We catch up with recent Bedrock Records signee Lily Pita in support of her new single on Clinique Recordings.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Lily Pita: Hi guys, it’s a pleasure to be interviewed by you! I am 35 years of age and I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I was born here. I have been interested in electronic music since a very young age. Rave scene in Indonesia started early in the clubs and from the time I turned 18 I started Djing. I learned piano and classic music early on, of course music and production has always been a great interest for me. I always liked to produce with a partner, I believe making good music come from the combination of different minds. I don’t hide the fact that I don’t work alone, it is a great pride for me to be partnering with experienced producer to really create the sounds that I have in my mind. At this moment I make music with Philippe Babin. He has produced easily a hundred records since early 2000 on many respected labels. Our partnership gets quite good results and im happy to say we have been able so far to sign on many good progressive house labels.
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? Was a career in music always the only objective, were you interested in anything else as a life journey? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
Lily Pita: Of course my musical influences are from many different genres. I love Depeche Mode, Cold Play, Robert Miles, John Digweed, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Way out West. I really can’t name all the artists that influence me it would never end. Music for me is a passion, I live for it. To become famous is not a goal of mine but touring is something that I would really love in a near future! Let everyone hear my sound and share the stage with some of my favourite Djs. I have been djing in Indonesia for many years now and I look forward to see other countries.
3. 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?
Lily Pita: Like I said, I have background in piano so melodies and composition come naturally. Working with someone that has 17 years experience in the studio really helps putting everything together.
4. 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?
Lily Pita: Some tracks can take forever. Some can take a day. I think it is better to reflect on a creation instead of wasting too much time trying. Some weeks we can produce 3 tracks and we can be sometimes for weeks without being able to find any good ideas. Its all about the feeling.
5. You have a new single out this week on Clinique Recordings; a chunky, melodic number called ‘Voyage’ alongside remixes from Magnetic Brothers and Owersound. Tell us how you approached writing the track, the process behind the remixer selection and what’s coming later this year from you?
Lily Pita: I like that we produce tracks that tells a story. Every track must reflect our state of mind and our emotions. It must bring the listener somewhere, sometimes it should even make you feel like crying. If we hit the right button, we will feel the goose bumps, we know at this moment we got the right path. Voyage is a track we produced without too much obvious melodies. A lot more atmospheric elements for the morning sets. A song that would fit in perfectly at the moment in the night when people are fully hypnotized by the music. It is a track that needs to be mixed in at the perfect moment. I really appreciate the work of MB and Owersound. Very cool selection of sounds.
6. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Lily Pita: I still have my collection of vinyl’s from back when we only played with vinyl’s. I can’t remember which 12” I purchased last but I have pretty much all classics in my storage. I think now music has such a short lifespan. Some records I played for many years, now it seems like a few weeks and the music is already getting old. I miss the feeling of touching my records. Nothing compares.
7. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Lily Pita: I have so many people to thank for the recent releases. Shout out to the guys at Glasgow Underground, Massive Harmony, Clinique (of course), Electronic Tree, Pervurt (thank you) and Mistique, ICONYC (coming up). So many good releases coming. But for me the biggest news is recently I signed an exclusive production on John Digweed label Bedrock which should be coming out soon on his summer 3 cd mix compilation with exclusive tracks from Darren Emerson, Guy J, John Digweed and many more. It is a huge achievement for me and it should also bring a lot of attention to our music.
8. What five tracks are you currently loving the most at the moment?
Reflections – Grum (Glasgow Underground)
Land of Goshen – Khen (Lost and Found)
Echoes – Imran Khan (JGlitch, Teiko Yume) (Clinique Recordings)
Santiago – Joeski (Bedrock)
Hold me – Juan Deminicis remix (my last record on Per Vurt Records)
9. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Lily Pita: I never get bored to hear music from Wehbba, Olivier Giacomotto, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, Patrice Baumel and many more of course. Those are just some of my fav.
10. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound like you have, what advice do you have for them?
Lily Pita: It’s hard for me to give any advices. I think that music is something that comes naturally. Trying to copy someone or force yourself into a particular sound is the wrong approach. Music has to grow on you and you have to follow your heart. Experience in the studio helps a lot to create sounds but the genre of music you produce has to follow your emotions of the moment. I don’t want to stick myself to one sound but at the moment I am very music into progressive. The only advice I would give is to try many platform. Not everyone is comfortable with ableton or live or cubase. Everyone must find the tools they are comfortable to work with and then it will help the flow of creation.
11. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Lily Pita: Of course at this moment it would be Robert Miles – Children because it reminds me of my best years raving. But there are countless songs that would bring me great emotions and memories.
‘Voyage’ is out now on Clinique Recordings, you can purchase the release: here