Born and raised in Bristol 28 year old DJ and producer Edetto has been immersed in his home town’s thriving electronic music scene, taking in the cities unique spin on contemporary electronic music. Here he launches his own imprint, a DIY self release operation showcasing his industrial, drum-driven sound.
1. Can you start by telling us how you first got into producing electronic music? Where do your early influences lie?
Growing up in Bristol I was heavily influenced by the drum n bass scene. I spent most of my late teens queueing up to watch the likes of Dillinja, DJ Hype, Hazard & Clipz. Then would spend the following weeks trying to find the records they’d played to recreate their sets in my bedroom.
I’ve been producing and playing in and around Bristol for a number of years and have explored a few different styles. As I started purchasing more and more outboard kit, drum machines and analogue synths, I immediately gravitated towards Techno and have completely fallen in love with it. Even though the genres differ, I like to think I bring the grit and distortion of my drum n bass youth into my current productions.
2. Your single release ‘Like This’ really maintains a lot of high energy. Could you take us through the creative process of making the record?
It was inspired by a track from Slam titled ‘clap yours hands’. After hearing that track I wanted to make a 909 driven track with a load of attitude. The kick and Tom pattern were the base for ‘Like This’, once I had that done i went on the time consuming hunt for a vocal. Getting the main groove down is the most important part, and probably the most fun! Once I have something I like; layering, structure and processing can come together fairly quickly. I try to separate each session to focus on one task i.e sound design, structure, automation etc.
3. Could you tell us about your studio, what are your favourite digital and hardware plugins?
Something I’ve always used for drums is Maschine from Native Instruments, the workflow is great and it’s perfect for getting a groove and idea going very quickly.
Hardware wise, my two favourites are my Korg Monologue and Behringer Model D. Both are super versatile and can be used for anything from long droning basses to crispy percussive patterns.
4. Who have been your biggest influences while creating techno?
If we are talking stylistic influences within Techno; I am very much into drum heavy, industrial stuff. I like tracks that drive forward with noises that are dark & off kilter. To name a handful, Perc, Randomer, Slam, Dense & Pika, Melodys Enemy. For me, they embody that sound and have massively influenced what I create.
5. Who do you suggest we look out for emerging in the Bristol scene?
Sly One. I share a studio with them so have been lucky enough to hear a lot of their new material. The trio have a tonne of ammunition and are set to have an incredible year in 2019.
6. What’s in store for you during the remainder of 2018 and early 2019?
I don’t think anyone can be completely transparent with this kind of question, but lot’s of music!
Throwing a launch party for ‘Like This’ in December with a line up of super talented fellow Bristolians. 2019 will continue in the spirit of DIY singles; I’ve got a fair few to share before the summer and of course writing won’t stop, it’s too much fun!
Edetto’s ‘Like This’ is out 3rd December 2018.