Interview with Juan Deminicis!
Now we are back with another interview from the progressive house family. This time we went to South America to hook up with a truly gifted producer hailing from Argentina. With own productions and remix work on big labels such as Per-vurt Records, Darin Epsilons huge Perspectives Digital label, Balkan Connection, Baroque, Armada, Cid Inc´s imprint on the progressive heaven Replug Records, Mistiquemusic and so many more, Juan Deminicis is one of the brightest shining stars out on the scene at the moment. We are truly happy that this guy joined in for an interview with us to let us know a bit more behind the name. Now, let’s see what he has to say!
We hope everything is fine with you back home in Argentina. A lot have happened lately with you and your music and it seems you’re doing a great job being on a lot of the leading labels around. Could you tell us for a start who is hiding behind the name of Juan Deminicis? How did you end up on the electronic dance music scene and have you always been interested in sounds and sound design? How long have you been in to the producing and how did it all begin?
Hello, all good here, thanks for asking. Where do I begin? Im a guy that is 20 years and lives in Buenos Aires. I make music like anyone.
I known the electronic music since I was 15 – 16 years old then I was introduced very quickly to production, you know learning on my own, testing softwares, and listening to my favorite artists, like Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Howells, Sasha, Eric Prydz, James Zabiela, John Digweed, Nick Fanciulli, Layo & Bushwacka among others. Every day I was waiting to finish my day in school and then I played and listened to their their CDs.
Undoubtley my first introduction as a producer was on “GU38 Black Rock Desert” mixed by Carl Cox. I listen together with my friend Pablo Acenso, I mean, I was 17 and it was our first remix together and we couldn’t believe it that moment, it was our best achievement, and certainly was the kick we needed to stay put on the beautiful art of the music.
I’m very proud too of course, to sing in the Global DJ broadcast mixed and compiled by Markus Schulz, win the Cid Inc remix contest, and appear on the tracklist and charts of my favorite artists, that is something that is priceless.
How would you describe the progressive house scene in general in your home country of Argentina? Is there a big club scene for it?
The scene is not bad, there are coming great international DJ’s to play and we also have really big clubs. It’s not good from the point of view of new producers, Argentina have some really great new talented producers but few get the opportunity to play.
The most of us that listen to your music are definitely interested in how you do it. What programs do you work with, any specific vsti’s that is significant when it comes progressive melodies, basslines and Juan Deminicis? Also, do you work with both software and hardware?Actually I use Ableton Live 8, is the most simple and the fastest software for me, some Vsti’s just like Sylenth1, Nexus, Spectrasonic Omnisphere, and an external Virus TI snow.
When it comes to listening to music, what can we find in your Ipod? A lot of different styles, strictly progressive music or what is there in it?
Yes, mostly progressive house, but I like other styles too, tech house, techno, deep, in fact I try not close in a single style, whattever I listen to or produce, you know, I like to escape the routine of the general progress and put down a few beats to 100 BPM.
How would you define a good progressive track?
I like the simple tracks, with hypnotic harmonies and nice mixing. It’s what I like at the moment.
What inspires you to create the beats and tunes that you come up with?
Listen to music is one of the things but I think the happiness is the best inspiration to make music. So I try to keep myself happy, leave the problems behind and be with people that really makes me feel so. It’s the best inspiration that I can find!
What is the most important things to think about in your opinion?
I think the most important thing is not the set up, I always say, the music comes from inside, you can make music, with or without a studio, synthesizers and other things. All I can say to those who have just started, be patient, although today it is easier to get in contact with the great, but that’s not what really matters. The most important thing is to do good music, then everything will come with that, that’s what I hear always but I’m still writing.
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?
I believe that people who do that, is because that person care very little about the work done by the artist, but unfortunately there is no solution against piracy. I still want to believe that there is still people buying the tracks, and support artists.
If we look in to the future, what can we expect in the coming months from you and your productions?
Really good stuff coming up! I’m very happy to announce that my next release on Cid Inc’s Replug Records is just out on promo to the people on his promo pool. It’s in with 2 fresh tracks “Dark Concience” charted by Hernan Cattaneo last month and another original. 2 new remixes for Alterimage Recordings, another remix for Subtract Music with Pablo Acenso and a new EP for Lowbit Records is also on the way so look out.
If we move a bit further, were do you see yourself and the name of Juan Deminicis in a couple of years?
Haha, I dont know, I will keep the eye on the road forever, and the future will tell us.
Any final words to our PHWW viewers?
Thanks for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it and got to know me a little bit better!
November 4th, 2011