INTERVIEW WITH ARNO STOLZ
At the age of just 15 he started producing his own tracks, with his second release already picked up by the well known DJ & Producer ‘George Morel’, and released on his label ‘Groove On’.
- Hey Arno, we’ll start with a little introduction. We know your started DJing at a young age and got your first residency at How did you get into it all and who were those early inspirations?
Hi, First of all thanks for letting me do this interview and podcast, was really fun to do! Well i started around 14 with some cheap equipment and started mixing some tracks together (at least i was trying to do so), after a few months of doing that i was really getting in to it and into the fun of it so i started to buy some other stuff and try some different things and stuff. Af few years later around 17-18 years of age i bought my first real producing gear and started to make my own tracks.
- Your production is frequently played out by huge names in the industry. Can you remember that first defining moment you heard your music being played out?
Yes for sure, it was like my 3rd or 4th release that i released when i saw on Richie Hawtin’s twitter feed that he was playing one of the tracks, so i was really excited to get support from that kind of guys after only like 6-7 months after my first release.
- Have you managed to get used to that or does it still give you that same feeling of excitement?
At this point so far i’m still not getting used to it. It’s always an honor to get supported by some of the scene’s leading artists.
- Looking further into 2016, will you be focusing more on playing out or working in the studio?
I’m gonna try to mix up both a bit. Of course i love to be in the studio and make new tracks, but sometimes a good gig is also fun to do. It’s also cool to see the reaction of the people on the track you worked on over some weeks.
- What would be that one tip for up and coming DJs and producers looking to break into the scene?
Really don’t give up, keep doing what you like and produce what you like. Try to create something from your own or give your own creative touch to your music.
- If you could define the music you make, curate and play without using genre terms like “house” or “techno”, how would you describe it?
Groovy and a bit loopy, based on a good kick and bass accompanied by some other elements like some good percussion lines.
- Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
Current sounds always gives you a bit more inspiration when you need it. But i think it’s always important to give your own style/touch to a track, taking inspiration from for example old music is ok in my opinion but i always try to twist my inspiration into my own style.
- Tell us a bit about your Label Proper Musique and your philosophy behind.
At Proper Musique we have the following sentence: “Cause we all need a proper groove”. So in short it’s all about a good groove in the tracks. Cause that’s what i like the most, groovy and catchy tracks. At the label we do also with every release 4 tracks, just as we plan to let 4 dj’s play at our upcoming showcases.
- Do you have other than the obvious equipment, clean underwear, your passport, etc, what are three essentials you bring with you on the road?
sunglasses, my macbook and some usb’s
- One just for fun…. what’s the wildest or most embarrassing thing you’ve seen or done at a show?
I’m always easy when i perform.
- Finally, could you recommend two DJs or producers to our readers that you feel deserve their attention?
Ilyas Clooz, a young producer from Belgium who currently only focusses on producing. His first 2 tracks that were out were instantly played by Mr. Marco Carola himself. The 2nd one is Unclesand, a new and upcoming duo from Belgium that already play together for a long time and a few months ago they started producing. I heard some of their material and it really sounds promising! I did a remix on their first EP that will drop on beatport this summer!
Thank you Arno for taking the time to have a chat with us. This guy was one we have had our eye on for a while and Arno Stolz definitely has big things ahead.
If you get the chance to see him perform live then be sure to be there.
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