The 279th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Federico Santorsola.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 26 years old and I’m living in Argentina. I’ve been producing and dijing since January.
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 roots lie basically in two big bands, Radiohead and Depeche mode. Those two bands were my first approach to the music. I’ve been listening electronic music since 2006.
I realized that I want to do this since that time when I started listening this kind of music but I never get courage to do it. Last year, I decided that my life should be around this, and I should start my career. Nowadays I dedicate most of my time to produce.
My favourite artist is Hernan Cattaneo, and when I listened him for my first time I realized that “this is what I want to do”.
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?
At the beginning, it was very difficult for me to produce because is not that easy. So, I decided to take a production course with Nicholas Van Orton, who teach me a lot and advice me since the beginning. He was the one that gave me a lot of tools to start producing my own tracks.
Other guys that help me during these past months were Andrea Cassino and Nicolas Rada.
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 that I feel is most difficult for me is to find a melody that makes me vibrate and fly. It’s kind of difficult to explain because in the world of production nothing is easy, but is like you need to feel the music and that music should make you think that you are doing what you always waned to do. When I find that melody, the easy part for me is to find effects to complete the track. I find inspiration when I listing the producers that I like, so I take some ideas from them.
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 getting up and goes to work. I’ve another job outside electronic music. I work every day till noon, and after that I dedicate most of my time to produce. I like playing football with my friends and going out with them too, and also I love reading.
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?
Apart from electronic music, I also listen to reggae and rock. My favourite artists are Perl Jam, Depeche Mode, Radio Head, Portishead, Bjork and Bob Marley. I find some kind of inspiration when I listen Radio Head. That kind of melancholic music makes me feel like I want to produce. I also use the reggae to make myself calm and relax when I spent a lot of hours producing.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first CD I bought was Discovery from Daft Punk, and the last I bought was Delta Machine from Depeche Mode.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
It is a difficult question, but I think that the music I choose is something that use to get distract. I mean, if I listen a track that makes me feel distract, I use them to make a set or get some inspiration from to produce my own track.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I have a friend of mine, that also assist and help me a lot, which I think that his productions are great and inspire me too. His name is Diego Medina, also known as Corei. I think that if he continues with this path, he will get very famous and well known is the electronic music world.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I get consistently inspiration from Guy J., Nick Muir, Guy Mantzur and Stephan Bodzin. My inspiration comes when I’m in good mood that is a vital part of my productions.
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 think that I’m not there, I mean, I do not think I can answer that question. But the first thing that I get in mine is that they should buy a confortable chair because they will spend a lot of time in front of their PCs
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Hahaha, it is difficult to think that when I’m still starting my career, but I think that I will choose “ANTENA – CAMINO DEL SOL (JOAKIM RMX)”, one of the first tranks that blow my mind.
‘Tribu’ is out now on Balkan Connection South America, you can purchase the release: here