The 197th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Mariano Montori.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 24 years old, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I`ve been Djing since 2011 and producing since 2012.
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 that all started when i was 15 and some older friends made me listen to daft punk and Kraftwerk that kind of music blow my mind. In 2011 I started to play music but only for hobby, i played in some private parties and small places here in Bs. As. but in 2012 one friend told me about this production course he was going to do, so I started with him and i loved it! that was the moment i decided to do it seriously. The Hernan Cattaneo Master Series Parallel 2010 made me think this is what i want to do, it’s a master piece everyone should hear it!
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?
As i mentioned before, i made a production course in 2012, it was an amazing experience i learned a lot and it was the perfect beginning. In 2013 I decided to start personal classes with Kevin Di Serna, he is a big teacher, fantastic artist and a great person. I learned a lot with him and it was a great decision to attend their classes. since then I’m learning every day alone or with friends who are producers like me.
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?
In my particular case, it depends in how I developed the idea on my head. Recently I made a bootleg of a Bob Moses track and the idea was in my head like a week before I start the track. I finish it in a week, when it usually takes me two or three weeks to finish a project. When I have no inspiration, I simply don’t force it, just try to take care of other things and in general comes back alone.
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 day starts early with a cup of coffee and a two and a half men episode. Go to work and come back at noon, then making music in the studio or just listening to it. night with my friends eating something or a movie with my girlfriend can be to spending time with friends or my girlfriend is what I do more, also watching football and comedy series.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favorite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
All my life I heard several genres of music, but now only I hear electronic music I enjoy listening to different artists of different genres.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I really don’t remember the first one I bought but my parents were always buying cds of all kinds of music.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I take 3 showers a day. too much? 🙂
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
In my country happens all the time, there are many producers in the progressive house scene that don’t have chances here. I`m not going to name anybody but here people likes more international Djs/Producers than nationals. Hope this situation ends soon and people start to realize all the great artist`s we have here.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
The ones who can create a perfect balance between groove and melody are my inspiration. I think that my inspiration comes when i listen to greats sets, at home or at the club. That gives me energy and thoughts for new projects.
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’m still in search of my own sound but I’m focused on what I want and I’m constant in what i do So that’s my advice based in my personal experience. To be focused and be constant.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
This is a tough one, I hope that day never comes but if I have to choose one track probable it would be one of guy j. His music is truly deep and touches the hearts of all of us.
‘House Theory’ (in conjunction with Nico Ferrero) is out now on Deersky’s Soundteller Records, you can purchase the release: here