The 254th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer JJ Salinas.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 30 years old and I am living in Mendoza, Argentina. I’ve been making music for 7 years and Djing for about 10 years now.
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 started listening to music when I was a little boy, thanks to my mum and dad. They used to listen to Pink Floyd, Queen, Petshop boys and Depeche Mode (I just loved their synths). I was in a bar in Acapulco with a friend of mine, a Dj from Canada and he showed me how to use the Technics, we played some house music and I just knew that was my life, also when I started to see performances by Hernan Cattaneo and I saw the connection the public with the DJ, I said this is what I want, enjoy this as dj it is a unique feeling in my life and makes me forget all my problems.
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?
It was really difficult at first. I almost had no sources from where to learn, so it took me a while to develop a proper ear. I have to say I am pretty much self taught, some friends of mine did help me out though.
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?
Creating the groove and the main hook always come easy, mastering is quite difficult though. I would say listening to the Dj’s I love, I also take some time to listen to music I like which is otside the electronic genre.
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 work all days of the week in the music, in the day also, run and manage a small chemical factory, the weekends play electronic music in the clubs and festivals. I like the gym, eat barbeques and to be with my friends.
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 am a big fan of 80’s rock and electropop. I guess so, everything counts in large amounts!
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first cassette was Disintegration, The Cure. And my last one cd has to be Master Series XIII from the master Hernan Cattaneo.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m a really nice guy, and I make the best Asados Argentinos in the world jaja…
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Arjun Vagale, Sian, D-Nox and Beckers, Monte, Lars Moston, Darlyn Vlys, Lars Moston.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Guy Gerber, Joris Voorn, Tale of Us, Methodi Hristov, Kaiq, Paul C & Paolo Martin, Rub & Dud, Dj Anna, Spencer K, CHUS & CEBALLOS, DeMarzo; and all the music of the 80s and 90s.
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?
Sit down, hold on tight, and work, work, work. Takes time have a good ear musical; of course listen good music for inspiration also.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
JJ Salinas – Don’t feed the fears.
JJ’s remix of Michael A ‘Magic’ is out now on 3rd Avenue, you can purchase the release: here