The 191st episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Hernan Cerbello.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 38 years old, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Been djing for more than 10 years and 8 years of making music so far.
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 it all began when I was a teenager, listening bands like Depeche Mode, Camouflage amongst others.
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?
I learned play piano when I was a kid, then study musical production at EMBA, school of music in Bs As, where I’m also working since few years ago.
After that I took few courses regards mix & mastering, but also use to search and read about new talents, soft, techniques & technologies. Had no mentor but going to clubs, record stores, listening djs & interacting with people was a good starting point when I wanted to do it seriously and professionally.
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?
Easy or difficult depends on the day, sometimes it’s just about to find the perfect snare, sometimes the melody.
Creative blocks happen but I been learning to stimulate my creativity before start making beats, listening to music related to what I wanted to do, always work!.
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?
Check emails/conversations at the early morning, listening few demos for my labels Low Pressings/Mood You, then to Emba, where I’m teaching production. Then back home to make music or to studio. Consider myself a lucky person because always been working with music.
Love to run daily as my stress control.
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?
Always listen to a huge range of genres, jazz to classic and pop to hard rock. Can’t realize if there’s a direct relation between what I listen and what I produce. But unconsciously for sure.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Hard question, I guess Violator from Depeche Mode. Last one Tsuba Love from Kevin Griffiths. Both vinyl.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m a very emotional and sensitive person. Sound cliché but true.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
The ones that even my mom knows about, but it’s part of a diff business than true soul music.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Lot of producers/artists/musician can’t put a name here. Silence is a great ally to listen and get inspired.
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?
Never easy, but keep trying and been honest to yourself and what you love/feel. Nothing is more original than that. Hard work constantly, not for a little period of time.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I will tell you 10 mins before. 🙂
Hernan’s remix of Luiz B’s ‘Secret Whisper’ is out now on Spring Tube, you can purchase the release: here