Him Self Her - Javier Carballo

Javier Carballo is an artist who has earnt great respect for his stripped back sound showcased on many highly respected labels. He also runs his own label in collaboration with Hanfry Martinez called Overall Music.

We have been honoured with a premiere of Javier Carballo’s new track “Dubby Dreams” taken from the next release on UnderYourSeat, which is a record label he runs alongside his club event of the same name.

> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style and the key elements that define it?

My music is always a trip between House and Techno , sometime pumping, others more deep and dark, but keeping mysterious elements , probably the key is the groove, I try to never lose that groove.

> Your latest EP was a track as part of a VA on Rooted Series, please could you tell me about your contribution to that release?

‘Jacking’ is my contribution to this VA, a solid track with techno raw rhythms and powerful bass line that get you into the deepest trip. Im very happy with the result. iIt’s timeless and easy to play at any time.

> When is your next solo EP out, and how are things going with your own label Overall Music?

My next solo ep as you have premiered as part of this feature is coming in March on my other label Underyourseat. It has four original tracks with an amazing Amo remix.

My label Overall music is in good moment as well, throughout 2019 we will release music from Alvaro Medina, Moray and a collaboration with my label partner Hanfry Martinez.

> On the subject of Overall Music I understand that a few years ago you decided to make the label a vinyl only imprint. What inspired that decision, and when DJ’ing do you play only vinyl?

Yeah some years ago we decided to make an Only Vinyl series, The reason was basically because I’m a big vinyl lover, and 20 years of playing and getting records from all over the world have allowed me to build a solid collection. I want my label’s music be part of the collection of someone else. I find tangible music is more special, and I usually play a mix of vinyl and cdj’s.

> Moving back to your own music could you talk us through the creative process of putting a track together, and list any specific equipment used to bring your sound to life?

Normally to get some inspiration the first thing I do when I go to the studio is listen to some music I like, analyzing the sounds and how they make me feel. That is when I know the kind of music I’m up to do that day. For example, my sound comes to life doing drums with my Roland tr8s, solid rhythm and cool groove. After this, I like playing with some synths like my Pro-2 Dave Smith and combine them with Logic Audio.

> I’m told you recently relocated from Spain to live in the UK. How has that effected running your club event Under Your Seat… do you have plans to start running some London based parties now the city is where you call home?

I have been living abroad already a few times before so I know how to handle it. Of course, helped by the people who work always with me.

Underyourseat nights will come to London very soon, we are actually working on it. Looking forward to bring our sound to a sick Londoner venue.

> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who might look to your music for inspiration?

It may sound typical but be yourself is the most important thing. Do what really makes you feel good, and what enhance you. Don’t get into this world looking to make a hit or just with the idea of succeed. Don’t try to please anyone or follow trends. Just be passionate, creative and work hard, that would be my only advice.

> We like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light-hearted… without getting to personal, could you tell us something many don’t know about you?

I’m passionate about music and traveling, which is perfect because that’s basically my life. I’m a massive fan of Michael Jackson and everything related to him. Something you maybe don’t know is that I’m a bit weird haha, don’t like too much socializing, I basically prefer expressing myself through my music.

> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen happen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunk person urinating on the dancefloor?

Well, after 20 years living at night I have lived a lot of funny and sometimes embarrassing moments.

I remembered one super funny time when after playing a long set in a famous club, one guy asked me A FEW TIMES if he could buy a drink because he thought I was a bartender lol.

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us!


> You can buy Javier Carballo’s music on Beatport from …HERE…