Interview with Airdraw!
Alright, time for another interview here at Progressive House Worldwide. This time we are heading of to Argentina, to catch up with a great producer and sound designer. With his first release out in late 2010, Dario Tello aka Airdraw, has quickly shown he has some great potential and talent to create some of the best progressive tracks. It’s no wonder he already have been picked up by some great labels, such as Silk Royal, Elliptical Sun Melodies, Alter Ego and a few more. We are sure there is a lot more to follow in his footsteps not to far away. Let’s get down to business and see what Dario has to say, we hope you all will enjoy it!
Hi Dario! How nice to have you with us, it’s a pleasure having you in for this interview. Of course we want to know everything about you and how you got in to the music industry and most important for us, to the progressive community. Give us a brief about Dario Tello/Airdraw, how did you get in to the music industry and who is Dario Tello/Airdraw?
Hello Freddie, first of all I would like to thank all the members of PHW for giving me the opportunity to reach the public through this interview, is a real pleasure for me. I follow your publications since quite some time because of your excellent reviews / interviews / promos and forever grateful for your good comments about my material.
Airdraw is a project that already carries approximately 10 years. My beginnings were not directly with electronic music but rather in relation to the battery. My first music magazine was an edition of CM with a great title that said “Battery”, with a CD (yes, CD haha) which had a demo copy of Fruity Loops Pro (The first version of the now famous FL Studio). The beginnings were not fast, but were really fun! There was no access to information / Samples / Tutorials / VSTS / Daw powerful / PC with large capacity, basically limited myself to create small bases and melodies, experimentation was and is one of the pillars of my productions (along with the melody) is why I have a tendency to vary styles track by track. The intention to improve myself in what i really enjoy led me to study in order to become Sound Technisian (which it takes 3 years) and then produced as a duo (LD/Tello & Lioy Ceballos) remixing artists like Heatbeat, Alex Hentze, Dj Eco (tracks that have been broadcast/supported by Armin and released in the first compilation of Dj Shah for Armada Music) As Airdraw, my first release came out by
Aleph/Flashover (Ferry Corsten label) then Silk Music, Dangerbox, Elliptical Sun Melodies, Neuroscience, Alter Ego. 19 Hz duo (with Rodrigo Deem) is where we try to bring out the best of each one we propose a space where we left our individual styles and exchange ideas and production techniques. We are longtime friends, have preferences and a very similar, so we understand each other very well when it comes to produce.
We know you work on a few aliases, could you give us something how you came up with your names and what separates the different aliases?
LD / Tello & Lioy Ceballos was the first a.k.a. as producer duo, born from the last names of the members, the first stage as a producer and the first releases, nice experience with an old friend (Liuwik). Airdraw: I love Sasha Album “Airdrawndagger” I remember I bought the CD and the first listen really did not understand what I was hearing haha, it is one of the works which has marked my way to see the overall aesthetics, the detail, the quality, the manipulation of Forms. 19 Hz: Duo Rodrigo Deem. Arises from a bad joke (nerdy), the average human has the ability to hear from 20 Hz onwards, 19 Hz would be a frequency that is not noticeable, From there come the name (in some films, many designers use sound frequencies 10 to 19 hz, although not audible, is perceived in the body).
What you feel is your biggest strengths while producing?
My strong points are the details and the melody (the most emotional that can be made), I love monoleads (Jubilee, Zoe, Olaen and Juno), quite fanatic of the sound quality, I’m a person who takes time to create my tracks, very detail oriented, it’s rare that I don’t have the final project in my hands if I do a collaboration.
Are you using both software and hardware for producing, and what DAW do you use?
Only Software: FL Studio, so many years working over the same Daw, plus Image Line has turned into something more and more powerful and flexible, I feel very comfortable producing with it.
I love the Moog sound and one of my pillars to produce is the Omnishere, I’m using few general processes to finish a track.
You live in Argentina, how would you describe the progressive scene in your country?
It may sound strange my answer on this point of view, but beyond my situation as progressive producer who started his career some time ago and came to the scene by something else that has nothing to do with electronic music directly. I think the progressive scene in Argentina has its greatest exponents worldwide (Hernan Cattaneo being the biggest national referent) but today locally is being appeased by the great affluent of artists from a variety of genres that have been presented in our country. Speak in Argentina that there are any genre that lead in convening is trite and differentiate between their followers an easy task but it is not proportional to the attendance at events. Generally the national electronic scene has grown too far and today is located in a position that maybe 20 years ago would not have been imagined at this magnitude and because of that growth, many national artists today are great names abroad and into the local scene.
There are so many good producers coming from your country, you think it has some special reason or it just turned out you guys from Argentina rock on producing music?
Actually I do not think that depends on the country where you live . Does it depend on what surrounds you, your talent, the ability to show your work, how to acquire knowledge and to seek inspiration . I feed a lot about image, aesthetics, design and nature.
Let us know a few other producers that you really enjoy, what producers do you like to listen to?
Currently EDM / IDM Andrew Bayer, Modjo, Bonobo, Tycho, A Dancing Beggar, PNFA, Kiyoko and others, but actually listen to more traditional music such as Reggae, Funk, Soul and fusions between it (usually listen to music for relaxation). When it comes to produce, I pay attention to trends adding some of my influences.
A lot of the music today is not sold, it’s spread through Internet and musicians and labels hardly make any money at all on their productions and the hard work that’s been put in. What are your thoughts about the sharing through blogspots, forums and all other ways for illegal sharing of music and what do you think there is to do about it?
In genres like ours feels stronger illegal sale, we are delayed, an example is: wanting to acquire new soft / hardware / samples, etc music lessons, the artist will have to wait to get “x” amount of money . The time that it dedicated to your music will be smaller because it will have to seek other options to acquire money. So the labels will have less to offer to the other artists and the public, the distribution and the costs will be higher for them. There are labels that are thinking about changing the way of selling releases, providing donations directly to “artist” or / and “label”. In brief if you like the artist, try to buy their releases and support, often only has that resource (which has no gigs) to develop his talent.
I’m finishing two EPs, one with B.O.N.G. and another one with Rodrigo Deem (19 Hz), each with its own style, one more progressive House (w / B.O.N.G.) and the other more club sound (19 Hz), also already finished collaboration with the Chilean producer Aerotek, plus a couple of original tracks. There are other strong releases: a few weeks before going on sale were supported by artists like Above & Beyond, Max Graham, Jaytech, Ruben de Ronde, Tydi on their radio shows … ·19 Hz – Round & Round (with Shingo Nakamura remixes and Sundriver) ·Liuwik & Airdraw – White Collar (remixes of Blood Groove & Kikis and Shame Robinson)
As for gigs, it’s a pleasure for me to tell you that I will be in charge of the opening of the Anjunabeats Label Tour Argentina in Buenos Aires (my debut in that city) on Friday October 12 at Privilege BA with Jaytech and Norid & Rad . I am very expectant, is a good opportunity to show my live productions and a pleasure to be part of the arrival of the product label and Argentina by Flight By Art (http://www.facebook.com/flightbyart )who are also in charge of my management.
Time to round things of, it was a pleasure having you with us and to get to know you a bit more. Any final words to the visitors at Progressive House Worldwide and your fans there?
Thank you so much for all the support and feedback on my productions, is a pleasure to read each review and comment. I invite you to check my fanpage www.facebook.com/airdrawmusic for more news, gigs and new releases. A huge hug from Argentina to the entire community of PHW! Don’t forget to support the artists! And thanks for reading the interview.
October 4th, 2012