The 264th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer N’Pot.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Hi Mitch, is a really pleasure talk to you! I’m 29 years old. Live in the west of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been doing some music since 2011, it started with the trio ‘Monster of Density’ composed by Federico Lupo, Lucas Ristori, and me. I’m not Djing a lot since then, and today I work only to produce, it’s definitely my passion…
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.”
When I was a kid I liked the rock of my country, and listened some bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Nirvana, Offspring, Air, Massive Attack, just to name a few. My first memories of electronic music was in 2005, when I went to graduation trip. I remember that a friend had brought a set of Hernan, recorded from the radio show classical ‘Transitions’. Then, in 2008 started to download sets of artists like Danny Tenaglia, James Zabiela, Danny Howells, Matthew Dekay, Damian Lazarus, 16 Bit Lolitas, Jimmy Van M, just to name a few… and I liked getting the tracklist, to see what it was that put in their sets! It was so, that started to search beatport styles, labels, artists, charts, releases.
In my early days, I think Sasha, Digweed and Cattaneo were my headboards DJs and thanks to them I discovered an immense world, called electronic music. Then came other artists that fueled my desire to introduce even more on the subject, and started to produce with Fruity Loops. And finally, yes! defiinitly there are some tracks that marked very nice moments in my life: ‘CP, Pole Folder – Dust (James Zabiela Dakota Bar Slam)’, ‘Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden remix)’, ‘Oxia – Domino’, and Sasha – ‘Park in the shade/Moongoose/Who killed sparky?’
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 hard for me, because I never use any instrument and everything I did was intuitive. While creating rhythms with the hands it was something easy for me, but I needed a lot of elements to make a track.. I was always very self, yes! Fruity at first it was fun. But I realized that ‘Ableton’ was what used most producers, and that’s how I began a course in basic production of Ableton Live, at a school in Buenos Aires, called EMBA. There I learn some basics concepts. Then spent many hours trying make some sounds, build bases, know the effects, etc. Fede and Lucas (partners in Monster of Density) were a great help in my early days, we learned them until today. I also want to appoint Mark B (CHANGE AUDIO) as a person of great help in my early days. He relied on my music when no one knew me, and I opened the door to many labels and artists of great renown.
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?
There really is not something I say “this is easy for me,” all it takes time and effort. Perhaps what I find more difficult when it comes to creating music, is to achieve a solid bassline. While it is something you have to get to the top to keep going, often I was not satisfied. I usually use cannabis to produce (and every hour lol)
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?
In the week I work with my family. We have a Coffee Shop in Town! A normal day for me is to be smoking cannabis… anywhere, with anyone. With my girlfriend, under the sun, with friends, in the back of my house, with my plants and animals… I love nature, and what she has to give us. I am a farmer, and the plants is what takes me longer, in addition to music production.
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 Dub and Reggae, and sometimes Trip Hop. Listen ‘Bob Marley’ from allways, and now I love ‘Zenzile’, a French band I met a few years ago … it’s amazing what they do. I think the trip on the dub is somewhat similar to electronic music, and that maybe I like both… but there is no particular artist that influences me in producing.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Never in my life I bought a vinyl, CD or cassette of electronic music. Maybe later I arrived or come from a new generation. But If I can tell you my first and last digital file I bought! 😛 I remember in 2008 when I met Beatport and asked the credit card number to my mother to buy music. At that time, there was not much piracy and it was really difficult to get new and high quality audio music. That was when I bought my first track, ‘Karo, Jonnhy Adams – Voices In My Head (Karo Remix)’. And the last, About a month ago, ‘Miki Leris – Test my Lemonade (Peter Makto & Gregory S )
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Not much surprise here that.. I’m pretty normal. Regarding the music, I produce without hardware… everything I do, with vst’s and wavs samples.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I think these days, how easy it is to interact with people from other parts of the world and show your music .. if you have talent, no one will be ignored.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Every day I discover a new artist, with music that inspires me to keep producing. Therefore, we must listen to each other and give the right feedback
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?
I would say that if produce electronic music is what they like, do it again and again.. without hesitation. If they fail to get the sound they want, try again, it is not easy. And even if they manage to find, they are not entirely compliant. It is an endless journey, in which all the time you learn new things, so it is important the dedication and effort.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Guy Mantzur, Khen – Moments Become Endless Time feat. Kamila (Original Mix)
N’Pot’s remix of Artem Kalalb ‘Stolen Moon’ is out now on 238W Inc., you can purchase the release: here