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Exclusive interview with Monolythe

1. Hello, Luis Delgado & Jorge Carrasco (Monolythe)! Thank you for your kindness and for your time assented to this talk. Do you believe that 2012 was a good year for the development of your personal career?

Hello, thanks you for inviting us, we are very pleased!
Yes we believe 2012 was a good year for us, we had excellent support in our single ‘The Odyssey’ and Monolythe feat. Jay Jacob – Reckless, that actually ended in a remix competition. We are also very happy with the support for some of our remixes this year Jake Shanahan – Tweaked (Monolythe Remix), Dirtyrock & Ecto Cooler – All Your Bass (Monolythe Remix). We believe that 2013 will be better for us , we are working in some collaborations and focusing more in our productions so you can expect a lot of Monolythe next year. 🙂

2. How would you describe your style for the persons that didn’t heard your music yet?

Electro house with sweet melodic breakdowns and big drops, thats basically it.

3. Why did you choose this name for your project – Monolythe? What does it mean to you?

Well, we choosed this name that actually comes from the word monolith, the reason was that, it kind of represents what we do as a team and to make it a little bit fun we decided to twisted it a little bit, hehe!

4. How did you made your first track? Was it hard, or someone else helped you?

First track is always hard as you always want to impress people, the first track we made together came very naturally cause we just had fun with it plus the excitement of starting this new project.
When you are trying to put together the first tune, you have all the time to experiment and try new things because there is no compromises or deadlines is just the motivation to do it, that way you just let it go, after the first track if the results are good thats when the pressure starts as you always want to improve in terms of arranging and sonic quality.

5. What other artists/DJs influence your work? What have you learned from them?

I think many artists do influence our work that is very difficult to name them all , there are so many good and skilled producers at the this moment.
From some we like the creative arrangements or very tweaked sounds that some producers do, we really like what’s happening now with EDM. Also a lot of collaborations going on everywhere, then you get to share and exchange ideas and techniques with other producers.

6. Between music production and DJing, which one is your priority?

Actually Production has been always our priority and is totally linked to our performing career. We come from a Rock music career background so production is always in our minds, is difficult to explain but is more than passion is actually a necessity for us, haha.

7. If you could choose one DJ, producer or an artist you’d like to collaborate with, who would it be and why?

This is always a tough question, we have in our list so many producers, singers, musicians that we would like to collaborate with that is difficult to name all, but to name one now, will go for Lazy Rich, we have immense respect for him and we love how he always bring those fresh sounds in to his productions.

8. How do you think the new generation will define it self?

Probably by some cool and sick sounds or new styles that will rise up, I think music will keep evolving as usual, we’re really curious about what will happen in the future with the scene. The new generation is pushing hard, most of the kids have access to internet , computers and software to start experimenting with new sounds, they don’t have the same responsibilities as the grown ups so they have all the time in the world and no compromises. Which we were kids again, hehe.

9. How important do you think it is for DJs to also be producers?

In this times we think is very important, producing and releasing records is what define the artist career and give personality and recognition.
Everybody knows that in todays business, producers / dj’s make their living by performing. Is well know that not all good producers are good dj’s and vice versa.
In the past dj skills where the most important thing but seems that today producers / Dj’s are moving along with the technology which is making all this easier. Producers now are able to lay down ideas and produce on the road.
Lots of Dj’s started as producers and when their music become popular is when they started to dj.

10. What is your opinion about house music nowadays from its quality point of view?

Respect for House music cause it was the beginning of all, we did start listening to house music, in a way that’s where we come from.
House music has always have a high quality standard, is one of the genres that is very organic and there is a lot of high quality house music out there from underground and well stablished producers.

11. How would you describe your sets? What are the styles you mix more often?

Our sets are energetic full of big drums and baselines, we like to keep people moving and screaming.

12. What kind of equipment did you start out with? How much has that changed to this date?

Well, we started working with Logic and never changed, the only think that has been changing to this date is that we have been transitioning from hardware to software, we have sold some of our analog hardware and we have been using more plugins, is obvious that as the technology advances more digital tools are available and quality wise comparable to the analog hardware sound. So basically the studio has been shrinking.

13. Your favourite piece of equipment/gadget?

Thats difficult to say, we love hardware as much as plugins, our beloved Elysia Mpressor is our favorite piece in the studio.

14. Which was the best event that you have mixed for?

Well difficult to say but we think that our ‘Big Alliance NIghts’ has been one of the good ones for us, is a small party but full of friends and people we know, you get that intimacy which is very opposite to playing in a big outdoor festival, we think that is why we love that so much, ‘the contrast’.

15. Do you regret any decision made during your career? If you could to give back the time, how would you straighten it?

Maybe our biggest regret has been not started this project before, but situations and timing didn’t aloud us to do it so no regrets till now.

16. Please recommend us some ”must listen” tracks.

Jake Shanahan – Tweaked (Monolythe Remix) – Big Alliance Records
Hardwell – Apollo feat. Amba Shepherd (Original Mix) – Revealed Records
R3hab – A Night In (EDC Orlando 2012 anthem) – Spinning Records
Charlie Darker – Atlantic (Original Mix) – Kindergartner
John Dahlback & Greg Cerrone ft. Janice Robinson (Lucky Date Remix) – Big Beat
Dabin & Apache – Get Down (Original Mix) – Kannibalen Records
Zedd Codec (Extended Remix) – Interscope Records
Monolythe – The Odyssey (Original Mix) – Big Alliance Records

Just a small list we recommend to listen our monthly radio show

17. What do you hope to achieve in the future?

Our aim has been always to produce good music that people can enjoy and our goal for 2013 is to play in as many countries as we can and mainly to keep doing what we like the most that is being in the studio having fun and making some good tunes.

18. Do you have a message for all the people out there who love electronic music?

Just keep banging the dance floors and bringing out the joy in you, that is what is all about!

Monolythe – The Odyssey (Original Mix)

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Jake Shanahan – Tweaked (Monolythe Remix)

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Dirtyrock & Ecto Cooler – All Your Bass (Monolythe Remix)

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Interview made by Adriana L.L. © 2012 DJs Arena, Music-News Romania. All rights reserved.

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