The 232nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer SummerMarian.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
My name is Summer Marian, I have 36 years old. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1979. Producer / Electronic Music house, progressive house, deep house and tech house, I started my musical activities at the age of 28 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.”
Since 2003 I listened to artists such as Hernan Cattáneo, Nick Warren, Deep Dish, James Zabiela, John Digweed, Danny Howells, Sasha, Satoshi Tomiie, etc.Listening to these amazing producers, I have gained excellent tools to focus on my own music and my own inspiration, achieving my sound. From there, my passion for music was so great that started to produce using Reason, Ableton and then Cubase. I kept on finding my own sound through my inspirations and feelings, this search for my personal brand in the world of electronic music.
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 started producing in 2007 with Reason, for 2 years I was acquiring the knowledge to use it. Simply using tutorials and after experimenting on my own. I never took any kind of lesson. Then I continued three years with Cubase and Live after that also studied, but the tutorials researched through my own initiative.
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?
Right now I’m dedicating myself to study in depth, using all VST filters, and final mastering. What I like and I find it easier is to assemble all the percussion, bass synthe and editing.
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 job outside of electronic music; I am a seller of clothing in a mall. And when I’m out of my work having been sharing family time, and last hour of the day or late night, I keep producing. I also produce in my free days.
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 love listening to Jazz, Classical Music, Opera, Tango, Rock and Pop. My favorite artist is; Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, Coldplay.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first CD was Hernan Cattaneo – Funky Deep ‘n Tribal – Ministry 11.11.2001, Global Underground 021 Deep DishMoscow.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
The life of a producer is hard, many hours of work, moments of inspiration that come from the hand of sleepless nights. However, besides being a person who works all day, also I have a family and a little daughter of five years that require my full attention. I can ensure that music is undoubtedly my ground wire, my connection to the Universe.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Hernan cattaneo, Sasha, Guy J, Black 8, Steve LAWLER, Danny Howells, Nick warren
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Producers who inspire me most are: Hernan Cattaneo, Black 8 Nick Warren, Nico Ferrero and what inspires me most of his works are parts of the magic pad and quality of Master GrooveRO
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 advice I would give them is that if produce, always would do when they are in calm, take their time and be comfortable and relaxed.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
My last track would be: Black 8 – Once Upon A Time (Original Mix)
SummerMarian’s remix of Cid Inc. & Darin Epsilon ‘Outliers’ is out now on Perspectives Digital, you can purchase the release: here