The 229th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Frangellico.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 34 years old, i leave in my natal city – La Plata – Buenos Aires – and ive been producing and Djing since 2005, but I’m sure didn´t take it seriously until 2009 or so.
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 came from the hard rock and punk scene. My first contact with the electronic scene was back in 1998 at a Prodigy concert in US. From that point i got a lot into electronic music and different bands with electronic roots like Depeche Mode, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Infusion, and so. From that point on, the contact with Djing music was very close.
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 haven´t done any courses or anything like that. I started digging in by myself and always took it pretty much like a “no ending process”, and trying to enjoy everything from it. Can´t really say if it is difficult or not, because i don´t think that there´s a point when you can say that “you are done with learning”, i guess i keep learning everyday from success and mistakes.
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?
Of course always depends on the moment and it´s not always the same, but in my experience i can say that most of the time i find myself “creative blocked” it´s because I’m “following” a certain result or specific kind of sound, i learned that my creativity flows much better when i just play and have fun in the studio with no “pre-established” goals.
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?
Yes i do, ive a law degree and i have a day job and my law firm with other partners. Can´t complain, it´s a work that i like a lot and also allows me to handle my time for my biggest passion wich is music. In my free time i just like to chill and spend quality time with my girlfriend, my friends and my family. Not much like a going out clubber type, love to stay home and share with the love ones.
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 music generally and i learned by the years to appreciate it more and more, so i can enjoy from rock to a classical piece with no prob. But i listen a lot of Argentinean rock, Soda Stereo, Las Pelotas, Gustavo Ceratti just to name probably the most know ones.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first cassette I’m pretty was “Attaque 77 – El cielo puedo esperar” an Argentinean punk rock band in that moment. My last i think was “Las Pelotas live from Luna Park” also Argentinean, more melodic rock.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I work many years as a bartender, COCKTAIL MIXOLOGY and Flairbartending is other big like in my life.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Well that is hard to say cause fortunately there´s a lot of very talented guys doing great music all over the world. I won’t be fare to name just a few but i encourage everybody to look deeper in the scene, there´s a lot of good music and producers to just reply what main djs tracklist or charts say.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
This is equal hard to respond, but i can say that I’m lately much more influenced by techno, tech house and deep house than 1 or 2 years before. I think my sound grew a lot in that way.
I can say that mainly the stuff from labels like Sudbeat, Lost and Found, Platterbank, and the work of guys like Nick Devon, Petar Dunduv, Bodzin and Cid Inc at the more techy side, have changed the way i approach to music. (in the very good way = ) ).
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?
There´s a few ones that everyone know, “be yourself”, “never give up” and so, but for me the most important one probably is “have fun and trust your taste”. I mean enjoy the time in the studio, don´t take it like a race, cause it´s not. And be the final judge of your music, if you like it, that´s more than enough, won´t be better or worse if a dj play it or not. Probably they have just different taste.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I hope not to play that gig anytime soon, but im pretty sure would be BT – mercury and solace.
Big thanks for the interview Mitch. Hugs from Buenos Aires!
‘One Step Forward’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here