Juan Farcik celebrates his release with a surreal live set…
To complement this wonderful live session, read below an Interview where Juan tells us about himself, his life in Argentina, the local electronic music scene and his love for experimental sound.
Hi Juan! Tell me about yourself, where you are from? How long have you been in Buenos Aires? What have you been doing there?
JF: I was born in La Plata , Buenos Aires Argentina, where I actually live these days. I have always been related to music and technology since a young age as I studied piano composition and later on computer engineering/programming.
I also have been making music for a long time, I have done some editing in different formats for netlabels and labels like MorrisAudio, Preset, NightDrive Musik, Flumo, Miniatura, 2600Rec, BleepSequence, Zimmer among others.
What are your current/future projects? Your collaborations? Any that had a particular impact on you?
JF: It’s been some years I’ve created a personal project: Abstrakt. A label exclusively dedicated to experiment and create electronic music within a minimalist sound and aesthetic. This is also through which I edit my own productions in a physical and digital format. We also do a monthly audio visual cycle where we’re presenting our music live.
Any projects/interests aside from music?
JF: I’m working as a software programmer for different technological projects.
You studied piano composition, how does this reflect in your music nowadays? Has it influenced a lot on the style you play or produce?
JF: For sure, having studied piano and composition since I was a child influenced my way of perceiving and creating music. I’m interested in improvising from jazz leading then to electronic, using it as one of many resources at the moment of creating.
I also like to experiment with a varied amount of atmospheres between analogical and digital as well as different types of ambients which are usually generated
on acoustic jazz recordings. I am therefore treating electronic instruments in the same way while incorporating other styles like techno and house as a base for a minimalist aesthetic.
What about your label Abstrakt? What is the story behind it?
JF: Abstrakt is a project I co-founded with a friend of mine back in 2009. German Ponty, originally designer, with whom we were doing a whole cycle of electronic parties. It came to life as a necessity of searching for an alternative way to edit and diffuse what I really felt like doing: leaving aside the whole circuit of music creation which is offered by the broad amount of digital shops selling massive music and not customized enough, from my point of view. Which as a matter of fact creates an ocean of music where one gets lost easily.
In general the main point of attraction is not taken care of and results in just selling music which will probably be discarded tomorrow.
That model goes against musicians, artists and art in general. I think music should be treated differently and not like a good being bought in a supermarket. Same goes for artists and musicians and not produce without any sense at all to only sell like if it was a production plant.
I understand it works as a studio as well, do you edit, master all your stuff there? What kind of studio environment is it? Have you invested in a lot of hardware to make this possible?
JF: We have a basic recording studio, we try keep on pace with technology, by selecting equipment that is going to help us create whatever we really desire. For sure there’s always better and interesting things to build and it’s always important to invest in sound.
Who does most of your artwork for Abstrakt ? Where and how did you meet?
JF: In general, I think visual aesthetic is quite important within an artist creation. It is an element of communication which complements music. So while I am making a new record, I am always thinking simultaneously in those terms. For my own productions in particular, a lot of friends are involved in collaborating with my artworks, not like most common designers, but as artists, which I feel adds a lot of value to the creative process. For Abstrakt it is the same thing, German is in charge of design and to arrange our aesthetic.
How did the idea of starting an audio/visual cycle surface? Are you showcasing elsewhere than in Buenos Aires? What is coming next?
JF: When I’m playing live, the process is quite similar when in the studio. I like to do live-sets where improvising plays a major role, generating different climates and an extensive connection with the environment. As with the physical records, the aesthetics and visual aspects are an important part of the communicative process. That’s why I always invite some visual artist to be a partner. I am also interested in live-sets for movies creating varying atmospheres.
Are you organising any other events to promote experimentalism in your area? Is it working well?
JF: Since the birth of the label, we are doing an itinerant music cycle, where visual artists come to life, as well as drawing artists, musicians and Dj’s who are part of Abstrakt and are intimately related with aesthetics and the proposed concept.
What is the receptiveness of the crowd with experimentalism in Argentina? Any room for expansion? Do you feel there is a lot of open-mindedness?
JF: In Argentina, the underground electronic music does not have a broad space. At the same time culture is constantly changing, which is adding to new spaces where you can develop new things and people tend to be more and more opened to new experiences.
You recently played live at “Minimal Elektrokneipe” in Berlin, how was it different from when you play in your hometown? Do you often travel to cover gigs? Any that you particularly remember/enjoyed?
JF: Berlin is excellent in every sense for me. It was the second time that I travelled there and I should say it keeps amazing me.
I travelled in 2012 and 2013, and played in several galleries, pubs and clubs like Loophole gallery, Raw Temple, Urban Spree, Intersoup, Minimal Elektroneipe and a couple more.
What are your projects for the future?
JF: All projects for this years are to keep on making new records, evolving sound, travel, making live presentations and keep on giving space and new forms to all new creation which arise.
Interview by PH PARADIS.