"We try to promote our scene in Santiago and strengthen ties between our colleagues in Latin America, a very difficult but beautiful place to make music"
Diegors creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Hi! Where can we find you right now? How did you start off your day?
Hello Chromatic Club, thank you for having me. Right now i’m in Maipu, a suburb in the south west of Santiago de Chile. We are in quarantine, so like most of the quarantine days i just had breakfast, some internet and then getting into music. What was your first foray into the world of electronic music?
I started playing drums & guitar in hardcore/punk bands, then i started experimenting with recording by myself in a double tape deck with a casio keyboard and a multiefect unit. I think around that time, in ’98, i saw μ-Ziq as an opening act for Bjork in Santiago and I thought “that’s what i want to do” i was 16. Which artists have your interest these days?
I’ve been interested in the artists we will release in our label in Santiago Discos Pato Carlos. New Ep from Guarjol has just been released, remixes for the Andrea Paz album” Cruz Dimensional” will follow, and new music by T-fried.
Also the debut by Cherry and a project called Los Wawis are likely to be released, very interesting music. You can check our previous stuff in our bandcamp. discospatocarlos.bandcamp.com When did the idea of starting a project begin to take shape? Has it always been something you’ve wanted to do?
I don't remember. I’ve been involved in bands and making my own music since I was young, so an important part of my life has been being part of different kinds of musical projects.It has felt natural. How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I don’t really see music in terms of genres, I love very different kinds of music so when it comes to creating i try to be free. I don’t know if i manage to do it with unity or harmony, but i hope so. When did you start producing?
Around 2000. How was the Diegors project born? What inspired you to create it? Why did you decide to name it like that?
I started producing electronic music under my own name, Diego Morales, exploring homemade, lo-fi, experimental, ambient, dub and folk music. At some point i moved towards dance music, so i thought an alias would be proper and Diegors was born. It’s like a slang version of my name, just thought it sounded funny.
What are you interested in transmitting in your productions?
Different things depending on the project, but i guess try to create or capture different moments, moods, atmospheres or landscapes. That hopefully can lead you to somewhere different, maybe a state of introspection or reflection, or maybe to just have a good moment. But I try to leave it open. What can you tell us about your EP Un poquito de Jazz?
It’s a five track EP, recorded between 2018 and 2019, released on Mustique, a label from Cologne Germany.
What were you trying to transmit on this EP? What inspired you to create this EP? What did you want to transmit?
The track that gives the title to the EP it's a cover from “A little Bit of Jazz” a song by Nick Straker Band. A proto-house song from 1980. i was definitely inspired by that. The other tracks have different influences ranging from house music to a balearic and african inspired mood. Some moments are close to ambient or industrial as well. How much has your sound changed since you started? What sounds are you interested in?
I think it hasn’t changed that much, i’ve always felt comfort exploring home made, intimate and instrumental music. How do you deal with C19 confinement with your work? Has this situation influenced your creative perspective? What social and musical implications do you think this situation can lead to?
It has been very difficult in Chile, since before the pandemic. There was massive protests and riots since October last year, because of Chile’s unfair neoliberal economy which was inherited by Pinochet dictatorship. It has been very difficult for musicians and artists in general because there is absolutely no support for arts and culture in my country and this made it even complex. But we try to keep our networking and support each other. On the other hand it has been positive because i’ve been able to spend more time on creation.
So what music are you currently obsessed by? Have you picked up any records recently that you have been playing in every set or have been listening to every day?
Everything by Ladymonix
What tracks would you recommend us to liven up the confinement? I recomend a radio show ive been working on a radio platform called Tectonica. First 3 episodes are focused on ambient and chill out stuff
Also another radio show called Autopista del Sol, un recorrido musical Catorcentenaradio.com in which i play more funk, house, soul, pop.
A little bit or everything :)
And on the dance side i recommend all the tracks included in the last mix i did for fiesta Dame in Santiago.
What makes you happy?
Being able to enjoy simple things like observe nature, enjoy music, or art. Preparing and sharing a nice meal or just share a moment of relax and laughter with people you care about.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects? I’ve been more involved in mixing and producing other artists, like and an album by Julio Pablo and old time friend and collaborator that should come out soon on EmocionesDiscos. I also have two albums and worked on the mixing of the other music in that label
Chek it out: https://emocionesdiscos.bandcamp.com/
I also have new music in that direction that should come out soon. New remixes are about to be released, one on a new fine label called Magia Blanca from Santiago.
And since 5 years now, we’ve been working with our label , like I mentioned before, Discos PatoCarlos toghether with friends and colleagues Andrea Paz, Alejandro Paz and Matias Rivera, very excited at the new music and edits.
Just trying to boost our scene in Santiago and strengthen ties between our colleagues in latin America, a very difficult but beautiful place to make music.