INTERVIEW: Breaking Boundaries with EMI GALVAN
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Argentina has long been known for producing incredible talent in the music industry, and the progressive house scene is no exception. In recent years, we have seen a surge of talented artists emerging from the country, and Emi is no exception. With his unique sound and skillful production techniques, he has been captivating audiences and leaving them wanting more.
Throughout the interview, we will delve into Emi’s background and what drives him to create such amazing music. We will also touch on some of the challenges he has faced along the way and how he has overcome them to achieve success.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Emi’s work yet, get ready to be blown away. His music is a perfect blend of emotion and energy, taking listeners on a journey through soundscapes that are both beautiful and powerful. He has a keen sense of melody and a talent for crafting intricate arrangements that keep his fans coming back for more.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the mind of Emi and discover what makes him one of the most exciting artists in the progressive house scene today.
Can you tell us about your journey as a DJ and producer? How did you get started in music, and what inspired you to pursue a career in electronic music?
Hi how are you? My musical journey started at the age of 9 playing the guitar thanks to my brother who teaches me how to play my favorites rock songs from bands like Nirvana, 311 and many others.
I was playing in different bands of rock, ska, punk and heavy metal until I discover electronic music when I grow up and started to produce pieces of music with my computer. I used to program some drums, record guitars and vocals. I always loved to work with computers, play the guitar and write songs.
Music was always my only true inspiration. I always dreamed about living from music and travel the world. I wanted to do it with my rock band but it was super hard.
Instead, being a Dj is another thing, you have less problems and more satisfaction.
Your music is often described as a fusion of techno, progressive, and melodic sounds. How do you approach creating this unique blend of genres, and what inspires your creative process?
Well I supposed it’s because of my musical past. I don’t care about genres, if something sounds good to me it doesn’t matter what genre it is.
Generally my music starts with a melody in my head. Maybe I’m walking thru the streets or driving my car and suddenly boom! The main idea starts to play inside me and I started to develop it with a rhythm and more melodies, and if I really like it, I start to sing it and record it on my iPhone. After that I work on it on my studio.
It inspires me to want to know how everything is going to end, where it is going to go and wanting to know if it generates the same thing for another person as it does for me. Because that’s what music is about, connecting through feelings and sensations.
You’ve released music on a variety of labels, including Sudbeat, The Soundgarden and Balance Music. How do you choose which labels to work with, and what do you look for in a label partnership?
I usually look for the best labels that can represent my music. The ones that have the best promotion and global reach. Those who help me grow as an artist.
I consider that labels like Sudbeat and The Soundgarden, thanks to Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren, are the ones that are pushing more this sound around the world. And thanks to that, my music can take me to places where I was never known before.
What has been your most memorable performance to date, and why?
My ‘All Night Long’ show at Club AMK Buenos Aires. It was a very special show since I played for 7 hours for a spectacular audience that arrived very early and did not want to miss a minute of my set!
I loved playing open to close since I was able to play all kinds of music, starting very slow and calm until the peak hour where the loudest tracks played.
Now you can watch the hole show on YouTube:
The electronic music scene is constantly evolving and changing. What trends or developments are you most excited about right now, and how do you see the future of electronic music evolving in the coming years?
Technology is something that I’m passionate about, but on the other hand I’m also a bit afraid of what might happen in the future.
England tested the first DJ with AI. I don’t know where all this can go.
With all this artificial intelligence, maybe tomorrow anyone will make music without knowing anything. And an AI improves the sound and arrangements of your track. Who knows?
On the other hand, today I see shows where the visual is becoming more and more important than the music, where people go to film with their phone instead of going to dance.
Clearly I don’t think AI will replace us, but whoever knows how to use it better will have a great advantage.
What’s next for you in terms of upcoming releases, collaborations, or performances? Are there any exciting projects or events that you can share with us?
Yeah! This year I will have several releases.
Starting with the unofficial remix I made of ‘Massive Attack – Girl I Love You’, it will be released as a Free Download thanks to Progressive Astronaut platform this April 28th.
I am very excited about this release as it already has the support of the main DJs of the genre, such as Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Nick Warren, Eelke Kleijn, Guy Mantzur, Roy Rosenfeld, Sebastian Leger and Dj Ruby among others.
On the other hand, I have a 2-track EP in collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Noiyse Project, which we hope will be released on Nick Warren’s label The Soundgarden this year.
It’s an honor to release again on Nick’s label and I’m very excited because every time was super special and have very nice results!
And the last but not least is my first ep release on Cid Inc’s Label, Replug.
I have always been a big fan not only of Cid Inc’s music but of his label, so it is a great honor to be part of this family and release my music on his great label.