12 Questions Episode 131: FunkState

The 131st episode of our 12 Questions segment features the production duo FunkState.


1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?

We couldn’t choose just one, but the stronger are Daft Punk – Revolution 909; Röyksopp – What else is there? (Trentemoller remix); The Prodigy – Smack my bitch up and Chemical Brothers – Hey boy, hey girl.

2. What was your first and last DJ gig?

The first time was very bizarre but thrilling, it was mid 2009 at a Disco called Olaf in La Calera, Córdoba. The setup the disco offered us was old and it was damage, it was a big test for us, and there we realized that being part of electronic music is all about love.

3. What was the first and last record you purchased?

The first one was Red hot chili pepper – californication and the last was Gustavo Cerati – Fuerza Natural.

4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?

We consider this is the best time of our short but intense career, due to the productions we are working on and the ones that already are on sale, as well as the diffusion, gigs, solidary work such as “Kick the Challenge” released which isa shared project with artists like Marcelo Vasami, Luis Bondio, Oliverio Sofia, Andrea Casino, Maxi Iborquiza and others, where the gained will be donated 100% to the research of ELA disease; performance at Radioshows, Live Shows and the support of producers we consider our references.

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

Something that surprised a lot of friends was that the track FunkState – Ósmosis was completed two years ago and came out because we found out Nick Warren was searching low BPM tracks for the release of his album The Soundgarden. Nick listened and had the track on his preselected list.
After that Temporum Music proposed us release the track as EP with Luke Porter remix, which get excellent reviews and charts from artists like Guy J, Marcelo Vasami and others.

6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?

Nowadays there are many undiscovered with very little diffusion talents, but we consider that talents like Some Little Things, Antrim, Dual T, John Rosignoli and Nacho Portigliatti should get more attention and should be taken into consideration more after.

7. Which producers consistently inspire you?

We are two persons with very large taste and being part of a progressive musical trend, our references are several nowadays some of them are: Luis Bondio, Maceo Plex, Eagles & Butterflies, David August, Denis A, Alex Niggermann, Adriatique and Edu Imbernon

8. What artist or track would you love to remix? And who would you love to be remixed by?

We like the atmosphere and the vocals of The/Das and WhoMadeWho, because of that remixing their tracks would be very nice. And we would love that Guy J and Tale of Us could make a remix of our tracks

9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?

Bedrock, Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Classound, Low Bit, microCastle, Natura Sonoris, Suffused music and Life & death

10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?

Taking in consideration the personal impact at the moment of listening at them for the first time, the best are Sequential Vol 1 and 2 By Hernan Cattaneo and Balance 019 By Henry Saiz.

11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)

Food: Sushi, Pizza, Milanesas con papas fritas, asado
Drink: Water, Coke and Beer
Drug: Coke
Animal: Dogs
TV Show: The Walking Dead y Da Vinci’s demons
Movie: Lord of the rings
Video Game: God of War, PES and WRC
Album: The Wall Pink Floyd
Track / Song: Puente – Gustavo Cerati and dj T. – Sense Feat. James Teej (Julian Ganzers Deadly Deadline Mix)
Producer / Band: Apparat, Metronomy and Henry Saiz
Record Label: Bedrock and Life & Death
Nightclub: Mandarine, Buenos Aires and La Fabrica, Córdoba.
DJ: John Digweed and Hernan Cattaneo

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

If the moment of saying goodbye came, we would do it with something that identifies us on our process as a duet and the track would be FunkState – Ósmosis (Original Mix) – [Temporum Music]

segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas

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