What’s your earliest ‘musical’memory?
My big brother bought 12’’s by New Order and Duran Duran in a record store and then listened to them on a Phillips portable turntable. Good times!
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
The chord line on Inner City´s “Big Fun”and the 303 lines on the early acid and hip house records by Tyree, Dj Fast Eddie and Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
My dad, he was the one who turned me on to progressive bands like Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd and styles like jazz, blues, philly sound and soul. He´s always supported me since the early years of my career.
Who inspires you outside of music?
My students and their will to learn something new every day.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Producing a pop band´s whole album for the first time, Lost Tapes for Mushroom Pillow label, being a teacher at Berklee and working as a tester for Roland.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
It´s hard to pick one…but maybe Sonar Sound in Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2005 where we had an 100% Spanish line up covering styles like hip hop, house and techno. The progression of the night was good and the reaction of the crowd truly awesome. Also Fabric in London was a great one.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
Nile Rodgers, no doubt. He´s one of my top producers and I´d learn a lot by being with him in a studio.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
Movies, I always wanted to be a director when I was a kid.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
My girlfriend Isabel and her contagious positivity.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
Music and try to be surrounded by my people.
Any messages for our readers?
Music is the answer (always).
Discodelia’s Centipede is out now on Voyeur Music