Suara, the label run by Spanish DJ/producer Coyu since 2008, has a reputation for great quality dance music. Releases on the label come from talented stars in the house and techno worlds, often backed by stellar remixers like Catz n Dogz and Motorcitysoul. Recent releases have once again raised the standard for the label so it’s no surprise support often comes in from the likes of Martin Eyerer, Funk D’Void, Radio Slave, Alex Niggemann and many more.
Now up to over 33 releases, the label is based in Barcelona and is dedicated to exploring the funkier, groovier, charming and most powerful techno and house sounds around. Quite simply, it’s tasteful music made for maximum enjoyment on the dancefloor by people like Wehbba, Alan Fitzpatrick, Tom Demac, Reset Robot and many more.
We speak to him for the lowdown…
Are you involved in your native Spanish scene at all? What’s the scene like in Barcelona?
“I’m not playing very often in Spain at the moment, because the situation of our club scene is quite frustrating. The little clubs only can pay local artists (50 / 100e or even free) and the big ones prefer to book big stars or international trendy names. The situation in Barcelona is not really better, but we still have three or four key clubs with very interesting line-ups. I wanna build something nice in my city but there are few clubs interested to help their own local artists. Our latest Suara Night in Barcelona was a success. We did it in Nitsa Club and even people from Ireland or Poland came to Barcelona just for the party. I invited to Catz ‘N Dogz to play with me… Was an awesome night. We probably will do more things in Nitsa soon.”
Do you have any goals when DJing? Anything you always like to try and achieve or…?
“My goal and my fault is the eclecticism. I love to play lotta different styles in the same night. I get bored playing just tech house. I need to add melodies and breaks to the set. Traveling between deep and powerful sounds. I love when the crowd get into my trip and we fly together in the same way.”
Same question when writing music… you have any rules?
“The unique rule when I’m working in the studio (alone or together with friends) is to have fun and do just what I/we love. Don’t care about trends or hot styles.”
Do your DJing experiences feedback into the writing process? Do you write with the dancefloor in mind?
“Of course I do. I write / play music for making my listeners happy. The crowd, They are the most important side of this game. If they aren’t able to enjoy, it means that i’m doing something wrong…”
How long do you spend on each track? Do you work quickly or are you an endless tweaker?
“Depends. Each track is a very different story. I’ve done some tracks in a few hours, specially when I’ve worked with some friends. You cannot spend weeks working on the studio with a fella, so you try to do a good job in a fast way. But I also have completed some tracks in weeks.”
Does where you are matter when writing music? Do you set time aside specifically or can you write on planes, trains etc?
“I use to work at my home studio. But i’m always getting ideas at the different places where I am. Airports, planes, restaurants, hotels… walking around a new city, meeting people at the club. There are always lotta interesting things that you can apply to your tracks when you’re not at the studio. The problem is that I use to forgot everything I learnt after a long night of Jack Daniels and coke…”
What are your thoughts on digital music devaluing the art form of music making? Is artwork and vinyl important to you or is it just the music you play/make/release that you care about, not how it’s delivered?
“I’m a vinyl man. Ok, I don’t play with vinyls anymore, but my vinyl collection is quite huge for a 25 years old guy. I have around 3.000 vinyls… and I stopped buying vinyls two years ago. I never played with cdj’s. Actually I always hated it. I still love vinyl and sometimes I play with them at home. The touch of the vinyl is unequalled. But I’m playing with Traktor + laptop + mixer controller right now because it’s really better for the kind of sets I do. I can do more things with a mixer controller and 4 channels than 2 vinyls… By the way, I think the artwork is very important for a label. If you check the design of my three labels (Suara / Atypical Farm / My Cup Of Tea) you will see how much time and money I spend on it. It’s an added value. Some people don’t care about it, but I think people still love to see a nice artwork along some good tracks.”
About the label – anyone you really want to work with/release?
“I would love to work with Radio Slave, Carl Craig, Agoria, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Deetron, … Some of my fav artists ever, people that means something strong in my music life… Anyway i’m very happy with the artists that i’m releasing on Suara. We’re building an impressive roster with very interesting artists. Next releases come with new strong additions like Milton Jackson, Patrick Chardronnet, Benny Rodrigues… I’m very happy with Suara. My little baby is getting big.”
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
“I’m doing my first Australian tour in June, playing a few dates in Ibiza, releasing a pair of records with my buddy Carlo Lio on Rejected and Noir Music, remixing X-Press 2 timeless track “Muzik Xpress”, plus some interesting gigs around the world… Lotta good things will happen this Summer.”
What’s the best thing you’ve learnt in your years involved in electronic music?
“I’ve learnt a lot of things being involved in the electronic music scene… A big percentage of them are good. But probably the most important was have the chance to know myself a little bit better… I’ve done good things and I’ve had lotto mistakes too on the last years. It has help me to be better person and know what I’m able to do and my limitations.”
Check out the brand new Suara Compilation here