This month we have an interview and a mixtape with a very special guest,the north american producer and head of the Tigers On A Leash Records, Lou Teti. Check the interview, the mixtape and the promo animation that I made with exclusive soundtrack by Lou Teti
- How was the beginning? and what are your tips for the beginners?
I've got a lot of influences, I think, and they seem to be changing all the time. The one's that have stuck with me long term are probably the old rock & roll. Queen, Led Zeppelin to name a few. But also 80s dance and pop. I'll always love that stuff, it's just so fun for me. Maybe it's because that was the music from my childhood, but I love it. As far as new acts that I like... I like anything that fuses multiple sounds in a new and interesting way. In the genre, I'm really digging guys like Psychemagik, Drop Out Orchestra, groups like that. I like how they bring something unique to the table, their own character. These days there are so many people making music, it's harder to have your own voice, so I love it when I hear an artist that does. I admire anyone who is creating, and I don't feel like I have the right to say anything bad about anyones art, so I'll skip the 'worst' part of the question. : )
- Which are your favorite places to play? And your favorites to have fun?Do you have plans to come to make a South American tour including Brazil?
I usually start with a basic drum part that I like. Then lay some bass on top of it. After that I just keep layering synths, guitar, vocals and more drums. After I lay in some vocal melody, then I write the lyrics and re-record. Lastly, I take away a lot of the stuff that I added. :) In general, I don't usually have a plan for a track. I just start layering elements and then an idea starts to form as I go.
- You have a cool gear collection in your studio, which are your favorite ones? and which was your first one?
- What Tigers on a Leash reserves in 2012?
I have two more releases of my own almost ready to go. Hopefully one will be out by the end of the month. I'm also working on few releases with other artists... Some names you might be farmilar with and a few others who maybe you haven't heard of yet. And eventually I think I'd like to do a full length album, but that may be a while off. The album material that I'm putting together might be a little more diverse, not exclusively for the dance floor. Also, I'm working on a graphic re-design so we may see a new look soon.
- What was the funniest and weirdest thing ever happened on a gig?
Tough question! I don't really know. I think I'm motivated by the great response I've gotten from so many people. It makes me want to keep making more music for sure. Also, other music gets me inspired. When I hear some nice music it makes me want to go into the studio.
Well, NYC is pretty fast paced. Everyone is always rushing around. I'm not sure that has a direct influence on my music, but it does keep me energized and motivated to keep creating. Though at this point I'm trying to find a place in the country to set up a studio. I have a little too much gear piling up and I'd love to be able to go out to the country and work without any distractions. Maybe nature will give me some new inspiration too!
- What is harder, mix a track or a tv show?
Definitely music for me at this point. I mix TV shows for a solid 8 hours a day, so I've got a system down. Additionally, when I mix a TV show, I'm providing a mix for someone else, so I get less attached to the material which allows me to make more objective decisions. When I mix music, it can be hard to let one of my (bad) ideas die, and sometimes that is the most important part.
Of course I would love if piracy didn't exist, but it does. It's just a fact of life at this point, so I don't let it get me too angry or annoyed. Most musicians have to face the fact that they are not going to make money from record sales. So if you want to make a career out of music you'll have to be gigging a lot, or get creative about how to make a few bucks. A small electronic label such as TOAL is the same thing. I think most people would be surprised to find out how little money a dance single earns these days. There is a bright side to it though, it's less likely that I will do a remix or something that I don't like just for the money.
- You were a Jazz player right?Have you ever heard brazilian music? and what do you think about this tropical influence in todays music?
Yes, I've had a listened to any played a lot of different types of music. One of my good friends JKriv has been a huge fan of Brazilian music for many years. He's a great Pandeiro player and he's exposed me to a lot of Brazilian music. I also had to learn a lot of bossa patterns when studying the guitar in college. I'm not sure that Brazilian music has necessarily influenced my music a lot, but I've always liked it. The rhythm. If anything, I think you may hear some Caribbean flavors in some of my tunes, especially a few that I'm working on now
1. Golden Train / Penguin Prison
2. The Journey (Kolombo Remix) / Sander Kleinberg/Kraak & Smaak feat. Ursula Rucker
3. The Line / Wave Machines
4. Los Rumberos De La Muerte (Kid Who Remix) / Billy Bogus
5. Crime Pays (Cereal Spiller Remix) / Bear Hands
6. Head Up High (Lou Teti Remix) / Andrew Clarke
7. Nice Day (the Moves Nice Mix) / Persephone's Bees
8. This Is The Love / Satin Jackets & Rocco Raimundo
9. When You're Dancing (Extended Version) / Gigamesh
10. Mirikal / Juslo
11. Can You Get It (Black Magic Disco Remix) / Felipe Sa
12. Central Reservation / Beth Orton
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