Luis Bondio has grown into one of Argentina’s most recognizable progressive house producers. With appearances on Renaissance, Hope, DAR and Mesmeric combined with the continued support from international DJs like Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo 2012 has seen Luis become one of the genre’s most loved artists. Luis’ new Classound imprint promises to be one of the best new labels of 2013 and if the first release (a single from Luis including a Deepfunk remix) is any indication then it’s off to the perfect start. Luis has two of his productions included on Nick Warren‘s forthcoming Renaissance compilation which is just about to drop and we were lucky enough to have the chance to interview him just prior to the compilations release, a transcription of the interview is below and we hope you enjoy it.
1. How old are you and how long have you been producing / DJing?
Luis: I am 27 years and 5 years ago I started to produce my own tracks.
2. What are your earliest memories of music, what did you listen to growing up? How did you get involved in electronic music and what made you decide to pursue it full time?
Luis: Since i was very little electronic music has caught my attention, I listened to artists such as commercial discs Dj Bobo, La Bouche and others, over time I started to follow some DJs visiting my city in some clubs like ¨Lokitas¨ and ¨El Rey¨, and in 2003 opened its doors a club called Ïnfierno¨, that’s where everything changed.
3. Did you have any formal music training growing up? in regards to composing or engineering / sound design etc.? and if not did anyone help you out along the way?
Luis: Yes, my first school was ¨Orbital, a school of DJs in my city where I learned to medley and took my first steps in the production, then realize various courses and training in Professional recording studios where I learned a lot about sound and its technical side.
4. Argentina is without a doubt a country that loves progressive house, the enthusiasm for the music there is pretty much unrivalled. The number of quality up and coming producers is almost unbelievable. what are your thoughts on the electronic music scene in Argentina now, has it changed much over the last few years and how is the party / club scene compared to the rest of the countries you have played in?
Luis: True, Argentina loves progressive house, especially in Buenos Aires, in the interior of the country is not so, for example my town (Cordoba) the stronger sound is Techno and Tech House, most of the DJs and clubs prefer this, the scene here in 2009 had a great fall, it gradually built back up to 2012 and now there are mass events and big names too! Today I think it was a very good, there are many local producers who are doing incredible work of good level and clubs are working to maintain electronic scene on.
5. Nick Warren has used two of your productions on his upcoming ‘The Master Series’ mix compilation for Renaissance which is due out in late January. This must have been a huge moment in your career, how does it feel to have the support of one of the world’s biggest DJs and talk about the importance for you to appear on such a legendary compilation series, and are you surprised with how quickly it is all happening for you?
Luis: I have no words to express my thanks to Nick, in recent times he has supported me and trusted me to some of his work, to have remixed his track Buenos Aires for Masters Series was something incredible. Nick has given a boost to my career and that is very true important to me. Everything is going very fast but I try to be professional and take things in stride, I’m trying to improve each time a little more my productions and be focused on my work.
6. You established Baires Records with Santiago Garcia and Dark Soul Project a couple of years ago, the label is now regarded as one of the best progressive house labels out there. What was it that made you want to branch out and start your own Classound imprint?
Luis: The guys did a great job in Baires and I am very happy about that. The main reason for wanting to branch out was that I felt I had entered a new phase for me in music, my productions had improved and I needed to take one more step, it was there where I decided to begin the label (Classound Recordings). I am good friends with Ivan and Santiago but we live 700km away and that leads to many situations that are not positive, for me it was a difficult decision to leave the label and my friends for a new project, but I take this as a personal challenge and I felt able to cope with it.
7. There are so many new and talented producers that appear every year, especially from Argentina, What new producers do you see making their mark in the near future?
Luis: In Cordoba there are two new producers that have caught my attention, are doing their job and are devoting much time to the music, they are Antrim and Santiago Teillagorry . I have worked with Santi on some tracks and soon I will send for my label one of our latest original tracks: Luis Bondio & Santiago Teillagory – Aquatic Process (Original Mix).
8. When you sign a new original track what criteria do you think about when choosing a remixer for it? Like for example, you got Deepfunk to remix your first Classound release, what was the thought process behind that?
Luis: I always like to work with artists who I really admire your work, for the election of a remixer I have always present the sound of the original track and try to make it compatible with the style of the remixer, usually gives a good result. With my track ¨Waiting For¨ Malcolm I thought I would do a great job!
9. What is the sound of Classound? how would you describe it? and what is your vision for the label?
Luis: I have often wondered myself about this, without finding an answer, hehe! I’m not locked to a particular sound, I try to sign tracks to my label are high quality regardless of the style, I love the deep techno, progressive and some tech house track also interest me.
10. Classound did a small tour of Argentina with Hungarian artist Lank in 2012 which turned out to be a huge success, do you have anything like this planned for the future?
Luis: Yes, 2012 was a year where I could make several projects, one of these was to organize the tour for Peter (Lank) and Nikko Z in some cities here, I am always attentive to the producers that come to Argentina to try to realize some show, hopefully this year can achieve some of these.
11. How big of an influence are other artists or music genres when it comes to composing tracks? Could you give any examples? What else inspires the production process for you?
Luis: There really is nothing better than waking up early on a Sunday, serve a cup of coffee and get to work on some track s, these days Guy J, Guy Gerber, Eelke Klein, Cid Inc really inspire me and I always reference their work by their techniques or creativity. I admire them greatly.
12. What artist or track would you love to remix?
Luis: Guy J is always a tempting name and a track I love is 16 Bit Lolitas – Personal Space, would be amazing for me to work on that track.
13. What do you feel has been the biggest moment of your career thus far? Both from a DJ and production standpoint?
Luis: I think I’m in the prime of my career, i would have to say great Master Series in Renaissance, an EP by Hope, and starting my record label are all very big moments and I am looking forward to great works to come. Really happy with this.
14. What are your biggest records at the moment? and which one of your own productions do you play the most?
Luis: My remix to the track Dousk – Stepp is my best selling track to date. ‘Waiting For’ is a very special track for me since this began my label, my track Mumetta which was signed by Guy Mantzur’s label, it is a very emotional track as it was dedicated to my girlfriend and my track ‘Toro’ is also very special to me, Toro is the name of my dog, hehee! But if I have to think about the track that i have played the most Toro is the winner!
15. Luis Bondio Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Drink: Coca Cola
TV Show: American Dad, Family Guy
Movie: The Lord of the Rings
Video Game: Pc Futbol Manager
Album: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Track / Song: Sting – Shape of my Heart
Producer / Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Record Label: Renaissance, Hope, Sudbeat, microCastle
Nightclub: Infierno(Cba), Warung (Brasil), Barhein (Bs As)
DJ: Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo
15. What do you do outside of music? Do you have a regular day job and what do you like to do for fun when you’re not working on music?
Luis: Working in a retail sales of motorcycles, I always liked playing football, as a boy I played in a team of my city to 17 years in the making, football always has been a passion for me.
16. If the final DJ set of your career was next week what would be your last record be?
Luis: Nick Warren – Buenos Aires (Luis Bondio Dub Remix), close without doubt with this remix. 🙂
17. What can we expect to see from Luis Bondio and Classound Recordings in 2013?
Luis: Keep working on new productions and remixes, not as many as last year but still a good pace and this year the goal of the label is to consolidate in the marketplace and grow little by little .
Interview courtesy of: Release Promo
Release Promo would like to send a huge thanks to Luis for taking the time to do this interview.
Luis’ ‘Waiting For’ is out now on his own Classound Recordings, you can purchase the release: here