We finally had an opportunity to talk with one of our favourite artists in the region, Mariano Mateljan. If you look carefully on the web, you can't get much personal informations about this young and talented producer. Mariano was born in Split; Croatia in 1989, that was when techno was starting its peaceful invasion in electronic music scene. We can hear how all those influences of that period left marks on his art and while he is performing on stage. Throughout these years he released his music on big underground labels such as u.dig, Infuse, Cocoon, Gilesku, Vinyl Club, Sol Asylum, Vekton,...
A little hint for those who yet didn’t have a pleasure to hear Mariano’s sound, his style is deep and dark with groovy and evil tendency to low frequencies. We’ll finish this intro with his favourite words "energy follows attention" and "let the music do the talking".
What’s your favorite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
A fork and a knife probably... and a Pearl Syncussion.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
I like to do a bit of both… but to be fair, I think I prefer smaller intimate venues with a good sound-system where you can really feel the vibe of the room and the people in it. Although, it’s completely different energy from a festival one, so I guess finding a good balance between these two, is a winner combination.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
There was definitely some great clubs that I’ve played at so far, it’s hard to choose only one, but if I had to narrow it down it would be Klub D in Nicosia; Cyprus, which absolutely blew my mind! Then again there is always Club Der Visionaere in Berlin where I play few times each year and it became a special place for me.
Last but not least, any Fuse London event that I’ve played was memorable, the whole party policy and effort that these guys are putting into each rave is something every promoter should look up to! I’m happy and grateful to be a part of such a committed circle of artists!
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
The best thing that ever happened to me on a gig was in London for 5 years of Fuse London rave at Studio 338! The party itself was for the books but when I saw a guy in the backstage that looked exactly like Rod Stewart, it got on to a whole new level for me. Being such a big fan of him, it bloody made my day! His hair and outfit were on point!
Small things… I can't really recall a bad one to be honest… even if I had some I try not to let them occupy my memory cells :) Although, your record bag getting lost or not getting in on time is definitely not a good one.
Do you have any interests besides music?
If I’m not making music in the studio, you can always find me in the kitchen! I LOVE to cook! It's the best way for me to relax my mind! And it’s also very similar to making music if you don’t get the levels right, it's going to taste a bit off… :)
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
I enjoy doing both, there are a unique vibe and energy to these two times of a day...
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
Well, the thing I like the most is that these days everything is so connected and you can see and hear what everyone is doing! It made electronic music much more accessible to the wider audience. There is also a downside to it. People became too dependent on the social networks, and somehow, I feel bookings these days are more guided by the way you look and how you present yourself virtually than the music itself.
I’m afraid that we are living in an era where people are LOOKING rather than LISTENING to music.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
Oh, I love doing B2B! The excitement and pushing each other forward with records is something special. I don't have anyone in particular in mind to be honest, but the best ones I ever had were with the people I had a good connection with on a personal level. So I guess anyone with a nice attitude and energy.
What’s your biggest fear?
An irrational one.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
Funniest thing ever... hmmm... I'll just leave that one open till we meet in 4 eyes :)
Could you pick one timeless track?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Be yourself, love and be loved!