An exciting techno talent landed at our news desk recently, and we wanted to dig a bit further into his journey so far. Based in Amsterdam, Argie absorbs the excitement and rich party culture within the city and adapts this emotion into his driven techno sound, expressing himself with his hybrid live set. Most recently at ADE, amongst several other hot spots around the city. In terms of releases the thriving talent has showcased his sound on Territoria Records, his own SUB•EQ label, and a release coming imminently on Black Line Recordings. Here is what went down when we caught up with him recently…
How long have you lived in Amsterdam? As an artist what opportunities does it present to you to live in a city with such a prolific scene, and care for night life.
The underground scene is a very important part that defines the diversity and multidisciplinary culture the city has. I love how connected Amsterdam is to music with all the events during the year and the weekly club life.
Also we cannot forget that there were many local communities that kept the music on during the COVID period which for me is an important value for how deeply connected we are as a city.
Over the years, I have tried many setups – Ableton, CDJs, hardware – and when I used them seperately I found limitations which drove me to create a hybrid setup. The setup is diverse and can be scaled up or down based on each venue/event. Normally I use a Xone92 mixer with a Traktor D2 controller where I use Remix decks that have my own grooves coming out from my own productions. In parallel, I run Ableton live where I use a Xone K2 controller to manage it where i have my own build ups and synthesizers. I use the auxiliaries of the Xone92 for my own delays and reverbs – and I don’t use traktor effects.
I loop a lot! 🙂 My set is usually 4 decks fully running where 1 remix deck is with my grooves, 2 decks are loops usually from artists I like to get inspired from and work with and 1 deck where I let my own tracks run and create a story. The total setup is approximately 14-16 channels. This setup gives me the ability to be fully creative and try many things in multiple ways.
I have a home studio setup – I am very happy I have invested in this space and I spend most of my days here. My studio includes some important synthesizers I have chosen over the years, modular systems and a mixing and mastering setup.
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