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PACHEKO INTERVIEW

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after interviewing CARDOPUSHER here it his… PACHEKO! Another great great producer from the CARACAS CREW! VENEZUELA

Wanna know more about it, simple just read this amazing interview!

 

 

* Hello who are you?

P: My name is Francisco Mejia Szilard, Im 27 years old. I was born and raised in Caracas – Venezuela, but my family is half Venezuelan and half Hungarian.  

 

*  Who is PACHEKO ?

P: Pacheko is me, when u write it with a K. When u write it with a C, as in Pacheco, its a common latin american name. Its also a slang word for “cold weather” or “cool weather” in Venezuela, and a slang word for “being high on weed” in mexico… 

 

*  When did you start producing ?

P: After working with bands, since my teenage days and getting nowhere I got tired of it and I started producing my own music around 2006. I really didnt know much about production at the beginning. So around that time i started working at a music production & sound design studio in Caracas called Pararrayos with Cardopusher, Pocz and other friends and thats how i really learned to produce on my own.

 

*  DUBSTEP ? When did you heard of it ? 

P: The first time I really got into it and felt it was at (what I think was) the first dubstep gig ever in Venezuela. It was Cardopusher playing at a hip hop party in Caracas. Wierd. It was maybe in late 2006 or early 2007 im not sure. He had just finished some singles for the Ruff label and his “down to the wire” album around that time, so it was a breakcore influenced type of dubstep. He also played some of the early dubstep tunes by Rotator (Black Ham), Drop The Lime and maybe Skream and Benga…

I had a blast and really felt the music. I was like, “This is what I want to do…”

 

*  Explain the concept behind your music ?

P: Melodies come out really easy for me, so I guess my music is always very melodic somehow. 

 

* Influences on PACHEKO?

P: Musically I would say all Dub music (roots dub and dubstep) is very important for me. From King Tubby, Lee Perry and Mad Professor to Digital Mystikz and Kode 9. 

Im also touched by the punk way of looking at music of bands like Fugazi and The Clash. 

And another big influence has been IDM. Im particularly excited about IDM nowdays because i feel its kind of coming back but with the influence of heavy bass and with simpler structures and I found that very exciting. 

Outside music I would say my friends and my city are a big influence…

 

* Tell us about your producing process and your set up ?

P: Im currently using a MacBook pro with 4gigs of RAM and a MOTU interface. I use KRK RP8 speakers, and I’ve been using Ableton Live since the beggining and I really love it. Lately I’ve been trying to use the ableton pluggins and vst’s a lot more, like it’s EQ’s, It’s Compressor, the Drum Rack, the delay, etc. They’re great. So im trying to keep it simple. But I’ve also been using other Vst’s like the PSP Vintage Warmer wich I really love.

Lately I’ve been sampling a lot from vynil, and also using the Circle, Massive, Albino and Blue synths with a korg nano-key.

At the studio where I work at there’s a nice Pendulum MDP-1 tube preamp wich I sometimes use for premastering. It gives a bit of a more analog sound to the tunes, but I dont use it in every tune.

I also like checking my mixing in other monitors, either at the studio or at some friend’s house.

 

* Producing or DJ´ing?

BOTH!

 

* VENEZUELA, CARACAS how did it all happen? Tell me all about your growing scenne and how you guys bring it to life!

P: Hmmm… Well, I guess its mostly a thing of friendship. Cardopusher, Pocz & I worked together at the same music production studio called Pararrayos, so being able to share the music and production all the time and everyday helped everyone a lot. And it’s growing now.

 There’s Cardopusher and Emmerson who are now in Barcelona doing killer tunes, and there’s Pocz & Myself here in Caracas doing tunes all the time, working together and organizing events, and there are new producers like Sesped (Cardopusher’s brother) who are constantly trying to improve their sound, and that is great!. 

 A scene without producers aiming for an original sound is boring, So right now its really exciting for me to hear what my friends are doing and what they will do next. We keep pushing ourselves fwd. 

 

* How was it and is for a CARACAS producer to survive in the dubstep and bass world?

P: The only way we’ve found to survive doing music only is to do music jobs too. I work at a studio and do commercial stuff in Sound Design and Music Production and its a job that allows me to keep learning and improving my productions… 

 

* Playing in europe how is it for you? 

P: I had a blast and a surprisingly good response in my first Europe shows and I think it was great because most of the stuff I played is original dubs from me & my friends (Cardo, Pocz and Emmerson), so I guess it worked out nicely because its very different to what most European or American producers or djs would play… 

 

*  Your best night was at ?

P: One of the best nights i’ve had was at the “Open Plan” night in Manchester. It was great, it was a very energetic crowd, and it was amazing for my first non Venezuelan show. Far better than I would’ve ever expected.

And Barcelona with Cardopusher, Mr Gasparov, 23Hz & Numaestro and the whole B.LOW crew was such a great vibe, and great sound… man! I want to play at B.Low again soon!

 

*  Finaly when can Lisbon massive get to see the power of  venezuela´s BASS ?

Hopefully in 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

COOL MIX´s TO DOWNLOAD

“Pacheko – Symbiosis Podcast” (August 2009)
“The_Kryptik_Elementz Guest_Dj_Mix” (Sub.fm, Jan 09)
“Tranquera Mixtape” (Tranquera.org, May 08)

links:

www.myspace.com/pachekodubz

www.twitter.com/pachekodubz

www.facebook.com/pachekodubz

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thanks francisco! we love dubstep caracas crew!

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CARDOPUSHER INTERVIEW

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cardopusher @ Sonar 2009 

 

So we just interviewed CARDOPUSHER, the Venezuelan producer based on Barcelona. From breakcore to dubstep he as released is power-full songs in labels like HYPERDUB, TRUE TIGRE or OFFROAD and more.. 

He already played at some of the hotest clubs in Europe and this year SONAR! 

Hope you guys like the interview and keep CARDOPUSHER in your must see live LIST

 

 

* WARFACE :   Who is Cardopusher ?

Is a Venezuelan (born in Caracas) guy who does electronic music. Now based in Barcelona, Spain.

* When did you start producing ?

I started to produce music like 10 years ago, but taking it very seriously since 7 years ago i think.

* How or when did you find dubstep?

t was 2004, I was surfing on the internet and was checking the Rephlex records website and they were gonna release by that time a dubstep compilation called “Grime”. Then I started to check every artist involved and stuff and that´s how I got in. 

* How´s your process of creating music?

I like to listen music everyday because then i feel inspired to write beats. Then i sit down in front of the computer trying to experiment with different production skills learned from other genres and that´s the way the music goes up.

* Tell us about your influences

I like to listen stuff from dub, reggae, electronica, punk, noise or any kind of music i find interesting no matter what genre is. 

* Lets get technical, how`s your set up like?

Pretty basic. Laptop + soundcard + a couple of midi controllers. No hardware for the moments, but would love it inna future.

* Mythical question Dj´ing  or producing?

As i said before i have been producing for like 10 years but have been djing for just 1. I was into breakcore before and i used to play live acts (well still playing just the last few shows) and then i started to basic things on how to dj. In my opinion, both ways are fun.

* Lets talk about your town, dubstep in CARACAS in VENEZUELA?  how did it all happen and came to life?

I started to play dubstep in 2006 when i came back to Caracasafter a breakcore tour i did in Europe on the same year. At the beginning just few friends started to go to the gigs and some of them then became interested in the sound. This is how it started the small scene there

* How was it 2 you as a Caracas producer  to survive in the dubstep and electronic music?

It´s very hard. Nothing interested really is happening there. It´s difficult to get shows there and also not so many clubs where you can do this kind of parties. To book international artists it´s a nightmare because everything it´s hell expensive, no record shops with good music, no serious labels. The thing is like you feel like you´re like trapped. 

* You´re based in Barcelona right? Tell us what that change in you and your music?

Yes, now im based in Barcelona since more than a year and a half. Me and my girlfriend decided to move because the situation in Venezuela is very critical and it´s becoming dangerous everyday. I was feeling paranoid living there so it was the time to do something. We visited Barcelona 2 years ago and decided this was the right place. Im feeling comfortable since i moved and my music changed radically also. I stopped definitely doing breakcore and now im doing more quiet stuff and at the same time i feel very inspired when i want to do music. 

* You play frequently in europe and did sonar recently. How does it feel to own the respect and sucess ? Do you think you appretiate more and enjoy it more for being from CARACAS? 

It´s great to get your work recognized when you put all your effort on it. This year has been incredible, travelling everywhere, can´t complain at all. I think when you´re not from this part of the world you definitely enjoy it more because it´s not what you get used to!  

* Plans for the future and new releases?

there is a couple of 12″ coming out, one on True Tiger and the other one on On The Edge. Also remixes for Migrant, Filastine, Moldy, Kid606 and more. 

* New Producers that you´ve been listen too?

Floating Points, Pacheko, Sesped, Mr. Gasparov, Pocz, Nehuen, FaltyDL, Untold, Octa Push and more.

* Finally tell us about your favorite nights you played ?

Sonar 2009 and Bangface Weekender 2 are on top!

 

Sonar 2009

 

 

thanks !

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Cardopusher
True Tiger Recordings / Ad Noiseam / Offroad Recordings / Hyperdub / + more
www.myspace.com/cardopusher
AIM: cardopusher