INTERVIEW WITH SEBASTIAN XOTTELO
He began with this process of production with some machines like Korg Electribe. Years later Sebastian Xottelo release his first productions on digital labels, in this way, his sound has been played by artists like Paco Osuna and got also played on huge and famous events like Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Awakenings and Creamfields, just to name a few.
Like this, little by little, he has been consolidated in dance floors and sharing stage with important international producers. In his sets and productions, there are always beats with big vocals sections, generating convincing melodies, which is the essence that identifies his style.
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- We’ll start with a little introduction. How did you get into it all and who were those early inspirations?Everything started with my buddies at school. We enjoyed learning about the different sounds that electronic music was made of. In fact, I still enjoy it now days. Our hobby was to collect songs from various artists and come up with something new everyday. It was a matter of intention rather than inspiration. After listening a lot to this genre, I was deeply interested in knowing what was happening behind every production, how everything was created. I took the first step into production before involving myself into Djing. Afterwards, my first gigs were private parties with my friends. Those events and a lot of time spent at the studio made myself fall in love with the music, the environment and the people.
- 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?
I believe that’s one of the most special moments of my career. It’s something surrealist. I thought it was never going to happen. I was watching one video from Tomorrowland, and in the background I started to listen certain elements and vocals that sounded very familiar to me and similar to one of my tracks. When I realized it was my record I was really excited and happy about it, having the privilege of watching so many people dancing at one of the most important festivals and being played by somebody that I admire profoundly like Paco Osuna its something that was game changing. It changed completely the way I made music.
- Have you managed to get used to that or does it still give you that same feeling of excitement?
Thinking about it I can say I get more excited now than before. Every time I find something of my material is at different festivals, different contexts and that touches you more. It means that your work continues to be good and relevant, and that great icons have the confidence in your music in order to play it.
- Looking further into 2016, will you be focusing more on playing out or working in the studio?
Both things are equally important. I can’t say I’m going to focus only in one thing. Today I have a lot of gigs booked on my schedule. I’m focused on touring outside my country but I cant leave aside the work at the studio. At the end, the studio is the place where I achieve my real goals. Its a matter of managing good your time in order to focus on both aspects.
- What would be that one tip for up and coming DJs and producers looking to break into the scene?
If they want to give one big step in the scene, which I consider it’s very difficult; the only way is to maintain a discipline and commitment everyday. If you want to achieve your goals, not only in this career but in everything you do you have to follow a process and it is better to assume it with a lot of patience.
- If you could define the music you make, curate and play without using genre terms like “house” or “techno”, how would you describe it?
Music to dance
- Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
A bit of everything. Traditional as well as contemporary. I like to take things that were listened some time ago and make them work into the contemporary world, but I always focus on innovating, make things different than the ones I listen. That makes me feel alive on the studio.
- How do you spend your time between your gigs when you travel?
I like to be calm, know well the place where I’m going, I always strive to go above and beyond searching for something cultural or I really like to involve myself into everything that has to do with food, so I try to go to traditional places of where I am, and if I have more spare time, I use to listen to some promos that might be bangers for the night.
- Do you have other than the obvious equipment, clean underwear, your passport, etc, what are three essentials you bring with you on the road?
Cologne. Two rings that I have owned a great part of my life and have a special meaning, and some stickers with my name.
- There seems to be a lot of great techno coming from overseas at the moment, what is the scene like over there and what do you think has helped it thrive so much?
The scene looks pretty good. On the last couple of years, it has evolved and grow amazingly, and that’s a consequence of the great amount of nice clubs that you can find here. I’ve never seen a time before where many clubs were as active as now. Each weekend there are many shows with several artists and on the same night. Each place is sold out. That promotes the electronic culture, and it also makes that national producers like me have a schedule packed of bookings.
- How would you define your relationship with the owners of the labels to which you belong- to?
I have very nice relationships. Each time I have the opportunity to have a chat with them its really useful in order to grow as an artist and as a person. You mature in several aspects and you appreciate every thing they tell you. Something that makes me really happy is that they ask me to send them more music.
- Finally, could you recommend three DJs or producers to our readers that you feel deserve their attention?
Egbert Live, Fer BR, Archila
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