1. Marino Canal
‘I’m not held back by traditional methods or views’
What was the turning point from bedroom DJ to here?
In 2012 - I was working in Berlin and I had a girlfriend and then one day everything went to shit! So I moved back to Spain and I made some music and I sent it to Danny Whittle who loved it and me signed onto his IBZ management agency. I’d been producing for 5 or 6 years previous to this, but this was the turning point. I guess everyone would love to make partying a lifestyle, but I’ve been lucky enough to do it.
Talk us through your music:
With production - there’s no set of rules to make a track. I might have a sample, or a snippet from a YouTube video that I ripped off, I might build a track from that. I might start with a vocal, or a loop. I don’t think I’ve ever started a track the same way. When I make a track I try not to be limited by anything. People say similar things about my tracks- use words like ‘organic’ but really I just go with how I feel.
With DJing, I use Traktor. It gives me the most freedom. I get the hypocrites, who come into the booth playing only vinyl and say to me ‘I wouldn’t play on a shitty laptop’ but I just feel it’s about what you play, not what you play on!
What’s the most challenging aspect of what you do?
Probably deciding what you’re gonna send. You make a few tracks and then you think: does this represent me as an artist? That’s the hardest call to make.
What’s the next stage for you?
I have some European gigs coming up - but really, hopefully just making a decent living out of this!