The 257th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Pad One.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Hi! I’m 32 years old. I live in Varmo, a small town in the north-east of Italy. I started to produce in 2002, initially just for fun and then, over the years, I understood that it’s what I want to do in my life.
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 could say that my musical roots lie in techno. When I was 15 I went for the first time to an electronic party near Venice, where lots of djs, from labels like “BXR” and “Kadabra Digital Wizard”, performed. I was fascinated by the djs that played tracks and I wasn’t able to understand the origin of those sounds. But through that experience I realized that electronic music could have been my reason of life.
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?
When I was 19 I bought my first computer. At that time the program I used to produce music was really basic; after a few years I bought more advanced programs. It was very funny playing with different sounds and different solutions! I took also a production course: it was a good experience, but I think that a producer can realize his ideas only with hours and hours of listening and practice.
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?
The part of the production process, in which I spend many time, is the finalize of the track. Usually I’m not completely satisfied of the result at the first time and so ,after some days, I listen again the track to understand if I did a good work. Regarding the start of a track, sometimes I can stay for hours looking for an idea but I realise that the only solution is closing the program. Instead on the off days I can create something good in a short time!
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 work in a supermarket. In my spare time I relax at home with my family, my cat or I go out with my friends to the sea, or to some clubs to listen good music.
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?
It depends on my mood, however I listen a lot of different genres from electronic music. I can say without a doubt that Depeche Mode are my favourite group and I got a great influence from them.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first music album I bought was ” Daft Punk-Homework”, that includes “Alive”, over all one of my favorite tracks. The last physical copy of music I bought is “Chvrches-The bones of what you believe”, in 2013.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
This is my second life!
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
It’s difficult to say. There are a lot of artists that are doing great music. I believe the best way to promote and show respect for an artist is playing his tracks.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Producers like Guy J, Cid Inc, Gai Barone, Sasha, Cattaneo etc..there are really many producers that inspire me. I take the inspiration also when I listen other artists, or when I walk in the nature. Sometimes, also when I’m sad or nervous…I may say that my mood has got a great influence on my creativity.
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?
My advice is never try to adjust yourself to the genre!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I would certainly choose “UR-Jaguar” : for me it’s simply “The Perfect Track”!
Pad One’s remix of MiraculuM ‘Cyclop’ is out now on Superordinate Music, you can purchase the release: here