Welcome to Venice, Matias! First impressions about the city and the festival?
Thank you. I am very excited to be here with my wife and i was very happy when i got invited by the guys from More Festival. I have been many times in Italy but never to Venice and it’s magic to be here after reading so much about it. I am currently based in Berlin right now and it’s great to enjoy also the good weather.
Born in Chile but raised in Germany. What’s the language of music for you?
It’s complex because music is a reflection of my life. Most of the time i am speaking spanish but i am also speaking a lot english as my manager is American and it’s a common language for most of the people. And German as i live and grew up there. But if we are talking about singing for instance my approach is much easier to english and spanish, i hardly sing in german so far even if in some occasion i did. What for me is a possibility in lyrics and songs is also to be a little bit free in terms of languages, in a way sometimes i invent my language. Sometimes languages inspire my melodies. My approach musically is beyond languages.
In my case it grows often from language, from the different dialects people speak and the melodies they use while talking.
‘Escaping the norm’. Is it a lifestyle or a trend for you?
No, it’s not a lifestyle thing, is something that is part of my life and inevitable. I have doing music since i was a kid and my music has always been very independent: i have been leaving in Perù, France, Germany, Argentina and i was often in front of the fact of being in a new place, with new unknown surroundings and i felt like a stranger. Not in a negative way because music become always a possibility of freedom of expressions. I take my own time to do things, i can do music that worked well 5 years ago and today is still good. As a musician I think you shouldn’t try to adapt to some style or dominating school of musical thoughts.
How do you approach your public when you play?
When dj’ing, I always try to scout and pay close attention to the best people in the crowd. I focus on the ones that enjoy most the music and support to show and they become my balance for the set, they are contagious and can make the difference on the dance floor!
An artist that have ben catching your attention lately
Well, i am been focusing a lot on myself in the last months but i got to know Borusiade, a Romanian artist, and love her own style of doing arrangements and choosing sounds.
Tells us more about Cómeme
At the heart of Cómeme are two people: myself – that i founded the label in 2008 – and label manager Avril Ceballos. Together we’ve created a platform, label and network that fosters a level of openness and collaboration quite at odds with the electronic music world right now.
Matias Aguayo played at Isola di San Servolo for More Festival on Saturday June 6th.
Photo credit: G Brown