INTERVIEW WITH ONNO
Hello ONNO thanks for taking the time for this interview with Viva la Electronica. We’ve been tracking your career since you stablished in Europe, but tell us a little bit of your background back in the Netherlands
Hey there! thanks for having me! I started playing here in holland when i was about 16. My “big break” was at a club called Chemistry in Amsterdam. Back then one of the best parties in Holland, and even maybe in Europe. It was the time where they were still a lot weekly club nights, and this one had guests over from all over the world, and also all over the spectrum. One week it could be Dave Angel, the next it could be Terry Francis, D’julz or whatever. I was going here from a young age and got influenced a lot by a lot of different sounds, and also by the two residents, Marcello and Dimitri. When they gave me a break to play there and later become a resident dj this meant a lot to me of-course, and I have learned so much playing on a almost weekly basis at a place like this.
What does 2014 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
2014 is a busy year for me release wise. I’ve been making loads of music and finally everything is coming out. So far I did music on VIVA, Snatch, Catwash, Circus and Earlydub and in the next few months there is stuff coming out on AMA (Ray Okpara’s label), remixes on Material and Time has Changed, a collab with my buddy Okain on Upon.You and a rather big EP on Snatch Off.
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I’ve been into music from a really young age, and things started rolling when I started playing Chemistry when I was 17. After that a big break was of course hooking up with the Upon.You posse who signed my first EP (and many more after that).
Do you have a residency Club you play regular?
I don’t have a residency at the moment, but there are a lot of clubs where I play on a regular basis, some once a year, some a bit more. Think of places like Watergate, Hive, Studio 80, Ants and Reverse at Vista Club in Ibiza etc.
What’s your favorite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
As I’ve been back and forth to Ibiza 2 years in a row now, I stripped my setup a bit, as things had to be compact and easy to move. So at the moment I am just using my macbook pro with Logic and Ableton and the Native Instruments Maschine. With plugins getting better and better (sound wise I am a big fan of the Slate Digital plugins for instance) its getting easier to get the sound that I am after, but I do miss the creative part of working hands-on with gear. that’s why I am planning to invest in some new toys again, maybe some moogerfooger pedals, or I might buy some nice modular bits in a nice and portable case that I can move easily.
Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
thats a difficult one. Wether you want it or not, you always get influenced, if only just by the stuff you are playing out. So the answer has to be yes on this one. That being said, I am a big fan of less contemporary music as well, and I feel that my love for old (1995-2000) hip hop shines through in my beats.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you Travel?
Obviously I spend a lot of time in the studio, but being in Ibiza now I try to enjoy the spanish lifestyle as well. Having good lunches outside, spending some hours on the beach. The usual, haha.
Do you have a particular gig in the summer season you are looking forward to?
I just came back from playing Welcome to the Future Festival, my favorite festival in europe, so that was a highlight. Also, at the end of this month I will be playing in South Korea for the first time. I am a big fan of the Asian culture and love being there, so really looking forward to that as well.
What’s your favorite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
again a tough question, haha..the new Mr G EP is wicked, and one that kills it every time as well is Takelant by Mr Tophat and Art Alfie. Also, I love everything that my friend from Argentina Manuel Belgrano is putting out at the moment. Robert Dietz has been sending me some amazing stuff over the past month or two as well, including his collab with Tucillo that will be out on Holic Trax soon, absolute bombs!