The 253rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Dimitri from Amsterdam.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 48 live near Amsterdam and l am dj for 31 years, since 1984
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 roots are in the so called ‘black music’, funk soul and disco, l became a hip hop dj in 1984.l was a scratcher in a hip hop formation. When the first house tracks came out of Chicago in 1985 l loved it instantly. In 1988 l introduced Detroit techno to Amsterdam in the famous club RoXY where l was a resident for 12 years till it burnt down in 1999.
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?
l learned to produce by myself on a Roland Workstation. This was in 1990 and way before there were any computers with Logic or any other music programs.
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?
Most difficult is the final mixing. Making the music goes in a flow if we have good inspiration. Best tracks are made at ones, in one day studio.
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?
Making music and preparing for gigs is what l do for a living. I am in the studio twice a week on weekdays. In the weekend l am spinning at parties, clubs and festivals
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 a wide variety of music styles besides speed metal. From classical to folks/world music
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
First was 7” of ‘I’m coming out’ by Diana Ross and the last (l did’t really buy) was my own 12” on Planet E “Detroit Summer” (march 2015)
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
People always think, when l am at home, I am listening to music all the time, but nothing is less true, l love silence!
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Boy Bianchi, a great talent from The Hague. l work with him a lot and he inspires me a lot
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?
Dare to be different.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Airborne (drums suck remix by Carl Craig)
Dimitri’s remix of G-Prod ‘Golden Ratio’ is out now on Symmetric Records, you can purchase the release: here