Interview with music producer, label manager and DJ, Castora Herz

Castora Herz, label manager of Samain Music, presents his third EP, and debut on Samain, “Diosas, Heroínas y Difuntas (Goddesses, Heroines and the Dead)” : a homage from electronic music to those gypsy women who fought and struggle to defend their culture, empowering themselves through the art of flamenco and pointing the way forward.

“Diosas, Heroínas y Difuntas (Goddesses, Heroines and the Dead)”, is a free EP composed of 5 edits, remixes or unauthorized versions, tribute to 5 gypsy women artists, 3 of them active: Maria José Llergo, Maria Terremoto and Inés Bacán and 2 already dead: Paquera de Jerez and Carmen Amaya.

Samain Music is a new label based in Berlin, dedicated to researching, promoting and bringing together the wide range of musical traditions from the Iberian Peninsula, adapting them to the new instruments and aesthetic trends of today.
Get to know the exciting label manager better below:
For anyone that hasn’t heard it yet, how would you describe your sound?
Electronic music with roots. Focused on the Iberian PeninsulaAt 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?”
I had been doing global bass for years, mixing electronic music with folklore from Latin America, Africa, Asia… until I thought: why not focus on my own roots, the Iberian roots? So I decided to create the label Samain Music

What piece of gear could you never live without?
My laptop

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
Performing and interacting with live audience is one of my favorite things to do in life

What’s the weirdest or most amazing reaction you’ve had to your music?
I once had a bra thrown at me when I was djing in Cologne.

Favourite BPM?
Most of my work is between 80 and 120, but I also love 150-160. I want to start producing music on that tempo.

All-time favourite album?
Velvet Underground & Nico.

What have you got in the pipeline for the near future?
I’m gonna collaborate with a folk band from my hometown called El Naan.

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