Next up we find out a little more about Maztek. His new release on Eatbrain (Grinder EP) features June Miller, Mob Tactics and Leah Vee, and certainly is a banging EP.
First off, big up for your productions, you really are one to watch. Can you go back to how it all started for you and growing up in Italy with your musical influences?
Thanks and thanks for your time, too.
It all started with music itself. I’ve always been into music and the emotions it gives to us. After playing around with instruments and learning and listening to every kind of music, I started with electronic music with the likes of Aphex Twin, Square Pusher etc.
I went to my first rave when I was 18 and started to play at raves when I was 21. At the time I was a full-time graphic and web designer, but also a maths student at university. I remember waking up one hour earlier because the night before I was working on a beat, just to get back to it before I go to work and the same goes after work. It became my main interest. One of the things I really felt inside to do was quit my job to focus on it and it quickly became my main job, not just an interest anymore.
What is it about Drum and Bass that you love?
The beats, the drums and the basslines of course, the thing that it always evolves, the scientific part of it. I also love that it’s hard and fast and full of energy.
What age were you when you started producing?
I started when I was 18 with other kinds of stuff without having any clue of what I was doing. I approached drum & bass production when I was 23 or 25 I think.
What producers do you rate as technically good DJs too?
Andy C I think he’s even better as a DJ, Audio, A.M.C., Optiv & BTK, ED Rush & Optical to mention a few.
What DAW are you on in the studio?
I use Cubase 8.5 and I love it.
Any new studio tips you have come across recently you can share with our readers?
I’m trying this new synth Xfer Serum and I think it is great, you can use it to create your own sick basslines but also write the transient for your drums, it’s pretty useful.
I was also introduced to Addictive Drums by “Tim Current Value” and now I’m addicted, I can’t work without it. It’s really useful to create your own drums, snares, kicks, hats etc.
I’m also trying some new FXs, like the Convolution, Noisia suggested in one of their tutorials. I was already using it with iZotope Trash 2, but with this one there are still many other options.
How do you start your tracks? Drums, hooks or intros?
I used to start with the drums or the bassline sounds, when I got a nice groove and nice sounds. Even if I’m still not happy with it, I leave it there and start working on the intro, it helps me to proceed with the rest of the tune, too.
How do you create your basslines?
I use the Virus TI2 or this new Serum, I use Massive, too.
What are your goals over the next 5 years?
To make another album and some really cool singles. To improve my skills, of course, and try to be happy with what I do to make others happy, too. And sign to a nice label who takes care of its artists and go with the flow.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On a plane: coming back from a huge festival, going back to my children and wife and waking up the next day, going into a proper studio to make some proper tunes.
If I gave you £5000 to spend on a studio kit, what would you buy?
I don’t think it is enough for my dream studio but, yes, I would buy some gear like speakers, something from Adam, an analog synth or more. It depends on the budget, which I think it’s almost finished. With more of a budget I would treat the room properly, too.
Where can we catch you playing at over the next few months?
I will play Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Spain in the next month, Serbia, France , Belgium and so on in the next few months.
Maztek – Good Question Feat. Veah Lee was track of the day on Beatport Aug 16th 2016… You must have been stoked?
I am and so proud, happy and grateful for that. I think it has been the first time and it is cool to have been considered for that with a different kind of tune.
Beatport, Juno or Googleplay?
Soundcloud or YouTube?
Both, but if I have to choose I go for YouTube.
Tea or coffee?
Beer or wine?
Both, but beer if the wine is shit.
Clubs or Festivals?
Thanks for your time, any shouts or thanks?
Shouts to Eatbrain, Jeff from Methlab, my agent Clive of Evolution Artists, my buddy Gridlok, you guys and all the readers.
His new release on Eatbrain (Grinder EP) features June Miller, Mob Tactics and Leah Vee, and certainly is a banging EP.
Interview By Aliina Atkinson