Digging Deeper with Airbas

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
November 19, 2019

Digging Deeper with Airbas

Italy’s Airbas pays meticulous attention to detail, melodies and mood and it’s really apparent in the quality of his productions. He’s been bubbling on the scene since 2012 releasing on some of the finest electronic music labels on the scene.

As he drops his brand new Under The City EP on Natura Viva, 6AM digs deeper…

Hi Airbas, it’s a pleasure to chat with you today, how are you?

All great thanks, glad to have the pleasure to be here speaking with you.

Please tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and how you started making music?

I am an Italian producer and DJ, born and raised in northern Italy, near Venice. As a kid, I started playing the piano, which lead to a passion for electronic music which I developed as a teenager – basically at 16 I was playing in my bedroom with Technics 1200. At that time (mid ’90s) clubs were very popular and vinyl shops were everywhere. I started to grow fond of techno and later on, in the 2000s, I became passionate about the house scene as well. These were awesome years, from which I carry great memories.

And what specifically got you into making Techno and electronic music, have you experimented with other genres at all?

I absolutely did, and I am convinced that genres are rat’s cages. I released my first Airbas project in 2014 and had the chance to explore through my productions, experimenting with different worlds – moving through NuDisco to Techno. I honestly wish to continue this way, without getting stuck in a safe harbor. What I have always been after is a harmonious result, although influenced to some extent by my personal melancholic taste.

Who are your musical heroes?

There is a long list here, both in the electronic scene and out. If I had to make it short, I would say that for sure my taste has been shaped by Daft Punk, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terje, Emmanuel Top, Tricky, Groove Armada, Claudio Coccoluto, Tiesto and Alan Parson.

So which came first for each of you, Djing or producing?

Djing came first for me. Back then it was not as easy to produce as it is nowadays.

Who or what inspires your music?

I wouldn’t know… usually my tracks have an harmonious melancholic arrangement. I can safely say a nice rainy day helps a lot.

Congratulations on your ace new Under The City EP, what can you tell us about the release and how it sounds?

Thanks. In this release, I tried to create tracks with melodies that can touch the listener, but still keeping them nice and vibey for the dancefloor.

The single also features a great remixes from Andrea Bertolini, what did they bring to the table and are you happy with the results?

Andrea has always been a reference for me, both for my taste and for the technical aspects of the production. To say I am satisfied with the results would be an understatement – as usual Andrea comes with great style and competence.

You’ve already released on labels such as Claps Records, Lapsus Music, Emotive Sounds, Blackboard, Elastic Dimension and VillaHangar, among others. Which out of your own productions and remixes are your own personal favourites and why?

‘Haunted’, ‘After Hours’, ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘Olivia’ are among my favourites. These are all peculiar tracks where research and collaborations with skilful singers made it possible to to achieve some great results of which I am very proud of.

How hard was it for you to break on to the scene and what tips would you give to those just starting out?

The scene is vast and at times confused, I would say we are overflowing with a bit of everything. The only advice I can give is to follow your own taste and not the trends; following your gut will bring to a natural and heartfelt result.

What’s your favourite piece of studio kit?

I don’t have any particular preferences, I’ve always bought and sold tools to play with. Lately I have actually reduced the amount of equipment I use to a real minimum.

Which dance track holds the most precious memories for you?

Daft Punk – Alive

Who else is kicking it musically for you on the Italian Techno scene right now that we should be looking out for?

Matt Sawyer’s recent releases have been amazing.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to achieve over the next year? And, have you anything exciting in store for the near future?

I am currently working on a few new tracks, and I am also involving some great singers on some of them. I still don’t have a precise goal per se, but when my productions arrive at a more finished stage I will be able to grasp their actual potential.

Airbas’ Under The City EP is out now on Natura Viva Music and available on Beatport