Nov 19, 2020
Azael Celebrates 100 Episodes of Coming From The South Radio
Today we’re joined by Azael, who’s just released the 100th episode of his radio show, Coming From The South Radio. Azael is a Spanish DJ and producer who’s taken an interesting path on his way to where he is today. He first launched his label, South Mad Records, and the radio show prior to really honing his craft as a DJ and producer. Azael gives us great insight on his full story as well as details on his recent tracks, so read on to learn more!
Hey Azael, thanks for joining us today, and congrats on reaching 100 episodes of Coming From The South Radio! Can you please introduce yourself to our readers? How did you get started with producing music and what has the progression of your career so far been like for you?
I got started with music production several years ago and one of my tracks got the first spot in Spinnin’s Talent Pool, but after that I stopped producing because of school. Since last year I've been back producing, and thanks to my experienced friends, I’ve been improving over a short time period. The lockdown caused by the COVID at the beginning of the year made me stay home, so I spent a ton of hours producing.
My career started differently from most people. Some years ago I was watching everyone sending demos. It’s super hard to get noticed because everyone is doing it so getting a chance takes time and luck. I decided to start doing a little project to release other people's music which is South Mad Records, and I started a weekly podcast. After I launched the label and podcast, I made special events with Máxima FM (Los 40 Dance), a Spanish radio station that supported us, and I started to develop great contacts around the industry. Nowadays, I get almost 300 tracks every week and I have good relationships with labels and some A&Rs, so it's time to start showing my music.
You've released two festival mixes so far, so let's discuss each of them! Starting with your remix of Jangueo [free download], how did you approach remixing this track? What was the production process like for you?
I'm not a big fan of reggaeton, but somehow Jangueo got me and I really like the original track, so I thought, “I need to add this to my shows when COVID ends.” I had a little drop demo that I was trying after learning some stuff from watching a YouTube tutorial and I finished that and added it to the original track. Luckily I had the acappella so I could prepare a clean edit.
More recently, you released your bootleg of Ava Max - “Kings & Queens” [also available for free]. Tell us about this one!
I love Ava Max. Before creating this bootleg I actually had two mashups with “Torn” and “So Am I.” I got the instrumental and the acappella of this hit back in June. I wanted to do another mashup with this fresh tune, but I started adding a few serum leads in the break and I was like, “Okay, why not try a drop to make a little edit.” So I opened a plugin that I really like, which is Dune3, and you know the rest. After finishing the lead and the whole drop I was listening to the acappella to make some chop for the intro and the outro, but when I was cutting them I got the idea of creating a Topline, and I added it to the drop and the result was fantastic.
Your “Kings & Queens” bootleg is picking up some great DJ support. What does this support mean to you?
I don't know what to say! I wasn't really planning on releasing this one, as I originally just wanted to make a mashup. Then it turned into a bootleg and I tested it a few times on my Instagram and the weekly podcast that I have, also I posted a little preview in a Facebook group of W&W fans, and everyone was like “OMG release that,” so after listening to close friends and the suggestion from the label Electrify Stage, I decided to put it out for free. Now it has reached nearly 15K plays on SoundCloud and a few more on YouTube and Instagram. The fact that also big names like Saberz, Mark Sixma, Jaxx & Vega, Simon Lee & Alvin and more have played it makes me feel that I'm on the right path.
How do you approach remixing a track compared to working on an original release?
For me, doing a remix is not that hard – let me explain this. When you are doing a remix you already have half done, which is the part of the original, and you only need to focus on making a good drop and select good sounds to support the break and the transition between the original and your edit.
When you are preparing an original track, you are more careful with every little FX sample to the main lead. It's like you have to tell a story, so it's harder in my opinion. Most of my IDs are colabs because I easily run out of ideas. Sometimes I have a playable demo, but it doesn't feel like a finished track ready for release, so asking for feedback is super useful to me and it doesn't always mean “producer” feedback. My friends have no idea about producing, but might know when some places need a vocal or a melody, and that helps a lot. I can't finish an original track without feedback.
Who are some artists that you currently look to for inspiration?
W&W are my idols and they are my big reference, but there are others like SaberZ, Jaxx & Vega, TWIIG, Blasterjaxx and more. They are super talented people and I have the privilege of asking them for feedback and help.
We hear that you've been testing a ton of IDs that are ready for a release next year. Anything that you can tell us more about?
Yes! I tease a lot of stuff on Instagram and I'm proud to say that I have more than 12 tracks ready to release and some more in the making (colabs and solos). I have some that I could speak about, including a collaboration with OverLine, who is a super talented Spanish producer, and the amazing vocalist, Irene Azuaga. We are on the final step working on the vocals and we've received nice comments from Ward (W&W) about this one, with also some suggestions to improve the track.
There's another one that was finished this week and it's a collab with RAGOM and The Sacrifice Project. This is another banger about an alien invasion. The radio vocals are inspired by the track “Epidemic” by SaberZ and we sent this one to Rave Culture a few days ago, so time to pray. More collabs and festival mixes are on the way too!
What's one goal that you have for next year, and one goal that you have for five years from now?
That's a nice question and my goal for the next year is to establish myself as an artist. Like SaberZ for example, which means releasing a few tracks per year, engaging with my fanbase, and starting to play gigs. So I'll work even harder to reach my goals!
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