The 169th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Daniel Camarillo.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I´m 25 and actually I live in Mexico city. As a producer i have 11 years and as a Dj 5 years.
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.”
The influence of artists of 80´s and 90´s related to electronic music was my initiation in this field of music. I remember my first attraction to the music was when i went to my first rave. After that i relized that it was easy for me and other people told me that i was good. The pioneers in this music for me are all people that are included in the production like Global Underground, Renaissance, Bedrok, etc.
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?
Was almost null my introduction to learn to work with the softwares, is for that reason that it was so difficult at the beginning. Therefore, i am totally self taught, but of course there are a lot of tips and suggestions have become my inspiration and my motivation in this environment.
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?
I think that the most difficult part of production is to make the sounds that give the history of the track as melodies, pads, synthesizers, compressors, and the easiest for me are the bases as kick, hit hat, caps, etc. And when i am in a positive frame of mind, is when is easier and faster to pop up the creativity.
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?
Well, I like to spend time and talking with my girlfriend, friends and family, and of course, practice some of producción to not lose the habit. And when I’m not working in a music, I like to go to the cinema, or go dinner, or something relax with my family and girlfriend.
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 effort on your own productions?
I like so much the music disco, high energy, rock progressive, and i think that of my favorite artists are pink Floyd, Alan Parsons Proyect, depeche mode, pet shop boys, new order including more. And of course, all have influence in my productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first CD that i bought was global underground new York 007 of Paul Oakenfold and the last was balance 26 of hernan cattaneo
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Maybe that i started very young to undertake as a Dj, since 12 years old it attracts my attention without knowing that it will be in my life.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Well i think that is a lot of artists that preferred the fame and the money than the music. And a clear example is that they that played a good trance in the beginning, but now are only fashion icons like Tiesto and that range of artists.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Is Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Sasha, Danny Howels, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Marcelo Vasami, Robert R. Hardy, Stas Drive, Silinder, etc. Part of them great hits and my personal experiences inspire me.
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?
Only that focus on that they want and they need to be patient and insistent, but if they can take a course, it is much better to know more tips to how let out that they have in their minds.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
It will be one of my own producción and I think that it can be my first release as a professional like “succubus- Daniel Camariillo (original mix)”.
‘The Third Eye’ is out now on E Sound Records, you can purchase the release: here