Italian DJ & producer Alex Mine started writing his musical diary in 2011 when he had a string of releases. Since then, his music found its way to labels such as SCI+TEC, Phobiq and Terminal M, as well as gained support from Monika Kruse, Carl Cox and Dubfire just to name a few.
For his next release, Alex returns to Terminal M with EP that includes a remix from fellow Italian producer, and regular on Second State – Roberto Capuano and the King himself – Carl Cox. We've invited this Turin-based artist to join us at our regular 101 series.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
I’ve been asked to turn down the volume as a guy was on the phone! HA HA. Do you think I did it?
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
My studio is filled with a lot of Native Instruments products, they really give me the chance to express myself in the studio. I use all the KOMPLETE pack as well as some other instruments from Arturia and some other tricks I won’t reveal. A lot of my tracks tend to take life when I’m playing classical piano.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
Damn, how time flies…Germany, 2013. My hands were shaking as soon as I played the first track. Sometimes I miss that feeling which is nice to remind where you were and what you achieved. Thanks for letting me think about that.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Tale of Us. Outside of Techno, I would say Ludovico Einaudi, Marilyn Manson & M83.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
I was in Italy playing a packed club when a group of moron guys put some pepper spray in the air. I thought WTF! I guess I choose the wrong track because the dance floor immediately became empty. Then I couldn't breathe and that’s when I realized it wasn’t the tracks fault.
What do you do before and after your set?
I don’t have any ritual. Before I play, I sometimes tend to check new promos and other times I sleep a bit to catch up if I haven’t slept from travelling. When my set is over, well, the night can continue in different ways. We are nightlife people after all.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a courier, in a car wash and as a door–to–door salesman. I think the car wash sucked the most but all the work I did was to support my music dream.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
I love what After Life's guys are doing. I’ll always love what SCI+TEC puts out. Drumcode is great and I can say is one of my fav labels at the moment. I also cannot forget to mention Terminal M! Monika has really supported my music in the last 2 years and I have to say I love the direction she’s taken the label - I'm really proud to be part of it.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Without a question, it would be ‘Walk’ by Ludovico Einaudi
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
I was in a deep conversation with Dubfire who’s been a big inspiration and a mentor, especially from the start of my career. He told me nowadays you have to be different if you want to emerge. That conversation inspired me so much that my track 'Be Different' was born.