The 260th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Heinrich Mendez.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 30 years old, i live in Germany in a Small town near Chemnitz. I started producing electronic Music 10 years ago, just for fun.
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 Musical roots lie in classical Piano music. I started playing piano when i was 7 years old.
The First contact with electronic music was the radio station Sputnik and Sunshine Live, is listenend the whole day. I recorded a lot of DJ Sets from the Radio on tape.
My first underground Party with live techno blow my mind, all the crazy maschines – i also wanted to make music like they did, so i bought my first grooveboxes, it was a yamaha rm1x and a mc 303.
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?
No, did not take any courses. I learned eveything by myself. Some friends gave later good feedback, to get a cleaner Sound. But i experimented a lot.
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?
Definitive the mixing process, the technical part. The main ideas and melodies i get very fast sometimes. So if you like the technical mixing, then Contact me ;-). When i have a block, i go outside into the nature with my bike for example and find Inspiration there, or a glas of wine is also good.
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 in a creative film agency, sometimes i make music for corporate films/advertising and do Sounddesign, but often Projekt Management stuff. It is very diverse and challenging.
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 cinematic Soundtrack music, Hybrid stuff, orchestral and Electronics combined. Composers like Steve Jablonsky or Thomas Bergersen are some of my favorites.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first Vinyl was a Drum’n’Bass tune, but i can’t remember the exacly title and artist. The last…i think i was a CD of a unknown band.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m married and have a small family.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There are so many great composers with good ideas and wonderful music, but without thousand of fans, often they get not signed because nobody knows them.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
For Example Extrawelt, Minilogue, Domenic Eulberg, allmost all artist from Traum Schallplatten
My inspiration comes from the diversity and wonderfull details in nature, and from the creator of it all.
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?
Don’t copy. Experiment, break the musical rules and Create your own style!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Minilogue The Leopard Extrawelt Remix
‘Stunning Beauty’ EP is out now on Cinematique, you can purchase the release: here