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INTERVIEW: Tiello presents Crabtree EP

Actualizado: 30 jun 2021

TIELLO creates music that works in all environments and transcends genres. His openness of him to a wide range of sounds is what has made him a widely loved favorite, 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 her latest releases from him.

How and since when have you been interested in music? And electronic music?

I have always had a love for music since I was a child, listening to a variety of genres, from pop or soul to classic rock. I remember watching a Queen DVD years ago when I was a kid and I was simply amazed by the music coming out of my TV. Besides that, I've always listened to music, so my initiation into more mainstream 'digital' music came around when I was 12 years of age, which led me to like EDM and similar stuff, and later on, tropical house alongside a more commercial "deep house" and finally at around 18 years old I came into what I'd call more melodic music, and from there the journey continues til' this day :)

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

I was born in Boston in 1997. I lived there during my childhood and I later moved at age eleven to Buenos Aires in 2008 where I reside at this time. As I've said, I've always had a great interest in music but no formal education (a few piano and drums lessons here and there). A couple years back, it came to a point where I was listening to so much music and that pleasure it provoked naturally made me want to try to make my own, using elements I already liked alongside my own personal creativity. I just needed to learn how to express myself on a tangible medium (a DAW most importantly).

I slowly started to venture into this beautiful realm and after a marvelous experience in London where I met great friends who all had their own musical journey, which made me find an immensely diverse amount of amazing music, I came back and started to learn how to make music properly with the person who is now my mentor and dear friend, Guido (Crudito) Sava.

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

I don't really know how to answer the first part of this question since I'm still on a quest to define my sound. I keep encountering new music and artists that inspire me to try different things and not limit myself. In the past months, I've really been touched by DJ Koze's material (his entire discography and his wonderful record label, Pampa) as well as other artists like Mano Le Tough, Rampa (Keinemusik), Axel Boman (Studio Barnhus), and Toto Chiavetta and his obscure sound design.

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

Positively, preferably. I'd love someday to hear about a person that was impulsed to start making their own music after hearing mine.

What can you tell us about our latest EP; Crabtree?

Crabtree is my second extended player where I try to experiment with new techniques and mark a turning point for my future work. All songs were made during quarantine last year (2020) representing different moments or experiences if you may.

Truth is a short story of two chords interacting while a rumbling repetitive LFO-type bass resembles in the background; for example. The title tune was made in a couple hours on a random Sunday after lunch when the right pieces and mindset came together seamlessly.

Finally, the second tune is a true ode to ignorance. A battle between complex chords and heavily delayed percussions while jollying around guitar-styled stabs and other melodic motives.

Where are you and what have you been doing now?

As I said I currently live in Buenos Aires while I'm finishing my law degree. I'm always listening and making new music while I try to experiment with new software or tricks to further develop my sound.

Has that sound changed a lot in recent years?

Since I'm quite young, I undoubtedly must say yes. My taste is quite different from literally a year back, so imagine the evolution it has endured over the last couple of years. Nevertheless, I believe this to be something extremely positive simply because a person encounters new music anywhere nowadays by anyone who has a common interest in sharing it. You then can listen and like it or not, but it helps you find what you really love, so to then possibly express yourself on a DAW, or not. In my case, I now have a particular liking for experimental and eccentric/abnormal electronic music, chopped vocals, and crisp drums.

What are the key points in your musical criteria?

My musical criteria is somewhat complex to define because I don't even grasp it completely. I believe that over time when one listens to music the human ear starts classifying it into things we like and things we don't based mainly on subjective reasons. Later on, when one starts working in the musical production industry, they start incorporating, possibly but no mandatorily, objective ones. That is why I have, at this point, a normal amount of both. One may love a certain melody that constitutes a subjective liking and then enjoy a certain type of kick drum for its particular objective characteristics (e.g. kicks with little attack). But now I can say that I enjoy extravagant melodies and distorted and misplaced percussions which actually come out to make some very interesting results.

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

I have always wanted to express myself in the way I see fit and music is a perfect place for that. I try to leave my comfort zone whenever possible and this has let me encounter encouraging results. I may use peculiar tools in my music but in end, I believe it all balances out. I intend on finding even more unconventional tools to let my ideas speak through my musical output.

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

I believe the digital age has gifted us with an endless number of new possibilities, in countless aspects, so it has definitely not affected creativity in a negative matter. Quite on the contrary, in my opinion, it has helped massify the reach of software and material to many parts of the world as well as accentuate musical interaction between different parts of the world, making it easier than ever to experiment and divulge contemporary quality electronic music easier than ever before. It may not be perfect, that is obvious, but we must recognize the enormous intrinsic value this 'revolution' has amassed.

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

Right now I'm tackling this semester's final exams. After that, I will try to take a few days off to experiment and play around in Ableton. I don't have anything official to announce at this time but eager to see some opportunities arise after my debut on Aera's lovely imprint.

Release: 02.07.2021

Artwork by Mirjam Schmid

Mastered by Calyx

Distributed by Muting The Noise


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