Interview in Skol Beats, Brazil (Portuguese & English)

 Interview in Skol Beats, Brazil (Portuguese & English)

Skol Beats Interview

http://msn.skolbeats.com.br/beatsbox/entrevista/3450

English Translation:

How was it growing with this deficiency? When did you start learning doing stuff with your feet? Tell us a little bit more about your childhood.

I was born without arms so I learned how to adapt very quickly.  There were times of difficulties and growing up was good I had very supportive family and friends.  I consider myself very fortunate to have had a strong family.

What other stuff you do with your feet?

I do everything that I can; the same people do with their hands.  I like to cook and usually I’m spending time with my sons playing some video games.  I really like the Nintendo Wii.

When and how did you start spinning with your feet? What were I biggest difficulties? Did people encourage you? Tell us more about the techniques you use to operate the decks and mixer using your feet.
I started spinning in 1989.  For me some of the difficulties were beat matching and finding gigs.  Luckily people around me were always supportive and this was a big help.  Like most things practice and patience will prevail.  For me now it’s a mental thing, using hands and feet are the same, it’s done with the mind and your ears you just have to touch.  When I perform it’s important that I sit at the same level as the mixer and decks.  This allows me to easily operated the mixer adjusting effects, equalization and juggling beats and keeping it all in sync.

In the beginning of your career, what was the reaction from the crowd and organizers when you DJed using the feet, back then in the early 90’s, or so?

The reaction was very positive and maybe surprised.  This encouraged me to carry on and keep on spinning.  The energy from the dance floor was amazing.  I became addicted to the vibe.

I know you like to play a little bit of every style on your sets. Nowadays, what have you been playing the most (tell us the styles and some tracks)?

Lately I have been getting into some Detroit techno like tracks from Carl Craig.  I still enjoy playing my trance and house tracks that keep the people grooving into the early hours.

How are your DJ-Sets? Do you make any special requests to the organizers?

I hope that my sets are full of energy.  I want people to get up and dance, enjoy the music and go home feeling like they had a great time.  When I perform I always travel with my VJ.  I think fusing sound and visuals are important to give people a better show that takes it a step above from a regular DJ set making it an audio visual experience.

 

And your work with VJ Kyle, how is it like? Tell us more about the show that you DJ and Kyle VJ.

I met Kyle in 1999 while he was studying in Valencia.  He came to my record shop to buy some new vinyl.  Back then we both DJ’d but he started getting into visuals.  We soon decided to start performing as a DJ/VJ duo and started getting more bookings for gigs around Valencia and Europe.  Soon we were travelling to other countries like Israel and Russia.  We keep our sets in sync and plan things before our performance so we are both on the same page.  This makes for a better show. Kyle also likes to use live camera feeds and mix them into his sets so people can see me mixing.

Tell us more about the documentary Héroes, no hacen falta alas para volar.

This was a very personal experience for me.  Seeing myself from someone else’s perspective and talking about my life openly was something new.  I was very surprised to receive the Goya Award for my part in the documentary.
 

You are being considered a hero by many, such an example of strength and courage. Please send a message to the Brazilian crowd.
Anything is possible, follow your dreams and don’t give up.

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