Our latest artist interview features Colombian producer Kamilo Sanclemente who has new music out this week on Perspectives Digital and Baroque Records.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 32 years old, I live in Cali Colombia. I´ve been Djing since 1998 and producing since more than ten year as a hobby, professionally, since one year ago.
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.”
In 80´s when I was a child, my cousins´father, came back of a trip through whole Europe for almost ten years. They brought themselves many musical memories from the Old Continent, like “The Wall” the Pink Floyd´s double album and “Equinoxe” the second album of Jean Michel Jarre, sounds that definitely marked my life. I fell in love deeply with the music and I studied it for all my childhood, i played different instruments and different genres, until at my sixteen years old I found with the electronical music, with artists and songs that influenced me like Paul Van Dyk with his song “For an angel” and Nightstalkers with “Enjoy yourself” just for mention some.
3. Your latest original ‘Galathea’ is out this week on the Perspective Digital ‘WMC Sampler’, tell us a bit about the production process behind it and how did it end up on Perspectives?
It flowed naturally, I was really happy that day and it´s clear that it is in the final result of the track, i´m a fan of Darin Epsilon, I always play his music on my Dj Set and I consider Perspective Digital as a magic sound factory, that´s why I tried the most to send the right Demo, because they have a very demanding A&R department. After some advices from Darin and the Label Engineer, I made some changes to the track and finally “Galathea” was ready to be singed with this great label. The dream is come true.
4. You also have a new remix out on Baroque Records for Adwer’s new single ‘This Is My Kingdom’, the original is full of great designs, what attracted you to it and how did you approach the remix?
At the ending of 2014, I met Adam A.K.A. Adwer, he is a good person and also an artist I admire a lot, who didn´t doubt to share with me his knowledge. After he analyzed my music and ratified I have the right artistical level to work with Baroque, Adwer decided to included me as a remixer of his new single “This is My Kingdom”. An amazing experience which I feel so grateful.
5. 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?
Really in the epoch I started to produce, it was very strange and unknown all this world of the digital production, there was not softwares, not tutorials, not technical support as these days, that made my formation was totally empirical.
6. 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 most difficult part of the production process is the part that requires technical knowledge like Mastering, Mixing and all related with the sound in the track. The easiest part is develop the idea that I previously have in my mind, decide how to start, what kind of elements use and definitively I love working in the Break Down. It´s normal having creative blocks in the process, I just stop the project and do other activities, listen others musical styles and play Dj Sets to get new ideas.
7. 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?
Outside of electronic music, I work in Publishing, in mornings I take care of this business, and in the afternoons and nights, I stay in my studio until late night. On weekends, I like wake up early in the morning and make music. When i´m not making music, I share with my family, my friends and my pet. I like cooking, practicing sports and having much fun.
8. 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 effort on your own productions?
I like listening Rock music, Pink Floyd, of course; Reggae, Hip Hop, Folk, Salsa. My favorite artists outside of electronic are Robbie Williams, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Blur, Depeche Mode and The Pet Shop Boys.
9. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first piece of music I bought was a 5 CD´s Collection of Italo Disco called “Spaguetti Mix” and the last one was in a super market I found in a CD´s Sale, the CD single of Positiva Records “PPK Resurection”
10. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I am a friendly person, I like telling jokes and make people laughing. I´m good making difficult things goes easier.
11. Who are your favourite producers at the moment?
My favorite producers are Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Sasha, Nick Warren and Dave Seaman.
12. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Actually I inspire with producer that make awesome music like Derek Howell, Guy J, Darin Epsilon, Cid Inc., Dousk and Lank. My music is inspire in the outer space, the cosmos, the colors, hues and sounds of the Universe, and overall from the memories, the artistical and spiritual legacy of my mother and the deep love I feel for my Family.
13. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
The advice I can give to the new producers is they have a clear influence of an artist they like, but having limits they can be different between imitate and have an authentic sound. Also have upgrades in technical concept and do all the things with love and perseverance.
14. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
My last track would be Kamilo Sanclemente – Mom (Original Mix) [Unreleased]
Kamilo’s ‘Galathea’ and remix of ‘This Is My Kingdom’ by Adwer are out now courtesy of Perspectives Digital and Baroque Records respectively, you can purchase the releases: here