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An interview with Spanish DJ & producer Adrian Roman

Adrian Roman in-depth about his taste in music

Hailing from Spain, this great talent, Adrian Roman is considered as one of the most promising newcomer names on the scene. Being able to create a musical concept which expresses perfectly his feelings and musical taste, Adrian has already edited and released music on great labels. We invited Adrian Roman to edit a track on Karo V.’s upcoming EP “Alone on the Road“. We are so glad he accepted.

Ahead of the release we invited this great artis for an in-depth interview.

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Hey Adrian, thank you for your time. How are things going?

Hello, friends of Tanzgemeinschaft. First of all, thanks for the invitation and also for giving a voice to the artists. Things are going well right now, despite the circumstances. I am building a new studio in my new location and I really want to sit on it, stand in front of the pianos and experience creating music in this new place.

Also thank you for the remix on one of our upcoming releases. It’s fantastic to see and hear, how you slice an original and make it your own. What’s your creative approach when doing remixes? 

The remixing process is way different than producing an original track. In the beginning, I prefer loading the melodic samples from scratch. Then I try to identify the most important elements of the original ones. Right after that, I delete everything I am not going to use and that’s when I try to bring the song to my own style. From percussion to the structure. In this remix to Karo V.’s “Summer Memories” I tried to respect the main melodies and acid sounds, taking them to a more dancefloor and powerful side. But always the main point for me is to respect the original idea of the artist.

Karo V.’s “Alone on the Road (inc Adrian Roman remix)” is out now. Grab your copy on Beatport or stream on Spotify.

We are a fan. Love your sound. But please explain what characterizes your music style? Was it always like this and if not how did you get to this point. 

It’s a great compliment, honestly! I think my music, and I say this, fortunately, undergoes a constant evolution. I feel I am at a point where I start being very close to the sound I want to show. I feel free in the studio and everything flows. It’s really hard to know if there are fixed characteristics in my songs, it is difficult to extract and see it in an objective way. But I assure you I am only releasing music I really like. I am always my first filter and possibly the hardest one. So, I guarantee all the music which comes out will be worth it. Anyway, If I had to define where I want to take my sound whenever I start a song, I suppose I would pick 3 words: elegance, simplicity and rhythm.

I guarantee all the music which comes out will be worth it.

The process of learning to make electronic music reveals to you how little you know. That makes you increasingly aware of how much more you need to learn to get anywhere close to where you want to go.  What’s your opinion?

I totally agree. It wasn’t until I got really involved in the scene that I managed to produce a decent sound. It is very important to listen to a lot of music in order to find inspiration. You must do it very carefully, knowing how to adapt the sounds you like to your style, with coherence. Just pay attention to the sound which inspires you the most. The more I know, the more I want to listen. And although I am aware that it is only a tiny portion of the music that reaches my ears, whenever I discover something new it leads me to do riskier things in the studio. My production process is way wider than just getting in front of the synthesizers. It requires many different activities which influence your sound.

What do you do to push the energy?

It is important for me to follow a routine. It is what makes me more productive, being able to start a process of automation and self-motivation. Now, for example, I am less focused due to my new location, but I hope this ends soon.

It is important for me to follow a routine. It is what makes me more productive.

2020 is a year we will not be forgetting that fast. It put a halt on the music industry in some ways. How has it affected you as an artist and as a person in general?

I think the repercussions regarding the music industry are being disastrous at all levels. I don’t want to be pessimistic, I am just being pragmatic and waiting for good news. It’s very demotivating watching cancelled dates, but I want to think that all of this has given me time to prepare me in the studio. As a person, this situation made me rethink about it. Especially at the beginning, when it all started. I was wondering if there was a point about making music with everything that was happening. And if the world was going to change drastically. Fortunately, after a few days, I saw that music was even more important than before and it was a great motivation.

What type of music did you enjoy in your younger days?  When compared to now, has your taste in music changed or how has it been influenced?

When I was younger, I devoured the very little music I had access to. My parents had great vinyl records, but at home there were no record players haha. So, I missed a childhood full of Rick Astley, Dire Straits or Kylie Minogue. In the end, I listened to compilations from Annual, Pioneer and Alpine. They were my first contact with electronic music. But without any doubt, the most important album for me was Jamiroquai’s “A Funk Odyssey”. I listened to it for hours and nowadays I keep listening to it.

Currently, I listen to music as if it was my job. In a professional way, but when I really want to disconnect, I keep ending up in funky rhythms, R&B, some chill rap and psy-rock. A good mix of it all.

How did you ultimately end up in the electronic music scene?

It really was a pretty natural process. I always liked creating. Since I was a child I went to guitar lessons and my favourite part was composing melodies. Years later, I discovered there were programs you could use in order to create your own music. At home, electronic sounds were always well looked upon, so it was inevitable ending there. I never played at the city’s club or had a group of friends related to it, it was a process that took place entirely inside my room.

What do you find most challenging about the music business?

It’s not something I’ve ever asked myself. It is obvious that along the way you can be frustrated, finding obstacles and challenges, but I am just doing my best in the studio and everything related to my project. The rest usually comes out as a result.

What have you got planned for the year ahead? Any new music or collaborations we should know about?

I am very excited about what is coming next year, because many productions I have been working on these months will come to light. I got to sign with some of my favourite labels and I have a lot of work to do, collaborating with many artists I admire. A nice community has been created.

Thank you and take good care!

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