Our latest artist interview features Mexican producer Kevin Rodriguez aka Uvo.
1. Hi Kevin, 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?
Kevin: Hey Mitch , Thanks a lot for the time as well . I Live in the city of Matamoros , Tamaulipas , Mexico . Small city border with united States . I’ve been djing since 2009 & producing since August 2012 , so that makes it 2 years this August , time flies .
2. Mexico’s party scene has always been quite exceptional. How is progressive house received there and do you get a chance to DJ much in your home country ?
Kevin: Everything Started thanks to Unite Pro Mexico , After my first invite to Reynosa around 2011 . I Remember it was a full house that night at ‘ Vitola Bar ‘ things got pretty wild , i even felt goose bumps playing for the first time in front of many people , After that i was invited by them to Join Unite Pro bookings Agency , thanks to this opportunity i had the pleasure to warm up the night for Artist such as Quivver , John Creamer , Tini Tun , & many more.
3. For the better part of the last year you’ve been recording with Hugo Ibarra. Together you guys have become one of the most in demand remix teams of the moment. How did you guys initially meet and eventually decide to collaborate together?
Kevin: We meet online thru Facebook , i really admired his music a while before meeting him . So it was pretty cool seeing Mexican producers with that talent , recognition & humbleness , he helped me out with supporting and giving me tips on my music , became friend & one day we decide to start producing and the result was “ Fragments “ recently released this year on Movement Recordings .
4. In addition to being production partners with Hugo you also recently started the Intemporal label imprint together. Tell us a bit about how that came about and how did you eventually decide on the name Intemporal?
Kevin: When we first meet , we both were creating our own labels , after creating some tunes together we both got to the conclusion of opening together the label instead of each one with his own , 2 heads think better then one . In all that process i already had crafted “intemporal “Logo & Name . The name came from my ideology of good music being independent of time or Just timeless music .
5. Your production alias ‘Uvo’ is also quite unique, how did you come up with that? Does it have a special meaning for you?
Kevin: thanks for the compliments , Uvo does have a different sound .
Comes from a Home town nickname from high school .The meaning i think really is to not to forget where i came from , its a reminder of my past and who i am .
6. How does the Ibarra & Uvo production team function? Do you guys spend most of your studio time together? or separately passing files back and forth? And are your roles different in terms of the production process? Or is it a complete collective effort on all levels?
Kevin: Sadly we don’t spend so much time in the same studio . We both work 90 % of the time individually , once a month or some times every 2 due to that we live in different parts of Mexico , so that means every time we have gigs we have the chance to really jam at its max .
Our roles some times change , every track has a different process . Some started by Hugo or others by me . Hugo has a thing for great baselines , melodies , Mixing . he is a very complete to work with so we can both do just about every thing & do what we love with out many worries , i think i couldn’t find a better partner if i try .
7. How often do you guys turn down remixes and what sort of criteria effects your decision?
Kevin: We turn down around 6 to 10 every month . For making decisions were always look for something we both really like & also a label that can give us a good image . So due to high demand these last months we decided to start working with fee’s , any ways we have stopped for the rest of this season of 2014 with remixes , we don’t want to wear out the originality for now till next year maybe .
8. You have a new remix out right now on Clinique Recordings. It has a very James Holden, pixie-like vibe about it. Tell us a bit about how you guys approached that remix.
Kevin: This one is very unique , a very different result then what we are used to are selves a bit surprised also on the great feedback it has been receiving and support from beatport at ‘Must hear of the week “ . This time i started the remix , If i dont remember wrong this was the 4th attempt of sketches with original samples , then i just added a baseline & some perk . Hugo Had the opportunity to use access virus on this tune thanks to ‘ The Bedroom ‘ School were Hugo gives Production class . Thanks to this he got very creative and made some cool layers , added a crazy vocal that is really cool , really glad with this final result . Took us some work individually to each other , we both must be completely sure before we give final version .
9. The first release on Intemporal was recently released. It’s a very strong 3 track EP from Dark Soul Project. It’s a bit more full on and techno-inspired than most of today’s contemporary progressive house which is quite deep. Is this a sound we can expect to hear more of on Intemporal? and what do you have planned for the future? What upcoming releases can you tell us about?
Kevin: Yes , Ivan’s EP is something we are really happy to start the label with, something different but also full of driving grooves ready for the dance floor . At moment we are not focused on a particular sound or genre more likely looking for the quality and uniqueness . About upcoming releases , I am very exited about next release with our original “ Mystery “ & 2 massive remixes from Jamie Stevens & Silinder ,This one has been there for months just waiting to come out .
10. What advice would you give to producers hoping to get their tracks signed to Intemporal? How would you suggest they approach it?
Kevin: I think the best way is showing some recent releases , upcoming , personal bio & a nice greeting message with 2 or 3 mastered tracks willing to sign if its in our likes .
11. Hernan Cattaneo has been a huge supporter of your music, how much did it help just knowing that one of the world’s biggest and most loved DJs was pushing your sound so early in your production career?
Kevin: It was amazing , and still is ! Ive been a huge fan of Hernan Cattaneo since i started getting in to electronic music & was always inspired by his sound in metro dance Radio shows way back in 2008 i still was just a spectator . Receiving his support really opened many doors for me at a early stage , i am really thanked with him .
12. Where do you see the trends in electronic music going in the future? And what producers are you currently digging at the moment?
Kevin: Lately from my point of view music now days is getting old school again , back to the basic where it all started , more raw sounds , analog basses , Techno madness or maybe its just me that is really starting to dig some new artist & genres . Recently i really been digging , Sahar Z , Mike Griego , Dnyo , Chicola , Darin Epsilon
13. What do you do outside of electronic music? what is a regular day like for Uvo and what do you enjoy doing besides producing and DJing?
Kevin: A regular day is going to work , sad but true . Also getting ready to go back to school soon so i must be wise and approach now that i can still make music every afternoon and night daily .
14. 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 in your career that really helped?
Kevin: It was a bit frustrating at the start , but at that time of my life i really didn’t have nothing to do , i all i had was a laptop , Speakers , 24 hours of free time daily & a lot of attitude to learn no matter how . I saw many videos of just about everything that has to do with producing electronic music , and if there is some people that i feel that helped me really and still do , Pedro Aguiar , Hugo Ibarra in small or big way they didn’t give me there back .
15. How has your studio changed since you started producing?
Kevin: it was just a laptop ‘ headphones , the classic ironing board as my stand , A bedroom producer at its max . After a some weeks i bought Krk’s monitors & a Akai as my first midi also , At moment know this year it has got some upgrades , Native interments Maschine , Midi , desk , Acustic treatment , Mac mini , and in some weeks i hope to get my new Audio interface , last one was stolen in a robbery at my house , luckily they didn’t steal my monitors , midi , or laptop that i had at moment .
16. What parts of the production process do you find the toughest? and what comes easiest for you? When the writing or production process gets tough, what gets you through it?
Kevin: the toughest for me is the start , it may takes days to get to something i like to finish , there is days i make only sketches that i feel that are getting now were , so i take them as a practice and experimental moment to learn more about the software I’m using .
17. What does the rest of 2014 look like for you as a producer? any upcoming releases you can tell us about?
Kevin: Some upcoming stuff on Intemporal i am really exited about , lots of new originals on the way nothing signed yet , Starting to look for some labels i got in mind for a long time so be aware .
18. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Kevin: Francois Dubois – Blood (Original Mix) the deep Textures & lush pads in this tune made me start to imagine what music i would like to make , i still listen every time i remember it , like now .
19. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Kevin: My first official gig was in Puebla , Mexico . Playing at Chromophobic fest with sql & vazik in 2010 that time i had a different Alias , & last was in reynosa , Mexico . Starting the summer with a wicked pool party all day long
20. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Kevin: 1-st Renaissance Presents: Hernan Cattaneo- Sequential, Last – Nick Warren – Renaissance – The Masters Series
21. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Kevin: Remixing some of my favorite artist , Marcelo Vasami , Pedro Aguiar, Tim Penner, Scotty A.
22. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Kevin: I have a new Alias , Sooner or later you will find out .
23. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Kevin: Really cant think of one !
24. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Kevin: Guy J , Dixon , Microtrauma , Art Department , Damian Lazarus , Maceo Plex & many more .
25. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Kevin: i totally would love to remix Chaim and maybe get a remix back from him would be just perfect!!!
26. Record 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?
Kevin: Yes sadly there is many labels releasing as much as music as they can, i really don’t see a point people wont buy them, on the other hand there are labels that really stand out for me Bedrock, Sudbeat, microCastle, flow vinyl, Perspective digital these are doing a great job, quality always .
27. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Kevin: in my point of view i can still listen to Balance Presents Guy J and wont get tired of it .
28. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Pizza , Tacos
Drink: Pineapple & Cucumber water
Drugs : THC & Music
TV Show: Futurama
Movie: pineapple express
Video Game: gta V
Album: Incubus – make yourself
Track / Song: Incubus – Drive
Producer / Band: Guy J, Incubus – Weezer
Record Label: Bedrock, Sudbeat, microCastle, Flow Vinyl, Perspectives Digital
Nightclub: Hookah Satellite
DJ: Hernan Cattaneo
29. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Kevin: Yunus – Meeting Molly – Guy J remix
Dark Soul Project’s ‘Dancing to the Moon’ EP is out now on Intemporal, you can purchase the release: here