What has inspired you to make more Techno?
I’ve had a long love affair with Techno, and after much internal debate, I’ve decided to give it my full attention. I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas (Denton) in the mid 90s, and Dallas was mostly a House town back in those days. House will always be in my blood and you can surely hear it in a lot of my Techno tracks. Although I have a Deep Tech sample pack coming out on Loop Masters this spring, I released what will be my last Deep Tech EP last fall. As much as I pride myself being a very versatile DJ, it’s too much to keep up with both House & Techno. It’s time to just focus on one genre….
Why did you move to Mexico?
I was going to move to Barcelona, but I really needed an attitude change, so I came to Mexico instead. My Mom grew up in Mexico City, and I used to visit my grandparents there a lot when I was a boy – Mexico just feels like home to me. There’s something very magical about the Mexican way of life, the culture and the small town vibe that makes sense for me right now. While it was not a good move for my immediate career, I desperately needed to recover my heart, mind and spirit.
What was going on that warranted an attitude change?
I was stuck in a long depression that turned into my way of being. I needed drastic measures to climb out of it.
Did the move to Mexico solve the issue?
No, it has taken a lot of willpower to kick the depression. I quit drinking and smoking a year and a half ago. I meditate every day for at least one hour and I train cross fit Monday-Friday for an hour. I also spend more time with friends and more time in nature. The old me still comes back from time to time, but now I’m able to manage it better.
How has your music changed?
My music sounds more stripped down and to the point. But more than anything, it’s my attitude that has changed. I am no longer worried so much about the results of my work, and I’m enjoying the process a lot more.
How has your music changed?
Writing sample packs has forced me to write faster. I now put more time into my template and sound design before I start writing. I push myself to write 8-10 sketches in a day. I’ll write like this for a week or two, without any concern about the results. It’s so much fun to just be an artist without worrying about what people will think or how ideas will translate on the dance floor. I then come back as the producer to edit, etc…
What’s the plan for the rest of 2019 and beyond?
I’m focused on production and my weekly radio show, Skuzzi Radio (with Nadja Lind). I have another EP with you guys in April, an EP with Lucidflow in May, a remix for Stefan Weise coming on Wolf Trap, and more EP’s in the pipeline. I see 2019 for building momentum and 2020 will be the year to hit the road more. After all, I’m a DJ first.