INTERVIEW WITH HOLLEN
This story starts in Naples in a period in which techno music was widespread around the city. At that time a young boy called Aniello, born in 1988, began to listen and play this kind of music, he was really young but also very talented and spent everyday trying to improve himself. After a short amount of time people in the city started to recognize him and this is how the name Hollen was born. The young boy shared the decks with legendary characters of the techno tales like Rino Cerrone and the american Josh Wink, so he decided it was the moment of true for him, the proper time to become a producer…
Hey Aniello thanks for talking to us. Now it’s already April, how do you reflect back on 2014? What lessons do you take into the to 2015 ?
Last year was very intense and full of surprises, with a strong work and many Gigs around the globe.
2015, i think, will be important for my profile, I decided to work harder on my own label Prospect Records, starting from a new brand logo and a new Ep.
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I started playing at 14 or 15 years old. There is not a precise point of breakthrough but several feelings and sensations when i began to make my own music and when my first productions came out.
Do you have a particular gig in the upcoming summer season you are looking forward to?
I can say with happiness and proud that i’m going to play at El Row in Barcelona on June 21st, during the sonar week.
Your new EP in collaboration with Stefano Noferini on Deeperfect is again a great floor filler. Where do you know Stefano Noferini from and how did you come together for his label?
I met Stefano in Amsterdam a couple of years ago. Working for his label, i played at Deeperfect Party during ADE – Amsterdam 2013.
Speaking about music we noticed we have the same ideas so it’s born this collaboration and our Ep, Rediscovered, was out on 09 March.
If you could define the music you make, curate and play without using genre terms like “house” or “techno”, how would you describe it?
It’s not easy without using these words. I can describe my music with the term “groove”, because i always look for a sound who can engage the crowd.
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?
At home and in my spare time i don’t use to listen to “techno”. I think it’s important to relax my ears but i don’t have a precise genre, i love music in general.
These relax periods often influence my productions, i can hear sounds that can inspire my music even only for one loop.
What’s your favorite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
Usually i use Ableton Live with several plugin, vst and samples. In this period i’ve added some external synths to my setup and i find these ‘toys’ very usefull and funny! In general i think the most important thing is the idea of music and not the equipment.
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?
I can’t find three things, just one, and i know it can be banal. I always bring with me earplugs to sleep during the flights!!!
What’s your favorite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
For sure my next release on MKT Rec, but i can’t say more!!!
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: i was a student
My first record i bought was: Dj Rolando – The Knights Of The Jaguar – U.R.
My first Gig was: i don’t remember my first real gig, but i remember my first festival overseas, Techno Garden in Mexico.
Before i start to play i always: no particular things, i only think to my music and i try to understand the crowd in front of me.