12 Questions Episode 134: Gus Donnan

Gus Donnan

The 134th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Gus Donnan.

Gus Donnan

1. Where are you based and how long have you been DJing and producing?

I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina where I live. I´ve been producing (and learning to do it) the last three years, I don´t have yet professional experience in Djing apart from some private parties and jams with friends. Now I´m spending the most of my time in the studio, consolidating my sound and producing some EP´s.

2. How did you first discover electronic music? Where do your musical roots lie and when did you know you wanted to pursue electronic music seriously?

My roots are very diverse, I´ve spent my teenage years among classical music, rock, pop, jazz blues, heavy metal, progressive rock and even Tango. I took piano and drums lessons since those years.
My relationship with the electronic music was progressive starting, when I listened to music like Alan Parsons, Emerson Like & Palmer even Vangelis and experimental music I felt that the expression of the synths was the most spectacular and hypnotic for me, more than rock, pop or other sounds. Later Robert Miles arrived to my ears and I listened many electronic music of different genres so this take me to the classic trance until I began to listen John Digweed, Sasha, Martin Garcia and Hernan Cattaneo selections and this became in my major influence the last five years.

I choose electronic music production because I realized that one can express very different feelings, emotions and ideas through it, and to do this I need to mix the expressions of melodies with the groove of a rhythmic pattern, it´s all that I wanted.

If you let me I would like to quote Henry Saiz words about influences which I´m very identified with: “My influences are pretty diverse, taking me all the way from Italo Disco to Black Metal. From Abba to Aphex Twin, Vangelis and Pink Floyd (via Detroit) – I believe that electronic music can, and should, have a message. The infinite palate of sounds and textures give the power to evoke much more complex feelings and mindscapes than the traditional pop-rock instruments – the fact that you can dance to it in a club doesn’t mean it can’t transmit a message (and a thrill) to the listener on many levels.”

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

Children – Robert Miles and For an Angel – Paul Van Dyk.

4. What do you do outside of electronic music? what is a regular day like for you and what do you enjoy doing besides producing music?

I work in the maintenance area of the flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas as Technician but in an Technical Office.

5. What was the first and last record / track you purchased?

I remember my father purchasing me a Beethoven Symphonies cassette tape at my nine years old. My lasts CD Records I´ve purchased are Le Onde – Ludovico Einaudi and The Wall – Pink Floyd. On Beatport my first track was Ventura – Hal Incandenza and my last one was Apolonia – John Cosani (Kintar remix).

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

I´m Counselor and photographer.

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

I don´t have the crystal ball but I think that many people in the underground of Argentinan progressive scene is doing the right things and there´s a good future for them, people like Santiago Teillagory, Nicolas Petracca, Ezequiel Anile, Diego Berrondo, Marcelo Paladini, Julian Rodriguez, Sergey Gebio and many others I´m forgeting have very professional and great sound.

8. Which producers consistently inspire you?

I don´t have one in particular but in most way they are Guy Gerber, Guy J and Henry Saiz.

9. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?

I would like to remix some track of Radiohead or something like that, more than a remix it would be adding my groove and melody to a very sensitive and emotional vocal like Thom Yorke , Frank Wiedemann, Jan Blomqvist, Ane Brun, Saint Saviour, Jeremy Wrong or Antony Hegarty. Being remixed it would be great by anyone of the question 8.

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

It´s difficult choose one label because all of them are good if you are looking for very different and original music, but when I´m looking for something more musical and original I trust in Natura Sonoris, and when I´m looking for something for the dancefloor I can trust in Sudbeat for example.

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

Hernan Cattaneo – Parallel [reinassance-The Master Series]

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

Food: Argentinian Meat ¨Asado¨
Drink: Cubalibre, Caipirinha, Corona Beer.
Drug: Music
Animal: No pets for me.
TV Show: I don´t watch much TV but sometimes I find myself hypnotized with The Simpsons or some good movie.
Movie: The Lords of The rings (And the books), Forest Gump, Benjamin Button, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Video Game: I´m retired of the video games but the last I played was Call of Duty, I remember shooting to my brother in the other pc (I killed of course).
Album: The Wall – Pink Floyd
Track / Song: Pink Floyd – High Hopes, Comptine d’Un Autre Été-Yan Tiersen, Sommerliebe – Solee (Eelke Kleijn Remix), Guy J – Dizzy Moments and many more.
Producer / Band: Henry Saiz, Guy Gerber, Jam Blomqvist, and many others I´m forgetting.
Record Label: Natura Sonoris
Nightclub: Barhein, Crobar, Pacha (All in Buenos Aires)
DJ: Hernan Cattaneo

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