Kicking off Amam’s new vinyl only imprint ‘Mama’ is Italian native Enrico Sedda, a relatively unknown figure within the scene who has been producing music since 2011 under his own name as well as adopting his elusive 000 moniker for releases on Sleep Is Commercial and Amam itself. The Sardinian Islander inaugurates the sub-label with his pure analogue sound; in doing so he’s managed to retain the understated warmth and class that’s well attributed with the parent label Amam. I Voice caught up with the elusive producer to discuss his background, what he’s been up to recently and his future.
Music is part of my life since I was a child. When I started to learn piano I was 8 years old...Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did it all start for you? Is music something you’ve been interested in all your life?
Music is part of my life since I was a child. When I started to learn piano I was 8 years old. During that period I listened to Pink Floyd, Queen, Beatles, David Bowie and many more. It was funny because it was my first contact with a different kind of music, more complex and inspiring.
At 12 years old I started to play guitar. My cousin taught me 6 notes then I learnt to play all by myself. It was just me, my guitar and my ear. In a few years I started to play for some bands, sometimes with friends, just for fun. Sometimes it got more serious and we also used wind instruments and percussion. The genre was similar to drum and bass but more funky, very experimental.
At 20 I moved to Rome to study architecture and I quitted playing guitar for a while because I wanted to graduate as fast as I could. After a couple of years I started to play with Ableton and some VST just for fun, and I discovered another world. Today I don't know if I'm a DJ or an architect... better not to think about it!
What’s the story behind this release? Why has the label decided to start this new vinyl only imprint?
Behind this release there is more awareness, there is probably more experience and curiosity for new and even better sounds. There is a great passion for analog stuff and independent vinyl record labels. Surely Alessio's Mama project will give a chance to release, discover and experience other experimental sounds, and this is very cool and satisfying.
Behind this release there is more awareness, there is probably more experience and curiosity for new and even better sounds....Describe your influences? How did you gain access to different music living on the island of Sardinia?
I lived in Rome for 10 years. And after leaving it I constantly continued to go there because my brother, my friends, and my girlfriend live there.
I often go to Barcelona, Berlin, NY, Ibiza; I have many friends who live in these cities. But my influences come from Sardinia first: Andrea Ferlin, Renato Figoli, Alessio Mereu, Dusty Kid, Claudio Prc, Matteo Spedicati, Acirne… etc etc.
Describe your studio setup?
Ok, my studio is constantly moving. I like to produce looking outside a window, but in my living room the sound is not good, so I have to move the setup to my music room, but there are no windows there, so I move to my living room and so on. Fortunately I often use the Amam studio for pre-master and there the acoustic is great!
I usually use Vermona, Waldorf, Moog, Nord, Korg, a good sound card, an analog mixer, a couple of Adam, UC33, Zoom microphone, a modular system (West Coast), and a couple of Technics 1200. I often take some samples from old vinyls. About software I use Ableton, Logic or both. For the rest I'd kill for a MPC 3000 with SDcard, in good condition :)
Surely is more fun to play something you can touch, but I don’t want to give the idea that playing with laptops is wrong. It's simply different...What do you feel is important about vinyl? Why is Mama going to be a vinyl only imprint?
Because vinyl sounds better... maybe... surely is more fun to play something you can touch, but I don’t want to give the idea that playing with laptops is wrong. It's simply different.
When you're on stage playing without using a laptop and fxs it’s more difficult, and for this, is more fun; I think it’s a way to taste more that moment. Mama is a project aimed to all the DJs who seek this kind of taste; the consequence is perhaps less money, but more happiness!
Now that 2015 is coming to a close, what are you looking forward to next year? Any more projects to announce?
Yes, sure! The next project will be out very soon and it is called Befog,we are three DJs for one label (www.soundcloud.com/befogmusic), stay connected!