Deltano // Tzinah Podcast // Interview // November 2014 //

deltanoBefore he was even old enough to make the decision himself, a life in music was always likely to come to Deltano. Even before the Belgium based DJ and producer can even remember he was submerged in sound on a regular basis as his mother took him to the local radio station where she recorded her rock show each week. From then on, he spent any spare time chopping up tunes, making playlists, mixtapes and generally trying to impart his musical taste on anyone willing to listen.

Fast forward to now and the young music obsessive has come good: having been offered a slot at a small but illustrious club in Antwerp, Belgium at the age of 21, Deltano impressed so much he was given a weekly residency and the rest, as they say is history. In 2012 the man has played the likes of Café D’Anvers, Extrema Outdoor Festival and Tomorrowland in Belgium, whilst having also been booked to play places like Ushuaia in Ibiza and Westerunie in Amsterdam along side the much lauded likes of Luciano, Dubfire, Magda, Matthias Tanzmann and many more.

According to the man himself, the sets he lays down “tend to have a slightly darker twist in them. I like to build up things really slowly, take everything to a higher level and really enjoy playing long sets because they allow me to tell a better story.”

Inspired throughout his life by a wide array of music from hip-hop to Nirvana via Belgium house, it’s only natural that Deltano produces, too. His deep, part house part techno but basically genre-defiant productions come on labels like Rawthentic, Suara, Rockets & Ponies, Monique Musique and Aella Music, all the while getting support from big players in the scene like Nic Fanciulli, Karotte, Carl Cox, Matthias Tanzmann, Timo Maas and many more. Basically this man creates what feels right for him, rather than following any trends of the day, both when producing and DJing. In truth, it always been this way; he has always needed an output for his creativity and music is the perfect fit. The aim of the man whether in a club or studio is an honest one: to convey the same experiences and feelings he himself gets from the music he makes, plays and unearths whenever he can… Driven by a real determination and rare passion to succeed Deltano is shaping up as one of the future’s brightest artists.
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Our questions:
1.Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Deltano: Well I like a lot of different genres and I wast just listening to Caribou’s latest album ‘Our Love’. There’s some really cool stuff on it but I got really hooked to one particular track called ‘Mars’. As I was born there it almost felt like coming home haha No but that is the track that’s on repeat today! Another more dancefloor orientated album that I can recommend is Ilario Liburni’s debut album ‘Travel So Far’. That’s some serious shit!!!

2.Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Deltano: Well my first interest went to the dj side of things. My mother had her own radio shows on the local radio and I used to go there at the age of 10 while she recorded them and being fascinated and able to hear and discover all those new tracks every week is what eventually triggered me in becoming a dj. And a few years later I decided to try to make some stuff by myself and here we are today :-)

3.Tzinah Records: Why did you choose to create and play this particular type of music? Are there any artists that touched you deeply while developing your own style?
Deltano: I went thru a lot of different styles in my life. It started out with Rock and Grunge to oldschool Belgian 90’s trance, progressive and tribal house to the birth of the minimal genre and everything after that. There would be too many artists to mention that inspired me through the ride and crazy enough I don’t have a particular one that stands above all the others. Everybody did something special in their own way….

4.Tzinah Records: Please, briefly, describe for us, the current state of the underground music scene in the place you come from. Is it any good?
Deltano: Well I think Belgium is doing pretty good! Everybody knows us from the EDM crap on the TML mainstage but hey… we also have Fuse, Café D’Anvers, Decadance, The Wood, Fortyfive and a lot of quality parties being thrown all over the country by a lot of good promotors!

5.Tzinah Records: Without giving out too much about your secret weapons, please tell us how does the magic work in your production routine. Software? Analog? What does your DJ set-up imply?
Deltano: On the production side I use Cubase and a few external synths, an oldschool aphex aural exciter mostly for my lowend, a pedal delay and a lot of software. At the moment I’m dj’ing with usb and vinyl. I don’t need to much stuff going around while playing, the music will do for me…

7.Tzinah Records: Which underground house DJ or producer would you love to take out for a summer picnic? With which artist (from any music genre) would you spend 24 hours stuck in an elevator?
Deltano: With me around I think we would run out of food on the picnic :-) hmmm difficult one, but I think it would be James Holden.

8.Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Deltano: No not yet! My dream venue since my first visit to Ibiza in 2007 has always been the terrace of Amnesia… The day that this happens I can die a happy man :-) In my own country there is still Fuse Brussels on the list…

10.Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
10.Deltano: My girlfriend :-)

11.Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Deltano: Press play :-)

13.Tzinah Records: Are there any of your plans/upcoming projects that you would like to share with us? Where can we see you play next?
13.Deltano: Memoria, Metroline Limited and ofcourse Tzinah are on their way…

14.Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Deltano: I hope you still do what you love, achieved your goals in life and still feel healthy and happy.

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