In front of Musta's vinyl release, 'Cantana' on Viaggio Recordings that was also remixed by Kincaid (out 22 February) we asked him a couple of our standard 101 questions. Read more about his studio work, inspiration, worst job and other things, below.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
When I started making music it was all software, Ableton was my first choice and I studied production for 6 months at Point Blank music school. Over the years I started getting really into synthesisers and drum machines, so now I make music using mostly machines and recording local musicians. I live in Sardinia, by the sea, and over the years I have met some great musicians, which come often to my studio to jam. I always record our experiments, so when I am in the mood of making a song I have a big library of sounds and percussions played by friends, and this makes it special to me. After meeting Stefano Ritteri I started getting even deeper into outboard and bizzarre machines, he even convinced me to start a small Eurorack modular setup, which won’t stay small for long I am afraid!
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
When I was a teenager I moved to Santo Domingo with my family, and started collecting records, mostly house and percussive music. At the age of 18 I started djing regularly around the Dominican Republic. I had lots of fun and even tho I don’t Dj much these days I still buy lots of records , it’s an obsession with music that will never end!
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Mytron & Ofofo , Young Marco and the king Fela Kuti.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a carpenter while travelling around South America, it was real tough!!!
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Sloth Boogie, Multi Culti, On the Corners, Banana Hill, so many amazing small labels out there!! Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play? Nu Guinea - "Nuova Napoli", I love this song so much!!
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
Stefano always tells me "do it MAD, more MAD!" , "keep the music fun and different". I try to do this every time I sit in studio. It’s easy to follow trends or get stuck with some techniques or sounds, but I try to approach the production in different ways every day, and if it’s not "MAD" then I don’t want to release it.