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Artist Feature: Marc Stretch

Marc Stretch is a renaissance man based in Oakland, California that we were fortunate enough to meet through producer Wax Roof, a recent Feature Series contributor. Marc has been an important player in the Bay Area music scene for some time, and he’s currently involved with several groups including Foreign Legion, Big Willie Dynamite, Handclap Technicians, and a bunch of other dope projects. In addition to being a masterful craftsman of the art of rhyming, Marc keeps the dance floor crackin’ as a video DJ throughout the Bay, and is expanding his repertoire with more video and photography projects in the future. Marc’s perspective on Reflection centers on the idea of returning equal energy that comes your way, while Response is a more developed and better articulated plan of action. Check below to see how he approaches R & R in his music and Reflects on the evolving nature of his work.

Marc Stretch

Marc Stretch | Photo by Leo Docuyanan

Reflection is returning the same energy to a situation that is aimed at you…Response is what happens when you take the energy of a situation, take a moment to think over the possible repercussions of options that you have, and articulate a plan and put it into action.

– Marc Stretch

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

MS: I’m originally from Ft. Dix, New Jersey (born in Huntsville, Alabama) but I’m currently resting my sneaker collection and bacon addiction in the lovely city of Oakland, California.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

MS: To me, they’re opposite sides of the same coin. Reflection is returning the same energy to a situation that is aimed at you. If somebody directs anger towards you, you respond with anger. If a situation directs peace towards you, you direct peace towards the situation. Response is the other side of that. Response is what happens when you take the energy of a situation, take a moment to think over the possible repercussions of options that you have, and articulate a plan and put it into action. That’s response to me.   

How does your music fit in with that definition?

MS: I feel like all the music I make is the result of inherited reflections and informed responses. I am a result of every thing that has happened to me, every person I’ve met and every word I’ve ever heard. Sometimes, that means that you’re going to get the instinctive Reflection side of me in a song. Those songs tend to speak to where we’ve been or where we are in the moment. Sometimes, I’ll make the Response which is usually focused on where I feel we need to go.

Traditionally I’m known as a goofy rap guy or a battle MC, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the opportunity grow and express myself in a more mature and honest way. Not saying that the party MC wasn’t me, because I’ve torn down plenty of stages and wrecked plenty of hotel rooms. It’s just that the older I get, the more I realize that the “goofy rap” box is just way too small for me.

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

MS: Man…. Quiet is kept, I’ve been pretty busy. I just released the 2nd album for my group, Big Willie Dynamite along with my brothers Mondo and raysthebar. It’s called Joes vs. Pros and we’ve been rocking shows to support it. We’re currently finishing up our next album (untitled at this time) and working on the visual side of that. I’m also working with Prozack Turner on our next release as Foreign Legion. We’re getting ready to shoot a video that I’ll be co-producing and co-directing. We’re considering releasing a limited edition 45, for all the vinyl heads. Next, I’m working on a solo record with production from myself, Rice4Ever, Unjust, Flight 27, raysthebar and a few other friends. I’ve got some guest appearances from people that I’m close to like Danjres Will Robinson, Ariane Mitchell, Mondo, and Lowbrow The Hypnotic. The record is tentatively being called Marc’d for Def.

Oh… Just for the record, I tend to only work with people I actually know and like. The way music is now, it’s not really to your advantage to work with somebody just cause they are hot. It doesn’t matter. Make good music. Speaking of good music, I’ve got an album done and waiting to be mastered with the indomitable G Koop called Instruction Manual. Together we’re known as Handclap Technicians. Most recently, I’ve started working on a project with my dude Wax Roof and I’m crazy excited to get that done and get that in the hands of the people. He’s a young dude that is super talented and hungry to make great music. He’s definitely one of the best kept secrets in the Bay. He doesn’t know but we’re gonna call the album Paisley Paint Job and the group is going to be called The Corduroy Boys.

In addition to all of the recording that I’ve been doing, I’m also rocking live monthly with the G Koop and O-man Band on the first Friday of every monthI’m also Video DJing for my night on Second Saturdays called #FUTURESHOCK along with Deejay Saurus and DJ Halo as well as some one-off gigs around the Bay. Both of these gigs happen at Prozack’s place, The Legionnaire Saloon.

I also caught the photo bug from my girls Adza Adrienne and Araya Diaz, which is kind of a return to my roots since my Dad was an amateur photographer and I used to work with him. I was in charge of developing the film, back when you actually had to develop film to make pictures. I’ve been refining that in my somewhat spare time.

On top of aaaaalllll that, I’ve been flexing my athletic prowess by playing adult Kickball for WAKA. Yes…. I said kickball. I’ve won more than a couple local championships and even went to the Nationals, in Las Vegas.

What am I working on next?  Well, along with the audio projects, I’m really excited to be working on more video projects. I’ve already done a comedy film with Prozack (shot by Tim Nolan and Dave Medina) called Night Moves and I’ve shot some music videos with the likes of Roy Miles and Behn Fanin. I recently shot my own video for a song called Ready2Fly and that was really when the video bug bit me. I’m working on videos for some songs for my solo record and starting treatments for a Foreign Legion joint and some of the Corduroy Boys songs too. I’ve also been talking to Nightclubber Lang from Boom Bap Project about a cooking variety show. We’re both culinary enthusiasts and feel like we can bring something to a younger generation of viewers.

Who or what inspires you?

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Artist Feature: Armando Pérez

Armando Pérez is a focused and prolific musician, composer, and producer originally from Chicago, and currently based back in his hometown after stints in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Over the years, Armando has been an important, contributing figure in various musical scenes, with projects ranging from composing/recording under the name The Single Helix, hosting DJ sets and other concerts, playing with Latin fusion group Jugo de Mango and Afro-beat/cumbia ensemble ¡ESSO!and spinning house and global soul music. In his interview, Armando comments on Reflection and Response through the intriguing nature of his surroundings and the process of absorbing its various scenes. He also discusses his efforts to stay continually busy to help fuel positive production and creativity. The future is naturally bright and full for Armando with records coming out for his various projects along with multiple upcoming performances, so we were lucky enough to catch up with him for the feature below!

Armando Pérez

It’s pretty cathartic to read your own unfiltered thoughts. It helps put life into perspective.

– Armando Pérez

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

AP: I was born and currently reside in Chicago, IL. I am working and living in the Hermosa neighborhood, writing and recording new music under the alias The Single Helix, as well as hosting monthly DJ and live music nights around the city. I’m blessed to have the outlets I do; performing with Latin fusion band Jugo de Mango, performing Afro-funk and cumbia with ¡ESSO!, and DJing global soul and house music. I do music full time: licensing beats, engineering live shows, guesting with musician friends and recording various artists. Having lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I decided Chicago had the best scene for my creative aspirations. Home is where the heart is, so here I am.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

AP: For me, it means I discover who I am and what I stand for: I witness, I absorb, I process, I respond. There are so many variables in where we are and what we see and feel. Strong moments make me reflect on what it means to be true to myself. It leads me to my voice.

How does your work fit in with that definition?

AP: I am surrounded by city life. I see people, friends and family coming and going, searching, dealing with their social and professional triumphs and problems. It all affects me. My entire creative life has been a documentarian response to all these experiences. I keep journals. I read them back and find idea nuggets to make new music. I’m literally talking myself into it. It’s pretty cathartic to read your own unfiltered thoughts. It helps put life into perspective. Beyond those lyrical ideas and notes, melodies sometimes come to me out of nowhere, sometimes in my sleep! I’ll have to wake up, get my guitar, figure out the melody or chord structure and record it on my phone. When I sit down to write, it comes out more controlled. Once my vocal melody is solid, I can fit it to lyrical ideas phonetically. It is all reflection of what I’m feeling.

Armando Pérez

What have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next? 

AP: I am really excited about releasing a special song I co-wrote and recorded with the talented rhumba flamenca, Vivian Garcia. We are now finishing the video for our single, “Loc@s.”

I’m also wrapping up a personal album of sexy songs entitled “Pillowtalk”  featuring prodigious opera singer Erica Rose Sauder. It will be released under the SonicOctopus/Dilligaf label at the end of April.

In May I’ll be completing an album with West Coast producer extraordinare Izznyce. We are working as a breakbeat collaborative called Oso Gigante, repping San Francisco and Chicago. We will be releasing our first record “Rarities Vol.1” and be back in the studio with emcee Planet Asia in early May.

Beyond that, I have DJ remixes in the works for the dance floor and a live ¡Esso! record and tour planned for this summer. Did I mention the new Jugo de Mango record coming out this Spring?

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Artist Feature: Ruben García

Tuvimos la buena fortuna de conocer a Ruben García en 2013 en Granada cuando Ruben me invitó a pinchar en su bar, La Iguana. Ruben nos dio la bienvenida a su bar que utiliza su espacio para ofrecer buenas vibras junto a exposiciones, conciertos, sessiones de DJ, y varias otras actividades creativas. Ruben y la Iguana representan un núcleo creativo en esta ciudad activa y estimulante. En la entrevista abajo, Ruben nos da la bienvenida al Colectivo y comparte sus ideas sobre la importancia de Reflexión y Repuesta, su papel como facilitador de lugares de expresión, y mucho más.

We had the good fortune to get to know Ruben García in 2013 in Granada when Rubin booked me to spin in his bar, La Iguana. He welcomed us to his bar that harbors good vibes while also utilizing its space to present expositions, concerts, DJ sets, and other forms of creative expression. Ruben and la Iguana are an important creative nucleus in this active and stimulating city. In our interview below, Ruben welcomes us into his world and shares his ideas about the benefits of Reflection and Response, his role as a venue facilitator, and other themes.

Ruben García

Y creo, sinceramente, que hay que apoyar a los nuevos valores. Todo el mundo se merece una oportunidad y me siento muy orgulloso de poder hacerlo.

I sincerely believe that we need to support new principles. Everyone deserves an opportunity and I feel very proud to be able to provide that.

– Ruben García

Para empezar con algunos puntos básicos, de dónde vienes? Dónde estás?

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

RG: Nací en Madrid, España, donde he pasado la mayor parte de mi vida. Una ciudad increíble que te ofrece un montón de cosas, pero que en el día a día, en la época que nos ha tocado vivir, se hace un poco difícil la supervivencia…

Un buen día, hace ya 10 años, decidí irme a Granada de vacaciones y desde entonces estoy  aquí. Se ha convertido en mi hogar y estoy muy agradecido por las oportunidades y vivencias que esta ciudad me ha dado.

RG: I was born in Madrid, Spain, where I’ve spent most of my life. [Madrid is] an incredible city with lots of stuff going on, but in the day-to-day in the era that we live in, survival is a bit difficult.

One good day 10 years ago, I decided to travel to Granada on vacation and I’ve lived here ever since. It’s become my home and I’m very grateful for the opportunities and experiences that this city has given me.

Qué quiere decir “reflexión,” y “respuesta,” para ti?

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

RG: Son dos palabras que podrían ajustarse al ideal de cambiar el mundo, pero sinceramente, esto me parece un poco utópico. Creo que para cambiar el mundo,  puesto que es evidente que la mayoría de la gente no estamos de acuerdo con cómo están las cosas, estas palabras deberíamos utilizarlas con honestidad. Empezar por cambiar todo aquello que no nos guste de nosotros, principalmente, y aplicar ese cambio a nuestro día a día. En las cosas pequeñas. Sobre todo con la gente con la que nos relacionamos y la forma que tenemos de hacerlo.

Reflexión: Qué estoy haciendo con mi vida? Me gusta lo que hago y cómo lo hago? Podría mejorar y aportar algo para hacer mi vida y la de los demás, si no más fácil, más divertida?

Respuesta: SIEMPRE SE PUEDE MEJORAR. Y SI CREES EN ALGO, VE A POR ELLO. NADA ES IMPOSIBLE.

RG: These are two words that fit in with [an overall] goal of changing the world, but frankly, this seems a bit utopian to me. I believe that in order to change the world – since it’s evident that the majority of people don’t agree with the way things are – we should use these words honestly. First off, we need to begin by trying to change things about ourselves that we aren’t satisfied with, and apply these changes to our daily lives, [especially] in small ways. More than anything, [we should focus on] people whom we come in close contact with, in the ways in which we do so.

Reflection: What am I doing with my life? Do I like what I do, and how I do it? Can I improve [on what I do] and contribute something more in order to make my life, and the lives of others more pleasant, if not a bit easier?

Response: YOU CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE YOURSELF. AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING, GO FOR IT. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

Cómo se mete tu arte en esta definición?

How does your art fit in with that definition?

RG: Bueno… No puedo definirme a mí mismo como un artista. Eso es tarea de otros.

Sí puedo decirte que soy una persona multidisciplinar, a la que le gusta “jugar” en diferentes campos, relacionados de alguna manera con el arte: diseño gráfico, sesiones de música, fotografía, moda… Pero lo de considerarme un artista, me viene un poco grande!

Con mi proyecto actual, un bar llamado LA IGUANA,  intento ayudar y darle una oportunidad a gente que tiene algo que enseñar o que decir. No es sólo un bar. Es también una plataforma donde artistas de diferentes disciplinas pueden mostrar sus ideas. Ofrecemos un espacio en el que quien quiera, es bienvenido y valorado. Colaboramos con músicos, fotógrafos, pintores, disc jockeys… Tengo la suerte de vivir en una ciudad que cuenta con gente muy activa y con muchas ganas de hacer cosas. Y creo, sinceramente, que hay que apoyar a los nuevos valores. Todo el mundo se merece una oportunidad y me siento muy orgulloso de poder hacerlo.

Tienes una idea y no puedes mostrarla? Vente a La Iguana!

RG: Well…I can’t really call myself an artist. That’s other people’s job.

I’d tell you [instead] that I’m a multidisciplinary person who likes “playing” in different fields, in some way connected with art: graphic design, music, photography, fashion…But to consider myself an artist seems to me a bit profound!

With my current project, a bar called La Iguana, I’m trying to help out and provide opportunities to people who have something to teach or say. It’s not just a bar. It’s also a platform where artists from various disciplines can share their ideas. We provide a space where anybody that wants to [participate] is welcome and valued. We collaborate with musicians, photographers, painters, DJ’s…I’m lucky enough to live in a city with people who are very active and have strong desires to do things. I sincerely believe that we need to support new principles. Everyone deserves an opportunity and I feel very proud to be able to provide that.

Have an idea and aren’t able to show it anywhere? Come to La Iguana!

La Iguana

La Iguana – Granada, España

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Artist Feature: Eric Medina

Eric Medina nos muestra las posibilidades expansivas de la música. Explorando varias facetas de Rap, Eric mueve desde el estudio al esenario con paradas en el DJ booth en el intermedio. Este artista Madrileño ha encontrado una forma melódica de reducir la velocidad del mundo caótico que nos rodea y enfocar en el presente. Abajo Eric nos abre a su mundo y explora Reflexión y Respuesta y también comparte sus various proyectos, inlcuyendo su grupo ESTAFA y High Standing, trabajo en Headroom Estudios, un libro-cd en collaboración con el poeta Julio Reija, y muchas iniciativas más. ¡Damos la bienvenida y le pasamos el micro a este hombre del renacimiento del hip-hop!

Eric Medina represents the wide expanse of possibilities in music. Eric explores various facets of Rap from the studio to stage with stops at the DJ booth in between. This Madrid-based artist uses this melodic art form to slow down the chaotic world around us and focus on the present. Below Eric goes in on Reflection and Response and welcomes us to his world while discussing his various projects including his groups  ESTAFA and High Standing, work in Headroom Studios, an audiobook in collaboration with poet Julio Reija, and much much more. Without further aidieu let’s pass the mic to this Renaissance man of hip-hop!

Eric Medina

Para mi la reflexión es un ejercicio de análisis, de tomar aire y pararse pensar en que has hecho, a dónde querías llegar con tus acciones y dónde has llegado realmente. Digamos que es un momento de quietud ante tanta velocidad que nos rodea.

To me, reflection is an exercise in analysis, taking a moment to think about what you’ve done, where you wanted to get as a result of your actions, and how far you’ve actually made it. I’d say it’s a quiet moment amidst all the chaos around us.

Para empezar con algunos puntos básicas, de dónde vienes? Dónde estás?

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

EM: Pues para empezar, vengo y estoy en Madrid y vengo y estoy en el Hip Hop.

Soy productor, dj y técnico de sonido. Me gusta la ironía, la profesionalidad, el buen humor y atrapar el talento de los demás en mis grabaciones.

EM: I’m originally from – and currently live in – Madrid, and I come from – and am currently in – Hip Hop.

I’m a producer, DJ, and sound engineer. I like irony, professionalism, good humor, and capturing other artists’ talents through my recordings.

Eric Medina


Que quiere decir “reflexión,” y “respuesta,” para ti?

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

EM: Para mi la reflexión es un ejercicio de análisis, de tomar aire y pararse pensar en que has hecho, a dónde querías llegar con tus acciones y dónde has llegado realmente. Digamos que es un momento de quietud ante tanta velocidad que nos rodea.

Y una respuesta lo veo como una solución ante una situación. 

EM: To me, reflection is an exercise in analysis, taking a moment to think about what you’ve done, where you wanted to get as a result of your actions, and how far you’ve actually made it. I’d say it’s a quiet moment amidst all the chaos around us.

I see response as a solution to a situation.

Eric Medina

Cómo se mete tu arte en esta definición?

How does your art fit in with that definition?

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Feature: Festiva

Festiva is quickly making a name for himself as a producer/DJ in the techno/tech house/progressive house scene in the Bay Area. A local resident, he has started putting out releases on international labels such as Mandarine Music, Deux Minds Records, Spundae Black, and Proton Music. Releasing his first EP “White Leather Couches,” on Mandarine Music in October, he looks to finish a full length album by the end of 2012. When he’s not in the studio, Festiva can be heard spinning his grooves at some of San Fransisco’s biggest nightclubs, such as Ruby Sky and many other dance floors throughout the city. Check the conversation below, links to Festiva’s sound cloud and Facebook and check out his track “Take This (Original Mix).”

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

F: Born and raised in the Bay Area, United States. I’m currently based and providing grooves and bass directly to dance floors in San Francisco.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

F: I think any form of art, whether it be music, a film, a written piece, etc., that you as a listener or viewer can get an emotional, hormonal or thought evoking response from is Reflection and Response. Especially artist to artist because than we can inspire each other and hopefully help influence each others next piece.

How does your creative work fit in with that definition?

F: I try to make my music innovative, taking influences from all different types of genres and experiences while also staying true to the roots of techno, tech house and house. Alongside trying to putting together an infectious groove that just makes you want to step and bob your head, I try to tap into different hormonal responses from the crowd. In one of my recent releases, She Makes Me Animalistic, I attempted to “tease” the listener on the dance floor making them feel a particular hormonal release, even if it is just slight enough. With my latest EP release, which came out on October 22, 2012 on Proton Music, I wanted to make the listener feel like they are in a VIP party with white leather couches and glass tables, surrounded by promiscuous and mischievous people.

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

F: I continue to work on my first full length artist album, which I am hoping to finish by the end of 2012. The majority of producers in the techno / tech house / house scene prefer to stick to the single or EP releases, which is a great approach, but I wanted to take a new approach and put together an album that progresses the same way a DJ set would. I also have started putting together a label of my own with a good friend of mine. We are hoping to have it ready and launched by early 2013.

Who or what inspires you?

F: When it comes to performance inspiration, I get the majority from one of Ibiza’s titanic DJ’s Carl Cox. His ability to mix flawlessly night after night on any type of gear while being able to keep the crowds attention for hour after hour, day after day, is something I look up to. In this day and age, every DJ is beginning to just copy whatever the “bigger” DJs are playing in hopes to get the same attention those DJs get, it’s predictable and boring. Like Carl, you’ll never hear the same set from me. I will always be mixing in something new or different to keep the listeners on edge and playing off the vibe and energy of the crowd. My sets are always pieced together on the spot, nothing is ever premixed or predetermined. When it comes to my own productions, I get my inspiration from anything that catches my attention. I’ve found Latin and African percussion really influencing my drum loops recently. Some artists in particular that are inspiring me at the moment are Umek, Belocca, Pleasurekraft and Olivier Giacomotto.

Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?

F: I like what you guys are doing here. It’s good to see you featuring all types of music, organic and synthetic. I think musicians and producers, today, benefit from being exposed to all kinds of music.

Shout out to…

F: The homies P. Muller and Sneaky V.!

Take This (Original Mix)

Hit the following links to check out more music from Festiva:

http://www.facebook.com/festivamusic/

http://www.soundcloud.com/festivamusic/

http://www.beatport.com/artist/festiva/184505/

Reflection and Response.

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Radio Leon #3

The Radio Leon series continues! This episode features live looping,  blast from the past electric track, and an exclusive interview with local Leon DJ Dani Massaro . Dani’s interview is going to be split between this episode and the Episode IV coming out next week. Check the transcript below for the original version en Español and an English translation. It was a raw experience to discuss the music scene, social environment, and the “capital,” of fiesta in Leon with a local participant. Stay tuned for Episode IV coming to you live from Leon!

(Photo: Peter Muller. Taken in León on the FEVE rail line looking East at the Naredo Station)

Transcript of interview with Dani starts at 5:40

Para empezar de donde eres y donde estas ahora?

To start off, where are you from and where are you at?

Yo soy de aquí de León llevo (yo) viviendo aquí ya son 30 años los que tengo viviendo en esta ciudad. Una ciudad maravillosa como has podido ver.

I am from Leon, and I have been living here for 30 years. (Leon is) a marvelous city as you have had the chance to see.

Como y cuando empezaste a pinchar y hacer las cosas de DJ que haces ahora?

How and when did you start DJing?

Interesarme por el tema de DJ y demás ahora hace relativamente poco hace 5 años así y a pinchar yo hace 3.Tenia un amigo que pinchaba mi amigo Raúl Costa que pinchaba aquí en León. Bueno Te trayendo te va trayendo y al final bueno con sus contactos tal pude empezar a pinchar yo.

I began to get interested in DJing relatively recently starting around 5 years ago and began to spin 3 years ago. A friend of mine, Raul Costa, was spinning here at the time in Leon. He brought me around and through his contacts I was able to begin spinning.

Donde pinchas ahora?

Where do you spin now?

Ahora estoy pinchando en el Cañón Santa Ana/. Es una discoteca que esta en el centro de León en el núcleo de la movida fiestera de León en el barrio húmedo. Recomendable a todos. Abrimos a partir de los 3:30 todos los Jueves viernes y sábado hasta que salga el sol. Hasta que el cuerpo aguante

I’m currently working at the Canyon Santa Ana, a club in the nucleus of the party scene in downtown Leon. We’re located in the Barrio Humido and I recommend checking it out. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we open at 3:30 A.M. and close when the sun rises. Or for as long as the human body can take.

 

Hasta el cuerpo aguante dicen en la puerta. Para ti que quieren decir Reflección y Respuesta?

Hahah, it should say that on the door. What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

Reflexión y respuesta el tema de la música. Para mi la música es todo. Igual que un músico, un guitarrista coge su guitarra en un momento malo en un momento bueno y fluye, fluyen las notas fluye el sonido la música. Para mi es lo mismo pero poniendo música pinchando no es mi música pero si que es mi sesión de cada momento mi sesión melancólica mi sesión alegre mi sesión motivadora. Para mi es gran parte de mi vida la música si es necesaria siempre, siempre

Y el tema de respuesta…el tema de respuesta pues por ejemplo en el trabajo esta clara. Lo utilices como medio para que la gente disfrute, igual que un músico hace sus composiciones para que la gente bueno oye en esos días mas para que la gente lo compre que para que la gente lo disfrute. si lo disfrutas ya es la leche, pero darle hora a vivir. Eso es lo mismo es hacer llegar al bar y meterte dentro de la vida de esas horas de la gente que viene al bar y eso es una satisfacción muy grande cuando ves que la gente responde

Reflection and Response are a theme in my music. Music is everything for me. A musician, a guitarist uses his/her instrument in a good or bad moment and the notes, sound, and music begin to flow. Similarly when I spin, even though it’s not music I created, I craft the session. My sets can be melancholy, upbeat, or motivating, for example. For me music is huge part of my life and is always necessary.

As for Response…the idea of Response is obvious in my work. One uses response as a means to entertain people, just as a musician composes so that people-well these days it’s so people buy records and if the public enjoys the record that’s awesome, we all need to live. This is similar to when I arrive at the bar and for a few hours I am part of the lives of the people that are there and it is satisfying to see people respond to what I’m doing.

 

Sisi siempre me imagino cuando los DJs puede ser algo bueno algo lindo y se ve desde la plataforma que la gente esta baliando

I imagine that it must be satisfying to look out from the DJ booth and see people enjoying themselves.

Es una Buena sensación

It’s a great feeling.

 

Como se relacionan estas cosas con hacer DJ?

How do you relate these ideas with DJing?

Si pues es eso también cuando llego al bar si llego con un mal día tengo la música como moda de escape si tengo un buen día pues mucho mejor.

If I arrive to work in a bad mood music provides an escape and if I’m in a good mood it’s that much better.

Quienes son tus influencias y inspiraciones

Who or what are your influences?

Las primeras influencias que tengo con la música son mis papas. Mi papa y mi mama. Toda la vida les han encantado la música, cualquier tipo de música tienen una cultura música para mi espectacular y extensísima. Yo he mamado música toda la vida en casa. De hecho desde que yo estaba la abriga de mi madre siempre me ponían música.

Ya profesionalmente pues este amigo Raúl Costra DJ que ha estado en León estuvo en Barcelona. Ahora Freddy..es mi jefe. Son dos años y medio trabajando con él y lleva 25 años en eso de la noche y también es una gran fuente de inspiración.

My principal musical influences are my parents. My father and mother have loved music their whole lives and listen to all types of music that provided them a rich taste in music. I have devoured music my whole life; in fact beginning when I was in my mothers womb my parents began to expose me to song.

Professionally I would say my friend Raul Costa who spins in Leon and Barcelona (is an influence). Also Freddy, who spins and is my boss. I’ve worked with home for two years and he has 25 years of experience in the nightlife of Leon and also represents a source of inspiration.

Y ya de gente así más conocido tampoco.. te gusta su música te gustan sus temas pero bueno tampoco como fuente de inspiración no.

Cuando hay en Myspace o Tuenti siempre mencionan como Bob Marley pero seguro que tal artista tiene más contacto con sus padres o con sus amigos

Claro, fuente de inspiración Tiesto, pues no. Que hace Tiesto?

I wouldn’t consider major well known names personal influences. You might like an artists music or songs but not as inspiration.

On Myspace or Tuenti I see artists mention people like Bob Marley as inspirations but surely that artists is much more close with his or her family or friends.

Right? What has Tiesto done for me lately?

-Reflection and Response

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