GATO PRETO - interview du 30/05/12

Publié le par eastrip


1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?

Our roots are both in Africa.Gata is from Mozambique and grew up in Portugal before she came to live in Germany.My roots are in Ghana but I grew up in Germany.


2 - How did you get started producing music?

So before I knew it I was used to Records and MK 1210s. My dad used to be a DJ for Funk,Soul and Black Music in general. I started to pick that up at the age of 18.I started to go deep into producing 5 years ago.


3 - What do you think stands out the most about your sound?

I think mainly its what I (we) listen to: its anything and everything so we aren’t restricted to any genre and take the best of all to create something unique. I like an analogue feel to digital music.


4 - Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get heard and established?

Yeah there were some established guys in the UK who helped me but mainly with how I get basic knowledge of frequencies,compressors etc..


5 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?

Haha,only about a year ago..Crazy but that’s life..


6 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or are you just trying things out until the music gels?

Ah it depends..We like to just play with stuff before it gets a proper track. But: with one of our last songs the name and idea were there before we started..hehe


7 - When you do sample if you do it, how do you approach it? Where do you source your samples from?

Iam lucky: my dad gave me his records so there’s so much to sample from..puh..I also have alotta Loops and Bits on my Harddrive. So when I need something I go through stuff and try them out.


8 - Do you play any instruments?

Gata can play the Keys,I can play some Drums. But not very well, gott get some lessons ;).


9 - Could you tell us a little bit about your studio? What kind of gear are you using?

I use an old Mackie 1402 Deck,a Motu Ultralite Soundcard, a TLA Tube Compressor, Monitor Station, Midiman Keyboard, APC-40, Alesis Drumpad, Akai MPD-18, Kaosspad 3

I like to keep it simple..;)


10 - When you perform, what’s your preferred setup and how would you describe your sets? Are they different than your sounds as a producer?

Iam doing the Ableton Stuff,Synths,FX and Dj’ing and Gata performs with a Kaosspad,Live Drumpad and does Vocals.

Basically it comes close to the production but we do twist sound and improvise a lot expecially with drums and synths / fx..


11 - How do you see the moombahton scene at the moment?

Hmm..Is there a scene yet? I don’t know..Iam not really paying attention but beside people saying this sound is dead I would say there’s loads of sick stuff coming from unknown Moombahton producers combining genres and creating new things..


12 - There’s a lot of fun/exciting/fresh ideas in moombahton these days; what other genres do you listen to?

As I said before: we are not restricted to one genre..I listen to loads of stuff from HipHop to Funk and Dubstep. Gata likes Funk and we also like African stuff a lot.These guys have some fresh talents which combine loads of genres..So nice.


13 - A little playlist of your favorite records thesedays? many to mention.. Sbtrkt Album for sure, loving loads of the new UK-Bass producers atm. Also digging guys like Diamond Bass, T.Willliams etc..


14 - Any plans for an artist album?

Yeah we are working on it as we speak. Next singles are scheduled for June and August and hopefully the Album will drop early 2013.


15 - If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing with your life?

Oh man,Iam doing loads of stuff beside music.. I am teaching Self Defence for example..Gata is talking to cats the whole day so she’s living her dream too..haha


16 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?

Definatley heading towards Africa!! We will go there and do some music and videos.Hopefully sooner than later.Portugal is also a very inspiring place to be so we’ll see


17 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

We live in Germany..hahahaha


18 - A last word…



19 – Websites



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