INTERVIEW WITH ALEX MINE
Not many new producers can immediately catch the attention of the biggest techno stars. Alex is a clear example that talent and youth can go hand in hand. He emerged from Italy’s underground clubbing scene to become one of the hottest artists in the internation techno scene. Alex has rapidly made his music a reference point for djs and clubbers from around the world.
With his latest productions on Carl Cox’s Intec and Dubfire’s SCI+TEC, Alex is definitely a young producer on the rise.
Hey Alex thanks for talking to us. Now it’s already June, how do you reflect back on 2014? What lessons do you take into the to 2015 and there was a special moment that you want to tell us about?
Ciao guys and thanks for having me. 2014 it’s been an incredible year for me. I had my best digital releases that helped me to reach an international exposure on the techno scene. Especially with my releases on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC and Carl Cox’s Intec. What I learned and what I will take with me during my career is that if you want to make music as a job you must to work with professionality taking care of the details. I don’t have a particular special moment, every single gig teaches me something. I love my job, I love to make music, and I love how music connects people. Every party for me has a special moment to bring with me forever.
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I play the drum since I was 6 and I play the piano since i was 10. I always made music. I played piano in pop bands, the drum in rock bands. But when you realize that you want to go ahead only with your own legs, you sit in front on your computer and you let your ideas go. That’s happened around my 20 years old. After few years I decided that music would become my work.
Do you have a particular gig in the upcoming summer season you are looking forward to and what are your music plans for 2015? Do you have new projects in progress?
As I said before, I never looking forward to one single gig. Every gig for me have the same importance, no matter if it’s on a small club of a big festival. What’s sure is that will be a hot summer for me travelling in europe in countries like Germany, Romania, Spain, Bulgaria, Holland and many more. (stay tuned!) Musically speaking I decided to release less music then the past years, less releases but with more quality. Expect some great tunes on some great labels 😉
Your new EP “Be Different” on SCI+TEC is again a great floor filler. Where do you know Ali aka Dubfire from and how did you come together for his label?
Thanks, I’m so happy about “Be Different”. Ali (Dubfire) played it as first track of his sets for more than a year and this helped me to get a lot of exposure for sure. I met him during the the Amsterdam Dance Events where I gave him a USB stick. Afters 3 days he sent me an email saying “Hey Alex, amazing music, I want to sign you on SCI+TEC”. And so “We Waste” it’s been released.
If you could define the music you make, curate and play without using genre terms like “house” or “techno”, how would you describe it?
Nice question! Just because I don’t want to be identified as a techno or house dj. I play “good” music. And I never don’t mind if a track is minimal or techno or house or whatever. If I have to answer to your question I can define my music “mine”.
Moving away from the dance floor, what other music do you listen to? And do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
I never listen to electronic music outside the studio. I’ve been always fascinated from Bono Vox’s person and I awalys listen to U2’s music (thanks to my father’s influence), also Muse, Oasis and Red Hot Chili Peppers. These are my favourite bands ever. In the studio I’m of course influenced from the most important djs of the electronic scene, but I always try to put on my tracks something from my roots giving my personal imprint.
What’s your favorite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
I always worked with Cubase since I started to record some demos with my rock bands a lot of years ago. So in the studio I use Cubase with the whole KOMPLETE pack from Native Instruments and Maschine. But I would like to write Dubfire’s point of view about this “We all have access to the same tools. But it’s how you use it and it’s how you give it a personality – your personality – that I think really makes you stand out from everyone else”. Well, I totally agree.
Do you have other than the obvious things like equipment, clean underwear or your passport with you? What are three essentials you bring with you on the road?
Earpods, so I can listen to some music while I’m travelling and the iPhone’s portable charger (fuck iPhone battery). Sorry there’s no more space on my bag.
What’s your favorite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
There are so many tracks that I always play in my sets, even if I try to update my dj set every week thanks to the large amount of promos and demos that I receive everyday. But If I have to choose one track I can pick “Luca Morris – Grunge” released on Monika Kruse’s Terminal M few years ago. What a dope track!
This Summer there are some particular gigs that you are waiting for?
I always looking forward to play in Germany where I always find great vibes! But I also can’t wait to play my first Club in Bulgaria this July. Will be a hot summer btw.
Hero of your childhood was: my father and my mother are my heroes, it wasn’t easy to deal with me and my passion. if today i can live my dreams is thanks to them.
Before i become a Dj i was: A tennis player with music in my veins.
My first record i bought was: Extrawelt – Soopertrack (on vinyl)
My first Gig was: Club London Underground, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Before i start to play i always: Try to have a great pizza.