Q&A: Have You Met.. Karmasound

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Where are you from ?

I was born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Lugo, Galicia and am based in Barcelona since 2012.

Describe the kind of creative culture within your city?
Barcelona is a multicultural and hectic place. You can find really good record stores like Paradiso, Rhythm Control, Wah wah Records. There are nice clubs like Curtis Audiophile Cafe, Laut, Freedonia and Jamboree with really good music programs. Nice festivals like Artenou or MIRA fest. Various collective program music nights like Canela en Surco, Tombolo, Wok Musi and many radio stations like Dublab or Radio CC, just to give a few examples. I also stay in contact with other creative people like graffiti artists, art toy creators and illustrators, like my friend Deru or Twee Muizen. It’s a sunny nice place with a huge cultural offer.

What made you get into music, who were the people around you who influenced you?

I have been in a relationship with music since my early days in Argentina. During family parties, my uncle (RIP) had a Cumbia band and he would always play the guitar and sing funny songs.
My father, for example, always played Argentinian folk music, like Jorge Cafrune and also tango, like Roberto Goyenche.
My brother and sister always played music at home. They played Argentinian rock and ska, like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs or Los Pericos, and 80’s music like Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, etc. These are my first memories of music.More recently, in the early/mid-’90s, in Galicia, I discovered breakdance and Hip Hop culture and I met my musical soulmate, Oliver. With him and many other friends, I discovered a lot of music, ranging from jazz-funk and soul to electronic music, all of them through hip hop. I think this is the main reason why I make beats and music today.

Are there any producers/artist you work really well, what makes your relationship work?

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Normally I work alone in my home studio but I have several projects with other artists/producers. I always enjoy making music and tracks with my brother Oliver, of course. We have a rap group named “Kuando Alguien Oculta Sonrisas” from the late ’90s. I enjoy making tracks with my girlfriend, the lovely Sara Bee. We usually make a mix of future/soul and R&B styled music. It’s also really nice going to the studio with my friend from Seattle, Evan. We made an EP years ago titled Evan&Damian. I also really enjoy making music with Pedro Ricardo, we always try to leave the comfort zone and explore more folk music and musical roots. We recorded an LP last year and I hope we will release it during this year. There is also my friend Jedreck, from Poland, also someone with who it is always is very fun to take some time and make music together.
I worked and am still working with other people online, like Emeson (Saturn’s Children) Cyclonix, Alga Rhythms from Manchester, Rui Fradinho and Ruben Estevez. For me one of the best things about music is that it allows you to meet new people and make new friends.

What were early experiences in music, did you start with playing instruments or go straight in to making beats?
I started dancing, DJing and doing turntablism and after that, I started to make beats. First with a computer and with Akai samplers and later I started including other machines. When I started discovering other kinds of music through hip-hop beats, I began to be interested in playing instruments so I started to play the piano on my own. In the last few years, I have taken some piano classes but I have a scattered mind and am not very disciplined so I rather explore on my own.

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Are there any other musicians, and DJs in Argentina we should be paying attention to?
I really love the jazz-fusion scene in Argentina and Uruguay. Names like Pipi Piazzola, Escalandrum, Mati Mormandi, Hernan Jacinto, Fernandez4, Antonino Restuccia, Matador and many more… last month I met Lucien Memi in Barcelona, he is a really great keyboardist and trumpeter and I love his project called Vinilo Tinto, really nice music!

What’s your relationship like with Bristol based label, Phuture Muzik records?
It all started when I uploaded a five-track EP to SoundCloud in 2017. A couple of months after, Josh (the owner of PSM ) emailed me. He listened to my EP on SoundCloud and he liked it so much that he made the proposal to release the album on his label. “Probabilidades” dropped on January of 2018 and at the end of that year, I went to Bristol to play my live set due to the release of my single ‘Can See Thru you” W/ Jedreck Dudek from Poland and some remixes from the amazing producer Sean McCabe. I met Joshia in person there, we have a great relationship through music.

What musical influences outside techno to you have in your music?

I have different music influences for example; Horace Silver, Monk, Hugo Fatorusso, Azymuth, Daniel Maza, Jill Scott, Jorge Drexler, Herbie Hancock, Jazz Messengers, Kaidi Tatham, Dj Premier, Gustavo Santaolalla, La Marraqueta, Curtis Mayfield, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and many many more.

What’s influenced your current album with Phuture Shock Music?

“La Búsqueda” is a concept album I created mainly between 2018 and 2019. But some tracks like “Lo único que quiero” I wrote in 2014. It was like a spiritual exercise for me to find myself and reconnect with my South-American heritage. There is a huge influence from South American traditional rhythms and I tried to experiment with Candombe, chacarera, zamba, cueca, and Brazilian things. All of this mixed with my main passions; jazz, hip hop and broken beat.

When can we expect more music from you, and will we see you DJing around Europe or the UK soon?

At the moment I’m focused on preparing a live set for my album “La Búsqueda”.
Coming up soon, I will be doing a DJ warm-up for a french 70’s jazz-funk band called Cortex in Barcelona on March 14th, the release party of “La búsqueda” on 20th March in Curtis Audiophile Cafe in Barcelona with Phuture Shock Music owner, Joshia. I will come back to Curtis on the 20th of April with my good friend and amazing music selector Laani (Brownswood Rec / WWFm) and I hope to go to UK and EU this summer season!

You can preview and purchase his latest album below:

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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