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Feature: Edu Imbernon [Interview + Premiere]

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Hi Edu, thanks for joining us. What is your current mood and what was the last piece of music you listened to?
Hello guys. Current mood is exhausted as just moved to a new home I’ve been designing for the past year and a half and I’m currently pretty tired, happy with it tho! Last piece of music I listened to is some demos we got for the labels.

We were thrilled to host the premiere for your new single with Nico Casal entitled ‘Noso’ feat. Solomon Grey. Tell us a bit about the track and what made Colyn a great remixer choice for it.
Noso is a pre-pandemics production along Nico which was basically made in 1 day, everything flowed so nicely when we got Solomon Grey vocals, this record was made ok the same week as Luma which was released on Adriatique’s Siamese label, proper productive week that one! The track was aimed to be very simple and direct to let the vocal and groove be the one driving it and raising tension till it turns into a dreamy piece of music on the main drop. Regarding Colyn remix, I always wanted to have him on board for Fayer, sent him the record and he loved it so in less than a week he had it ready, I’m very happy with the result.

This was a track that came together very quicky, one ten-hour studio session is fact. You had said this was a time where things flowed better than ever between you and Nico. So when a track comes together like that in one session do you already know you’ve got exactly what you were after when it’s done? Or is there still some level of refinement which comes after playing it out?
The version we released is V1, so basically when we made it listened to it like 100 times in the car / headphones / home soundsystem and I knew it was perfect (at least for me), then pandemic came and I didn’t really have a proper time to test it, besides seating down or socially distanced shows but can’t judge the song based on those reactions.

What’s a piece of gear that always gets used when you’re writing a track? And what are some studio tools that featured heavily on ‘Noso’?
I always change what I use but Omnisphere is always there. I’ve loved that pluggin since maaany years ago.

The problem of mental health is complex and nuanced, and it is an issue to which those working in electronic music are especially susceptible. It can be deeply rewarding but it is also competitive, fast-paced, unpredictable and hedonistic. Talk a bit about the pressures of what you do that fans may not be totally aware of.
I try to keep my creativity entertained when that happens, in the past year or so I’ve put my focus on food design (I have 3 restaurants under the Fayer brand aswell) and house design aswell, that kept my mind healthy, I stopped waiting for “things to get back to normal” which in the beginning of the pandemics had me very worried. I always think this is a long term career, there might be artists raising quickly and exploding here and there but I really like to build something solid and get to where I want to get with a proper foundation.

Looking back over your discography, what release or track holds the best memories for you and is there a correlation between that track and how successful you are today?
It has to be The XX – Crystalised (Edu Imbernón remix)
That was something special for me and the success it had during the years after it was released. Of course El Baile Aleman is what setted things off, but for me there are certain records besides being more or less successful that have had a bigger impact on those who follow my music.

Now that that things are starting to open up again and events are coming back in many parts of the world what are your DJ plans for the rest of year?
It seems summer is filling quickly which is nice, but I don’t want to be too optimistic with that as everything might cancel again, so far around 8 shows for July which is a good starting point.

Edu Imbernon & Nico Casal – Noso Feat. Solomon Grey (including Colyn Remix) will be released on July 9 via Fayer

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