The 74th episode of our 12 Questions segment features Argentinean producer Mistol Team.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
I’m from Santiago del Estero, a city that’s famous for its ancient folk music culture, I studied classical music and I was a rocker (bass guitar player, keyboard player and rock band singer) a long time ago. I started to listen to electronic music in 2008 and to produce it 2010, so it’s a new world to me and my references are very “new”. It´s hard to find one track, but I think “Twilight” (Adam K, 2008) has woke up my love for electronic music and inspired me to start producing music from my heart.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
I don´t play very often because I’m focused on music production, though I enjoy very much playing. My first gig was at the “HOUSE SESSIONS” party in San Telmo, a beautiful neighborhood of Buenos Aires City. The last one was in Neuquén City, a province in the Patagonia of Argentina.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first record I purchased was “Dynamo” of Soda Stereo, the greatest rock band of Latin America. The last one was “Ok Computer” of Radiohead; it was a long long time ago.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
I think there are 3 highlights: 1) to work with Solarstone making a track to the album “Electronic Architecture 3” (Black Hole Recordings)”; 2) when Dash Berlin contacted me to include my track “Poltergeist” in the “Top20 2012” (Armada Music); and finally 3) to work with Zeta Bosio (a big artist here in Argentina and an idol in Latin America) making a track to the album “Impression”.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Well: I´m an electronic engineer and I work as project leader in software development; I love playing soccer (fútbol!); I hate the hours before taking a plane and before the gigs too.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
It’s hard to answer. Nowadays, it’s easier to produce with the use of loops and “pre-made” stuff. Therefore you can find a lot of new music every day but, in my modest opinion, it´s rarely to find a “personal sign” in the tracks, a “mark”, melody or something that identifies unequivocally the artist. In this context, I would like to discover an artist that surprises me, creating sounds, breaking with the monotony of the music, someone who can print a personal sign. That’s the “modern talent” I would love to find. I like “Unique Repeat”, “Ben Coda”, “Lezcano”, “Mo´Funk”, “Loquai”, “Gux Jimenez”, “Nicolas Agudelo”, “Silver-B”, “4llucinex”, “Ewan Rill”, etc.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
There are a lot of producers, not only electronic music producers: Gustavo Cerati, Pedro Aznar, Peteco Carabajal, Raúl Carnota, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Duran Duran, Eric Prydz, Henry Saiz, Daft Punk, Justice, Adam K, Radiohead, Calvin Harris, Derek Howell, Dirty South, Jaytech, Mango, Matador, Paul Kalkbrenne, Super Flu, Queen, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would love to remix any track of Pryda and be remixed by Pryda 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 don´t follow many labels, but I like Mango Alley, Ultra, microCastle, Pryda Recordings, Baroque Records, Black Hole Recordings, Round Triangle, Balkan Connection, etc.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I don´t know enough about mix compilations.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Locro, Empanada, Milanesa, “Lomito” (sandwich from Santiago del Estero), Panchuker, Dulce de Cayote.
Drink: Orange juice.
Drug: Chocolate with almonds
TV Show: Family Guy
Movie: So many… 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Shawshank Redemption, La vita è bella, Good Will Hunting, , The Avengers, Batman (Christopher Nolan´s movies), Avatar, Matrix (all of them), Into The Wild, Artificial Inteligence, ET, Back to the future
Video Game: SUPAPLEX (1991)
Album: Canción Animal (Soda Stereo, 1990)
Track / Song: Un Millón de Años Luz (Soda Stereo, 1990)
Producer / Band: Eric Prydz, Deadmau5, Soda Stereo, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead…
Record Label: Pryda Recordings
Nightclub: BigOne (Palacio Alsina), here in Buenos Aires
DJ: Hernán Cattaneo
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
“Henry Saiz – They came from the light (Original Mix)”, it defines the summum on electronic music production, in my modest opinion.
Mistol Team’s ‘Robot Del Estero’ is out now on Method Records, you can purchase the release: here