Italy’s rising star Mauro Venti has stopped by to chat with us about his new release on Hot Creations, musical journey, and more.
One of the most influential figures in modern house music is quickly emerging as Mauro Venti. With appearances on Green Velvet’s Relief, Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars, and Gorgon City’s Realm Records already under his belt, his releases speak for themselves. Such accomplishments, which are all the more remarkable given that the young Italian genius is only 25 years old, show that he still has a lot to offer.
Hello Mauro, thank you for joining us today. How are you and what’s your current mood?
Hi guys! Thanks for having me here. I’m fine, thanks. I hope you are well too. At the moment, I’m excited for my new EP Sirens. After all, who wouldn’t be?
When was the first time you heard electronic dance music, and what made you into producing music?
Well, I think the first time I saw and heard a Carl Cox DJ set on a TV programme at the time called Match Music, I was around ten years old. What made me into the world of production was my interest and curiosity in electronic music, which came about purely by chance.
Congratulations on your latest release, ‘Sirens’ EP. They all are outstanding tracks and ready for the dancefloor. What was the most exciting thing while producing this EP?
Thanks so much! Perhaps it would be fair to say what was most exciting when I learned that I would be signing with Hot Creations. The EP came about separately, with first Sirens and then the other two adding. I would have thought anything but that Jamie would like them!
What was the first track you produced in this EP? Were you thinking of an EP or just a single?
Well, Sirens was done as my new challenge to do something different, certainly not with Hot Creations in mind. I would have thought of a single straight away, as Jamie loved the track so much that if he couldn’t find a b-side he offered to find a remixer for Sirens. Honestly, a 3 track EP definitely has incredible appeal on Hot Creations.
Looking at your catalogue, there’s a significant amount of releases on well-respected labels such as REALM! Records, Snatch!, Sola, Repopulate Mars, and many more. How do you usually pick the right record label for your music?
Thank you so much. I realize I am getting great results and accumulating great labels. I often produce the music by hearing what the labels want and what they release. Maybe it’s crazy to say it, but I always like to vary the musical style and adapt to different styles and genres. I take inspiration from artists I admire or support, from some labels I like. I never think about a particular label, but I would not be able to have a repetitive and monotonous personal style. I love to change every time to give myself stimuli. Then, of course, it’s also a bit of luck in finding the right combination at the right time
What are your favorite analog or digital synthesizers?
Assuming I don’t have a recording studio, I haven’t had a chance to test the analog synthesizers. But as for VSTs, I use a lot of Sylenth1 for bass, fx, lead, or arpeggiators, then I also really appreciate Serum and Diva.
What are your thoughts on sampling?
Sampling can make revisited tracks very interesting. The problem is that nowadays people abuse this option. I hear many tracks that sound like bootlegs. I also got to review “Salt’n’Pepa – Push It” sample with my release “Workin’ Up A Sweat” on Spinnin’ Deep, but I don’t like to do many bootleg styles as I listen to recently on Beatport.
If you could give one piece of advice to new producers, what would it be?
I would say that it’s important to remember that in order to go far, there are sacrifices to make. It’s a real job that requires time and effort but also brings a lot of satisfaction. Sadly, there are a lot of people that do it for the wrong reasons. It would be nice to see more people approach the industry with a genuine passion and no egos. You have to be prepared to be realistic to get where you want to be. Doing it for the right reasons is good for the industry as a whole, and I think we need more of that.
Finally, what can your fans expect from you this year?
Well, definitely to expect new music, I am working on many projects, and I’ll give news soon, about gigs at the moment is a more far matter. But I hope soon to meet the many people who appreciate and support me and my music on social media, even for a few words or a selfie.