Spanish producer and DJ Dosem is someone who releases an awful lot of tracks. Somehow he always manages to keep up his quality assurance levels, though, and produces everything from melodic techno to deep house. Following on from critically acclaimed albums, Parallel and Origin comes the man’s newest full length, City Cuts, on foremost Spanish label Suara. Once again this album showcases Dosem’s ability to craft a number of different moods and grooves with equal élan and so we caught up with the man for more.
How are you, how has summer been for you? What have been some highlights?
It's been a fantastic summer, I had the opportunity to play in clubs and new festivals where I had not been before and repeat some of my favorites like Loveland in Amsterdam. As Highlights I’ll pick my first gig at Blue Marlin Ibiza, I love that place.
What was it like growing up in Spain – how did you get into dance music?
Spain is a country with a long history in clubs and electronic music festivals; it was relatively easy to get in touch with club culture, especially if you live near a city with such a dense scene as Barcelona.
What labels and artist were you into and are they the same ones that influence you now?
I've always had a very open mind when selecting my music to play at the club. Even sometimes I like some tracks that are not suitable for my sets at all, but I edit/remix the elements to make them fit. Beside Suara, I'm playing a lot of music from labels like Defected, Modablack, Saved.
Were you going to clubs or learning from older friends or the radio or… how did you get into this first?
It started very organically ... I liked the music of Vangelis and Mike Oldfield when I was very young… Then I spent a lot of time listening to music produced by people like William Orbit, and then in college I discovered artists like Moby, Orbital, Chemical Brothers.
When did you decide you wanted a career in dance music? When did you start DJing and producing?
Over ten years ago ... I started going to clubs and festivals such as Sonar and I knew I wanted to produce my own music, I felt I had lot of things to express that could only be translated thru music. I wanted to experience and learn everything. Eventually I started playing my songs in my sets and it all started to take shape.
How long did it take you to really find your own sound, do you think? Maybe you are still searching?
I try not to pigeonhole into any particular sound or style, just try to be true to the essence of what led me to start producing dance music: I wanted to make the music I would like to dance in a club ... intense, powerful ... but with soulful substance at the same time.
Are you hard of software man? Why? Have you got any ideal bits of kit you would like to buy?
Software. At the school I was always the “computers kid”. I spent many years working as a Web designer and programmer. I think with the software and computers there today is reaching a level of very interesting sound quality.
Does it take you a long time to make a track or are you someone who works quickly? Do you have a proper studio or can you work on the road?
I'm pretty fast generating ideas and translating them into computer. What tends to take longer in my productions are the details that make the difference, such as mixing, sequencing, etc. I usually generate lots of ideas when I'm out, then I work those ideas quietly in my studio.
Do you think house music should have a social and political conscious in anyway, like it used to when it first emerged, or has it changed into something else now?
Not only the House, but electronic music in general has expanded far beyond its origins. It has become a language of communication, not only to convey ideas, feelings ... but over the years the styles have evolved and every author has taken his own land, with their own histories, values and messages. I think it's so positive to understand how a genre began and try to investigate its origins… but at the same time evolve, experiment and create new things to create new origins, new meanings for the music.
What are your aims when it comes to DJing – to amaze, educate, edify, entertain?
I like to develop my sets like if it’s a movie... trying to get people to disconnect for a couple of hours and fully concentrate on the music. I want to have a good time all together; to dance while communicating stories ... every song is a story. Every story has a place and a perfect time to be told, my role is to decide where and when.
What else have you got coming up/are you excited about?
I’m releasing a new album for Suara and also working on remixes for Mark Fanciulli, Robert Babicz, Sasse, Chus & Ceballos, Uto Karem…
If you could own one track no other DJ could ever play, what would it be and why?
That would be very selfish! Music should not be exclusive to anyone, it’s an universal language :)