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Alberto Stocco

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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

Hey guys, well to introduce me I could say that I am a DJ/Producer/promoter/booker. I now live between Luxembourg and Southampton (UK) where I am actually finishing my studies of Music Management.

I'm someone that likes to do a lot. The main thing for me is to try and help other people making it in the music industries by helping them get the connection they don't have. I also promote my own parties in Luxembourg with the Onis Sound Collective and in the UK i've been working for the three years now with two brands House Jackin and Vacant Recordings.

As an artist I've had the opportunity to spin some records regularly in Luxembourg for four years now but also in Germany at Kosmonaut (Berlin), Finca (Stuttgart), in Holland at PIP (The Hague), also both Switch and Junk in Southampton (UK) plus few other festivals venues I've had the opportunity to do.

Also last but not least as it helped me grow as a professional was to work first as an assistant manager for a Luxembourg/Berlin based label called Lauter Unfug, it's also very successful at the moment, so quite proud of it. Or when we were running our own club Studio21. Very nice memories and experiences.

I think i've already said too much here haha.

How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?

My influences have come over time I'd say, as I used to change my taste all the time. At age 15/16 I was into Rap Hip-Hop as I had my first clubbing experiences and my mates where into that.
Then slowly i started shifting towards the EDM sort of thing and had few parties where I started DJing. I got bored of it quite quickly no need to explain. Funny story is few weeks after i decided i wanted to stop making music, but I went to see Josh Butler with a friend and well I instantly knew that i wanted to switch and learn more about house music and the underground side of club music. And right now few years later I spin Minimal House and deep stuff.

I'm a music lover, I still listen to a lot of genres of music, but personally when I play, Minimalistic kind sound is the one that fits better with what i like and my personality, simplicity but efficiency.

What´s new right now?

What's new is that I have a lot of work for university this year, before I was able to put my music first but now it's very hard. Release wise I'll be releasing some tracks on my music platform. In the summer after my degree I'll have more time to look at my musical development as a producer and definitely finish tracks I've started and finish them so I can release them with some labels at some point.
Gig wise this year until may is going to be calm after a very nice 2017.
I've got some confirmed dates already in February where I'll be Supporting the Solardo Sessions in room2 with the High Tide Recordings people. In March where with Vacant Recordings label Boss Matt Delicate we'll be supporting Patrick Topping. Few others still TBA and also going to be spinning records in Spain and Holland so quite excited.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?

Unfortunately no. I'm more a fan of the moment when I discover a track, but then there is so many other talented producers that release amazing sounds out there, so can't be a super fan of anyone. I've got huge respect for some big names that helped the scene build up but then I'd have to be superman of too many artists.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?

The first mistake i believe is the attitude. Just go with your flow and someday something will come out of it if you work hard. Don't let other people come in-between you and your passion, because at the end of the day your music represents you. Don't listen to anyone. Take advices by people but then choose what you want to do.

Also don't start sharing all the time mixes and productions that aren't good enough. The result would be that people would be less likely to trust you after.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?

I get gigs because I'm myself all the time. I've grown a network since I'm in the music industires and this networks has seen my development and has trust in my Djing qualities and sees my past experience as a proof of quality which helps.
In the past I've been Sharing line-up with the likes of:

Pete Tong (BBC1), Âme (Innervision), Anna (Tronic), Riva Starr (Snatch! Records), Wehbba (Tronic), Oxia (Material), Mihalis Safras (Material), Giorgia Angiuli (BPitch Control Records Berlin), Daniel Stefanik (Cocoon), Stefano Noferini (Deepperfect), Mathias Kaden (Freude Am Tanzen), Darius Syrossian (Do Not Sleep Ibiza), Rich Wakley (Avotre), LaFleur (Powerplant), Frankie Rizardo (Defected), Juliet Fox (Suara), Vonda7 (Secondstate), The Willers Brothers (Beste Modus), Low Steppa (Defected), Lauren Lo Sung (Lolife), Ronnie Spiteri (Do Not Sleep)

& many many more.


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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?

Promotion is very important for an artist. Firstly he or she should build up a small network of pages that repost tracks on soundclound and Facebook do people know he is into something also channels like verzilla on youtube that share other peoples music. Get in touch with them and see what's up. In this business who you come to meet is as important as the quality of your music so keep that in mind.


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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

My biggest challenge was to make grow Luxembourg city's scene but I realised that it's not like in London or Amsterdam so that challenge became to make it out of the Luxembourgish scene and go international. I'm on the right path at the moment, but there is still so much to work and improvement to do and also time flies.


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How do you personally discover new music?

I discover new music by friends, youtube, Spotify or simply promos i get in my mail inbox. I always try to play music people don't have so i don't look out at the beatport or traxsource top 100 plus I also change a lot; meaning, I have my signature tracks but I try to change the music I play every week. I got a huge library and crates. Music is about discovering the new and the old sounds and as a dj blend it together.


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?

“Yeah I'm usually always buzzin when I discover some producer that has music that fit my style and usually share it on social media to support the artist in my own little way and talk about it with my music heads friends.


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?

The most important is practice certainly. Apart from that i'd say to learn watch youtube tutorials, get in touch with some upcoming producers that are easier to reach and will be happy to share some knowledge with you and last but not least if you have a more experienced producer friend he will be certainly be happy to help you out.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?

For me as I'm into that minimalistic kind of sound, i struggle to find the right sounds, so I always change until I get tired of the drums for example and start over. Sometimes I know I should have let my music as it was and being less critical cause it was good. Still got to stay on the level of the industry though with your music, can't be too empty or have to many sounds coming out everywhere, stay coherent.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?

Well I'd say my first official releases out on labels and more and more gigs in more places. Hopefully I also passed my degree haha.

For Onis Sound Collective the label launch and more parties around Europe.


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