What is your name and role within The Deals?
My real name is Alex, and I am the only member of The Deals. So my role is everything!
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I am from Barcelona, and have lived here all my life. For its music scene, I really think the city is now the best in Spain. Of course being the host of some amazing festvials every year has helped make it one of the few top cities in Europe.
Please tell us how The Deals started and what has been happening since the beginning:
I met Denis at school when we were about 13 years old, we became very close friends and we both loved electronic music. At the age of 16 or 17 we started playing music at home with some friends and recording our first podcasts back then which we listened back to later. A few years passed before we started to make our own music with Ableton Live and through a lot of practise, we gradually got better and better. Denis decided that he had other things in life which he wanted to focus on, especialyl with his career, and could not do both, so he chose to leave pursuing music. Of course we are still really good friends and he was more than happy to let me continue as The Deals. It worked the best way possible for us both.
How did you first start playing music / DJing?
Well since I was young, like many artists I listened to a lot of music at home – my family had a lot of vinyls and old tapes from a whole variety of genres. It wasnt really until I was older, around 16 that I started to learn more about electronic music, and gradualy started to buy the tracks I wanted to play. It started as I mentioned earlier, in our homes! But then gradually we learnt more and more. It’s not an overnight thing, it takes time.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
When I first started to learn more, of course the major well known artists are generally all those you get your first introduction to, which included Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Paco Osuna, Carlo Lio and Nicole Moudaber. I still listen and follow them all, but now the industry has opened my mind to a lot more artists who are new or a little undiscovered still like David Gtronic, Figueroa & Obando, Wigbert, Marwan Sabb and Raul Facio. They may still be in the earlier stages of their career, but they make some incredible sounds and productions.
You’re a resident at Input club, how do you prepare for each show?
Each show is very different, depending on the time that I play and also the artists who are also on the line up. Although my sets are always improvised, I always do research of the other artists and some tracks which I know will work in my sets, but it all depends on the crowd on the night, and their reactions. If you can read the crowd, as to what they want, then you’ll always enjoy playing your set no matter what time is it.
What or who influences your style?
Of course many artists I mentioned earlier definatley encouraged me to get into music, and I took some inspiration for the success and music they had made. Now I guess really its my mood that infuences what comes out of a studio sessions. There are stages in my life where I may have made some quite dark techno, during more emotional times, and other times when something so groovy has come out and its surprised me. So really, its not a set thing, but whats around you, and how it makes you feel. I usually get carried away when I am in the studio, and a track can start one way, and end completley different.
Recently you played with Carlo Lio, how this show? Does the crowd share differ from show to show?
Yes, to play with Carlo was a real pleasure. I have a good relationship with him, as we have known eachother for a few years now, and he is also an artist on SCI+TEC and one that I have admired for many years. He is one of my favourite producers without a doubt, and such a nice guy. So yeah, it was an incredible night and I think that Carlo had a lot of fun! Input is very lucky with its crowd, they are very lloyal and all of the parties at the venue seem to be a huge success.
You’ll also have upcoming shows with Green Velvet, Maetrik, ANNA and Alan Fitzpatrick, what can we expect from these shows?
Actually at the time of doing this intevriew, we just did Alan which was a dream come true! And this weekend we have ANNA. Every night is sold out, so I know we will have an awesome crowd, and some of the best electronic music thats avalable. All the artists are big names, and draw a crowd, but also a great vibe. I can’t wait!
Please tell us about your new EP Raw War on SCI+TEC, what inspired the sound of the 4 tracks on this EP?
For this release, I wanted to make something a little more obscure, with minimalist elements and some experimental touches. And I think it has been achieved, or at least I am very happy with the outcome anyway1 I made the Raw War track a while back and I sent them over to Dubfire to see what he thought, after some road testing, he said he wanted it for SCI+TEC! He played the tracks at Awakenings too which was a special moment for me.
Where and when did you record?
I made the 4 tracks solo in my home studio in Barcelona
Did you collaborate or work with anybody on Raw War?
For the final mix down before sending them to Dubfire, I worked with a sound engineer in Valencia, who has a professional studio, as I wanted to ensure the tracks would sound the best they possibly could.
How can we listen to or buy Raw War?
Raw War will be available next April 6th in Beatport. We’ll also be relasing one of the tracks on SCI+TEC Soundcloud the week before release!
What do you have planned for 2018?
This year I plan to work really hard in the studio. I have some releases scheduled including a remix for Freedom B & Juanito on Timid Boy’s label Time Has Changed, and an EP collaboraiton “Broken Bass” with a friend of mine Siles which includes a remix from Fer BR and Justin James. Gig wise, I have a few shows in Europe, and of course, with Sonar ahead i’ll be playing some other venues in Barcelona, as well as my continued residency.
Favorite food and place to hangout?
Oh well I love Mediterranean and Japanese. Quite different I know, but I love both as much as each other. One of my favourite places to hand out here in Barcelona is “Los Bunkers del Carmel” – it has an amazing viewpoint from where you can see the whole city. I really recommened this to anyone who is visitng the city this year! You wont regret it.