The 221st episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Arilamas.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I live in buenos aires, argentina. (32) djing about eight years and producer for six.
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 rather in my family , I remember my primary hobby was carved out of the radio, cassettes hits from the radio to listen in school recess ,and how difficult it was to record and cut before the announcer speaks. hahaha.
Then came the clubs, and the millions of DJs who passed through pacha bsas, which all influenced to take me to be increasingly interested in the music and then the stage.. never in the studio try to duplicate the track someone, what I like is to sit and watch qui goes out.
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 never a computer genius, I’m far from it ., so that was my big problem, install and configure , the rest fight it with trial and error until finishing the track, then appeared the time to make it sound ,,then it was time to take a class ..I am not an expert but I like the master and I do it myself, and that was the most difficult.
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?
The easy part is when I loops and I think the groove appears, the melodies not cost me, but generate development in the arrangement sometimes seen is me complicated,.. one sometimes .. is to try not to appear to others my tracks. When I have a lock, I start to run the track and throw ideas with midi keyboard , is the only thing that gets me out of the blockade of ideas.
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?
When I’m not in the studio I like sports , play tennis and pelota paleta ..on the other hand I have my trade and business, which prevents me devote myself to music, I have 2 or 3 hours a day for it.
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?
I like soul, jazz and (the music of Colored People), love the female voices .. pianos, saxophones and guitars .. and always try to include it in productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I like to have the tracks compiled 70 80 90 .. everything from soul and disco … .. vinyl and CDs, the last thing I bought was a vinyl Aretha Franklin.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
2 years ago I decided not to play more in my country, I spend all my free time to produce, I think what I did for about 6 years fulfilled a cycle, and decided not to do more.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There are very many, marketing is critical dis today and which is not used outside of the circuit, but today is so popularity is not symptom of talented artists who have no manager or agency are in the shadows.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I really have no producers make 100% or even 70%, which I really like, because it varies too much into my ..mi influence comes from various genres, the deep tech house, house and pure progressive so my goal in production and what led me into this is to create a fusion .. which still fails to develop 100% but I will continue to appoint someone tried .. would be very subjective would be perhaps more just to name tracks, because that is what influences me, content, items, I like as I said, pianos, guitars, saxophones, or real instruments .. I did not find anyone to do it completely .. but I really like Steve lawler. Metodi Hristov. pavel pretrov to name a few.
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?
The council that would give the beginning, is not to rush to get a track, this is a long way, and you have to enjoy while, time makes you see things differently and wonderful track we see today at a time may seem a disaster, so you have to be the right time for things.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
The track would depend on the stage, whether it is day or night, but I’ll assume it’s an open-air .. and .. day came close with a track like this.
bye bye and thanks for listen to me !!
‘Templanza EP’ is out now on Clinique Recordings, you can purchase the release: here