Next weekend Melbourne will get some Spanish music import in the appearance of AFFKT. This producer and DJ has created and remixed releases for labels such as Get Physical, Bedrock, Noir music, Suara, Rekids, Buzzin’ Fly and Mobilee Records and collaborated with artists like Radio Slave, Remute for X-press 2, Spencer Parker and Noisia. In 2010 he started his own record label named Sincopat that showcases an emerging generation of eclectic artists. On Friday May 8th he will be playing at New Guernica for Mahala.
You are known for producing within a wide range of styles in electronic music with a fusion of many different influences. How would you describe your sound?
Colourful is a word that describes my sound really well; I feel great producing music as free as possible. Also – in my point of view – it is much more fun to find your own personal sound rather than try to replicate whatever sound is hyped up at the moment.
Working in the music industry is very competitive and tough, and not many are able to make a living out of it. What made you decide to pursue a career within electronic music?
I have this necessity to translate my feelings into music and play it out, so I didn’t plan this… It just happened. Whenever you are able to make a living with this you also realize there’s much more things to do apart of music.
What do you find is the most challenging thing as a music producer today?
Find your own and unique sound, and after that explain it to the world. There are a lot of producers doing amazing music but they just haven’t found the right way to be heard.
If you could choose only one instrument or gear to work with for your next production, what would that be?
My new synth in the studio, the Dave Smith Pro 2 works for every kind of sound. But a laptop and Ableton Live would be a good one to choose too!
You have collaborated with many big artists – but who is your biggest musical inspiration?
There so many influences out there for me. I have electronic music artists who inspires me like Caribou or KiNK, and artists doing other musical styles like Gustavo Santaolalla and Clif Martinez to just name a few.
You grew up in Valencia, Spain, how has that affected your musical career? How is the electronic music scene over there?
The scene here is great right now; new clubs are opening up again and there are some amazing producers with a personal touch coming up. But we are still missing some more help by the government who don’t realize how important this culture is for a society.
What country has been the best place so far to perform in?
I guess I cannot say there is a best or worst – it’s all just different. For me it’s really motivating to see how people are enjoying my music worldwide, so sometimes this just give sense to everything.
You’re about to tour in Australia for the first time, what are you expecting from your trip?
I am really looking forward to perform there for my first time and see the reaction to my sound. I have been there for holiday some time ago and I was really amazed at your wonderful country! I’m sure this time around will be really inspiring too.
Catch AFFKT at New Guernica on May 8th – more information about the event can be found here.