Its finally here the long awaited interview with Michael Aidala, I’m personally excited to let you guys in on what goes on in this Dj/producers head who I am glad to call my friend .He is most motivational and just an inspiration to everyone. Mike is making major noise and not just through the speakers. A regular in pacha’s basement and main floor this kid got soul. We got to catch up with mike in Pacha at our own little basement session where we played together, swell as the Black and white festival where he provided great tunes through out his 3 hour set. So read and enjoy and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
HOMETOWN -. I currently live in Amish Alcatraz, which is in northern Westchester this place absolutely sucks. I’m originally from Staten Island. I grew up between there and Brooklyn.
CURRENT LOCATION – My studio. Nestled in a little nook and cranny of my basement that I made myself that currently looks like Kuwait.
INSPIRATION – (non musical) whoever was responsible for the universe, the guy who invented Air conditioning, and whoever invented indoor plumbing, because who honestly wants to shit in an outhouse
(Musical) Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Reboot, Luciano, my buddy Zoran – also, cant forget JP, and most importantly: Myself because without the outrageous demented thoughts that my internal processor processes, then there would be no creativity, no flow, no dark side.
1) What kind of music are you most drawn to playing?
I love tracks that have DRUMS, Twisted Groovy Rhythms, Obscure sounds that will make someone on the dance floor truly ponder where they currently are and convince themselves that they are indeed at a party.
2) What are the inspirations behind your sound?
Well certainly all of the musical inspirations I listed. I really love what the Cadenza guys are doing right now in Ibiza Nothing beats seeing Frank as the Haggard Clown in those flyers Marco Carola just turned me out recently in some sketchy wear house that was located next to a bread distributor. Danny, Roger, and Jonathan for their tremendous flow in the DJ booth, and just outright rocking the piss out of the room. I’m always listening to all sorts of weird shit. I sometimes keep the Movie Score channel on XM on for long car rides, or some symphonic shit, even classical I rock out to. Then I have my non-musical inspirations… Animal Sounds, Family Guy Samples, Languid ticks of a woodblock, white noise, pink noise, brown noise, my garage door, wolves howling, scuba diving unicorns glub grubbing their way through the ocean blue, rusty spoons and tea kettles, the sound of balloons popping and little children yelping. And call me sinister but I’ve always laughed a little inside anytime I ever made anybody cry. Especially this one little prick in 2nd grade that once called my mother fat. I bit that dweeb’s arm until skin broke he cried like a little bitch too. Never talk about my momma fool.
I also greatly enjoy hearing keys from a typewriter be punched then hearing the DING! At the end of it ah nothing like movable printed type!
3) To some one who has heard your music but never met you, describe your self in 4 sentences.
I once showed up to high school in nothing but a bathrobe, slippers, and a shower cap.
I hate peas, jelly, and the smell of garbage.
Everything the government does and tells you is a lie.
I’ll either be your best friend, or your worst enemy.
4) What are your main goals right now as a DJ/Producer?
I don’t consider myself a “DJ”, as there are no discs I am jockeying. I started making music and remixing cheesy music back when I was attempting to be a serious college student, So I consider myself a Producer/Engineer first and a “DJ” second. I do more of a live DJ Set thing so I wouldn’t consider myself a DJ. I’d like to be classified as an unknown Artist, But the way I see things, is that the human race is de-evolving. Cats are being dumped down to the point of utter impatience and 0 attention span. So what I like to do in terms of playing out is to always keep it fresh. I use a lot of raw loops I create to build my own music on the fly, as well as incorporate newer music, as well as some older gems, acapellas, tools, samples you name it, I got it. Everything is remixed, edited live right then and there. I’m a firm believer in understanding dynamics, phrasing, and keeping everything fresh for these humans with lacking attention spans. I also love working a certain sample or part of a song There are times that I go out and hear one part of a song that I absolutely love more than Nutella, that makes the crowd go ape shit, and the DJ doesn’t even bring it back, work up the hype, tease it a little A lot of these kids I see just play A to B and its all boom boom, with a break here or there There’s been moments where I’ve let a loop of doorbells going off dogs barking at them roll for a good 20 minutes. People need to do themselves, be creative, be quirky, and be weird. But have fun!
As a producer, I plan on just getting inspired, and not taking on projects ‘just because’. Music needs heart and soul, even if it is EDM. However I have other artists I am involved with and will be producing, engineering, recording anything that’s HOT rock, hip hop, jazz, country, whatever is grooving.
I just recently graduated audio engineering school, so I am also huge into the geeky ‘pushing buttons’ aspect of the game… I really enjoy pushing the envelope as to what will sound good because THERE are no rules… its all about music, love, balance, and fun!
5) What upcoming events do you have coming up right now?
I was involved in this Black and White festival, which was fun. Id like to personally thank all of the no-shows for my 3 hour set and currently I’m working on a few other serious things (gigs, productions, etc) that I can’t really be speaking about, or else ill jinx myself, kind of like Eddie Mush/Frankie Coffeecake, Jojo the Whale, from ‘A Bronx Tale’.
6) From all the gigs you have done what are some of your favorite places to play at and why?
I really enjoyed playing @ the Shelborne this past WMC, it was my first pool party low and behold the only torrential downpour of the week occurred during my set it did get sunny though after I played ‘let the sunshine in’. But just the vibe of having a massive pool in front of you on a beastly sound system was a very cool experience. Also the main floor @ Pacha has always been fun the few times I’ve had the opportunity to play there.
7) While on the subject of playing what set up are you currently using?
Currently I’m using Ableton Live both in the studio and Live when I play, with a bunch of nifty effects on my Midi racks, and lately I’ve synched it to Traktor via midi beat clock
And have been doing some funky things in there I’m getting a new MB Pro so I can really go to town with it! I also want an iPad to use as a Lemur.
In production what tools do you have at your exposal ?
What DON’T I have I do everything in the box. For now Logic 9, PT 8, Live 8, all my sexy plugging that I will not mention the names of. But I am expanding my room and I’m going to add a few outboard toys, and a couple of synths. I enjoy slaving Live to either PT or Logic lately to have a taste of everything.
9) I can tell your really putting in a lot of hard work, where do you see your self in 3 years be specific speak your dreams.
In 3 years, I see myself being 25 years old, with my own studio and record label, engineering sessions for big artists, and running my own mobile entertainment/professional sound company.
If you had a time machine and you can go anywhere where in time would you go and why?
The inception/destruction of the universe.
Describe a regular day in your life
Well you can define my day like this: I eat, I feed, I make money, and I hustle then repeat.
Favorite track at the moment?
I’m currently on a not listening to house music unless I need to kick. I feel like it keeps my mind and ears fresh. I go through thousands of tracks a week and pick out what I will play, but lately I’ve been listening to other things, to keep fresh.
Most influential time in your life? -Right now.
Favorite Food -Franks Red Hot.
Blondes or Brunettes
I love all attractive women, and would like to thank them for providing me with eye candy and tons of outrageous thoughts, but I really love my brunettes, have to love me a dark haired chick though preferably with light eyes.
What do you think about artists Intel and what they are doing?
I am a big fan of you guys, I really like how the website flows, and the material on it, especially these interviews. Illan is also a great talent and I’d like to work with him in the near future!