Our latest artist interview features Logiztik Sounds. The Uruguayan producer has a brand new EP (in conjunction with Hells Kitchen) entitled ‘Thirteen’ out now on Manual Music. Please enjoy our interview with Logiztik Sounds below.
1. Hi Nico, thanks so much for joining us here. Let’s give the people some sort of background info on you so we’ll start with some basic stuff. Where are you based and how long have you been DJing and producing?
Logiztik Sounds: Hi great to meet you! I am from Montevideo, Uruguay. I have been producing music since January 2004, so it has been over a decade! All I can say is that everything has gone really fast.
2. How did you first discover electronic music? Where do your musical roots lie and when did you know you wanted to pursue electronic music seriously?
Logiztik Sounds: Well this take us back to the early 2000’s as a friend of mine invited me to listen to the work of a local DJ called Miguelo. After having seen him perform, I realized I appreciated his work a lot, so I extended my circle of friends sharing the same growing passion for electronic music. I participated to every rave you can imagine between 2000 and 2005. I knew it was going to be more than a passion after 6 months of studio work, as I signed my first vinyl release on Segment records, a record label owned by Matt Black. This track called “Big Bang” is the result of a collaboration with Baunder, who’s actually part of Soundexile. At that time Pablo was also at the beginning of his career, he could not even imagine he was going to rise up this way and produce music together with Hernan Cattaneo.
3. You don’t hear Uruguay mentioned much when it comes to electronic music. How is the scene there? And do you get a chance to DJ much in your home country?
Logiztik Sounds: Well we actually don’t hear much about Uruguay and there are 3 reasons to explain this. First of all we are a very small country and young people don’t represent the major part of the population. Here young boys listen to “cumbia” (similar to reggaeton) which is the worst thing that evil has ever created on this part of the world haha.
In a country where you don’t have any proper underground club or radio, it isn’t easy to promote an event here with more than 500 people attending it, so that a very underground scene emerges. Cumbia and other music styles attract the majority of young people who are condemned to listen to very boring and empty music. Second explanation: despite the scene is splitted in different “styles”, most of the “big djs in uruguay” are not unified and all becomes a little controversial. This confuses the new followers of this music in my country, they worry about if they follow the right “dj and style”, instead hearing and feeling what they like.
And last but not least: becoming a DJ is here like a trend, a fashion phenomenon affecting young people who wanna be DJs without knowing what is a chord, a compressor or even worst: they do not know how to recognize the classic styles from the new fusion wave. So all these 3 items mixed with narrow-minded Uruguayan people reveal Uruguay as one of the most binding place to play futuristic music. All that is of course based on my experiences in a small country whose neighbors are not suffering from such problems as we are in Uruguay. I have also invested much time and energy for the past 5 years to develop the music field in my country. Booking for renowned DJs who comes to Montevideo while no one knew them before; organizing events over the past 2 years or teaching music to the new generation.
4. Do you get out to events much and if so who if anyone has blown you away recently?
Logiztik Sounds: My work decreased with the EDM trend, however I am playing 2 or 3 sets per month. And to quote the one who has blown me, we have to get back one year ago. Promoters also don’t take risks to invest in creative music, they just want to sold out the tickets… Sadly, the whole region is being affected by EDM like an epidemic trend of new DJs and producers just playing hits from Beatport or copying big icons without any personality. That’s giving parties and DJs the same flavor, if you know what I mean?
5. What do you do outside of electronic music? What is a regular day like for Logiztik Sounds? What do you enjoy doing besides producing and DJing?
Logiztik Sounds: Actually I am living for music you know! I spend much time teaching how to produce music to the new generation, so basically now I am a music production teacher. I invest the rest of the time learning more and more, now I have new projects: the one is to create a band between Electronica / Rock / Pop, also learning Film score and practicing piano. This enables me now to think closely like a music composer, instead of remaining a typical DJ/producer… I am really excited about this, I can imagine myself making music for movies or video games, playing solo piano on classical stages, and why not also keep djing like I’ve doing for the last decade! My hobbies are watching soccer, going to movie centers since I love listening to the movies soundtracks and attending concerts of classical music.
6. What do you think about the current state of melodic techno / electronica? Many people say it seemed to peak with the popularity of Max Cooper and Ryan Davis a year or two ago. Do you feel the music is still as strong and as cutting edge as it was?
Logiztik Sounds: I think melodic techno / electronica / experimental are the best styles ever, these styles are becoming a definite trend year on year.
I am sure it will keep growing up, I can’t say these styles have already achieved the maximum “peak” since, in South America, people are still listening to old fashioned music. So I think it’s a matter of time to start listening to that kind of music genres. All the waves have been the same, when I used to play deep house and nu disco in 2011, it was still out of fashion here; but the trend to such styles has been increasing in South America, I feel the next step is going to be melodic techno. And yes, music is still strong in terms of creativity, I think now we have much better producers, since technology makes it easier, so we have better productions with sounds which blow me away, sounds which were almost impossible to create 15 years ago. The matter being however that the amount of fantastic producers is still very limited. But that’s precisely why they are fantastic. The amount of fantastic producers can maybe increase, if melodic techno reaches the maximum peak; however it never will be massive like the cutting edge, because the music that we call today “mainstream” was at that time quality and underground music, and now mainstream music is completely lost in crappy music. However, underground music keeps getting better in terms of creativity.
7. You have a new release out this week on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music. Two collaboration with Russian artist and Blendwerk label owner Hells Kitchen. How did come to work with Simon and how would you describe the tracks? Did they turn out to be really different from your own solo productions?
Logiztik Sounds: I used Simon songs at my Transitions shows, after that I released my melodic techno album Metamorphosis at Manual Music, plus the remix of Max Cooper at Traum. Then I received more attention than that from European producers and labels. This was the case of Simon, and I was in love with his music. I do not follow any trend so, when I realized he admired my job, the idea became a reality really fast. We made 6 tracks, 2 of them are coming at Manual Music as you said, but I have to mention that the rest is coming out soon on PFL Records and other great techno labels.
I think that working with him was an incredible experience, our language comprehension is not he best, but we talk the same universal language: music. So I can affirm that the best skills from both of us are highlighted on these tracks. I can also describe them as a unique experience deserving the attention we should at least once pay to.
8. You also recently remixed A. Skomoroh & Nic Bax “Bla”, which had a very unique vocal. It is a vocal that not everyone is going to identify with, but you managed to really make it work in your remix, tell us a bit about the process of doing that one? And did you consider doing a dubbier mix?
Logiztik Sounds: Well, I started making the drums, glitz and bass lines, then I added my own synths and of course some original ones. After I got something that I was satisfied with, I started to sequence the song, playing with the vocals on it, I was pretty pleased about the result and that’s why I did not think about making a dub version.
9. You established Maktub Music with Indian producer Arjung Vagale in 2008. The label is now over 50 releases and has a roster of over 100 artists. How has the label changed over the last six years and what can we expect for the rest of 2014 from Maktub?
Logiztik Sounds: Well, the label is now well established in something between House and Techno, when I met Arjung, we both were close as far as our music tastes are concerned.
But things have changed, he is more into purist techno, whereas i am more into melodic stuff, and I think this is great because we both choose together and hear the feedback from each other. That’s why the label has got this identity, a fusion of our tastes. Maktub Music also started to make music events in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, India. To mention names: Edu Imbernon, Hot Since 82, D-Nox & Beckers, Max Cooper, John Digweed, Nick Warren and many more!
For some of them, like Edu Imbernon and Max Cooper it was their first time they came here, we were in charge of organizing their first performance in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, so we were pretty happy to be able to showcase these sounds which are not fashionable in South America.
10. You’ve worked with some impressive labels over the course of your career. Sasha’s emFire and Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music both come to mind. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Logiztik Sounds: My remix for Sasha’s Mongoose on 2008 no doubts, after that, I played non stop for almost 2 years, that opened me the doors to many new labels and clubs.
11. So you have been producing for over 10 years, how has your studio changed in that time?
Logiztik Sounds: When I started, it was only with an amateur computer and Sony audio equipments. Now I have invested a lot in sound quality, a proper acoustic room, Monitors KRK Rokit 8, an external Motu 828 Audiocard, a Novation Launchkey 61 for midi keyboard, a good Microphone. The Akai apc 20 and Akai mpk mini 25 keyboard for live use and, of course, two Cdjs 2000, dim 800 Mixer and some vinyls. Not a minor detail: a very very fast computer on which I can run 25 plugs in without a crash, which requires me to pick up every part and every detail of the computer very slowly and picky. I run 2 RAID SSD for the main system hard disk, with 32gb DDR memory, Intel i7 3.5ghz processor, with a liquid system to keep the cpu cooler, I must admit it, this has changed my life; the renders are now much faster, I would never come back to a standard computer and have to bounce some midi channels because of a low cpu. Now I would like to invest in some synths, but I am still thinking of which ones.
12. Whats parts of the production process do you find the toughest? And what does come the easiest to you? When the writing or production process gets tough, what gets you through it?
Logiztik Sounds: I love creating melodies and crazy glitz, that’s the easy part for me, the hardest part is the mix down. Actually, it’s kind of bored, compress, eq, lot of physic stuff, not the best part for me, but I can notice how other guys enjoy this.
13. What does the rest of 2014 look like for you, any upcoming releases you can tell us about?
Logiztik Sounds: Well, I have now coming out with the EP you mentioned “Thirteen Room” at Manual on the 30th of June, a remix I made for Lefrenk by PFL Records on July, 14th. Another remix to Slangsdorf for Inlab and one more EP I made in the frame of a collaboration with Simon at PFL too, these last two with dates to be confirmed. I also just finished a new solo EP with which I am looking for a good label, in case someone is reading this haha.
14. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Logiztik Sounds: James Holden – Break in the Cloud
15. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Logiztik Sounds: First one, Christmas Party in Uruguay in 2004; last one at Lotus in Rosario, Argentine on the 13th of June.
16. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Logiztik Sounds: First: DJ Rolando – Knights Of The Jaguar. Last Medley: Iben II (Tribute to Ashes to Ashes) / Crucify My Love (Tribute to X Japan) – Single.
17. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Logiztik Sounds: Playing in front of 5000 people in argentina in 2012 alongside with John Digweed or with Sasha at Ambassada Gavioli in Slovenia in 2008.
18. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Logiztik Sounds: I can make music but I can’t cook so well ahah!
19. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Logiztik Sounds: Well, Karl M, Hells Kitchen, teHo, Van Did, Romulus, Applescal but there are so many that I can’t remember now, so I could be a bit unfair listing the names. But all the new melodic techno wave which might be “undiscovered” in some regions of Europe and especially Southamerica, I think they deserve much more attention.
20. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Logiztik Sounds: James Holden, Max Cooper, Dominik Eulberg, Matthew Jonson, Jon Hopkins, Apparat, Petter.
21. What artist or track would you love to remix? And who would you love to be remixed by?
Logiztik Sounds: Anything from James Holden, Max Cooper, Domink Eulberg, Matthew Jonson, Jon Hopkins, Petter… That would be pretty inspiring to me and for sure something outstanding will come out.
22. Racord 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?
Logiztik Sounds: Cocoon, Kompakt, Parquet, Inlab, Traum, PFL, Manual, Border Community, Beach Coma, Cinematique, Atomnation, Blendwerk.
23. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Logiztik Sounds: James Holden Balance 005.
24. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like):
Food: Roast Beef, this is because of my country culture I guess!
Drink: Champagne, Vodka.
Drug: MDMA, LSD.
TV Show: Simpsons.
Track / Song: Ludovic Enaudi – Divenire
Producer / Band: Guns and Roses, Radiohead.
Record Label: Border Community, Kompakt, Cocoon, Traum.
Nightclub: Warung (Brazil), Amazon (Brazil), Pacha (BS AS), Ambasada Gavioli (Slovenia)
DJ: John Digweed, Sasha, Max Cooper, Gui Boratto.
25. if the final DJ/live set of your career was next week, what would your last track be?
Logiztik Sounds: Nathan Fake – Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix).
Logiztik Sounds & Hells Kitchen ‘Thirteen’ EP is out now on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music, you can purchase the release: here