The 218th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Fran Von Vie.
How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 28 years old, living in Ibiza, i’m producing and djing since i was 13 or 14 years old.
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.”
Music has always been present in my life since i was a kid,
and the few memories that i have from my childhood all have music present in then. Then when i was about 13 years old a DMC video tape ended up in my hands, on the turntablism scene and to produce my own beats. Then, step by step i moved to more deep and hypnotic experimental stuff, and then some years later, i listen an old set by Hernan Cattaneo, and it blew my mind, so i started to produce more club music. When i won the contest and released my remixes for Richie Hawtin and Sasha and been continuesly played and supported by Hernan Cattaneo apart from producing for his label have been obvious signs to continue following my heart and making music that i want to share and listen to after 50 years.
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 was a natural process, i never had music theory or Audio Engineering courses, i learned all by myself and also producing with another friends, like Dnyo, Oscar Vazquez or Miki from Cumiks, i learned a lot from this guys.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you hit a creative block what helps you through it?
When it flows, it flows. Sometimes you want to push the creative process but it is useless. For me, writing music that you feel proud of as times goes by should be a natural process. Fortunately i no longer suffer from “creative blocks” because i now understand that music has already been written and it is only a matter of materializing it in time.
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?
At the moment i’m working in new material hear in Ibiza, i have a healthy lifestyle on the north part of the island, living and producing in a really quite place, in the middle of nowhere, when im not producing i like to read, cook or go for a walk!
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 listen to Jazz, classical music… right now i’m listening to Stan getz, i think all it’s influencing to everything in every moment, normally when i sit down to write music i don’t have a preconceived idea about what i’m going to do, what is going to happen and what it is going to sounds like.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I bought some of my first vinyls in a second hand market, Tue Supremes, “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi and some old Spanish Pop… Now i’m just buying digital music. to be honest, but some time before my personal “vynil fever” has finished i bought all of Burial’s work.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
That eventually i want to end up, apart from djing around the world, writing hollywood soundtracks and having time for my painting
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I Don’t have an opinion about this question. I’m not really in touch with the industry because i truly wish that everyone out there fulfills there dreams and happiness, so i don’t care about what happens “in the scene”, as to who has the attention or who is or isn´t “on fire”
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
My friend and also Dnyo, or Guy Gerber, Tale of us.. are some of the guys that always inspire me, and movies have always been a very important factor for my inspiration, always
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own un,ique sound, what advice do you have for them?
The easy and poetic as well as obviouse answere , is follow your heart and trust in yourself to focus on your goals and make your dreams come true. The feched answer is, ask yourself what for, and what is there after those cherished dreams.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– my plan is never ever stop djing even when i die, but if you want a track title to close this interview check “Rae Sremmurd – No Type” this guys rocks!
segment collected by Benjaminas Bagdonas