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SIDEQUEST


Read the SIDEQUEST Interview below and share it on social media.


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


My name's Ermanno, I'm 26 years old and I'm based in Milan, Italy. The Sidequest project kicked-off in late 2015, after spending several years djing around Italy and Europe (France and Ireland were my first international gigs). I reached a moment where I've realized I wanted to add somethign more to my musical experience, by creating something from scratch and coming directly from my vision of music. Sidequest is a project that relies on creativity, innovation and beats.

The origin of the name comes from my passion for videogames, which taught me that side adventures (or side quests) often hide the best part of an gaming experience. This project represents My side quest, given that I work as an account in an advertising agency and I'm planning (hoping) to transform this hobby in a full time job.

In 2016 I've released my first track, "Longshot", wich was published by a Dutch label (Housepital Records) and still holds the label's n°1 position (together with the inclusion in several playlists on Beatport). In 2017 a second release, "Dungeon" , was selected for the ADE2017 Sampler (Housepital Deep this time) and a third release ("Alderan") is on its way to be released on all the major digital stores (Spotify, Itunes and Tidal) at the beginning of February.

My aim is to create a genuine international fanbase, which understands my vision of music and share it fully.
The artists I consider as an example are the "Holy Ones" from Chicago/Detroit (Frankie Knuckles, Chez Damier,Jeff Mills, Kerri Chandler) and the "nouvelle vague" coming from Europe with labels such as Defected, Traxsource, Relief Records and so on. More generally, I like tech-house mostly and during my set I have the tendency to play also classic house and disco tracks.

If you like what you just read you can check out all my music on Soundcloud and Mixcloud (for monthly mixtapes) ?

Souncloud –> https://soundcloud.com/side-questmusic
Mixcloud–> https://www.mixcloud.com/sidequestmusic/


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


Initially, when I've started djing I had different tastes, probably because I was younger&dumber. When I've started my focus was about the rising EDM scene (2010/2011) and I thought Swedish House Mafia and Avicii were the best we would have ever had in electronic music. I spent afternoons and evenings improving my technique and I've also attended a dj class to learn the basics.

Thanks to my studies I've had the chance to spend two years in France, were my tastes were sharpened by the "French Touch":
I've discovered artists such as Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Sebastian Teller or Nicolas Jaar and these performers helped developing my musical background. After the French period I spent a year in the United States (Boston) and decided that tech house was going to be my primary genre. In the United States the house culture was way stronger than what I've seen in Europe, both concerning venues and guests. All these experiences lead me where I am now and I feel pretty satisfied concerning the past, and even more enthusiastic about the future.

Right now I'm trying to expand my musical knowledge by listening to several radio shows and trying to attend as much concerts as i can, and of course looking for gigs and possibilities to perform.


What´s new right now?


As said, I'm releasing my third track in February, "Alderan" which I consider my best work so far. There are a couple of tracks which are almost ready and could build an EP for Spring.

Moreover, I'm releasing monthly mixtapes with a selection of fresh tunes that are shared on the different digital platforms. I hope I'll be able to create a full album by the end of this year.

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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?



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



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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?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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



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



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



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/side-questmusic

https://twitter.com/sidequest_real

https://www.mixcloud.com/sidequestmusic/

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