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Puma & Harry


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


We are Dj/producers from Venezuela, based in Miami, FL. We make minimal and house music and play regularly at different venues events in festival in the South Florida area. We also have a weekly online radio show called Buena Vista Disco Club which airs live every Tuesday from 18:00 to 20:00 EST on www.klangbox.fm. We are about to launch a vinyl-only record label also called Buena Vista Disco Club.



How would you describe your style and genre?


We would describe our style as underground minimal house music with lots of romanian techno influence.




Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)


Within the underground electronic music scene I would say some of our biggest influences include Ricardo Villalobos, Zip,




What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?


Right now we are working on the first release and launch of our vinyl-only label Buena Vista Disco Club. The first EP to come out will feature 4 original tracks by Buena Vista Disco Club (which is the alias we use when producing with our friend and fellow dj/producer, Diego Teran). All three of us worked together in producing this EP and we are very happy with the results.


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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?


I think the biggest mistake every amateur producer makes is trying to imitate someone else's sound/style. We all have influences and other artists we follow and admire and often we will try to sound like them. But I also think that that is part of the process. It is one of the first steps in learning to produce. Eventually though, you need to stop trying to sound like something that already exists and create your own style. That is the only way to break through and get real recognition from big players in the game. There are no rules in production, nothing is set in stone, try something different. Just because you read or watched a tutorial on how to mix your kick drum, for instance, it doesn't mean that that is the only way to do it. Some of the most interesting sounds and even entire songs have come from experimentation and trying things that some experts would've advised never to do.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
The main thing is to go out! And you have to go out a lot.You have to get involved in your local scene and meet the other people that are also involved, without doing this you will never get gigs. Also make sure your social media profiles are up to date, that you have decent looking pictures of yourself, and share your music (even if you don't have productions of your own ready to be shared yet, then record a nice mix that represents your style and share it!) Often the first thing promoters and event organizers will do before deciding to book you is look at your Souncloud page and listen to your sound to see if they like it.
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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
Honestly, this is one area we probably need to focus more on. For us, the main promotion strategy has been word-of-mouth. We like to focus on the music, being prepared for every gig we get booked for and really trying to do our absolute best when playing these gigs, always adapting to the time, crowd and style of the party/venue while also staying true to what we like and represent. This has gained us recognition because people talk afterwards and share their good impressions with others. However, in this age, you really need to be on top of your social media game and that is something we are trying to work harder on at the moment. I think the main thing when it comes to social media is to be consistent, post every day or almost every day, generate content for your followers and show who you are, what kinds of things you do on a daily basis, etc. This way you will create a stronger connection with the people that follow you and also gain new followers.
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We meet again in one year. What has changed?

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