The 186th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Criss Deeper.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I have 25 years old, living in Buenos Aires (where I born). I am producing 5 years ago, DJing 8 years more and less.
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.”
In my house much funk and disco music are heard by my parents, we know that many songs of 80’s synth derivatives containing sounds then started looking for more material about electronic music itself.
I think I started taking it more seriously occur when I got my second release as a producer on Stripped Recordings, really fascinates me making music and since then, work at it seriously and silently.
After many years of wanting to start producing my music, I think the “click” made me when I heard enough disk Invol2ver by Sasha, an amazing album.
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?
At first it was very hard, I had started just single-handedly in Fruity Loops, so listening to good music at that time wanting to do something (something a bit impossible for one who is just beginning and without much knowledge), I frustrated and wanted to quit. Then I started producing in Ableton Live and I felt much loose with Live as it is very easy to use and the tools you have help you a lot to get the sound you’re looking for.
I did not take any course of production never, I’ve seen some tutorials on audio mixing and mastering, but only that.
There were and there are people who were in my principles when I started producing it helped me very much and I’ll never forget, ever were to teach me things and mark me errors, practice makes perfect and I think they were the ones I marked those things because they are friends of many years, producers already known Rodrigo Mateo, Mike Griego and Dark Soul Project, were always by my side to show me the right way and the wrong at the time 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 easiest part for me is when creating the rhythm, I think that’s the part where you want it imagining how the groove of the track, what rhythm want to impose. For me, the hardest part of the track is the time to create the main sound track, what kind of notes to play, choose the correct sound of a synthesizer to be harmonious with the base and obviously the result is the one search.
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?
Working in a family business, I love playing football in fact, when I was a kid I played in “Argentinos Juniors” known club where debuted Diego Maradona, I like to enjoy my free time with my friends having a drink and laughing so long hours.
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 some bands of Argentine rock (Patricio Rey y los Redonditos de Ricota, for example), classical music I usually listen too. Out of electronic music I like bands like Pink Floyd, AC/DC, among others.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
First record was John Digweed Transitions Vol. 1 and the last ENTER Ibiza 2014.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I am claustrophobic !
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Cid Inc., Dubspeeka, Sam Paganini, Guy J, Jay Lumen, Hunter/Game, Chaim.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Some of the producers I listed in the previous question, are what inspire me a lot, also add some others like Dubfire, Hot Since 82, Oliver Huntemann .. a small mixing a little of everything. Sometimes inspiration usually comes from listening to a very good track and wanting to do something, or just things that come to mind in the head after leaving electronic fest or just any party, while at work imagining some ideas too.
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?
To those, I would say never stop trying, never lower your arms even if they are looking for the sound they want and not leave them, everything comes if one strives to wanting to achieve something very badly. Always good to have people next to you will guide, teach specific things you must know how to be accompanied in those moments when one feels “lost”. You have to put a lot of dedication, is the key.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Redanka – Waves (E-Mission Mix)
‘Dynamique’ is out now on Soundteller Records, you can purchase the release: here