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INTERVIEW: Frank Maurel and Mario Franca

Portugal's finest Frank Maurel and Mario Franca join forces on Brainstorm: a two-track EP of deep and propelling house music for Steve Bug's excellent and consistent Sublease Music.

Frank Maurel is one of the best exports of electronic products from Portugal. His first forays into production were released on Kaos Records in 2001, and over the course of his 30-plus-year career, Frank has released on some of the game's most respected labels, including Ovum, Transmit Recordings, Under No Illusion, and Natura. Live. , DJing at clubs like Womb in Tokyo, Pacha and El Cielo New York, Rex Paris and Space Miami along the way.

Following his recent collaboration with Natura Viva earlier this year, Frank has once again teamed up with compatriot Mario Franca on an impressive EP for Steve Bug's Sublease Music.

Mario Franca is an industry veteran, beginning his career in the mid-90s playing in clubs like Rocks, Europa Sunsire, Gare, Pedra do Couto. The first releases landed on KingStreet Sounds, Great Stuff Recordings, Brise Records and many more, with their collaboration Sequencer alongside Lauhaus topping Beatport's Deep House chart in 2019.

His EP for Sublease is Brainstorm: two tracks of hypnotic, hard, and hypnotic house music that demonstrate why these two producers are held in such high regard.

Vision is a deep and compelling house cut, with bright, spinning synths and resonant vocals that create a dreamy atmosphere as the powerful drums propel the beat forward. Drive Beat has a darker tone, with metallic twists and metallic sounds creating a more twisted vibe, a vigorous synth line that stands out on the break and turns into a dizzying climax.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing them, and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?

We have received good feedbacks and this is a good experience to continue new themes for the future. We live in Portugal and we are from the 90s. We started our adventure in this project last year and edited some works.

How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?

We have a lot of different musical projects and styles. Our project for two is to maintain and evolve. The artists we play are many and they identify with our work.

How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?

We try to do the best we know how to create themes for the dance floor.With all the experience we've had, we try to show our best to the listeners!

What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

We just released an Ep together a few days ago on Steve Bug's Sublease Music label. There are 2 tracks Vision and Drive Beat that are part of Brainstorm Ep.We have more songs ready to be released in the future.

Where are you and what have you been doing now?

We are in the studio finalising new tracks and producing!

Has your sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?

There was evolution in all kinds of varieties in music, it's part of life and you have to follow along if we don't get left behind. The music is in good health and we like what is happening nowadays.

Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?

Yes because a lot of people like this style and it makes it easier to play.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

If the music is good sales will be strong. About creativity it's always good that's why the new producers to emerge and give cards!

Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?

As a producer duo we just got a name for our project. We will continue to release music and promote our brand.




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