Danny Serrano is an artist who’s been on the top of his game for some time now. A Madrid man who’s repped the likes of Circus, Saved Records, Truesoul and more, he’s an individual who commands a deep respect in the tech house world. Alongside names like Wally Lopez, he’s also recognised as being one of Spain’s best exponents of a groovy, tech laden sound. Aside from the labels he’s worked with, Serrano also runs his own label — the brilliant Serrano’s Kitchen, which of course, is also the name of his famous studio in Madrid. It’s in Madrid where he crafted his latest work, the exceptional Craft, which just hit shops recently. An interesting time to release an album it may be, but then Danny Serrano has never been one for conventional. We caught up with Danny just as the album dropped to talk about his 2020 so far, the Madrid scene — and much more besides…
How was your lockdown period? And what was it you found most challenging about it all?
It is a really strange situation for everyone, I think no one would have ever imagined living something like this in life.
I think everything will go back to the way it was before, I thought our industry was going to change but I think when a vaccine is found I am sure everything will go back to the way it was before. I hope so anyway!
The scene in Madrid is quite difficult at the moment, the big clubs are closed for now so it’s hard to say. I guess it’s a global issue as much as a Spanish one, but without government support it’s hard to say what’s going to happen.
I have great memories of Space Ibiza, Space of Sound in Madrid and also Ushuaia Ibiza. Space Ibiza was one of the best clubs I have ever played, this place was magical and special for me. I wish I could go back tomorrow!
Of course I have not gone out during this quarantine, I have been at home with my family. But there are several DJ’ that I admire… but if I had to pick one, I’d perhaps say Loco Says… his set in Fabrik in Madrid was simply amazing!!
The truth is that I have thought about not publishing it … we are living a strange moment with the music … but in the end I decided that I wanted to publish this album in my brand Serrano’s Kitchen. This album is special to me.
I currently work in my recording studios Serrano’s Kitchen as a mixing studio engineer and master for other major artists and labels. Thanks to that I am surviving this pandemic but I miss not playing in clubs and festivals.
My vision of the music sector and industry has changed for sure. Now I am focused on my Serrano’s Kitchen study and academy project. I am very happy working as a mix engineer and master for other labels, artists and bands so let’s see where I go with that.
“Craft” is a more personal sound, I was a bit bored of working in the studio and always making the same sound, I wanted to do something different … and Craft is the result of all this. I hope you all enjoy it!
As I have previously commented, my Serrano’s Kitchen project is the most important thing for me at the moment, our studies and music academy is a fundamental part of my life and surely in my career for the future, when I’m locked up I escape from the world and I don’t think about the problems …!
Music from the Beatles, Michael Jackson or Queen are a constant reference for me. The last book I read was ‘The boy with the striped pyjamas’.