Inside The Track With Peppe Citarella
Exciting Italian producer and Quantize regular Peppe Citarella returns to the MoBlack crew this month to release his new single ‘Yalodde Yeyeo’, complete with an Afro Beat mix and even a brass-heavy Latin-inspired version. We caught up with Citarella to discuss the production of the track in depth to celebrate the new release.
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thank you!!! In the clubs where I work, recently the audience really like the kind of music I produce. The Latin sounds melt with the Afro rhythms a perfect mix for such music lovers. I get so much support from the DJs and everyone thinks I’m Latino not Italian, but something is real, my grandmother was born in Mexico. :)
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
Few months ago I was thinking about this summer, thinking of something new, unpublished, something hot as the South Americans say, “with mucho sabor”. I called my friend Virginia Quesada, her voice already known in the Quimbara song, and we decided to dedicate an unreleased song to “Ohun”, a goddess of mythology “Yoruba” patron saint of Cuba, I’ve been involved with Cuban musicians, I wanted something live for this song.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
The song has so many live percussions, important mix of horns and guitar all make the track outstanding, I think the dance floor will have a strong reaction, especially to those who love the Latin genre.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
I work with Logic, I use Maschine for few things then I always include live instruments in my songs. I use very little sound libraries. I think the live instrument has a different flavor, and can give more importance to the project as a whole.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
Definitely Logic and my sound set-ups and plug-ins.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast-paced game?
Today there are so many programs to make music really in short time, my advice is to be original, to try to do something different that mark yourself in the music industry. I’m more than 10 years I’m trying to make music, the results are coming slowly. The most exciting thing is when they say: “I recognize your music even without knowing it’s yours “. The secret is in finding your own sound.