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Q&A - Villano

Tell us about your story and how you started producing music.

I always loved electronic music. I think I started at around 12,13 with Pitbull, Avicii and stuff I just randomly hear at school. Later I discovered my love for Bigroom and Progressive House through Hardwell. I just love him and his energetic sets. I talked to a friend about how I would love to start making music and he told me I should get FL Studio.

Tell us about yourself, what you like to do in your free time, hobbies and activities.

I am an avid music producer, with a strong passion for video games. Since January, I have been consistently hitting the gym. Additionally, I have a keen interest in collecting watches.

Can you walk us through your creative process when starting a new track? Where do you usually begin, and how do you develop your ideas into a full-fledged song?

I typically begin by laying down a kick and experimenting until I find a rhythm that resonates with me. Next, I'll often craft chords or melodies using a piano. Once I've developed something I'm satisfied with, the creative flow takes over, and I become fully immersed until I've crafted something I truly enjoy. I'll then share it with some friends for their feedback. Afterwards, I give the project some space, allowing it to rest for about a week or so before returning with fresh ears to make any necessary adjustments.

Are there any specific artists or influences that have shaped your approach to producing house music?

Avicii, Hardwell, John Summit, Diplo, pretty basic I know haha.

What DAW do you use to produce?

FL Studio and a bit of Ableton

What excites you the most about being part of the Lowdown Recordings family?

The first label that gives my solo stuff a chance! I'm super thankful for the opportunity and glad to start my journey with them!

What are your top 5 plug-ins in your projects?

Serum, Fabfilter Plugins especially the EQ and Compressor, Soundtoys stuff like the Decapitator. Kontakt is a big part for Pianos and more "organic" Sounds, like Percussions. And my Arturia Minifreak Synthesizer. Also, many Fruity Stock Plugins like Reverb, Delay and EQ are really awesome.

What are you looking for in a track when it comes to playing it as a DJ?

Energy, groove, and feelings. It might sound a bit cheesy, but sometimes less is more. That's a lesson I need to learn. The temptation to add more to your track is strong, but often, you end up overdoing everything.

What is your current music production setup?

A good PC, Focusrite 2i2, KRK Rokit 6 and good headphones and a midi keyboard.

How do you see your sound evolving in the future, and what new elements or styles are you eager to explore?

Good question! When I first started, I really wanted to find my own style of music. It's tough because it takes a lot of time and practice. I'm really into the new Afro House sound and I'm trying to mix it with Tech House to make something unique.

Can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming projects or collaborations you have in the works?

Hell yeah, I have lots of new unreleased music!


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