Sam Cameron's Marbella Nightlife Blog #16: Spanish Producer JOSE DE MARA!
On this week's Blog I will be interviewing my friend Jose de Mara, a producer from Madrid who recently launched his label Arcadia Records and so far has had support from Worldwide Superstar DJs such as Tiësto, Chuckie, and many more!
A nice blend between Nicky Romero, Alesso, and Hardwell is how I would describe his style. Jose de Mara is proving himself Spain has hidden talent all over the country! We don't just bullfight & play Football people…
Anyway let's get you to know him a little more!
Q: What got you into DJing and Producing?
A: Honestly, I never expected be a DJ. I just love electronic music since I was child, then I started to have a look on djs like Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, I felt like I would really love to make something like them. For me, was really awesome take the chance for make thousand of people feel something especial with your music.
Q: When did you decide this was the career you wanted?
A: When I started to feel than lot of Djs was supporting me as a DJ, and big names like Armin Van Buuren playing my tracks years ago under my trance music alias “Raver”, this was an inflexion point in my career, for sure.
Q: What equipment/software do you use to produce your music?
A: Not so much things, a MacPro, a portable Apogee Duet2 soundcard, Master Keyboard and some analog stuff like a Clavia Nordlead, but to be honest, I´m not using it so much in these days; and my lovely pair of Adam speakers of course! Software I´m using Logic Pro and a hundred of plugins that I´m still checking at the moment hahaha.
Q: When did you sign your first record deal?
A: I made some records before my new career as Jose De Mara (JDM), my first single was released by Spinnin Records on 2010, a track with a Club House style called “Dance Of Light”.
Q: When was Arcadia Records launched? Which are the near future plans for your record label?
A: Arcadia was launched a few months ago with the purpose to establish as one of the big Mainstream labels of Spain and continue growing up with no limits into international market. I´m so patient about that, it is not easy, and maybe I need some years, but I feel that I´m doing the right things. First idea about Arcadia, was to start releasing my own tracks and see what happen next, but now, I´m trying to find new talents around the world, trying to give them the chance to release his music, in case that it has a touch fresh and original.
Q: As I said before, I think your style is a blend between Alesso, Nicky Romero & Hardwell. How would you describe your style?
A: Difficult to say, I have so many influences, but I´m trying to be myself all the time. I come from trance music, so I like to use these kind of sounds in my music, but now I´m trying to mix that with some “musical instruments” real instruments, like piano, violins, guitars. I think the most important part of my music is about feelings, I want to show my feelings in my music all the time, it´s very important for me. I can do some epic tracks and banger club tracks, in the meantime, I like to do whatever I want.
Q: Congratulations on 'Take Off', your latest single on Beatport. Tiësto not only played it on his weekly podcast, but played it twice in a row!!! Im very happy for you, what can you say about this?
A: What can I say! I´m so proud, and I guess, in this moment, I just like to thank you to Tiësto and the rest of the artists that support me, it´s so awesome to see this kind of reactions with your first label release, and that push me so strong to keep doing my projects. 50% of the success is thanks to new Australian talent called “Walden”, because he did it very well with the remix!
Q: Which cities have you played in and which would you say is your favorite?
A: I played in some interesting cities like Sao Paulo (Brazil), Laussane (Switzerland), Tirana (Albania), Ibiza (Spain), and almost of the rest Spain cities, but I felt something special in Brazil. There, the music culture is rapidly growing, just now, It´s one of the best countries to play, the vibe is awesome and the people loves music in every aspects! So at this moment, I choose Sao Paulo, I´m so excited to come back!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: It´s so difficult to see, you know? Music industry is changing every minute, but I would like to think that I just will be playing all over the world, making the people dance with my music.
Q: Who would you say is your musical idol? Role Model?
A: I never had a musical idol, but I respect a lot djs like Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox…. Really, the genuine djs were an inspiration to me.
Q: When will you next be playing in Marbella?
A: I hope so very soon! I´ve never been in Marbella before and I'm really excited to play there, maybe this summer it´s time to make some noise there ;)
Thanks for your time, keep up the good work, hard work pays off!
Thank you Sam!
See you in Marbella. I can't wait to work with you guys in the near future!
This week's "Tune of the Week" is no other than Jose's latest single "Take Off", supported by Tiësto on Club Life #269 & #270!!!
If you would like to keep informed with Jose de Mara's upcoming tracks, gigs, and collaborations, please follow him on Facebook & Twitter!
Thank you for reading my Blog! See you next week!
By: Sam Cameron
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