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Interview: Los Cabra

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Following the remarkable international success of his Sincopat debut with Latin Light EP back in 2019, Argentina-born, Berlin-based producer Los Cabra now makes his eagerly anticipated return to the esteemed Spanish imprint, as he teams up with fellow countryman and previous collaborator Tomy Wahl for the pair’s stunning new two-track offering, White Nonsense EP.

Reuniting for their first collaborative outing since the July 2022 release of their Siolim EP on Rebellion der Traumer, Tomy Wahl and Los Cabra’s White Nonsense EP delivers everything we’ve come to expect and more from the two in-form producers, who have been going from strength to strength with each passing release over the past few years.

It’s a pleasure to have you here with us Christian. How has the first half of 2023 been for you and where are you answering this interview from?

The pleasure it´s all mine! It has been an exhilarating journey! 
As 2023 started in India and continued with shows in Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, Bolivia & Germany, my senses got totally opened.
Traveling to these destinations has allowed me to immerse myself in vibrant music scenes and connect with diverse audiences. I feel a contagious energy that transcends boundaries and unites people through the power of music. The constant change of scenery has fueled my creativity and pushed me to explore new sounds and styles. Now, I´m answering this interview from my studio in Berlin, Germany.

Please can you introduce yourself to our Only Techno readers?

I am a DJ and producer hailing from the vibrant country of Argentina.
In search of inspiration and new horizons, around 7 years ago I decided to relocate to Berlin, well renowned for its vibrant music scene and creative energy. The diverse and inclusive atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for me to further hone my skills and immerse myself in the scene.
Along with my former partner Manuel Sahagun, we started the project “Los Cabra” merging our styles. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, it was impossible to continue the project remotely, but I kept the project alone.

My style is an amalgamation of various influences, reflecting the multicultural aspects of my upbringing and the diverse experiences I’ve had throughout my journey.
I strive to create immersive and emotionally captivating musical experiences that resonate with listeners on a profound level.

Congratulations on the release of your new EP, ‘White Nonsense’ on Sincopat. What has the initial reception been like?

Thanks!! So far it´s been massive, it totally took us by surprise since the first moment artists like Tale of Us, Fideles, The Element, Oostil, Affkt, among many others, are being using them, creating a beautiful “buzz” on the scene for the past couple of months. It’s an indescribable feeling to witness this EP resonate with both established artists and their audiences.

The EP was created together with fellow Argentinian producer Tomy Wahl. How did this come about? Have you known Tomy for a long time?

Although we’re both from Argentina, our usual meeting spot is Goa, India, where we normally tour once per year. We´ve been working remotely for the past two years, but last winter, we managed to be in the same place at the same time. We developed a nice routine of getting into the studio every day, getting to close a couple of songs, including the ones in this EP. As in our other productions, you can clearly see a blend of both of our worlds, certain elements that shine from our solo productions. We are delighted with the results.

Going back to your formative years, who or what were your biggest musical influences and inspirations growing up? 

Growing up in the 90’s had a profound impact on my musical journey. During those years, I was captivated by a wide range of artists and sounds that shaped my artistic vision. Some of my biggest influences came from the pioneers of electronic music like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, and Jean-Michel Jarre. Their innovative use of synthesizers and groundbreaking production techniques opened up a world of possibilities for me.

Additionally, the underground rave culture of the 90’s played a significant role in shaping my musical taste. The pulsating beats and euphoric melodies of artists like The Prodigy, Underworld, Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk fueled my passion for electronic music and inspired me to explore different subgenres within the electronic realm.

Beyond electronic music, I also drew inspiration from the Argentinean scene at the time, Sumo, Divididos, Charly Garcia, Fito Paez, Spineta and on the electronic side: Hernan Cattaneo, Carlos Alfonsin, Urban Groove, etc.

What was the electronic music scene like in Argentina when you first started going out? What were some of the best clubs / events that you attended?

At the beginning of the millennium, the scene was giving their first steps, raves on swimming pools, forest, nobody really know how it “has” to be done, it was an incredible time of exploration.

At the time, “Clubland / Pacha” was the “temple” of electronic music, it was a magical place that you didn´t have to know who was playing, but you were sure that it was going to be a great night. “Bahrein” got a special underground vibe, State (Palacio Alsina) established their afters and many little places around the city that were showing that something was cooking. Creamfields and South American Music Conference was the biggest platform to discover new artists.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the scene right now, who would it be and why?

There are a bunch of amazing talents, some that surprised me the most lately:
Cioz, Tal Fussman, EdOne, Ivory, Remcord, Franky & Sandrino, Murat Uncuoglu, Alican. Why? They are just…different, their sounds, constructions, arrangements, harmonies, you can clearly see that they understood something “extra”… more than us, mere “mortals”.

What are the top 3 favourite records you love to play in your sets at the moment?

Tal Fussman – Move Your Hips [Survival Tactics]

Hardt Antoine – I Need Someone [Innervisions]

T.M.A & Corpino – Racos – [Lukinis]

And a lot of my unreleased stuff 🙂

After the release of your White Nonsense EP, what else have you got planned for 2023?

Releases on the pipeline:

– Light My Fire (sister label Stil Vor Talent) incl. remix from Niko Schwind

– Get Physical & Isolate

– Movement Records (incl. Ivan Masa remix)

– Bar 25 – Zeitgeist Compilation

– Some downtempo on Katafish & Serafin Audio Imprint.

As for shows, I will do some tours in India, Turkey, Dubai, Ibiza, Mikonos, France, Poland, Belgium & of course Germany, after August, I will do a couple of months break, focusing on my most important production until this point, my first son is coming 🙂

What advice would you give to young artists looking to break into the music industry?

Actually, I give a lot of tips online! On the series of micro videos on Instagram, I called it “DJ on Tour tips” you can check them out here.

If I have to choose a couple of key points would be:

– Be respectful: this is a business and you should treat your peers / bookers / promoters correctly.

– Don´t let your ego / Anxiety be ahead of your decisions, this is a Marathon, not a sprint, it takes time.

– Enjoy every step of the way, even the failures, they will make you enjoy the victories way more.

Do you have any final words for our Only Techno readers?

Keep it rocking! I hope you are enjoying reading this interview as much as it was for me to do it. This is a beautiful window to show what we are doing, I hope, if people found any of this interesting, can check my platforms to be update to my news!

Thanks Christian!

Thank you!

Tomy Wahl & Los Cabra – White Nonsense EP is out now via Sincopat! Grab it HERE.

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