The 226th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Alex Dolby.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
– I’m 35 years old, I’m coming From Frosinone 50 km south Rome, I’m producing music since 2000
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.”
– My Musical roots come from 1994 when I started to be dj in one of the best techno moments in the past in my area. In never decide to pursue it seriously, I started to do warm up and music research, the music for me is not marketing I build every day my profile and when I did my first production and was an international Hit I decided to do it seriously 🙂
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?
– At beginning was really difficult for me because in 1998, I didn’t do any music production course, in my area nobody had facebook or other social network J I started to produce but I spent 2/3 years to did my first serious production hehe
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 don’t have parts of the production more or less difficult, most of it depends how I feel the vibes in that moment. Good inspiration is the best way.
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’m not only djing but I’m running a club and label called Affekt club and Affekt Recordings. Normally I wake up and stay in the studio but I have not regular time for the studio work depend day by day. When I don’t work with the music I like to prepare some foods. 🙂
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?
– Apart electronic music I listen a lot of other genres of music like raggae, drum&bass, indie rock, and many many others. All the artist that I listen can help me for my work not only one.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
– Hehe my first vinyl in bought I think was a Robert Armani album in the 1994 and the last I don’t remember because I’m still buying many vinyls each month I think I have like 5k collection of vinyl!
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
– I think today with this jungle market, many good producers are overlooked and you have to be very luck to find one new talent.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
– Many producer inspired me during the years, and all are from different genres from different moment of the club music; for the techno Jeff Mills, for the progressive house Deep Dish at beginning, for the tech house Martin Buttrich.
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?
– To work hard every day, music is step by step not marketing like today, you have not pay for facebook like, soundcloud follower or others shit.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
– My first track ,Alex Dolby “Psiko Garden” 🙂
segment collected by Suffused