If I’m going to work with an artist on a track we have to find common ground on more than just a love of house music. I draw influence from countless musical sources from old horror movie soundtracks to my beloved east-coast golden age hip hop. This is why my latest guest on THE BIRDHOUSE, Eddy M and I worked so well together on my latest Dirtybird single, “Getting Hot”. Eddy grew up in Italy studying instrumental music, then developed a love for hip hop similar to my own before heading the direction of house music.
After years of hard work his layered taste in music and his steadfast commitment to success caught the attention of other big names in the scene like Elrow, where his now a resident, and he’s been supported by the likes of Marco Carola, Kaiserdisco, Matthias Tanzmann and more. Now he’s heading his own label, Drumkit Records for which he’s curating releases from rising stars who come from all over the world. Check out his questionnaire and guest mix below, which begins with “Getting Hot.” So happy to have you in the Dirtybird family, Eddy!
How did your music career get started in earnest?
When I left Sicily to find a job as a DJ in Barcelona, everything became so serious. I didn’t have enough money to live without a job, and I was producing music in a really small apartment situated in Downtown. I would be in the studio during the day and then go out at night to meet people to and find my chance to show people what I was able to do. Then after 4 years of sacrifices, the boss of the best party of the world Juan Arnau called my asking if I was up for a meeting with the team. I went to the meeting, and they asked me if I would like join the Elrow team as new resident in April 2015. I was crying and telling my parents. You just have to believe everyday!
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I’m from a small town in Sicily called Capo d’Orlando. This is where I discovered my real love for music and instruments. I used to play instruments in the studio everyday with all my friends, recording all time (Funky,Crossover,R&B,Hip-Hop-Funk) jamming all day long and then dropping the new beats on car rides to the coast. There wasn’t nightlife in that little town, so the weekends were just in the studio, playing with my fantasy, painting with sounds and then sharing the new productions with my friends. It was magic. Today, I’m still working in the same way and with the same taste,so Capo d’Orlando definitely had an influence on me.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
If I have to be honest,I never wanted to quit my career. I have a dream. I just want to live all my life doing this. It’s my religion. I want music all around me. The way to get big in this industry is inside each of us. We just need to make a lot of sacrifices then study and respect the music. I hear my heart in the studio. I don’t mind what others people think. I’ve failed a lot of times, but I’ve never thought like "Oh my god, that’s impossible” or “I’m not a DJ or producer. Maybe I need to find another thing to do”. Never. If i fail I try to use my brain to understand first where the fail was and then come back to work on harder to get a better result.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
My Beats Pill for the afterparty in the hotel room next to the party! ahaha,I’m joking :) . When I bought my Korg Minilogue (synth) I got really paunchy and catchy bass-lines, leeds and tensions for my productions. I really love this synth. It was a big help in the studio for sure.
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?
I never tried to emulate another artist. I’m trying everyday to push the limit; getting lost in sounds in the studio. Trying to be like another DJ is a waste of time for me. I used to look at what the big artists were doing to understand how much I need to break my back more in the studio to become as pro as they are.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
I’ll never get tired or bored of this. It’s never enough. #ILOVEMYJOB 24/7
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
When I come back to Sicily. When I hug my family. When I smell my island. When I sit on the hood of my car to watch the sunset with all my friends. When I feel stressed, being back home is everything for me. When I spend time with my family I feel like can touch the sky with my hands. It’s pure happiness
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I love playing basketball and skateboarding.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Love Beige \ Hate Blue
Favorite and least favorite words?
Shine \ Quit
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
German or Detroit techno?
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Biggie or Tupac?
Biggie Because 2pac is in the hands of god already