The 212th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Marco Sapiens.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 44 years old and I was born in Southern Italy (Salento), but I live near Milan since 1997.I started djing in 1985 in a small radio station in my hometown. A couple of years later I started to spin records in some clubs and festivals in the area. My first music production was made in 1995 for an Energy Production sub-label
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 am a “son” of the US funk and Italo-Disco and electronic, so it’s easy to imagine whom were my heroes at the beginning of my approach with turntables. I was very inspired by the Parliament, Prince, Klein & MBO, NOIA, Change, Kano and all stuff like that.
I was lucky ,as I was born near a NATO base, a lot of my friends were from the United States. In 1986 some of these introduced me to the first House Music. It ‘was a revelation. It all started from that.
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 was totally self-taught. No school, no tutorial … only a dear friend who had some tools and some knowledge of music. The rest was instinct, testing and testing again until the first demo to be sent to a label
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 don’t know … I am so instinctive that I don’t create too many problems. I never studied anything at the table, perhaps it is also for this reason that I love underground. I often unwittingly transgressed the rules and that allowed me to do things very original and appreciated. I think that the real HOUSE MUSIC is this.
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 almost exclusively for music. When I’m not busy with the music I prefer to dedicate myself to my family. I love to travel and I like to cook … I love the simple things.
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 do listen a lot of music outside clubs and the studio: jazz, fusion, old rare grooves, northern soul, pure electronica…I think all is good for my inspiration.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Vinyl the FIRST…and vinyl THE LAST! I’m totally in love with it!
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Never been in Ibiza in August! LOL
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
One million dollar question.Too many underrated dj/producers=too many overrated dj/producer. Mainstream kill real talents…too often!
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Too many to say! Every great artist inspire me.
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?
Istinct, culture and respect for the past experiences. That’s the secret!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Stevie Wonder-Master Blaster…