The third installment of our 12 Questions segment features Pedro Aguiar. The Portuguese producer’s unique deep house sound has been a firm favourite of Guy J in recent months and a forthcoming release on Guy’s Lost & Found imprint is also in the pipeline for later this year. This week Pedro has a brand new release out on Flow Vinyl. It’s a follow up to his 2013 single ‘I Don’t Want It’ entitled ‘Kyoto’. It’s currently #1 in our overall Hype Chart and includes two amazing remixes from Alexander Kowalski and Jamie Stevens. Please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with Pedro and look for a link to the release in our Essential Purchases section.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Pedro Aguiar: Echomen – Substance
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Pedro Aguiar: The first was probably a really shitty one for about 10 people, the last was with Max Cooper in Lisbon.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Pedro Aguiar: I came to understand that my memory is not what it used to be, so i cannot recall my first ever record, the last one was probably Apparat´s last album “The Devils Walk”, I’m not really a vinyl collector and nowadays i only buy digital music for my gigs.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Pedro Aguiar: I guess i would say my debut album that is coming out on Silicone Souls Darkroom dubs in the next couple of months. it has a lot of personal music, stuff that i thought i would never release but when packing all tracks together just made sense. I really love some of the music in there and it really makes me proud.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Pedro Aguiar: Progressive House is not really my thing…
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Pedro Aguiar: People that i met while studying sound engineering in London. I met loads of incredibly talented musicians and producers in my school that never released any music, and therefore are unknown.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Pedro Aguiar: Apparat is definitely my favourite artist of all time, there is something about his music that speaks to me in a way that no one else can.Other examples include: James Holden, Carl Craig, James Blake, Dj Koze, Shed, Jon Hopkins, Kink, Bonobo, Steve Reich.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Pedro Aguiar: I guess the tracks i like to remix the most are the ones with good vocals on it. Im not a big fan of remixes, so for me to remix something needs to have good vocals on it. Who i would like to be remixed by? i guess any of the artists i listed in the question above would make me happy.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Pedro Aguiar: Ninja Tunes, Warp, L.i.e.s., Mute, 50 WEAPONS
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Pedro Aguiar: Naming the best of something its always hard for me, but i love the DJ-Kicks series compilations!
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Japanese, Italian and Portuguese
TV Show: The Simpsons
Movie: Anything that is not American
Video Game: Broken Sword
Album: Tough one, but to make it really short Radiohead´s “In Rainbows” or Apparat “Walls”
Track / Song: Another tough one…but James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream” would definitely be up there.
Producer / Band: Apparat
Record Label: Ninja Tunes
DJ: Too many to mention!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Pedro Aguiar: Extrawelt – Soopertrack
Pedro’s ‘Kyoto’ is out now on Flow Vinyl, you can purchase the release: here