Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Veerus (Veerus & Maxie Devine)
Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Veerus (Veerus & Maxie Devine)
Manuel Pepe – Veerus has signed remixes for an impressive handful of top artists including Fatboy Slim, Noir, Steve Angello, Sharam and House legend Todd Terry.
His music is continuously finding the support and praises from major DJs such as Techno Icon Carl Cox and of course Fatboy Slim himself. We should add to the list other names from the star system like Solomun, Sasha, Joris Voorn, Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet, Coyu, Pan-Pot, Tube & Berger, Sharam (Deep Dish) and Nic Fanciulli.
01. Can you tell us more about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you?
I bought my first turntables in 1993 and started to play all kinds of music from acid to techno, commercial, house, hardcore, trance, hardstyle and drum & bass. Worked for 6 years in a local radio station where I have created several radio-formats from 1998 until 2004. I met Maxie Devine in year 2000. He’s the man who taught me everything related to studio recording and we decided to start working together in production, initially with various pseudonyms and eventually as “Veerus & Maxie Devine” since 2007.
02. How did you get into the techno scene and what are your first memories of techno music?
Great question! … I remember the first tapes/cassettes that we used to exchange between friends in 1992. It was not the usual radio or pop music, but rather something different and strange. Something boring but at the same time fascinating. Something that I could not live without since then, it’s like a drug for me! After that phase I started attending clubs and I never stopped since then 🙂 The clubs were huge at that time with a capacity of at least 2,000 people, and they were always full! There were about 15 clubs in my small province and they were all working just great. Music was played by resident DJs and it was only 10 years later that the culture of the “Guest DJ” started to appear.
The played music was not as well defined as it is now in terms of arrangements or bpm, it was all so confusing but cool. There was an air of rebellion after the 80s! I remember the music going up from 120 to 150 bpm in one evening. I used to stay next to the DJ booth whenever I go to a club, so that I can watch how to operate the decks. I used to stand there for hours, sometimes without any need to interact with people It was new stuff for me, fresh stuff, something that radically changed my life. After all, how can you not be in love with techno? 🙂
03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years? And how do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene?
We are living the most beautiful age of techno music now, and funny enough, I keep having the same feeling about it every year since 1993 … I don’t dare to imagine how it will be in 2028 . A lot will change with the fast evolution of technology, and I think we will be streaming music instead of using a USB very soon. There are rumors about Pioneer creating decks directly connected to Spotify. Live playing and visual effects will definitely evolve to be something else by then!! Me in 10 years? I want to be a main figure in the scene, producing, playing, and certainly teaching.
04. Where do you most enjoying playing? Crowdy festival places or more intimate clubs?
My music is designed for festivals or big clubs, but playing in the intimacy of a small club is super cool. I definitely enjoy both big and small crowds!
05. Do you prefer to play live/dj or is it all about the music production?
At the moment I love to spin tracks and produce good sounds. I never thought of live playing… But maybe one day I will present my first album through an entirely live tour, you never know.
06. Tell us your most proud moment in your career to date?
I had a lot of proud moments in my career, big and small ones. But the most important one for me was about 10 years ago, when me and Maxie Devine produced a bootleg that was sent to some DJs that used to support us at that time. A week after, while checking Youtoube, we noticed that everyone was playing it, including Mark Knight. Ok, end of story! It was just a bootleg. A couple of months later, Mark Knight wrote to us saying that the “bootlegged” artist heard our track and wanted to have it officially released. Now, imagine the situation: you are in the studio, it’s a hot summer day, you are having some fun while making music, and all of a sudden, one of the most sacred monsters of electronic music approves your bootleg! It was “Fatboy Slim” and the track was “Star 69” released under the name “What The Fuck”. I had tears of joy for hours!
07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
Any kind of music! When I’m home I basically listen to classics of almost all genres: Pop, Rock, Techno, House, Hip Hop, etc. I think that listening to good classics helps me in the studio, as it is very inspiring on the technical level. I like to listen to how a track/song has been mixed and what kind of snare has been used. I also focus on other sounds that I never heard before. Sometimes I lose myself listening to the same track in loop for an hour or more, depending on my mood during that day. During the last year, I’ve been focusing on new Italian music and it’s really strange for me. But hey, we are great artists here! When I’m at the gym or in the car, I only listen to live sets or techno podcasts. This helps me keep being updated while saving time, combining business with pleasure!
08. What parties and festivals should we not miss this year?
I suggest both “Awakenings” and “Drumcode” festivals. These festivals host the best artists of the year, and it is certainly an opportunity to understand which sound will move the techno scene next year. If you can’t attend, I recommend to follow them in order to stream / listen to the various live artists.
09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips to upcoming talents?
I have to admit that today’s guys already know how to move around Producing/DJing very well, thanks to online tutorials, forums, etc etc, which is a good thing considering that when I started, this wasn’t possible. I have spent years trying to figure out how to do a good mix on the tracks and I had to discover it the hard way on my own, through hundreds of kilometers car trips to get information from more experienced people, bad investments in terms of time (years) and money (thousands of euros), buying useless machines or ones that are difficult to use without tutorials, and many things more. You don’t go this far if you don’t love this “job”! It is definitely not a job for everyone… Remember this because nobody will ever say it to you! You’ll find yourself spending weeks or months in the studio without actual results in terms of exposure. You’ll find yourself with a fucking bomb track in your hands that your family and friends find amazing, but none of those who count in the music business will listen to.
Finding the cool label to release your track or the well-known artist to support it doesn’t mean you have arrived! It is only one small objective achieved. Your track may enter the sales charts and could reach the top 10, and you’d probably expect to receive hundreds of bookings! And when this doesn’t happen you will start wondering why. Truth is, what you did is still not enough! So, you have to get back to work and achieve many more small goals, day after day, until after a few years you can turn back and see what you have built. Always be different. Get inspired from others, but never copy them. And finally, remember that you can never please everyone! Have you ever thought of Sven Vath, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox? How long have they been doing this job? A lifetime! And I think they have known some dark moments as well. For example, Richie Hawtin plays twice a year at the same club he was kicked out of many years ago!
You must not be in a hurry, and you shouldn’t give up! If you work hard every day (even on Saturdays and Sundays!) you will get the results you want. Anyway, if you are really an enthusiast of the recording studio, remember that you have the best job in the world, so why would you complain? 😉
10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations projects?
Just few things 🙂 Well, after 5 months of hard work in the studio from late summer until the end of the year, I have got great supports from amazing artists.
I have just released a rework together T78 of a classic techno track by Junk Project “Brain Tool”, and I’m really proud of it because it is one of my favorite techno tracks of the 90’s, and it’s probably the only official rework done in more than 20 years’ time. After 5 months, I got back on Transmit Recordings this week with a release of 3 tracks that I have produced during late summer, “Highlands EP”. I will be releasing my first EP on Octopus Black Recordings this March. This is a great thing for me because Octopus has been one of my favorite techno labels throughout the last years. have received the masters just yesterday, and I must say I was amazed by the sound but also by how the whole EP was conceived… It sounds so old-school 🙂 I will also be back again on Kittball by April with a 2-track release. These tracks will be happier that the previously mentioned 3. Summer is at the door and people wanna be happy 🙂 I have other projects and collaborations planned on the way, but for the moment, everything must be kept secret 😉
‘ MY BEAT ‘ – More than 3 millions youtube’s views and ranked #1 on Suara youtube channel Supported everywhere [ VIEW MOVIE ]
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