101 with Martín Bellomo

Born and based in Cordoba, Martín Bellomo is a baroque beatmaker from the good old Republic of Argentina. After approaching and exploring many faces of music he finally grasped his own musical imprint. His sound is immediately distinguishable with unique deep, spacey and pulsating tracks that delight and welcome listener while his DJ sets reflect his broader approach to music.

Besides creating his own material, Martín is also a headmaster at Rationalism Records, Momentz Records and A&R at MyHouse YourHouse. 

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

Aside from the usual Reggaeton or this so-called "Trap" music, there's always some request to crack a joke at, but the best is when people ask me "When are you gonna stop playing Electronic music?". I happily respond, Never:).

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

UAD Apollo Twin as a heart for mixing and mastering, pumping sweet algorithmic juice with UAD Plugins for no latency state of mind. On the production side I'm working with Ableton Live 10, a small but sturdy Axiom 25 from M-Audio, Maschine MkI, Doepfer's Dark Energy II for moogy basslines, metallic sounds and Voltage inuendo's.

Talking about the Virtual Instrumental side, if have a whole bunch of Arturia, Roland and Korg collections, effects, crazy sequencers and so much more. Finally, for mastering, I've got a small Rack with a compressor, Tc electronic finalizer and some more gems for getting those hidden harmonics on clients mixes.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

I was 18 and I handed a couple of demo mix CDs to local known DJs and got my first gig at the defunct "Era Groove House" here in Cordoba, Argentina. A club that mostly worked as after hour because it was right next to "Dorian Gray Club" working together bringing people to the neighbourhood.

Back in 2006, I was playing Minimal Techno beats, Pokerflat, Easy Changes and of course "25 bitches" from Troy Pierce, so much has changed from then.

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Zip always was that figure that showed me a lot of what I wanted to become, right from the beginning until today, Being a DJ or as Dimbiman on music production and of course Perlon.

Right now I'm very curious about Lisiere Collectif and a lot of Northern producers, Netherlandic and so on... people like Samuel Andre Madsen AKA S.A.M.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

When I was in my early mystical years of music, djing and production learning, I remember having this idea about playing this or that track rather than look at the crowd. A lot of time I've seen this behaviour in fellow artists as well. There's always this urge to play that couple of rare ultra minimalistic tracks that really murder a vibe in a club.

I've learned from my mistakes and now I restrain that need to play music for oneself rather than the crowd.

What do you do before and after your set?

I get to the club before my timeline and start walking around the place. I try to mingle with the crowd, look and feel like a clubber, listen to the acoustics, become one with the club and the people there. Afterwards is just step down from the "work mode" and just enjoy the evening or maybe even longer...

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Working as a graphic designer while studying this career in a professional studio. That hustle really killed my vibe, ended up doing web design for them and dull business/political stuff.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

There's a lot happening right now but I must say LowMoney MusicLove, LaDeep, MyHouse YourHouse, Momentz, Loosen up, Rubisco and the list go on and on!

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

Erik Satin AKA Atom - Follow Me To San Jose.

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

No matter what you think, feel or what's happening, there's always someone listening/perceiving the work you're doing.

By Saša, edited on 04 July 2018