The 192nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Dio S.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 35 years old, and I am living in Greece. I have been producing for 10 years. And I start playing music since 1995.
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.”
My musical root always were electronic music, since I a first remember hearing , Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk ,Pet Shop Boys and many more synth – pop artists. At my first steps of my dj carrier I listen sounds from Hernan Cattaneo, Paul Oakenfold, Sven Vath and Tiesto. After that I tried to play with vinyl’s and then my personal purpose was to learn all about electronic music.
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?
Like any start in this life, beginning to learn produce was difficult, but with very hard work and many hours in front of my screen and my speakers, I finally did it !
In this effort a lot of help get from my good friend Kosmas Epsilon. The are many software’s that I used. At the start was the Ejay, next was the Rebirth, and then my friend Kosmas told me about ableton, which I have never change it.
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 love very much to write melodies, to make remixes, to edit samples, ect. But the very difficult part for me is when I write the bass lines. When I stuck with a track, I listening other genre of music, and after that I am starting writing again.
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 am state employee, so nothing interesting about of my job, my typical day after work is to play with my 3 children’s that I love very much, watching good movies, and of course listening good music!!!
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 very much soundtracks, chill out,. My favourite artist are Hans Zimmer and Craig Armstrong. I would like to have any influence from those two, but I cant think that anyone its possible to be close to their music at all.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first physical piece of music that I bought was a cassette of Pet Shop Boys – Disco 1 when I was 14 years old. The last is my vinyl Dio S – PS/Second Run 🙂
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have stay 24h continuously in front of my Mac to finish a track !
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There are some artists that overlooked, but everyone has his own path in music and I don’t want to make any critic about them. The people can only do it.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I always inspiring by my friend Kosmas Epsilon, also James Holden in the beginning of his carrier, also Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Guy J. My inspiration comes usual when i having difficult times in my life.
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?
Basically that i advising them, is to always be themselves and not try copy other produces, and try to express their feelings through their music. That is what i am doing all these years.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
My final career track would be my last hit track that I have not yet write 🙂
Dio’s remix of Monojoke ‘Love This Feeling’ is out now on Symmetric Records, you can purchase the release: here