12 Questions Episode 222: Mario Kahn

The 222nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Mario Kahn.

Mario Kahn

1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?

Im 28, and actually living in Termas de Rio Hondo, a small city in the north of my country, Argentina. Im producing and djing since 2007.

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 been always involved with music, since i was a kid. My mother is a piano teacher and my father used to play guitar. My first time in an electronic music party was in 2000, Energy Rave Party in Tucuman, and it was something amazing. Since that day i always been involved with electronic sounds. After that experience i started looking for new artists to listen, and i found John Digweed, Sasha and many other referents of the sound I love.

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 remember that in my beginnings i bought a Propellerhead Reason short starter manual, and that was my driveway. After learning some procedures it was easy to advance. Of course I had a lot of help from some friends that are great producers and I’m really grateful to them.

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 find everything easy when i produce except the post production, i mean for example, the mixing of a track. I also don’t have any skills with mastering so i always try to move on with the creative process making new sounds and let that part to people that really know how to do that. I don’t like to waste time of making new tunes in something that I’m not really interested. When i hit a creative block i always try to get focused on what i want in that moment, many times it is not the time to be there doing music, so i take a break, listen to some new music or just take a walk.

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?

Well, yes, i have a job outside music, i actually work in a hotel administration, so i have very limited times to be in the studio nowadays. Sometimes it is annoying to manage that, but many other times that push me to work harder when I’m producing. I hope that will change in a near future.

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 been always really open to other genres, I listen to Pink Floyd, YES, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and many other bands that always have directly incidence on my music.

7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?

The first CD i bought was from a punk rock band named NOFX over the year 99, the album was called “So long and thank for al the shoes”, and the last one was Pink Floyd “The Endless River”.

8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

I have 11 cats, and 3 dogs.

9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?

I don’t know, i really don’t have any overlooked producers on mind, the most i know are always releasing new music and having big support from a lot of great artists and labels so they are not in that condition.

10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?

There are a lot of them like Minilogue, Charlie May, Nick Muir, Pig and Dan, Maetrik, Deetron, Egbert, Florian Meindl, Tale of Us and many others that of course inspires my music. I always try to find also inspiration from the nature, nothing better for me than a quite place full of colours and sounds of animals or insects.

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?

I could say to them the same i say to myself everyday when I’m doing music, just work hard, do not discard anything you do. Sometimes you make something that is not what you were looking for, but it could fit in a future. Don’t try to push yourselves to make one only kind of sound, try to find your own style on variety, listen a lot of music and use music production as a mirror of who you are, and what you want to become. Never give up, making music is healthy.

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

I think that track would be one I made with a big friend of mine David Calo, and its Called “Appleton”, it was made to end a set. I hope that will see the light soon. I love it. I will upload a preview the next days on Soundcloud for all of you.

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