The 177th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Mario Puccio.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 31 years old. I’m living in San Nicolas, a city in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been producing and mixing for 14 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 was very small when my mom sat me in front of a piano. At first, I tried to play classical music and from that moment, I never stopped playing. My earliest memories of Electronic Music were when I heard Jean Michel Jarre, I knew then that I wanted to make those sounds, that music. And I thought “This is what I want to do”.
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?
It wasn’t very difficult, I just sat down to study Softwares and then dump the musical knowledge I already had. I remember I made very long productions (from about 23 minutes). I believed that I could make the improvisations heard in rock bands in a Software, my head was still in rock music. At that time there were no courses to learn to manage these programs, I should do it alone. I had many counselors, some are great friends today.
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?
During the production process what is most difficult is to make a “good” melody. That is, that whoever hears it will not take it out of his head. For instance, when you leave a club and you ask your friend “Which was the song that the Dj played that sounds “..?” That’s the point. I think if we do that, we really understand how to “touch” the public, as producers.
The easiest part is in my opinion to build a rhythmic base, I do not spend much time on this. If I have a creative block, what unlocks it is to listen too much music.
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?
My typical day… I am very passionate in everything I do and I am also very tidy and organized, I think up to the extreme. I get up very early, check mails to listen to promos or other things. After that, I start to produce, if I have some gigs I listen to music for hours to see what I will mix. I travel 140 kilometers three times a week because I am a Professor of Electronic Music in a Sound School since 9 years. I go back late at night and I still work in my studio. When I’m not working I like cooking, fixing things like computers, appliances, etc. I am not a person who watches movies or sits and reads, I am very hyperactive.
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 listening to many genres, as I said before, when I was a child, I had to read music from Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Bach and others. I had to study this music. Today I do not listen to them but if I hear them in a movie I can get really excited. I like Pink Floyd, The Doors, Michael Jackson, I love Astor Piazzolla music. These and many others were a huge musical influence on me.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first cassette I bought was from Michael Jackson – Dangerous. The last CD I bought was from Seru Giran, a rock Argentinian band.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I think those who know me know how passionate I am and that I am a very simple, humble and honest. I guess honesty is very important in any human being, I mean, everything that leads to being a good person. That is the most important titles in our lives, the rest is useless.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Many. I see it mostly in Argentinian talents. We are lucky that many DJs help us to put our tracks in their sets, both radios and other events. We are also blessed with many labels that supports us. On the other hand, we are a country that imports 10 artists when we export 1. Managers should open their ears, but they are not always responsible of this, WE must also move. I can say that around the corner there is surely a great producer.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Minilogue inspires me, I like their long tracks. But honestly my inspiration comes from other Musical Genres. Travel and cooking inspires me a lot, a good combination.
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?
Most importantly, I think people should enjoy what they do, especially the ones who have recently started. Hernan Cattaneo, who was the person who helped me most in my career and who I am enormously grateful to, I appreciate him … He always says “everything comes/ todo llega”.One must know how to control anxiety, this is the worst enemy of the Producer. Work hard, very hard but not under pression. It takes a long time to create our own sounds, when we found them, the rest comes alone.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
It depends, today I think it would be Joey Black & Akabu – Another World (Andre Lodemann Mix), it would sound like a farewell to me. Electronic music is precisely that for me, Another World.
Mario’s remix of Julian Dep ‘Worn Ties’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here