfectly.
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?
A normal day for me is being at the studio the whole day I spend most of my time working at the studio, besides this I work at Grupo HOOKAH, at HOOKAH I work as a DJ, HOOKAH has three of the best clubs in Mexico city with more than 12 years active.
Also im the A&R of HOOKAH Records a brand new label, Our first release is about to come on digital stores and it has already the support of artist like Hernan Cattaneo, We will be launching a release party this 9th of October with Madloch.
When I’m not doing working as a dj or as a manager of the label I spend a lot of time with my son, a 6 months old Labrador called “Bongo”.
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 love to hear Jazz, Chill Out and stuff like that, I always enjoy music with a lot of atmospheres.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first CD Album was “For An Angel” by Paul Van Dyk and my last CD Album was “In Between” also by Paul Van Dyk.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m definitely the coolest guy you will ever meet! Hahaha Seriously, on every track o remix that I made or I’m doing it’s a part of my life, on each track I always try to make a history that I want to share with all my fans and followers.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I would only say that every Artist speaks with his own work and talent.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Guy J is one of my main Artists, I love every track that he does, but I’ve found several brand new artist that have a lot of potential like Juan Astudillo, he recently release on 3rd Avenue a track called “Far Away” totally blows my mind.
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?
Never stop working, never doubt about yourselves, always their work will speak for themselves, some day you will notice that you are remixing or collaborate with artist that you used to admire or signing in topnotch labels after this the dream already began.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I will never stop doing this, this is my life, my passion.
Hot’s remix of Might At Night ‘Goodbye’ is out now on Manual Music, you can purchase the release: here