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?
* 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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thanks francisco! we love dubstep caracas crew!