Published on January 2nd, 2012 | by EDMinsider0
EDM Insider Exclusive Interview with DJ/Producer Eco
An already familiar name to most trance music enthusiasts, DJ Eco hailing from New York City, has had a massive 2011 and we’re seeing even bigger things to come for the Armada Music artist in 2012. Producing and DJing since the mid 2000′s, Marcello Pacheco is responsible for trance anthems “Borealis”, “The Light In Your Eyes Went Out“, “Change The World” and “Tonight Is Forever“. With Eco’s debut album “M(you)sic” seeing its release in 2011, in addition to gigs alongside Armin Van Buuren celebrating A State of Trance’s 450, 500 and 550th episodes, Pacheco continues to make his mark on electronic dance music. EDM Insider recently had the opportunity to catch up with the EDM rising star to find out his most memorable cities and gig, his favorite music genres outside of EDM, and how joining the Armada Music team has changed his career thus far.
EDMinsider 1: You spun your first boat party here in New York City last year. How was this compared to other parties you have played here in NY?
Eco: It was incredibly fun beyond my expectations. It was really something special to be able to play my music around the most amazing views and most beautiful skyline in the world. Most of my gigs are indoors in the industrial rooms that New York nightclubs are, but this was in the great outdoors and the mixture of sights, lights, and sounds was just perfect.
EDMinsider 2. After recently being signed to Armada Music, how have things changed for you as a DJ/Producer?
Eco: Armada Music is an elite label, the single biggest dance music label in the world. I still see myself as a small artist, maybe even underground. But they’ve shown a huge amount of faith and support in my sound by bringing me on board. It’s been nothing short of awesome working with them the past year. Being on their lineup no doubt shapes how people view me as an artist, but honestly, it doesn’t change my sound. They signed me knowing that I do things different and uniquely and I think they really enjoy that I continue to operate that way.
EDMinsider 3. When you first started producing music you didn’t usually incorporate vocals, now with the release of the album and a few other tracks, vocals are now being incorporated. How does this make the process as far as producing different than recording without vocals?
Eco: It’s a tough bridge to cross. Still, my biggest tunes were my instrumental tunes but it’s always good to expand a little bit and make some vocal tunes. Some of my vocal songs didn’t end up as I would have liked but I’ve been learning more and more after each one I do. I have a really clear vision of a new direction I’d like to take some of my vocal tunes in 2012. I am trying to keep the lyrics more poetic and try and step away from some of the generic vocals we’ve come to associate with trance music.
EDMinsider 4. What are some of your most memorable cities you have played thus far?
Eco: My stay in San Salvador to play at the IstmoFest 3.0 was great, such a huge event! Also, Toronto stands out too! It was a small venue, a small event, but an awesome vibe and some great trance fans that really know their stuff.
EDMinsider 5 . What has been your most memorable gig? Why?
Eco: Without a doubt, ASOT 450 in New York City, I will never forget it! Knowing that my friends, family, and awesome local fans were there right in front of the stage, and knowing that it was being broadcast to millions of people was such a rush. I was pee-pants nervous, but ultimately the excitement hits you and the adrenaline takes over.
Eco: I still think it’s the same as it used to be. I usually begin with a lead melody, and start adding supporting elements around it. Pianos, pads, guitar sounds, vocal chops. It’s closer to the end of the song making process that I add the percussion’s, beats, kicks, etc. I think my beats and grooves are where I’m lacking but I hope I make up for it with some of the melodies I write! That’s really where I have the most passion.
EDMinsider 7 . Besides EDM, what other genres of music and artists do you enjoy?
Eco: I’m a huge fan of instrumental groups like Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, and similar bands. I listen to a lot more alternative rock than I do EDM, and I think it shows in my music. Bands like Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd are my favorites, got their entire discographies on my iPod!
EDMinsider 8 . Our personal favorite track from DJ Eco is “Tonight Is Forever”, explain the process behind making this track, which was one of your very first massive productions. Which of your own tracks would you say is your own personal favorite?
Eco: This was one of those melodies that just “come about” after a mistake or clicking the wrong note. That’s where the main bassline variation in the breakdown/buildup comes from and it completely shaped the track. If I remember correctly, this song took me a few weeks, which is pretty long compared to my usual time line. “Borealis” for example took me no more than a couple days. My favorite track I think is “Tonight Is Forever” or “Staring At The Sea”, although I’ll have different answers depending on my mood, the season, or time of year haha… “And We Flew Away” is my favorite to listen to while I’m on a plane looking down on the clouds. “Architextures” is my favorite when I’m tipsy going home on the subway after a party.