The 216th episode of our 12 Questions segment features production duo NuFects.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Johny Cortez is 20 years old and Carlos Lopez is 23 , currently we live in Medellin, Colombia and our music project called ‘NuFects’ born in 2012 with an EP released on Freegrant Music and luckily was played by one of the legends Mr.Paul Oakenfold at its podcast ‘Full On Flouro’.
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.”
Johny: I grew up with a very cool musical roots, taught by my uncle and my mother, styles like Dance, Club, Freestyle and some Eurodance, even my idol from all the time had been Michael Jackson since then I experimented with other sounds like Trance from Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Above and Beyond among others trance artist, but there is one track that really gave me the dream of being a producer, this track is called ‘Serenity by Jan Vayne & Armin Van Buuren’, I love that classic track specially the outstanding melody that Mr.Jan Vayne does.
Carlos: My musical roots are jazz, Nujazz and Funk music, my earliest memories about electronic music was a track from Jerome Sydenham and Dennis Ferrer named ‘Sandcastles’ and I got seriously producing when our NuFects project began, also if there is an artists that had influenced myself on my music career, are 16 Bit Lolitas and Osunlade.
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?
Johny: At the beginning it was difficult but I believe that when you really want to do something that you love, you find the way to learn it and that’s what happened to me, for sure it wouldn’t be complete without some docs about compression and EQ and the teach of my other partner and friend Carlos López who taught me many stuff about music production and DJ.
Carlos: Truly It was difficult to learn it but I learned fast, I got some music production courses but most things I’ve learned working at my studio.
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?
Johny: For me the difficult part on a track are the groove and the easiest part for me is the melodys and the track harmony.
Carlos: The part that gave me troubles have been the compressions and what I learned more easily was EQing
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?
Johny: Currently, I’m Graphic Designer, I discovered that other passion some years ago, therefore on my free times while I’m not producing, I love to check visual projects and take some inspiration to do mine.
Carlos: Apart of working with music, one of my other passions are the vehicles, is another facet that I really like. I like the vehicles programming, even the engines as its electronic parts, another passion that I have is also the aircrafts.
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?
Johny: Definitely I must say that Michael Jackson have been my idol on my whole life, his sounds, his funky, his melodys and for sure his distinct feeling put into their songs. On the other hand I like so much other genres like Spanish Rock and still a lot of Dance music.
Carlos: Beside electronic music I listen to jazz, nu jazz and funk, my artists in these genres are Saint Germain, Green monkey, Funkadelic, Groove Collective and this had influenced my music all this time.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Johny: If I tell the truth, I haven’t bought any CD, Cassete or something like that on my life, on my house there´s already a lot of albums that I love and when I want to search something that I want, I just look it on internet.
Carlos: The first CD I got was the single album from Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon and I don’t really have a last physical music on my hands because most of my music are digital now.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Johny: I’m so blind!! haha, I had been use glasses since I was 3 years, I can’t see almost anything.
Carlos: I guess that my way to express myself and my patience.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Johny: Here in Colombia, there’s so much artist starting at this beautiful vocation, maybe no reward, but in spite of this so amazing. Artist and friends like Jonnas B, Kamilo Sanclemente, Cut Knob, among others…have been doing many great stuff and they deserve to be on top artist.
Carlos: For me there’s many good producers out there, but I think Adwer and Ethereal Mist are very good producers and they are very consistent on its way to produce.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Johny: Inicially, there’s one producer that inspired me a lot and is Quivver, but the list continue and continue, I guess Moby, Tocadisco, Dinka, Eric prydz, and many more.
Carlos: Some of the producers who have been influenced me are 16 Bit Lolitas, vince watson and chaim.
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?
Johny: I would say that fight for your dreams, be patient but don’t lose the impulse of your goals and for sure, listen as much music as you can, hear the underground, the commercial , all kind of genres you would like to hear and finally do your own sound.
Carlos: I would say that the really way to reach what we really want to be is being perseverance, very constantly and for sure you must learn something for your life… learn of your errors.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Johny: Maybe it’s a track that possibly could take me to the moon and return. ‘Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)’, then I could die peacefully.
Carlos: Definitely, the track from Mr Fingers called ‘Can You Feel It’
NuFect’s remix of Ewan Rill ‘Zenith’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here