The 201st episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Manu F.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 35 years old, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And I’ve been producing for the last 5 years continuously.
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 believe that Depeche Mode has been a great influence for me but, I think it was Paul Oakenfold who really showed some amazing sounds. That was when I truly felt that producing my own music was what I wanted to do. His record, Bunkka, is one of my very favourites.
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?
It wasn’t that difficult for me to learn to produce, due to my knowledge and work with computers. I had also some knowledge of music since I took lessons when I was at highschool. Sounds just came to my mind, almost effortless.. Using what I had I was able to do something a little amateur with Reason DAW. Then, I decided to take a curse to increase my knowledge with Ableton, having Fabian Kesler and Emiliano Folgar (Interaxxis), as teacher.
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 Progressive House, the most difficult thing to achieve is original melodies. Also, sounds that won’t bore you. I think the best way to avoid creative block is to take a moment off from electronic music and switch to another style.
I do online support, so, in my spare time, is easy for me, to open Ableton live and do a little research.
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 life is very simple, As I said, I work in tech support. So I am constantly connected. When I’m not working or producing, what I enjoy doing is programming. That gave life to my project called Nube-music.com
A web radio where great djs from Argentina and the world perform.
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 really like rock and roll. Specially 70s, where musicians experimented with different sounds, psychedelic ones like The doors , Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and The Beatles…But, melodies from U2 and The Cure, really affected the way I make music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My very first physical piece of music came in the shape of a cassette, it was from an Uruguayan rapper called Jazz y Mel. The last cd I bought was from Depeche Mode, Delta Machine. Great Album, guess I still like to buy music these days..
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Well, something that might surprise people…Hmmm, I work from home?
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I think producers from the local scene, like Soulkeys, Hypnotic Progressions and Emanuel Begnis, Ivan Miatto, Lucio Agustin are not taken seriously enough. But I know they are the future sounds.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
My current music wouldn’t be the same without the help, advice and inspiration I get from great producers like Sergey Gebio, Julian Rodriguez, Lucas Rossi, Fernando Ferreyra, Mario Puccio y Nicolas Petracca. They’ve definitely helped me in one way or another to improve my sounds
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 would advise them not only to learn how to use a computer software but to learn and understand music, in order to give their personal touch to the melodies. Above all, to spend time, hours, in research. “The tool doesn’t make the artist”
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
For my final track, from my final set, I would play Sky and Sand by Paul Kalkbrenner.. Thank you!
Manu’s remix of Yuriy From Russia ‘Salton Sea’ is out now on Just Movement, you can purchase the release: here