Exclusive interview Curtis Alto: "We're determined to work hard!"
Sep 14, 2016
Right now, Curtis Alto is bringing edgy deep house vibes to the table with their new track ‘Afraid’. High time to have a talk with this fresh Belgian act.
Maxim, Mathias & David – who together form Curtis Alto - are three music producing brothers from Ghent (Belgium). Grasped by the piano in their house at only a couple years old, the flame was fueled and their passion for music was spread to different instruments.
Recently, Curtis Alto has made amongst others remixes of Passenger, Alice on the Roof and Milo Meskens. The last one was signed by Universal Music and got airplay on Belgian national radio stations including Studio Brussel. The three brothers also received support on their tracks from industry heavyweights like Tiësto and Sam Feldt and got their tracks featured on various known YouTube and Soundcloud channels.
So, a most promising act. We sat down and had a talk with the brothers.
Hey guys, first of all, what have you been up to lately?
"To start of, we have recently signed with Spinnin’ Records and feel very excited about that! We hope that it will help us to continue doing what we love the most: making and playing music. We are looking forward to the coming months and are determined to work hard!"
"We also had a nice summer during which we played at Tomorrowland. This was really amazing, the atmosphere there is just wonderful! We have some gigs coming up amongst which Sunset festival. We are currently working on a couple of new tracks and we are always busy improving our live-set!"
Your new single 'Afraid' is getting positive responses all round. What can you tell us about this track?
"This idea to make a cover of The Neighbourhood had been in our mind for a long time. We were looking for a special voice to give the track its own vibe. That’s also why we cut some high-frequencies to give it that vintage old sound. Truth be told that we made many versions of 'Afraid' before ending up with this one! The original track’s speed got increased in order to give it that smooth flow. At the same time, it’s still slower than many deep house tracks, which we feel adds groove to the track."
What does this record say about your musical evolution as an artist?
"We have been making deep/melodic house for quite some time now. Of course there is some variation - we want to explore music as it is so diverse - but overall we envision to keep producing these melodic vibes!"
What has been the coolest thing in your musical career up till now?
"We are well aware that we are just at the beginning of our journey! But playing at Tomorrowland this summer was something special for us! It’s also a rewarding feeling when we hear our track broadcasted on the radio and even more when we get supported by people who like what we are doing! Over the past months, we also had the opportunity to meet a lot of people in the music business for which we are very grateful! The coolest thing though, is making music with the three of us!"
What artists/movies/books/art inspires you the most when creating music?
"Musical phenomena like Michael Jackson, Nirvana, James Brown, AC/DC, Daft Punk, etc. All these artists have their own style, their own signature. They are (/were) extremely innovative and refreshing. We are constantly listening to a variety of music across different genres. Last week for instance we listened again to this old Brazilian album we have at home and the percussion was one of the many elements that inspired us! That’s something we’ve always done and will continue to do."
What do you think is the most interesting development in dance music these days?
"It’s crazy how fast the (dance) music industry is evolving, so many people are making music these days, you basically just need a computer and there you go! This low threshold translates in a huge music output. We feel like (dance) music is evolving super fast nowadays and that makes it extremely interesting!"
"Next to that, we think that the electronic music and 'traditional' non-electronic music will get more and more interwoven."
And finally, what would you advise the upcoming stars on our Talent Pool?
"The best advice we ever got was not to quantize everything perfectly, so the track sounds more natural!"
Stay tuned for more Curtis Alto.
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