The 153rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Nicolas Pourtale.
1. If you had to pick one track, which solidified your love for electronic music early on, what would it be?
Tough question. My love for electronic music began at around the age of 9, when my eldest brother put some records he brought from Miami. I can only remember the release name which was “ Tunnel Trance Force”, but if I had to pick the first track that made me fall in love with electronic music that I could actually remember it would be Adagio for String from Tiësto.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
My first DJ gig was when I was 15 at gym of a Country Club with 2 iPods on each channel, It was horrible but fun. My last gig was at an Underground club, which had no name at the door, it was just a black door with just the street number on it. Drinks were awesomely cheap and the visuals were extremely weird and old-school, Lots of Hipsters.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first record I bought was The Eminem Show, and the last one was Burundanga by Martino Stefano
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
I would say people requesting me to do a remix of their songs from all around the world. For me its just crazy.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I would say the Multifaceted I am. I make music, I DJ, I’m a chef, I make perfumes and I’m a seasonal vegan.
6. Who are some of the best-undiscovered talents in your eyes?
In my opinion they have already been discovered. Matias Spataro is a great artist with a unique style that is innovating and shaping the future sound. The German duo Norwood &Hill and Mohn (NL) are among my favourite artists as they have a very real sound.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Well, for instance, Matias Spataro, who makes the sounds communicate with each other. I also like the a lot Tvardovsky with atmospheres and textured sounds that take to another place. I also admire GUY J and Sam Paganini, who don’t relate too much (in terms of sound) but catch my attention and guide the way I shape my sounds.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would love to remix “Let me take you” by ANNA. Mohn (NL) has remixed me, which is a dream come true as I am a fan of his work. I would love anyone to remix my tracks. I consider it an honour for someone to remix me or for someone to ask me to remix theirs.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
The labels that stand out for me are: Sound Avenue, Shelving Music, Stellar Fountain and Electronic Tree. These labels have had solid releases lately.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
“Anjunadeep pres. House 03” & “Space Ibiza 2014 (25th anniversary)
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: If its nutritious I’ll take it, unless its celery
Drink: If I’m feeling pretentious, Wine, if not, anything with fruit juice or a plain chilled beer.
Drug: Protein powder.
TV Show: Adventure Time, How I met your Mother, Coma, Will & Grace, White Collar, Shameless (UK/US)
Movie: Don’t have a favourite.
Video Game: Any, I like them all
Album: Deadmau5 – At Play,
Track / Song: Tomy Declerque – “It’s Up To You”, Tvardovky – “Dancing Shadows (Hernan Cattaneo & SoundExile Remix)”, Demian Moreno – “Hear Me (Lautaro Varela Remix)”
Producer / Band: Hercules & Love Affair, St. Lucia and Dusky.
Record Label: Drumcode, Massive Harmony Records, Sound Avenue, Stellar Fountain, Balkan Connection
DJ: Pete Tong, Eric Morillo, Maceo Plex, Destructo, Tomy Declerque and Silicone Soul among others.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Tony Rohr , Layton Giordani – “Careless Suggestions (Original Mix)”
‘Forest Nautica’ is out now on 3rd Avenue, you can purchase the release: here