Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Mod3llr

Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Mod3llr

01. Can you tell us more about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you?

My music history or my music career pretty much started when I was a kid…

I grew up in a family of musicians and artists. My dad was a touring sound engineer and musician and from when I was 8 years old, he would take me with him on summer tours. He taught me how to set up a full stage and how to deal with the bands live performance from behind of a 34 fader mixer.

My dad used to play in bands as well, singing and playing guitar. He was aware of my creative skills so gave me the opportunity to play with a lot of the different instruments he was bringing home at that time, including some of the most infamous synths like Korg Polysix or Roland Jupiter.
I remember being completely hypnotized, playing with different sound effects for days…

When I was a teenager I started playing in hardcore and metal bands in my hometown Gijón. I was playing guitar and then around the same time, I started playing records at the pubs next to my parents, pulling from my dad’s records collection and the music I could find at the pub. From here I started to also purchase my own records. 

I had some training when I was a kid, piano, and guitar,  but I consider the most important line of training for me was the huge record vinyl collection I had at my parents home. My dad had one of the biggest record collections I had ever seen, from 60s singles to modern age, including UKs Pop, New Age, American Blues and Rock or Jazz Fusion. This was really unusual at the time, as a lot of this type of music was forbidden in my country when he was a kid. The collection is priceless, few thousands records and CDs.  So I would say that vinyl records collection was my biggest training source. I was inspired by a lot of different artist and producers,  combined with that amazing sound system setup he had with marvelous Polk Audio monitor 10A, such amazing memories…

02. How did you get into the techno scene and what are your first memories of techno music?

I remember listening to Kraftwerk records at home, these records sounded really similar to the synths I was playing when I was a kid but I wouldn’t say that was my first techno memory… In the late 80s, when I was playing records professionally at a pub in my hometown, I was playing thing like UKs pop or Post-Punk, Rock, Indy and so on, EBM and industrial electronic music hit the scene and I went to my first after-hours club, La Fabrika, Gijon…
 Within a few years, I’d become a resident DJ and remained so for over a half a decade doing long hour techno sets. The very first track from Nizert Eb and Front 242 were playing, it was Sunday morning and with that music and those people. This combination was when I felt techno for the very first time. I could feel the musical evolution, the electronic music, the technology applied to the music, new ways to enjoy the music, it was something so new and different and I became completely attracted to it.

03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years? And how do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene?

Techno has been in a state of constant evolution since the beginning, I consider techno a new way of expression, and I’ll include in that world not just music but the image, video, software, all kinds of creative technology as well.  I think techno mainly, and in the way, the people consume techno these days in big festivals or small clubs is about an experience.

Techno music has been created for the dance floor mainly, I think there is one important ingredient missing, the interaction with the audience. In ten years I’m completely sure  Techno shows will reach that point. You will go to a techno show and you will be immersed in a Techno experience where not just the DJs will play the main roles, the audience will be part of what happens all the time and based on what kind of people, the number of people, how the people are moving or what the audience mood is, together it will create a completely unique experience in each show or venue.

I see my self-directing techno shows, music, image, and interaction. I’ve been working hard on being able to express myself as a multi-platform artist over the last two decades so, I do hope to reach the point of becoming a Techno Experience Director for my own shows.


04. Where do you most enjoying playing? Crowdy festival places or more intimate clubs?

Definitely, you are more involved or close to people at small venues, but I do prefer to play or perform for big crowds.

05. Do you prefer to play live/dj or is it all about the music production?

I love to play records as a DJ but lately, I love to do a kind of hybrid thing, I mean I play as a DJ but just 100% with my own records.

06. Tell us your most proud moment in your career to date?

That’s a good question. Different stages of my life, different feelings, different highlights, I mean, things were happening which I was proud of in the past, but I wouldn’t necessarily be proud of this days, like playing big venues or touring worldwide. But if I had to choose one… and a fresh one, I would say being able to tour Asia last spring playing just my own tunes, and having produced enough music to create different sets without repeating any tracks, I’m immensely proud of pulling all of that work together.

07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?

Yes sure, for the new producers I would say a few things:
I don’t have much time to listen to music at home based on the number of hours I’m producing music in the studio, but I like to create environments sometimes using atmospherics. While I’m on my skateboard I listen to hard rock music, or while commuting or traveling lots of different pieces of music. I listen to a lot of techno references as well, to keep myself up to date.

08. What parties and festivals should we not miss this year (2018)?

Barcelona – Sonar 25 Edition
Amsterdam – Awakenings
Asturias – Aquasella
Asturias – LEV (next year)

09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips to upcoming talents?

Yes sure, for the new producers I would say a few things:

A: Think before you put yourself in front of your production studio setup, what do you want to do and try to stick to the plan or idea till the end of the song.

B: Try to explore and experiment with new instruments out of your production time, I mean, while you are writing music don’t try to Learn a new machine or virtual instrument. Choose before you start a set of instruments you are comfortable with to produce your EP or album and stick to them.

C: Probably you all are aware of this but I do know by fact that sometimes the basics are the key to be able to create something that reaches quality standards. Try to separate your production process in 3 different steps:
– 1: Writing or programming your music.
2: Mixing.
3: Mastering.
If you are able to have different people helping out or giving you some feedback in each step it so beneficial for your work.

10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations

I’m about to release a new EP, the 5th release of my new imprint MOD3LLR on June 22th, Subspace Analysis EP, spacey tunes for the dance floor,

July the first will be releasing the project MOD3LLR’s álbum debut, Times & Space, where I’ve been exploring different electronic music themes, more experimental or IDM with dark techno background textures.

My partner David Guti and I have been working on a new label, collaborating with different Spanish and English artists for the last few years too, we will start to release records beginning of next year.

After a few years in the studio, seems like I’ll start touring again next year with an AV show, probably an interactive show and I’m so looking forward to being back on the stage again.

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