The 156th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Santiago Garcia.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
I really don’t have one exactly or don’t remember. but I have good sensitive in Murder Weapon by 16 Bit Lolitas a song that makes me remember my principles in Progressive Stage.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
My first gig was in the highschool party at the age of 14 in 2004 because i was so young to play in a night club, but a couple years after I played for the first time in a big club called Palacio Alsina in 2006, State now a day for 1500 people. My last dj gigs were in Cordoba – Argentina and Mar del Plata and more on the way.
3. What was your first and last release?
My first release was in 2008, released by Whobear Records from Islas Canarias – Tenerife, where i grew up with Hector Couto a great artist from tribal and tech house in this days.
And my last release was in Baires Records my own brand released this Monday 2nd February, remixing to Mehmet Akar his track called “A Kind Of Panic” really enjoyed doing this remix and happy with the final work.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlights of my career are: Be part of the Master Series by Hernan Cattaneo 2012, released in Renaissance Label. Had an international tour. Have a respect place in the scene of my country and very happy that I am in activity every month playing in good events. Have my own radio show in one of my favorite radio, friskyradio. Share music with big figures of electronic music and having a good friend relation with them at the same time. Finally created my own label (Baires Records) where i release music from me and friends or artists that i really respect.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I played hockey for five years representing the club GEBA. I studied Business Administration 1 year but I left it because the music . And i worked 7 years till a couple weeks ago in a construction of buildings in the human resources section as an administrative. But now i am 100% to the music. I also love fishing with my friends, every year we go to the river and make camp in the middle of the forest.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Here in Argentina is Crudito, very talented guy that I wish him the best for this year and for the next ones.. He really makes good music in quality and he must be more valued. Talking about other countries, “Gianluca Calderelli” is very nice producer that “nobody knows” from Italy and I expect a lot from him this year. Reinier Zonneveld is another good artist that I will work with him in several releases if it’s possible. I really like what they do so you need to take a look soon!
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
I have a lot but mainly Thomas Gandey, David August, M.A.N.D.Y, Maya Jane Coles.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would like to have official remixes from artists like Sasha, John Digweed, Maceo Plex.. you know.. the dream of every artist. I can tell you 100 artists or more that I would like to remix and vice versa. But how i know that is something that comes with time and I am happy remixing good music from people undiscovered or in increase. The important thing is make good music and show it to the people. But as we say here “Todo suma”. Let’s keep working.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
The labels that I really respect and I would like to join are Culprit, Visionquest, Bedrock, Innervisions, Off Recordings, Deeperfect and a couple more but these are the best for me. Now i am working in a couple originals for Off Recordings and trying to get in and start crossing out names J
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I love Sasha albums or compilations however you want to call it. I really wait his albums every year because always surprise me, he’s always in vanguard and good things to learn from artists like Sasha.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Tacos, Milanesa, Empanadas.
Drink: I like all!
Drug: I don’t use drugs, but I usually smoke marihuana in meeting friends.
Animal: Dog, Horse.
TV Show: Family Guy, Constantine, Breaking Bad
Video Game: PES 2015, Grand Theft Auto 5 – Play Station
Album: Hot Since 82 – Little Black Book
Track / Song: I don’t have every month appears one better than the other.
Producer / Band: Chet Faker, David August.
Record Label: Baires Records, Deeperfect.
Nightclub: Mandarine (Buenos Aires) Vissionaire (Buenos Aires)
DJ: John Digweed, Sven Vath.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
If my last dj live set is tomorrow i will put as last track “Ever”, my song dedicated to my dog. But as i said before now is Ever but next month or years will be other. There is a lot good music to decide by one. It is a very difficult decision.
Santiago’s remix of Mehmet Akar ‘A Kind Of Panic’ is out now on Baires Records, you can purchase the release: here