Interview and exclusive set with Federico Monachesi
From time to time, we try and hook up with the guys that selected to work close to us on PHW / PHW Elements, and we are to bring some more artists on to the label, for interviews and exclusive sets.
Today we bring on an artist, that started to release his music back in 2007. After spending almost a decade with the progressive scene, as a artist, we of course feel fantastic that he after huge success, frequently played by the maestro himself, Hernan Cattaneo, he select to be a major part on our PHW Elements imprint.
We are delighted to bring on this set and interview for us, were you are to get to know him a bit better, understand his musical journey and what it is that drives him to be creative and make the music.
We hope you will enjoy it!
Hey Federico! Thanks for taking the time and making this interview with us and also create a set with music that is special to you at the moment.
Let’s start with a brief background, who is Federico Monachesi, where are you living your life and how did you get in to music and production?
I’m a 31 years old guy, currently living in San Miguel de Tucuman, a city located in the north of Argentina. I started to study music in 2004 and to produce electronic music in 2005 just for fun, later in 2006 i signed my first contract to release my tracks professionally.
Making music that been released for almost a decade now, what would you say have been your biggest achievements so far?
Making music for more than a decade is already an important achievement. I enjoy seeing my stuff being used by djs who I admire, like Hernan Cattaneo who is a worldwide reference of Progressive House.
If we go on to the producing, what are the easiest parts vs the hardest parts if we talk about the process making a track from start to finish?
I start my projects creating melodies, atmospheres and groove, maybe that’s the easiest part for me. Then it becomes a little more difficult to translate all those ideas into a track that sounds good and works on the dance floor.
What DAW do work most in, and what is your studio set-up?
I have a minimal studio, with a good pc, Ableton live, some plugins, a sound card, a midi keyboard and some good speakers!
We know you DJ a lot as well, what do you prefer most, being in the studio or being in the club?
I really enjoy both activities, but I like being in the club more than in the studio. I have the privilege of being one of the resident DJs of “La Boite” , one of the most important clubs in Argentina and I love to play every Saturday there.
What would say are your 5 favorite tracks at the moment?
Harry Agnel – Lovst
Guy J – Brothers vibe
Khen – Baby Steps
Sasha – Warewolf (Jaap Ligthart Edit)
Simon Vuarambon & Sidartha Siliceo – Liberation
If you are to give your best producing tip (that you want to reveal), what would that be then?
I don’t know if its my best tip, but it can be very useful… If you are not convinced with the sound you are achieving, look for a track that you like how it sounds and use it as a reference, this may help to improve and reach the sound what are you looking for.
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