Andre Salata is a Brazilian DJ/Producer who has many years in the game learning his trade. A university professor as well as a label manager, there isn’t much he hasn’t shown his prowess at. With a release ‘Massimo’ EP just dropped on New York label Transmit Recordings, we sat down with him to talk about his decorated past...
It's been a busy time right now for me as I'm planning to build a new studio from scratch...Hi Andre, how are you?
I'm fine! Glad to have this interview with Ibiza Voice.
Thanks! What have you been busy with recently? Excited about your new release on Transmit Recordings?
It's been a busy time right now for me as I'm planning to build a new studio from scratch. I'm really excited about this single on Transmit Recordings. It's having good support from great artists.
What’s your musical background? Were you musical from an early age?
I started playing drums at the age of 13. By that time I was digging into Progressive Rock and some Heavy Metal. In the same time, I was learning how to play with turntables and was enjoying dropping some jungle vinyls. Crazy!!
I started DJing when I was 13 just for the fun of putting some vinyls into a turntable... How did you get into DJing and producing?
I started DJing when I was 13 just for the fun of putting some vinyls into a turntable. At that time I never imagined myself playing.
So the first serious thing was music production in 2004 and I started producing Drum 'n Bass as a hobby. Then I moved into Techno and had my first release in 2007. From that time I started DJing as well.
You’re a college lecturer. What influenced you to teach music production? Must be rewarding to connect with the younger generation over something you're so passionate about.
I started teaching back in 2007 in a friend's school. One year after, a university from Sao Paulo started a graduation course of Electronic Music Production and they invited me to help them on some subjects. It's a pleasure to connect to the young producers and feel all that energy! And it helps you to recycle ideas.
I'm a kind of in-the-box producer but have invested some money on analog synths lately... Being so involved with music technology and production, what’s your studio set up and gear of choice?
I'm a kind of in-the-box producer but have invested some money on analog synths lately. I use a RME Fireface to manage some synths like Moog Sub Phatty, DSI Prophet 8, Novation Bass Station, among others. And everything else, like processors and effects are all plugins, mainly from UAD-2 platform.
You had a label of your own didn’t you, Tiles. What’s the story behind that?
Yes! Tiles started in the beginning of 2013 when I and my friend Guilherme had some music in our computers and we would like to release them and know exactly how they would perform. At the time the first and second releases came out, I was enjoying managing the thing and start asking some friends to join the family. All our releases are from Brazilian producers with established work such as ANNA and Victor Ruiz, or very talented artists such as Adam Mor, Kleber and Gabriel Moraes.
As a known die-hard fan of techno, who would you say your influences were on your music?
I believe Sao Paulo city influences me a lot. The traffic, buildings, night life and people create an amazing atmosphere which makes me feel in some way inspired to create my music. In terms of artists, I listen to a lot of the ones I used to see a lot in Brazil when I started clubbing, like Adam Beyer, Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and others. But I love to know some newer names who are doing a great job.
What’s the techno scene like in Sao Paulo?
It's at a good moment right now. We have a lot of artists who came to my country playing in Sao Paulo in clubs like D-Edge and parties like ODD, which doesn't have a fixed location. I think people are consuming more techno nowadays here and they are urging for new music and experiences.
It's amazing to see how Djs connect to the audience & how they respond to great music...Do you go clubbing often?
Hell yeah! I love clubbing. I love the vibe from the dance floor. It's amazing to see how Djs connect to the audience and how they respond to great music. It's something I always try to bring to my tracks.
Will there be more releases to come from yourself that we should be looking forward to?
Yes! I have a new EP coming out on Get Physical Music in the beginning of 2017 with two tracks based on straight drum programming and chords! And an amazing remix from a producer I admire a lot :)
What can we expect from Andre Salata in the future?
Great music trying to translate what I feel in a club or from my city! And some Portuguese YouTube tutorials!