The 278th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Juan Pablo Torrez.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 28 years old. I’m living in Medellin, Colombia and I’ve been Djing for nearly 10 years and producing around 8 years now, but catching my true essence just this year.
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’ve always liked something different from the popular genres in my country, so I explored from Rock to Classical, I like a wide variety of sounds. My first memories of electronic music rely seeing all those big events in DVD and listening to Metrodance when Hernan Cattaneo broadcast his radio show there. I recall that the movie that gives me the push to start djing was Groove. I really wanted to do something with music, but not to play instruments, so I really started enjoying experimenting with sound hardware. After I started university, I saw I was good at Djing and I started to take it seriously. I’ve really enjoyed in terms of Djing and producing what artists like Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren, Max Graham, Seamus Haji, John Creamer, Stephane K.
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?
Well, I think I’m still in a learning process, I always find something new to do. I’m pretty much self-taught. Now that I’m working with Kamilo Sanclemente, he has given me great advices that have helped me achieve a sound that I’m happy with.
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 most difficult part I would say is the final arrangement and giving a proper mixing to the tracks. The easiest part I think it would be the basslines and melodies. I’ve always tried to create a loop that I’m happy with and then I start arranging the track up. When I hit creative blocks I’ve normally listen to other kind of music or see movies, it really helps me to clear up my mind and leave me fresh to tune the track and start messing with knobs and synths again.
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?
A normal day for me is usually working as a freelancer engineer for around 8 hours, I really like it. After that, I start listening to new tracks out there, check any promos or demos I’ve received for me or my label Clubsonica Records, and then I start producing music. It takes a lot of time, but I really love what I do. If I’m not working with music I like to go out to eat, see movies, watch soccer.
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 is really rare that I heard other music apart electronic, but when I do, like in a creative block, I pretty much like to hear movies soundtracks or stuff by artists like Sarah McLachlan. Yes, listening to other type of music really helps me to take ideas and use them in my productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first vinyl I bought is one from 16 Bit Lolitas – ‘Passing Lights / Chuck Nology’ – Shinichi. The las one was the Hernan Cattaneo Balance 026 CDs.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m a systems engineer and very geeky in that kind of stuff, certified by Microsoft in various technology aspects. I’ve also managed to do my own events with my brand and right now my label Clubsonica.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
This is a difficult question, because there’s a lot of talents that are really really good, but to name a few, I would say, Kamilo Sanclemente, Jonnas B, Felipe Valencia, Leoesco, Ethereal Mist, Cut Knob, NuFects, among others. All are from Colombia. What I’m happy about is that everyone is getting step by step the recognition that their music deserves.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Nowadays I really love what Darin Epsilon is doing, also Jos & Eli, Khen, Guy Mantzur, Guy J, Argy, between many others.
I get my inspiration for living you know. Getting emotions, not only mine, but from all people around me, helps me to translate them to music.
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?
You have to be patient and persevering your dreams no matter how hard it is, in sometime you will be rewarded. Of course, you have to add long days practising Djing and Producing. You will have to face frustration in more than one occasion; this career takes a lot of time and effort.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Another hard question, but I think I would pick Depeche Mode – Dream on (Morel’s Pink Noise Club Mix)
Juan’s remix of Kamilo Sanclemente ‘The Art Of Voice’ is out now on Clubsonica Records, you can purchase those releases: here