The 58th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Mauro Rodriguez.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Is hard to pick a favourite song, there are a lot of tracks who makes me feel the electronic music so important to me, but if i have to pick one would be: Sasha – Xpander (Original Mix), who have a great atmosphere and melody and it make me feel great.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
My first Dj gig was on 13 of February, one Saturday night of 2010, was a carnival night, at this was the first night who i played for all people and for me was a great night. The last gig was on 25 of December of 2013, a Christmas night, playing with my friend Fernando Blöhsel and i could say that was a real friendly night, all dates was in a local club who is called Mantra Lounge Club in Puerto Rico, Misiones [Argentina].
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Well… my first record i bought was “Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water” of “Limp Bizkit”, this was about the year 2000, because i grew up listening metal and grunge bands. And the last record i bought was “The King of Limbs” of Radiohead, who is a band that really inspire me on electronic music.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
To me the most highlight and fundamental I could say my career is to reach people with my music, and have those people who support it and give me the necessary encouragement, the rest you could say it is a luxury, product of effort in production.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Well … I’m a musician and producer who grew up with different genres and styles in music (Rock / Indie / Electronic / Reggae / Experimental).
Since childhood I began to play guitar, and I have a long influences such as Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Incubus, Radiohead, Paul Oakenfold, The Prodigy, Everything but the Girl, Moby, Morcheeba and more.
I love Progressive House 😀 .
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
It is a difficult question to answer, as to give names, there are many new producers and DJs who are amazing. I have the opportunity to hear productions and mixes of new artists, and I really appreciate each work.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
I could name some as Eelke Kleijn, 16 Bit Lolitas, Juan Deminicis, Martin Etchegaray, Deepfunk, and many more.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I wish I could remix a track from Eelke Kleijn, i like how sounds his tracks. And I’d like to be remixed by him too.
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?
I think from a point of view that it’s true, but looking from another point of view, there are many record labels that give different artists to present their music, which is not a bad point. On the other hand, artists have the right to say no if they feel pressured in some way or another by the label. All depends on your point of view.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
For me it’s Hernan Cattaneo – Sequential 2006 (2 × CD, Compilation). I like every track, every mix. I really enjoy it.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
TV Show: I do not watch much TV.
Movie: Pink Floyd – The Wall, is excellent movie!
Video Game: I do not give importance to video games, but I love Resident Evil 3.
Album: 1- “Kid A” of Radiohead / 2- “Push The Button” of The Chemical Brothers .
Track / Song: “Radiohead- Myxomatosis”.
Producer / Band: Radiohead.
Record Label: I don’t have a favorite label.
Nightclub: No favorite club.
DJ: The best Dj who I saw is Ricky Ryan.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
“Pet Shop Boys – Love Etc. (Gui Boratto Remix)”, is excellent for finish a party.
Mauro’s ‘Stupid Bells’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase those releases: here