Interview with deep melodic techno duo Biotech Patagonia
Violeta Reynal & Constantino Vela come together to create a new DJ/live Performance. They had delivered their first EP “Natura” in 2018, plus “Uner & Viviana Toscanini’s” remix. A few months later, they released other remixes from Saulo Pisa and Tuco. Recently they signed with Solar Distance for a fresh release, part of Discoveries EP. During summer of 2019, they returned to Europe for a two-month tour playing in London, Ibiza, Madrid, Tongeren & Barcelona. They have performed with DJs such as Madloch, Stelios Vassiloudis, Saulo Pisa, DJ Mina, Leo Bruzonic, Sergio Martinez, and more. The duo shared part of their journey with us below.
Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
Violeta Reynal: I can remember how excited I felt when I was four years old and had to step on a stage to sing for the first time. I was dressed up as a goldfish (ha!). Constantino
Vela: The happiness I felt when my father bought me and my sister our first electronic organ, it was a Casio.
At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create”?
Violeta Reynal: Two days before meeting for the first time we were talking on Messenger, and we would send tracks to each other. At the end of the day, I would claim who was the winner for the best track! hahaha. Surprisingly we had a very similar taste, and even better, I was so amazed by the music he sent me. I think that hooked me!
Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
Bjork (Homogenic & Vespertine). Nitin Sawhney (beyond skin & Sunset). Ludovico Einaudi (all i guess). Moderat. John Digweed (Live in Cordoba).
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
Logic Pro X. Korg Minilogue. Roland TR-8S. Piano Steinway & Sons (1924).
What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
Waling in the forest. Watching the Nahuel Huapi Lake in Argentina. Skiing. Snowfall. Playing with Puma our cat. Cooking. Watching art documentaries. Daily meditation. Gathering with our best friends every week. Travelling!
What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
I guess melodic techno in Argentina is not so popular as it is in Europe or other places. It is now growing step by step. Dub techno too.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
Constantino Vela: Studio work
Violeta Reynal: Performing. I think we complement each other quite well in that sense. Costa is more introverted and I´m more extroverted. I guess he has more patience for details and I´m into improvising more when it comes to a live show (I improvise all the vocals as I go).
As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
I would teach the producers and venue owners how to make music! hahaha I think the two worlds must meet and understand the difficulties of one another. ‘Cause we really don’t know what it takes to run a music venue, and they don´t know all it takes to stay creative and make quality music and shows as artists. I guess we need each other, ‘cause parties with no artists make no sense at all. And the same the other way around.
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
Speaking in tongues (US). Giriu Dvasios (Lithuania).
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We´re about to release a collaboration with Iñaki del Pozo (Spain) and working on our two new EPs too. Also elaborating a project involving live piano sessions and meditation. Will let you know more in the next interview!
Famous last words?
Creating art is creating the world we want to live in, every day.