MENDO

How did you start?

I started in 1992 buying to a friend who owned a pirate radio station and wanted to stop it, two vinyl decks and a mixer.

Where are you based?

I’m born in Geneva, Switzerland and I now live in Malaga, Spain for a few years but I come back to Switzerland regularly.

Please give an example of your music creative process?

First I have to find the right drum kick I’m going to work with.

Then I add a clap and a few rythmical parts to start the groove then, to have the best one, you have to find the perfect bassline.

Sometimes I need 3 days only to create a track and, usually these are the ones that work best.

I’m also very attentive to current trends and new production tools in order to last on the electronic scene because there is a lot of competition.

What are you working on right now?

I have the great pleasure to work with my longtime friend Danny Serrano with whom I have done a good part of my biggest hits.

We are working on a lot of new productions, which, I hope, all of our historical fans will like.

What is your gear setup?

For my gigs I use Traktor on 4 tracks with a Motu soundcard and a Xone K2 controller but I have also all tracks of my sets prepared on USB keys with Rekordbox if any problem happens.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

To tell the truth, I spend all my time in the studio and traveling weekends when I go to mix, but I like to go once a week to the cinema and eat in good restaurants to eat good meat and drink good wines. So these are the only moments I really disconnect from music.

How would you describe your music genre?

I’ve always tried to create dancing music. A mix between House and Techno but generally quite happy.

As I always say, if you can get girls to dance, all the rest will follow.

Do you know any music theory?

The only thing that comes to mind would be the BPM of music that would have to be played in relation to the size of a club.

So the bigger the room is, the faster you can speed up the music and the smaller the room is, the better it is to play slowly.

I’m not saying it’s always right, but at least for me, that’s what I’m trying to do when I play.

What are your plans for the future?

Being married to my music for very long years 🙂 I do not really have personal plan in the future but I would say to continue to make people dance as long as possible.

How did you get into music?

I’ve always loved music since very small but I would say late 1980s, Acid House and Newbeat triggered my love for electronic music,

What are you listening to at the moment?

When I don’t work, I like listening to totally different and more relaxing music like Lisa Stansfield, Sade, Norah Jones.

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

Staying in electronic music scene, my 5 favorite artists of the moment are :

Patrick Topping, Detlef, Latmun, Solardo et Green Velvet.

When are you playing next?

My next gig is in Romania, one of my favorite destinations for mixing because the audience is always amazing. Then I will go to Pacha Barcelona, one of my favorite clubs where I have the chance to play several times a year. Then I leave for this two weeks tour in Australia and New Zealand. I really can’t wait to be there because Oceania, is the only continent where I have not yet worked.

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