Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Georgio Weis
Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Georgio Weis
01. Can you tell us more about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you?
Well, I started playing the piano when I was four years old. We had a piano in our living room that I used to play on. Without lessons – and only with a little bit of help from my mom – I taught myself to play and read notes. When my mom brought me to an actual teacher, she first didn’t want to accept me as a student, because of my young age. She gave me a few tests to proof myself, and I passed with flying colors; she also asked me to say the alphabet, so when I said it and also ran it backwards, she was completely sold. That’s where my music history started.
As a musician I love to make music and I love all kinds of music – except for EDM and the harder forms of EDM, like hardcore and hardstyle – so I started producing hip hop, R&B, rock, jazz, house, pop and dance music for artists in my hometown. By the time I was sixteen, I produced – and co-produced – a couple of tracks for international artists around the globe.
02. How did you get into the techno scene and what are your first memories of hearing techno music?
My first encounter with Techno was at Free Your Mind Festival in my place of birth: Arnhem (Netherlands). I was nineteen and back then there weren’t so many festival like there are now. I actually had no idea what to expect. It was the only festival in Arnhem and I really wanted to know what it’s like. I remember seeing Benny Rodrigues, techno legend Speedy J, Michel de Hey and the inimitable Steve Rachmad for the first time, but also house hero’s like Roog, Funkerman, Erick E and Laidback Luke – who also played at an edition of Awakenings; something many people don’t know or forgot.
Before I went to Free Your Mind, I never been to a festival of this size before. The first thing I fell in love with, were the visitors. Everyone was so nice and relaxt. Only minding there own business or spreading good vibes to other people. It was completely different from the parties I used to go to. To be honest: Free Your Mind changed my life. As a musician who mostly made non-electronic music, Techno opened up my eyes to a whole new world of electronic music, and because there aren’t so many lyrics in it, you had to let the music speak for itself.
03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years? And how do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene?
The past years the House and Techno scene grew closer to each other, and as a big fan of groovin Tech House and Techno, I think this will only grow even more. I think this is only the beginning. The largest amount of festivals around Amsterdam are underground minded festivals. Seeing Awakenings sell out seven events during Amsterdam Dance Event, made me realize that this is only going to get bigger. Timewarp and Awakenings joining forces for Connect is the first sign of huge events that will work together to do it even bigger for the many fans of techno. I believe many more will follow.
As for myself, I can only hope that I can still be a part of this incredible scene. When I was nineteen I visited Free Your Mind for the first time, and ten years later I played there for the third time. This year will be my fourth during their 15th anniversary. So a lot of can happen during ten years. The cool thing is not to look forward, but the keep doing what you love to do everyday and then look back at what you’ve accomplished.
04. Where do you most enjoying playing? Crowdy festival places or more intimate clubs?
They all have their charms. When the sun is out and the weather is good, a festival is where you want to be. And when the location is right – dark, industrial and dirty – an intimate setting could also be amazing. I don’t really have preference.
05. Do you prefer to play live/dj or is it all about the music production?
The past two years I’ve been playing with a combination. Mostly I play with a Traktor 4 deck set up, linked to my Maschine workflow, using two Xone K2’s and a Maschine MK2 and a Maschine Jam. Sometimes I still play with three of four CDJ’s and then I bring my Tr-8 to spice it up a bit. I don’t like playing tracks as is, cause I like a lot of tracks, but not all tracks have that specific drive of groove that I want. So with these set ups, I can make sure that I create the vibe that I’m feeling. Especially with Maschine/Xone workflow I can take bits and pieces from different tracks, add stuff of my own, and make completely new groove on the spot. That’s when I get butterflies in my stomach.
06. Tell us your most proud moment in your career to date?
This is a hard one, but I think last year during Free Your Mind Festival 2017. It was exactly ten years ago that I visited that same festival that was my first Techno experience ever. It’s so cool that exactly ten years later I played there from 6 to 7pm with a packed stage, great weather and an amazing crowd who gave me the best feeling I ever had. Like in question 3: there was a moment in my set during the track ‘It’s In Your Brain’ by Fer BR, when I suddenly realized how special this is and how lucky I am to be doing this.
07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
House and Techno of course, but when I’m at home I listen to all kinds of music. Artists I love to listen to are: The Weeknd, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake (this generations MJ), Red Hot Chilli Peppers, N.E.R.D / Pharrel and so on. As for House and Techno: I mostly listen to Paco Osuna. I love the way he plays. It’s different from a regular DJ set and he really inspires me to try new ways of playing with music.
08. What parties and festivals should we not miss this year?
Free Your Mind, Awakenings, Welcome to the Future, Timewarp Mannheim, Kappa Futur, Veerplas Festival, Loveland, Mystic Garden and many more. As for parties, i’m not sure, but on March 31 i’m playing a hybrid/live b2b set during ‘Nachtverblijf’ with my homeboy Hollt in the Lichtfabriek in my hometown Haarlem (Netherlands).
09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips to upcoming talents?
Don’t act like a superstar and do stay humble.
10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations projects?
There’s an EP coming out on Repressure Recordings with some new experimental Techno sounds and a new Tech House EP I did together with my buddy PROJECT89 on In The Loop. I’ve got a full shelf with music I want to release, but I’m never in a hurry with releasing stuff.
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