Inside The Track with Dario D'Attis & Reto Ardour

Swiss duo Dario D’Attis and Reto Ardour have certainly gone ‘all in’ with their Virtual Mood EP on Poker Flat. Steve Bug’s esteemed Berlin imprint is home to some of the scene’s savviest tech house players, with D’Attis and Ardour’s release sitting comfortably within the label’s sublime stable of talent.

Dario and Reto work from seperate recording studios and are two of the main players in the blossoming house scene in Switzerland. This atmospheric three track EP has already found it’s way into the sets of Damian Lazarus, Sonny Fodera and Keinemusik’s David Mayer, with the hypnotic ‘Shape’ sure to tear the roof off many a main room in 2016.

This is their first release on Poker Flat and we feel it is a serious statement of intent for the coming year. We sat down with the Swiss duo to find out more about this superb release, as we Inside The Track with Dario D’Attis & Reto Ardour.


The Interview

Congratulations on your new Virtual Mood EP on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat label. How is it being received in your sets and how hve other DJs responding to the release?

Thank you very much guys. We are very happy and surprised about the reactions we got on Virtual Mood. Actually, we already have support by heavyweights like Amé, Damian Lazarus, Martin Landsky, Marco Resmann, Anja Schneider, Florian Kruse, Tiefschwarz and Mihai Popoviciu amongst others. We tested them out at Hive in Zurich and they work really nicely.


Tell us more about the ‘Virtual Mood’ track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?

Well we worked out those tracks in different studios. Dario’s inputs came definitely with his beats and bass lines, while Reto provided his amazing synths, pads and string parts over the top.

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Production wise, what is it about the ‘Virtual Mood’ track that makes it work?

Well it’s difficult to give a reason why any track could work, but we think that a tight, groovy beat with a nice bass line gives a lot to a track when combined with Reto’s synths and arpeggios. The track became a very strong groove.

Is there one machine, program or technique that characterizes your sound?

Dario: Regarding the drums, I can say that my own library helps a lot to get my own groove and sound . Even with bass lines, I sampled a lot of single sounds and I use it with a sampler like Halion or Maschine.

Reto: I work with a huge sample library and lots of software plugins; at the moment my favorite is Diva.


What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?

Reto: That’s a really hard question, as our kind of music is not really a reflection of just one piece of kit.

Dario: My own libraries combined with Waves. Plus my own presets that I created over the years.

Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?

Dario: I think that the most important thing is that you love and respect MUSIC. If you do and if you have passion for music, there is definitely a way to get results. Of course, you also need to be patient.

Reto: Do your own thing and believe in it no matter what others say


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