EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | JOHN STOONGARD

26 Feb


John, thanks for meeting up with EDM Charts for an interview about your life! Tell us where you are from and how you got into music?

I was born in Italy, and the passion for music hit me when I was still young. In fact, I bought my first disks at 15 and started playing for private parties and local clubs. In 2002 I started producing progressive house , and later on I switched to tech-house and then to Deep House. In 2010 I opened my own label OnetoOne with great results, with support from Richie Hawtin, Carola, and many others. Between 2012-14 I’ve been licensed under many important labels such as Sanity, Stereo Productions to name a few. At the end of 2014, I finally got a track on Ocean Trax Records with “PLAYHOUSE”. I knew it was worth it, as a matter of fact I reached the Top 10 Char on Traxsource.

What is the EDM scene like in Italy and how has it progressed?

In Italy the EDM scene is ok. We have many labels that still believe in EDM and invest, with one example, D:Vision. What concerns me about the underground club scene, is only the BIG producers get stage time, and there is no space for new producers.

What is it like working with Ocean Trax as a label? 

It’s a pleasure for me to work with Ocean Trax, which is coming back on the scene with true House music; like now with Bini & Martini’s tracks Soul Heaven and Disco Down. Bini and I are partners, but first of all we are bonded by a true friendship.

Look @ Here Daddy” was featured on EDM Charts, Vol. 146 as the track of the week. Describe the track and how it all came together. Also what was it like working with Gianni Bini on the remix?

The track was born after being at ADE2014. I tried to mash up different sounds starting from a classic vocal and a tech bassline. Gianni Bini fell in love with it and put his touch on it.

What are some upcoming productions/projects you are working on?

Other tracks on the Oceantrax label are in program, but the thing that mostly rewards me is that I just signed a contract with Nervous, which has changed my musical sound from Techno to Tech-House.

Who are your biggest role models and why?

Well actually it’s because not too long ago Frankie Knuckles left us, he is House. Also, Jeff Mills, Satoshi Tomie, Tony Humpries, Carl Cox, Maceo Plex, M.A.N.D.Y. inspire me as producers, Djs and musicians.

What is your set up for producing music, such as Ableton, live instruments, etc…

I’m at a crossroad now, I’m using Ableton but I think I’m gonna start using protools because the algorithms are better. I work on many audio files, but also VST with Synths and drum machines.

What is your hottest track at the moment?

Majkol Jay feat. Majuri – Without You

What is on your rider for live performances?

I play with Vinyls and CDs.

Where can fans discover more about you and get your music?

It’s really difficult in the clubs, that’s why I’m looking for and agency that will pop me up a little more.

Concerning my productions, you can find my music on Traxsource and Beatport and deejay.com as Vinyls & CDs.

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