Lee Burridge & Lost Desert speak with each other on their new album, surviving the elements, and more [Interview]

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Lee Burridge, a man with a dance music legacy pushing four decades, has already achieved a vast amount of milestones that span from cultivating the early scene in Hong Kong, to owning a record label and one of the most successful party brands in the world in All Day I Dream. With such a historic career to date, it might be hard to miss that the figurehead had never ventured into album territory. Lee’s been outspoken about his preference toward DJing over the years; however, in Lost Desert, the legend found a producer riding the same musical wavelength as he. With his studio pro collaborator serving as a conduit of expression, the two wrote out their first-ever album: Melt.

Melt is an album as whimsical and sentimental as its writers’ personalities. It was inspired by love and connection they feel with their friends, loved ones, and the world around them, and captures the blissful energy felt at each All Day I Dream party. Ambient and deep house flow effortlessly into one another, using calming basslines, lush percussion, sweeping string elements, and stripped-down synths to evoke feelings of peace and euphoria. Each piece stands completely on its own, yet simultaneously fits into the album’s overarching theme and atmosphere as a whole. Listeners are left with a smile on their faces by the end of the journey; much like they are when Lee and Lost Desert take the decks. Melt thus makes for a perfect dancefloor addition as well as a mellowed listening companion for lazier days.

While both Lee Burridge and Lost Desert are quite open themselves in person, we were curious about what lies beneath. So, we tasked these house stalwarts to have a brief, but cheekily candid chat with each other about the album, their culinary choices, All Day I Dream memories, and more. Order Melt here in the meantime.

Lost Desert to Lee Burridge:

What was the first 12 inch record you purchased?

“Chaka Kahn. “I Feel For You.” I played it relentlessly until my mum told me to stop playing it and said why is it such a long record.”

Would you rather explore the depth of the ocean or deep space?

“Deep space for sure.”

Hamburger or cheese burger?

“Actually, vegeburger.”

Best advice for DJs in five words or less?

“Wear insoles in your shoes.”

In interviews, what is the ideal amount of questions?

“Four. Question 5 is usually too difficult to answer.”

Lee Burridge to Lost Desert:

If you were able to have created the sound track to any movie what would it have been?

“I’m not a big movie watcher at all, but would have loved to have written the theme song of the original series of The Bridge.”

What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

“Chocolate chocolate chip.”

If you were lost in a desert name three things that you would love to find in your pocket?

“Satellite phone, water, umbrella, Yes, it’s a big pocket.”

Which track on the album is your favourite?

“Seven Magic Mountains”

What’s your all-time favourite All Day I Dream moment (so far)?

Oakland 2017. An epic sunset. People on the shore applauding (good work nature). The view is amazing then the party was simply “wow!”

Featured image courtesy of Lee Burridge’s team

Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019Miami Music 1

Between Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference, and the disorienting litany of poolside affairs throughout Miami Music Week, it’s easy to feel a little dazed, and a lot confused if you’re headed down to Miami this week. Don’t waste any more time poring over event flyers because Dancing Astronaut has lined up the best of the best for the 2019 chapter of what is feasibly the most essential week in the electronic music macrocosm. From Skrillex to smooth house, Dirtybird beats to plush poolside pop, we’ve got you covered.

Words/selects by Bella Bagshaw & Alex Krinsky


Brownies and Lemonade:

Where: Mana Wynwood Warehouse

When: March 28

Skipping Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s rendezvous under their Dog Blood joint alias would be a glaring oversight on any attendee’s Miami Music Week agenda. But the duo is just one of the active ingredients to this resplendent after-hours recipe, with Anna Lunoe hopping back-to-back with A-Trak, and Whethan, What So Not, and more for supplemental sweetness. Tickets to the show, running 10 pm-4 am March 28, are available here.

Monstercat Uncaged: 

Where: SQL Miami

When: March 31

Cat’s out’a the cage, as Canada’s premier electronic hub, Monstercat, heads to Miami—with an abundance of sharp-toothed talent in tow. Head to SQL March 31 from 10 pm-5 am to catch Kill Paris, Pegboard Nerds, RIOT, Pixel Terror, and more. Tickets available here.

No Sugar Added:

Where: The Sagamore Hotel

When: March 30

No Sugar Added—but ingratiating nonetheless—Miami-bound folk would be remiss to duck out on the 10-year anniversary of this yearly Diskolab staple. This year quarterbacked by Kaskade, Kayzo, Audien, Deorro, and Benny Benassi, the RC Cola Plant-held blowout jolts to the top of the 30+-party Diskolab agenda throughout the course of the week. Tickets to No Sugar Added, going down Saturday, March 30 from 10 pm to 5 am, are available here.

Repopulate Mars:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 29

Let tech-house take over Friday, March 29 while Chicago’s landmark Hot Creations label founder, Lee Foss and gang (MK, Max Chapman, Detlef, Huxley, and more) conquer the EPIC Hotel pool. From noon to 11 pm, catch this cosmic clan of four-on-the-floor stalwarts posted poolside, with an array of special guests scheduled to shake things up. Advance tickets are sold out, but a select number of tickets will be available at the door; so head over early.

Masquerade Miami w/ Claptone WMC 2019 x EPIC Pool Parties:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 30

Head to the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel Saturday with a bathing suit and of course your finest masquerade mask in hand for what is liable to be the best pool party of 2019. Claptone, Dennis Ferrer, Weiss, Franky Rizardo, and Mat.Joe will be soaking up any residual Vitamin D and throwing down restorative beats from noon to 11 pm. Tan lines are inevitable after this one. Grab a ticket here.

Space Yacht: Welcome Records:

Where: 3100 Wynwood

When: March 28

Head over to the launch pad, 3100 Wynwood, Thursday night for lift off at Space Yacht’s Welcome Records party. Wander through the endless murals of Miami to find Wooli, Whipped Cream, 1788-L, Habstrakt, and more throwing it down from 10 pm until 7 am. Tickets to Space Yacht are on sale here.

Desert Hearts:

Where: Floyd

When: March 28

The Desert Hearts family will be congregating at Floyd at 11 pm Thursday at Floyd. This mind-melting set will have Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Rybo & Lubelski to care for you throughout the evening and set you on the right track for the weekend. Desert Hearts Showcase tickets are available here.

All Day I Dream – Miami Grooves:

Where: Delano South Beach

When: March 29

If by Friday you’re ready for a lucid daydream, saunter over to the The Delano Beach Club from 12PM to 11PM. The All Day I Dream crew will be hosting Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Hoj, and Newman. Guaranteed disco cabana vibes. Tickets are on sale here.

Dirtybird Players Miami:

Where: Club Space Miami

When: March 29

Space will without a doubt be popping all week but Friday night very well may be the best “motion of the ocean,” if you know what we’re saying. Dirtybird is taking over for Dirtybird Players, and in classic family fashion the whole crew will be bouncing about the terrace and loft from 11 pm to the sun sheds light on all the beautiful faces. Expect to see Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Walker & Royce, J. Philp, Steve Darko and more at this sold out sure-fire fun fest. Tickets are available here.

GET LOST Miami – 14th Session:

Where: Venue TBA

When: March 30

For 24 hours starting Saturday, March 30 at 5 am GET LOST will surely be the setting sun on Miami Music Week. With the location still yet to be announced, this one is for the troopers: the few who know they will never get enough. GET LOST will have an opening set by WIZARDRY (Damian Lazarus, DJ Tennis, and DJ Three), but that’s just the beginning; one can expect to see Diplo, Claude VonStroke, MK, Gorgon City, and many more. Grab tickets here.

All Day I Dream’s world tour coincides with pensive new Essential Mix from Lee Burridge

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The first dates of All Day I Dream‘s world tour have been unveiled, kicking off yet another expansive year for the brand. Twenty-two dates have been announced across six countries so far, with more to be announced in the coming months. Lee Burridge‘s iconic day-into-night parties have become a global staple by now, enamoring international dance fans with dreamy house sounds and crafty décor. LA, London, Moscow, and San Francisco have been announced, in addition to the brand’s return to its residencies in Mykonos and Ibiza.

Just prior to the announcement, Burridge offered a preview of what to expect musically via a brand new Essential Mix; his first since 2016. Introspective, yet whimsical, the two-hour endeavor explores a myriad of new and unreleased records from in and out of the All Day I Dream catalog—including a new work from Lee himself. It epitomizes the sound he’s made into his own over the years.

 

LISTEN TO LEE’S ESSENTIAL MIX HERE

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Diskolab announces Miami Music Week party schedule, with Anjunabeats, Spinnin’, + more

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Ultra certainly isn’t the only event to look forward to during the course of this year’s edition of the hallowed Miami Music Week, as a menagerie of Diskolab-assembled electronic stalwarts will coalesce under the Floridian sun the last week of March to revel in all things dance music. From March 26-31, the seasoned event brand will roll out a hefty series of 30+ parties throughout the celebratory week, with hosts ranging from the Anjunabeats crew, to a Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) sighting at the Mana Wynwood, to a Spinnin’ takeover in South Beach.

There’s a meticulously curated Diskolab soiree to suit any electronic lover for the biggest week in dance music this year. Tech-house tycoons will likely flock to the Sagamore March 28 for Claude VonStroke, Danny Howard, and more like-minded counterparts, while deep house devotees can expect to be enamored by Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream takeover March 29th at the Delano Beach Club.

Find the schedule in its entirety below:

DAY PARTIES

DO NOT SIT BY THE POOL

TUESDAY MARCH 26

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Behrouz, plus guests Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Matthias Meyer, Dee Montero and Dude Skywalker.

SPINNIN’ SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27

SPINNIN’ HOTEL

ALOK, Bingo Players, Bassjackers, Lucas & Steve, Mesto, The Him and more to be announced

FISHER PRESENTS: CATCH & RELEASE

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Fisher, Eli Brown, Martin Ikin, Mason Maynard, Mele, plus special guests.

SOLA VS BLOW! – 2019

THURSDAY MARCH 28

SAGAMORE HOTEL POOL

SoPhat debut performance, special guest Claude VonStroke, plus Danny Howard, Riva Starr, Seb Zito, Michael Bibi, Mason Maynard, Rebuke, Leftwing | Kody, Mason Collective, Hector Couto, Del-30, BJ Brown.

MIXMASH TAKEOVER

THURSDAY MARCH 28

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Laidback Luke, more artists TBA

ROBIN SCHULZ & FRIENDS

THURSDAY MARCH 28

SPINNIN’ HOTEL

Robin Schulz, Autograf, Hook n Sling, Hugel, Justin Caruso, Kungs, Shaun Frank, Dave Sol, Matt Medved & more to be announced!

HELDEEP POOL PARTY

FRIDAY MARCH 29

SPINNIN’ HOTEL

HI-LO, Black Caviar, CID, Chocolate Puma, Dillon Nathaniel, Dr. Fresch, GAWP, GTA (Purple Set) & a VERY special guest TBA!

ALL DAY I DREAM MIAMI GROOVES

FRIDAY MARCH 29

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Newman and Hoj

SANDER VAN DOORN PRESENTS

SATURDAY MARCH 30

SPINNIN’ HOTEL

Sander Van Doorn, more to be announced

NO SUGAR ADDED DAY PARTY

SATURDAY MARCH 30

SAGAMORE HOTEL POOL

Artists to be announced

LA LA LAND

SATURDAY MARCH 30

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Get Real (Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke), Gorgon City, Patrick Topping, Sonny Fodera b2b Dom Dolla, Layton Giordani, Prok | Fitch, Doorly, Mihalis Safras, Eskuche, Dajae

SPINNIN’ DEEP

SUNDAY MARCH 31

SPINNIN’ HOTEL

Artists to be announced

KLINGANDE’S PLAYGROUND POOL PARTY

SUNDAY MARCH 31

SAGAMORE HOTEL POOL

Klingande, more artists TBA

ANJUNABEATS MIAMI

SUNDAY MARCH 31

DELANO BEACH CLUB

Andrew Bayer, Gabriel & Dresden, Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Oliver Smith, Sunny Lax, more to be announced

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NIGHT PARTIES

DIM MAK MIAMI – 2019

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27

MANA WYNWOOD

Steve Aoki, special guest, Don Diablo, 4B, Slushii, Henry Fong and more to be announced

SAY MY NAME ALL-STARS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27

C&L WAREHOUSE

Say My Name, Dirty Audio, JSTJR, Nitti Gritti, Rawtek & special guests to be announced

ABOVE & BEYOND: MIAMI 2019

THURSDAY MARCH 28

RC COLA PLANT

Above & Beyond, Seven Lions and more to be announced

BROWNIES & LEMONADE MIAMI: DOG BLOOD

THURSDAY MARCH 28

MANA WYNWOOD

Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), What So Not, Cray, A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, Whethan, 1788-L, Blanke and more to be announced

GARETH EMERY: LASERFACE MIAMI

FRIDAY MARCH 29

MANA WYNWOOD

Gareth Emery and more to be announced

NO SUGAR ADDED NIGHT PARTY

SATURDAY MARCH 30

RC COLA PLANT

Artists to be announced

ELROW MIAMI

SATURDAY MARCH 30

MANA WYNWOOD

Claptone, Detlef b2b Latmun b2b Nathan Barato, Eddy M b2b Bastian Bux, Patrick Topping b2b Special Guest, Special Guest b2b Dosem, wAFF b2b De La Swing

AUDIEN & TRITONAL

SUNDAY MARCH 31

C&L WAREHOUSE

Audien & Tritonal, and more to be announced

More Line ups and parties to be announced here

Photo Credit: Diskolab

Double Touch’s ‘Adagio’ bridges the gap between classical and house

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Not much is really known about the enigmatic Double Touch. Formed by Mark Olsen, an ARIA-winning musician who’s kept a fairly low profile until now, and Van-Anh Nguyen, a burgeoning classical crossover pianist, the duo began making music together in 2016 with a classically-minded re-work of Duke Dumont‘s “Ocean Drive.” The project is now fully underway, however, and Double Touch have made a landed on Lee Burridge‘s All Day I Dream imprint via their four-piece Adagio EP.

This pair is one to keep watch on. It’s clear they pay close mind to high production standards, and in carving a niche totally their own within the expanding space of classical/electronica crossover. Their work is lush, melodic, and even a bit mystical, with three of Adagio‘s four tracks evoking desert imagery in the mind. But first—a direct homage to the past with an adaptation of Albinoni’s iconic “Adagio In G Minor” into an ethereal, ambient title opener.

A wistful “Cape Cove” is next, whose Eastern-inspired instrumentation and soft, padded guitar riffs trudge across make believe sand dunes. “Baghdad” carries these motifs into its fold; albeit, in a completely different way. Orchestral strings play a larger role in “Baghdad” as well. The intriguing thing here is that there is a notable lack of piano in both of these tunes. It would appear that Van-Anh’s composition and arrangement expertise came more into play with these tunes, with Olsen serving as the engineer who pieced the finished products together and mixed them into balanced perfection.

Finally, “Piano Sines” appears to be a reference to sonic frequencies wrought by a piano; or in this case, a keyboard or synth. This production plays out with more suspenseful, tense tones, wading through mazes of staccato-fueled harmonies and brooding strings that trap listeners in a gossamer web until finish. Ultimately, each of Adagio’s four productions are class, and make for enchanting listens without crossing into gimmicky territory.

 

 

Order a copy of ‘Adagio’ here

Vujaday returns to Barbados for second edition, topped by Damian Lazarus, Lee Burridge, + more

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Vujaday returns to Barbados for second edition, topped by Damian Lazarus, Lee Burridge, + moreVujaday Festival

House and techno lovers across the globe in search of a fully loaded destination festival, look no further. Vujaday music festival is queued to return to Barbados this spring for five days (April 3-7) of nearly round-the-clock, beachfront entertainment from genre stalwarts like All Day I Dream label architect, Lee Burridge, Crosstown Rebels Founder Damian Lazarus, and the Grammy-nominated Danny Tenaglia.

Last year’s inaugural installment ventured a number of island-housed locales, including the 100-acre Bellevue Plantation and the coastal Cornwall House, keeping scenery fresh and giving attendees a more thorough tour of the lush Barbadian setting throughout the festival’s five-day span. This year’s venues are set to be announced soon, along with the rest of the festival’s performers, which will debut a menagerie of local Caribbean artistry. The festival will also be introducing a series of daytime parties to keep attendees’ agendas brimming and sun-soaked this year.

Tickets to Vujaday are currently on sale here. Additional festival information, including travel packages and amenities, can be found via the official website. Watch the official trailer here.

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Premiere: Gab Rhome – Hidden

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Southern California deep house authority Sol Selectas has invited a new artist into its fold: Gab Rhome. The burgeoning talent has spent the better part of 2018 expanding his influence by way of touring, with a few choice releases on All Day I Dream, Natura Sonoris, and Bar 25. Given his increasingly ethereal, tuned-down aesthetic, Rhome is a perfect fit for Sol Selectas —and he backs this with a well-rounded EP, La Maison.

Each of the EP’s three tracks toys around with symbolism and subtlety. In “Hidden’s” case, one must listen carefully to uncover the song’s classic structure, hidden under a thin house veil. A rustic feeling is present throughout, manifested through warm guitar riffs and hypnotic vocals. This organic nature makes it easy for anyone to connect with the music, and works its listeners into a complete state of trance.

Gab Rhome would do well to play “Hidden” during his upcoming set at All Day I Dream’s annual New Year’s event in Los Angeles, taking place in Gin Ling Way on December 29. More information and tickets to the event here.

 

 

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Lane 8 showcases serene soundscapes in new winter mixtape

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Lane 8 has squared away 2018 with the release of his winter mixtape. He’s gracefully arranged four lengthy mixes over the course of 2018 that uniquely embody the not just the nature of their respective seasons, but the transformative essence of those seasons changing.

Through his fall 2018 mixtape, Lane 8 sonically thread warm and bright vibrations together with the moods evoked of changing colors and longer nights. His summer mix set the scene for waves crashing on beaches and warm breezes. The spring mixtape took listeners into this year with grace, through a soundscape that pollen could dance on. With each mix Lane 8 has accomplished the personal, trying, and unique feat of giving a portion of time — and the change that happens during that time — a sonic stamp.

The winter 2018 mixtape is no exception. Through four hours of fluid mixing and careful, hand-picked arrangement, Lane 8 has given this winter his stamp. Starting in with his own remix of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices,” Lane 8 starts guiding his listeners into the mix, gliding over the icy inhibitions and harsh winds of the season. By an hour and a half into the mix, he hits listeners with the Yotto edit of Fatima Yamaha’s haunting “What’s a Girl to Do.” Through the acts of Jon Hopkins, Rampa, Eelke Kleijn, Black Coffee, Dirty South, the crews of Anjunadeep, All Day I Dream, and many more, Lane 8 finds an enjoyable, quintessential feeling that unifies the chill of winter with the warmth within people who not only withstand the cold it but love it.

Lane 8 has been putting these seasonal mixes for a few years now, and with each passing year, they’ve become more refined and more needed, bringing out the best of each season. This winter mix evokes visions of fur rugs, fireplaces, and snow falling softly outside wooden-frame windows — cozy spots where one would hope to be posted for a quick four hours in the upcoming months. Now, thanks to Lane 8, those moments have a perfect soundtrack.

Lee Burridge to return to LA for annual All Day I Dream New Year’s weekend celebration

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All Day I Dream has officially created a Los Angeles tradition. As with the past few consecutive New Year’s weekends, the Lee Burridge-led brand touches down in the city to cap off the 2018 — and bringing a couple close friends with it. Sebastien Légér, a star in the progressive realm, will be exploring his deep house side come December 29. The producer had a fair amount of his work signed to the label this year, with his Underwater Rocket EP being a notable addition.

Gab Rhome will also be joining in the festivities. An expert in sentimentality, his records have found their way onto Anjunadeep, Henry Saiz’ Natura Sonoris, and beyond, the Canadian maestro will be a welcome new face at the Sunday afternoon gathering. Per usual, it will be held at Chinatown’s historic Gin Ling way, an intimate and fitting location for the All Day I Dream ambiance.

 

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Techno Tuesday: Facundo Mohrr on his love affair with melodic dance music and embracing imperfection

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Another star rises out of Argentina to make his mark in the deep, melodic realm of dance music. Facundo Mohrr‘s affair with electronica has been instilled in him from birth; his mother, a raver herself, passed on the tradition and continued to attend events as she was raising a young Mohrr. It was only natural that, upon reaching adolescence, he would eventually take his own step behind the decks and begin to create house music.

Mohrr’s path to stardom seemed destined to happen. By 2008, he’d already made it onto Frisky with a release that was remixed by Cid Inc. Shortly after, he’d caught the ears and support by the likes of John Digweed, Sasha, Nick Warren. and of course, his own compatriot Hernan Cattaneo. A decade-plus after his break and Mohrr is just starting to climb toward his peak; in 2017, he found his way onto Henry Saiz‘ Natura Sonoris with a widely-rinsed Bleed EP. He and his longtime friend and collaborator Valdovinos made it onto Get Physical’s Kindisch arm shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, demand was starting to grow for Facundo’s live presence, taking him to the US, Tunisia, Mexico, England, and beyond.

Come 2018, a new friendship was born with Lee Burridge. Their musical visions quickly aligned, and by March, the Argentinian talent had made it onto both Burridge’s imprints of All Day I Dream, and the Hoj co-owned Tale + Tone. It feels fitting that as the year comes to a close, Mohrr’s first extended player on All Day I Dream arrives. La Espere fits perfectly in with the label’s aesthetic: profound, emotive deep house, but with a more energized and rhythmic touch courtesy of Mohrr.

Dancing Astronaut had the pleasure of premiering “Blue Bird” prior to release, but we remained curious as to who this mysterious artist was at his core. So, the only move was to

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Describe growing up in Argentina and how you came to fall in love with dance music.
I fell in love with electronic music thanks to my mother. She used to listen to this style. I remember being 13 years old back in 1998 … we lived in a flat which was in the top floor of a building. That flat overlooked Sarmiento Park, where the first raves were held in our country. My mum would go to those parties and I remained at home looking at the lights flashing in the park, from my balcony. Everything was very intriguing to me. So, I started to look up information about the DJs who played at those raves. I investigated in every way I could, because internet had just begun so it was extremely difficult. Some years later, in the last years of my secondary school, a classmate and I discovered FRUITYLOOPS (now known as FL Studio), and since then I have never stopped making music. Today, 15 years after that first contact I still sit in front of a project with the same emotion and adrenaline that I started with.

How did you arrive at your current sound?
Talking about my sound is a bit difficult. I’d say that I always stress the rhythm a lot. I don’t like having energy in my tracks without any sense or pattern. I like deep melodies in my productions, as well as in my sets. I really try to transmit *something* at all times. I like stuff to be happening constantly in my work, and I don’t worry about what others say about going eclectic at times; I see the good side in everything and take advantage of it. Ultimately, I stick to the saying, “there is no good music or bad music; either you like it or not.” I try to evolve and always look for the diversity, and fully accept the risk of upsetting the public in adding surprises into my music.

There’s a huge melodic/progressive movement in Argentina. What do you think draws the people to this kind of music as opposed to other types of dance music?
One name: Hernan Cattaneo, a model in this genre, and he is Argentinian. I think everything is related to this fact. Nowadays, however, other genres are growing up enormously, and all of them have massive festivals monthly. The Argentinian scene is having a great moment. People have access to all kind of information, and thus, they are discovering things constantly.

Now let’s talk about Burning Man. How did you get introduced to this culture, and how has it influenced you since your first time?
My first experience with Burning Man was extraordinary. I truly thought my first year would be 2019, but it seems that when things are meant to happen, nothing can stop them. While on a Central American tour weeks before, a series of events happened that made the event unavoidable this year — from the way I obtained an entrance ticket, to getting there from Buenos Aires, the with my trip back manifesting just two days after Burning Man ended. Everything settled in such a perfect way that if I had planned it beforehand, it wouldn’t have resulted how it did.

Many things are said about Burning Man; I also asked a lot about what it was like and when I finally went, but the only real answer is, “I can not tell you, you must go.” I’ve never experience anything like this in my whole life! The Playa is a magical place that is always wowing you. I met extraordinary people and felt as if all us were a big family. Many profound things happened there and what one can see through the social networks doesn’t represent even 10% of what’s really lived. I was lucky to be able to play music there, and it was awesome. Everything was felt differently. It was as though in the air connects you directly and naturally with the people on the dance floor. Something weirdly awesome? Going cycling around the city and high-fiving with everyone!

You’ve partnered with Valdovinos a lot, including on this EP. What makes you two a good collaboration pair?
Simplicity, ease, and similar methods allow us to get on very well with each other in the studio. We don’t like going ’round and ’round over the same situations; instead, we always choose to go one step forward, and if we get stuck, we delete and start again without thinking too much. This is something I like and makes work fluid — a thing I always look for. I like to go forward fast and I can do it with him. Rodrigo is a great artist and I admire him a lot.

How did the process go of writing ‘La Espere?’ Did you write all of the four tracks specifically for the EP? Any big inspirations in particular?
Not really. When I make music, what comes out is what I felt in that moment. The four tracks of the EP were probably the ones I thought Lee was going to choose. My process is always the same: I search for a loop of drums which I can listen for a long time without getting bored and on this base, I start the musical part, always taking the rhythm as a starting point. I never draw a specific melody or bassline; I record it directly several times, and I let the small mistakes stay. They are part of the process and if it appeals to me, I keep on with the rest. My music is full of mistakes and I love it!

What are your biggest tools for writing music so far? Like a specific plug-in, hardware, a routine you follow to boost creativity, etc…
I make music 24 hours a day, all the time. I neither follow a routine in particular nor wait for an inspiration to come. If a melody doesn’t come, I try out samples, turn them back, double their time, everything that can compensate for the lack of creativity that day. There is always a way, and is often in the most hidden folder waiting for you. If I can’t make sounds, I combine the ones I have, but I never stop.

I have a home studio which is really tiny: a MacBook Pro with a simple sound card, a pair of Adam F 5s, which I love, and a Roland JP08. Regarding software, I use Ableton Live and a few plugins. I like very much to use sampler and loops.

What do you hope to accomplish over the next few years?
What life has ready for me! I will keep on making music and letting it take me wherever I have to go. Always with and for music, expressing myself through it and hoping to transmit it to as many people as I can .

Finally, what else is coming up for Facundo Mohrr?
Music, music and more music! I have several scheduled launches, some of them before the end of the year and others at the beginning of 2019.Apart from some venues in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Canada, we are also about to launch music on Kermesse with Valdominos. A hectic year is coming!