The 178th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Ivan Garci.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 35 years old, I live in a small village near Girona named Massanet de la Selva and I started to produce 8 years ago.
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.”
Almost all my live I have been listening rock and celtic music, I play the piano and mass since I was a little child, so my first memories are more or less when I was 14,I was listening a Spanish radio station and there was where I discovered electronic music. But I decided to produce seriously when I was 26.About some artist, not in particular.
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 not so difficult, but I must say I was attending a 6 month course to learn about the program. That helped me a lot. Yes, to friends of mine, David and Dani , encouraged me to learn to produce.
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?
The most difficult part is maybe is know when you have enough parts on the track. 😉 The easiest is maybe mixing, but also music parts, I play the bass and piano and that helps a lot.
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?
I have my own label, called Vlosfer records, so I m busy with it and with my productions. I’m also a goalkeeper trainer and I also train children. I like to walk and of course be with my friends and family.
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 listen a lot soundtracks, celtic music, rock,etc. My favourite artist is Bruce Springsteen. Maybe my tracks have something of those genres.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Abba gold and the last. Wille Nile(Streets of New York)
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have a twin brother, jeje
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Difficult one, Since I produce, i learned not to first listen new tracks and then know who is the produce, never mind if he has 10,300 or 20.000 followers on social media, I know is hard, but is time for new talented producers to be listened.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Sebastian Mullaert and my friend Alvaro Hylander. They inspired me a lot.
When I sit down on my computer and play the piano, the inspiration comes quickly.
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 always say that every producer must produce the music they like, do not try to copy. If you produce what you feel and what you like, your music will be different and will have your own sound.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That is a very difficult question……maybe I would like improvise something.
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