Spanish-born and Belgium-based Dj, live performer and producer Dany Rodriguez has been decades in underground techno scene with many releases on labels such as Kombination Research, MBR, Bush, MB Elektronics, Destination, Bulletdodge, Phobiq and his two labels Recode and RMR; the Spaniard has collaborated with artists such as The Advent, Mark Broom, James Ruskin, Joey Beltram, Ben Sims, Space Dj’z, Marco Bailey, Sian, John Selway, Sasha Carassi and many more. This month Dany come back with “Spirit” EP on MB Elektronics label of his partner in crime Marco Bailey. The new output Spirit consists of 3 original productions plus a remix from Mikael Jonasson.
I like a lot of different kinds of electronic music, so I try to define it into just one category, but techno is considered my main production style...Ahead of the release, we managed to grab a few words with the man behind the music to discuss his inspiration, his production styles and more…
How would you define your DJ and production styles?
I like a lot of different kinds of electronic music, so I try to define it into just one category, but techno is considered my main production style, however I try to make it experimental and ambient a little more with some tracks.
Talk us through a bit about your new release, its inspiration?
Well my inspiration comes with the emotions I collect through everyday life, when I feel it’s there, I go straight into the studio and I try to develop what I feel and have in my mind this is how I developed this EP. Nothing in particular inspired me to make this track, with most of them it just happens…when its right, you know!
It’s important that whatever equipment or machine you are working with, that it fits with your “personality” & the way you want to use it. Then it works!How about producing? Can you tell us more about what you use in the studio?
I use a lot of old gears as sequential circuit Dave Smith PRO 1 also Nord Lead 1 and 2, Virus B, Korg MS200, TR808 , Waldorf pulse, Kurzweil K2500, Yamaha an1x , Korg Triton, Juno G , also few effects hardware such as TC electronic D two, Roland DEP 3 and many more! I know that's a lot! It doesn't really matter if you have all these machines but it’s important that whatever equipment or machine you are working with, that it fits with your “personality” and the way you want to use it. Then it works!
What keeps you inspired and what else are you working on or looking forward to?
Many artists inspire me, namely Jess Mills, Plastikna, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Harold Faltermeyer and Front 242 to name a few off the top of my head. However most of my inspiration comes from everyday life, your past, your feelings and emotions with friends and family. Also when you see the reaction from the crowd when you play a track, that's something very humbling and special; it keeps you inspired to keep doing what you do.
My next project is the LINK Festival in Belgium every year and the next one is on the 8th October, we have Ninza Kraviz, Jeff Mills, Bjarki and Marco Bailey + many more! I also look after the monthly concept night at La Cadran Club in Liege called GET IN, which is a really exciting project for me.