Pablo Valentino - Inside The Track 'Friends Say So'
Summary by Faces Records
After his last release “One” on Room With A View (w/ Detroit Swindle remix) and several contributions to labels like MCDE, Endless Flight or together as Creative Swing Alliance on Wolf Music, Tsuba & City Fly – & MCDE labels head honcho decide to release what he describes as his first full EP! on his own imprint FACES. “Friends Say So” is a nicely stripped down filter-jam; you don’t need much when all the elements are good like this: a haunting female vocal sample, gritty lo-fi beats, a disco loop. Reminiscent of early Shake or the very first Sneak records, this beauty will definatly set the floor on fire. “What Does It Take” sounds like a straight up Shelter anthem from ’92 that just got unearthed. Heavy on the 909 and Juno keys, its the kind of late night jam that leaves everybody with a smile on their face. On the B-side, “Nuff Thangs” opens up things nicely; lush keys on top of a disco sample set the mood for things to come with “Can’t You See”, a female diva singing her ass off over dirty-as-hell MPC beats and rhodes stabs. You cant go wrong with this package!
1) Congratulations on your new ‘Friends Say So EP’. How is it being received in your sets? & how are other club DJs responding to the release?
I just came back from a 2 weeks tour in Japan where I’ve been testing the EP in most of my gigs there and the response has been amazing so far. Also lots of Dj’s that I respect like Mosca, Gilles Peterson, Alex From Tokyo, DJ CAM, Ashley Beedle & Detroit Swindle love it and play it so I couldn’t be happier!
2) Tell us more about “Friends Say So EP”. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
This release is my first full solo EP under my own name, I have to admit I’m kind of shy when it comes to releasing my own productions… I’ve always hidden behind different pseudonyms and in groups like Hipster Wonkaz (together with Motor City Drum Ensemble), Kid Swing (my solo hip hop productions) and recently Creative Swing Alliance (together with my old pal Steven Wobblejay). I’ve always been doing music, making loops, chopping samples for may be 12 years but releasing it is another thing. I guess because as a label owner you become really critical about music in general and even more critical when it comes to your own productions.
3) Production wise, what is it about “Friends Say So” that makes it work?
To be honest, I don’t really think too much when I produce music, at the end of the day, I turn on the machine to have fun, the creativity part is the best, finishing the tracks is another story and that’s why most of my stuff remains unfinished for months. Also as the name of the EP indicates it, I always play most of my tracks to friends and I just selected 4 of them that most of my friends liked. I believe it’s very hard to choose some of your own tracks and say this is dope; after spending hours working on it. You need some fresh ears to give you an honest opinion.
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes the signature the Pablo Valentino sound?
I would say samples, in terms of machines and programs, I don’t really use much…but you can definitely hear the dirt of my samples or my beats.
5) What is the one piece of kit that Pablo Valentino simply cannot do without?
My record collection and maybe the AKAI S2000 filter…I keep it old school!