Interview with DJ and producer Y.M.O
DJ and producer in constant evolution, is always looking for new targets and more challenges, experimenting uncommon paths, and inventing innovative languages. Eclectic, creative, curious, and involving, Y.M.O has a unique style that transmits passion and adrenaline, dreams, and emotions. Techno is his sound but you can perceive his house roots. He played in different venues around London! Such as Egg, Ministry of sound, Basing house!
Y.M.O is a person who can see beyond the hype and divisions within the scene. He knows what music is! Y.M.O brings the sound of deep house and techno with him. Y.M.O has established a reputation as one of the most innovative DJs of their generation. From sampling unconventional music genres to creating new soundscapes with his brilliantly mixed tracks, Y.M.O has come a long way since his very first mixing session.
Lisa: How did it all start for you – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
YMO: I was born in Sicily, Italy, from an artist family. Popular, classic, the high society of the island, listening to the songwriters as De Andre`, Pino Daniele, Ligabue, Vasco Rossi, Vinicio Capossela, and growing up through my teenage listening Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, The Doors, Articolo 31, Jay Z, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, j Dilla, Slum Village.
I was listening to music all time, learning how to mix using the car’s radio and my iPhone. I loved electronic music since my teenage attending events and organising house party with my school mates. Then we approached significant events, and we began organising our club events once adults. Then I decided to produce my music and releasing in my own. London allows me to perform at very high levels and play my releases in international clubs.
Lisa: If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?
YMO: 2018, the epic year of tech house and acid techno get the main stage in tomorrowland with Charlotte the Witte.
Lisa: What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
YMO:Minimal deep tech mash up with tribal techno.
Lisa: What is it that you love about the scene? Your subgenre’s scene?
YMO: I appreciated the punk lifestyle of hard techno ravers, even if they go really hard in what they do, I felt a great energy that I am bringing in my dj-set.
Lisa: What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
YMO: A pandemic apparently.
Lisa: What is your favorite track you’ve worked on so far, and what was the inspiration behind it?
YMO: My favourite track is My Sound, I love this track and I get the inspiration from the terrible times that we are living, making this track I tried to show what music means for me, with the hope to inspire all my listeners and be strong!
Lisa: What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
YMO: I mean, you can do this to save your digital files, and making your release very special giving an artistical value to your work, and I think is the same for a digital file, I think that any product with the intent to be unique can be defined by an artistical process.
My opinion is that digital files approached the music industry in term of minimalize the cost and
maximise the performance, losing the quality of analogic technology.
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Lisa: Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
YMO: I think that a dj need to play music for the edonism of the crowd, it doesn`t care the music you re playing, if you are not giving what the crowd want, you are not doing your job. That`s why is important playing in front of a crowd that understand you.
Lisa: How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach? There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album?
YMO: I think that there is a lot of music, but the way to produce is just one, if you know the rules you brake the rules.
Lisa: What’s your favorite venue you’ve performed on, and why?
YMO: My favourite venue is Egg Ldn, the place where I reached the international level
Lisa: What are you working on right now, and what is next for you?
YMO: I am running live streaming on mixlcoud and working on new tracks!