The 174th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Maxi Degrassi.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 21 years old, I’m Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been producing and mixing since the last 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.”
I think listening Radiohead and Muse when i was very young helped me to define which sounds i liked the most. In what respects to electronic music when i had started to like it I was very open to all genres but then I started to get involved with progressive and deep house. One of the artist who blow up my mind in the past was Paul Kalkbrenner, I get very identified with his minimal and progressive sounds.
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?
With so much information in Internet it wasn’t difficult to learn. I studied and acquired knowledge by my own. I spent hours producing and researching nowadays I’m still doing it, I believe the production world is infinity, there is always something new to learn.
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 the most difficult part is I’m not so organized as i wish. I really enjoy making tracks variations, to make them not so monotones. I think this the most difficult but entertaining part of producing. I use to export little parts of the production to masterize and listen the apart. That usually helps me to move on.
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?
They are quite relaxing, Early in the morning I get in to the office (I work at a ministry) till midday, After that I go back to my home where I listen music and watch the football matches, in special my team “Boca Juniors”, also I meet and play football with my friends.
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?
Generally I refresh my favorite bands like Radiohead, Muse and Devendra Banhart. Those bands definitely fees my ideas for my productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My last purchase was an EP that was released recently “EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE [Afterglow] by Tim Penner feat. Amber long.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
In my opinion, there are lots of producers that are overlooked. Some have more or better chances than others to reach their goals.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
One of my greatest referents nowadays is Hernan Cattaneo. I am keen on producers like Lake People, Dahu, Avatism, Recondite and some more. My inspiration comes at any moment, I have days I can finish 3 tracks, and other days that are not so good. When I can reach my sound objectives my inspiration grows exponentially.
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?
I think is important to not get so closed to one style, they must be open minded in what respects to listening music. They should make the music that comes for them in the moment, may be that in the future they would be able to define more straight in the genres they prefer. In my case when I produce I try to express myself and my sensibility and feelings, and that’s why it’s important not to copy somebody, but make or at least try to make your own sounds.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I think the last track would be one of my productions, I can’t think in one in particular because I have more than one that I would, and it would depend on the club or party I would be playing.
Maxi’s remix of Dontknower ‘Domo Arigato’ is out now on Crossfade Sounds, you can purchase the release: here