101 with Marat Mode

Marat Mode is a 22 years old music producer and DJ based in Castellón, Spain. With an ear for melodic, deep and elegant electronic music he's resilient to bring his own version of house music into existence. For now, this happened on online channels like House Music With Love and Trndmusik, where he published some of his early works and appeared on labels like Seven Villas and Soundhitectures. He played parties around Valencia, including Touche, Ocio and Unknown Art and he is a part of the audiovisual Project Cinépoème. We're looking forward to the summer when he'll release one of his collaborations with Swedish vocalist and a collab EP with Evident later this year.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

On my first gig one guy in the crowd gave me a CD  of "Bachata" and insisted to play it. During the night I was trying to make the best selection, but the crowd only wanted very commercial stuff.

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

Mac Mini, Ableton Live with Motu Audio Express.  I use Alesis M1 studio monitors. Inside DAW I use a lot of VSTs like Diva, Omnisphere, Fab Filter and others.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

My first gig was on a terrace of a restaurant near to the village of Rafelbunyol. It was the opening night of the restaurant, and I played house, deep and bit of Pop and classic tunes from the 80’s.

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

This is really difficult to answer, but I think I would choose Maceo Plex, Mind Against, Undercatt.

What do you do before and after your set?

Nothing special. I try not to think too much and listen to one playing before me, check the vibes of the dancefloor.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

A lot of bad jobs, but the worst was PR of a club called Miniclub.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

Afterlife, Innervisions, Last Night On Earth, Natura Sonoris, Einmusika Recordings.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

The Pianist - Frederic Chopin.

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received? 

Listen to a lot of music. Try to copy the music that you like, but don't just copy. Try hard to understand exactly how arrangement and the sound of the track works. And after a lot of work, you'll start to develop your own taste and sound.

By SolvdMag, edited on 27 June 2018