The 219th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Bruno Caro.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 26 years old, I live in Buenos Aires Argentina and I’ve been producing and Djing for 2 years.
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 like music since I have memory and I have been studying for 10 years; but I first got into electronic music a few years ago when I started clubbing in Buenos Aires. The first parties I attended where in the techno scene of Buenos Aires in clubs like Cocoliche, Crobar and Bahrein. I remember having a tremendous crush on the sound and aesthetics of the productions and mixes that where coming through the speakers. I have never heard something like it or at least never paid enough attention, and then immediately felt very excited with the idea of start making some of that music myself, with my own ideas and style without boundaries and with no rules.
Some of the artists that really inspired me the most in those firsts experiences where producers and DJ’s like Marc Houle, Matador, Juan Pablo Pfirter, Stephan Bodzin, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Hernan Cattaneo.
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 have been using DAW programs for other music projects that I was part of as a guitarist, so I knew pretty well the concepts of MIDI and Audio engineering; and also I did a production course of Ableton Live with Emiliano Folgar (WayWork, Interaxxis), which really helped me. He is a great artist and teacher.
Electronic music like every other genre has its own language and sound, so it was very difficult to me to understand what electronic music is really about, and how to express my music ideas through an electronic piece, something I still struggle with every day.
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 guess the most difficult part of producing for me it’s achieving the sound I have in my head with software and plug-ins. It is a very stressing process and can be a threat to the inspiration and composition. Besides that, I think it is very difficult to keep a proper judgement to the track you are working in when you spend so many hours with it. Everything get’s a bit ambiguous at some point…
The easy thing would be the music content: the harmonies, melodies and arrengements. I try to start with an idea of rythm, harmony and melody and then exploit it as much as I can with all the instruments of the piece.
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?
I have a day job that fortunately let me spent a lot of my time in working in my music and seeing my friends and family. Besides that, I give private guitar and music production lessons at home. In my free time I love going out to music events, shows and parties of different genres and styles. I also enjoy cooking and traveling.
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 effect on your own productions?
Actually electronic music was the last genre I got into. Over the years I went through different faces. I believe all the music out there is interesting and has its unique value when it comes from someone who is doing it seriously and authentically. I like very much classic and progressive rock, bands like The Beatles, Queen, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theatre, Angra. For a few years I played in a prog-metal band called Insigne, good times… I also love jazz and fusion, artists like Dave Matthews Band, Snarky Puppy, Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea. When I attended the Music School I coursed the guitar program in the style of Tango and for a while I had a Tango duo with a singer, it was a great experience and learned a lot of unique things about that beautiful music. I think having a wide taste in music made me learn different resources in composition and improvisation and sure those resources can be adapted to every genre, like for example electronic music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first CD I bought was The Offspring – Original Prankster. I think my last one was Brad Mehldau – Got Me Wrong.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have never been in a Creamfields, UMF, Time Warp, or any other massive electronic music event.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I’ve always loved the tracks of Roland M. Dill. He makes some crazy dark-melodic-techno tunes. Also Dr. Avalance, he has some awesome progressive tracks.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Producers like Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Herny Saiz, Maceo Plex, Oliver Huntemann, Max Cooper, Stephan Bodzin, and so many others! I hate to choose. I get inspired when I hear music that delivers a clear message, that makes you forget everything else is happening in your life, or even better, makes you appreciate it. That doesn’t mean it has to be happy music, I also love to get in the deep trance of dark, obscure 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?
Nowadays we live in a world where we can make music in so many different ways, so we should embrace that! Gathering with other musicians, listening, learning and keeping our minds and ears open is the best way to get our unique sound. The good thing about music and art is that there is no really right or wrong.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
That’s a really tough one, but if was the end then I would go with one of my all time favourite bands: Radiohead – Weird Fishes.
‘Lacroze & Freire’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here