Dany Cohiba Interview

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DANY COHIBA DJ Exclusive Interview.


1 When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early influences?

my first influences, when he started as a DJ, have been the funk and chicago house music , people like the D-Train, Marvin gaye, Kool & The Gang, Marshall Jefferson, Darryl Pandy, Steve “Silk” , Jellybean …

2 What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

The main challenges when I started working as a DJ, have been to get to work as a resident in a club, when you start you have to climb the steps, and the truth is that you have to be focused on offering the best of yourself.

Over time, the challenges change, and the main objective becomes to publicize your work as a producer through your sessions.

Being a dj compared to producing are two complementary things, since through your sessions as a DJ, you can make people know about your work as a producer, and the truth is to be able to be with people and see their reaction is a unique feeling.

3 How would you define the job and describe the influence of the DJ? How are the experience and the music transformed through your work?

The DJ has become a great music prescriber, and therefore has the power to influence and set trends.

The experience produces a transformation in your work, and you see how the public evolves, and their preferences. I always tried, within my style, to evolve to always offer something fresh

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4 What was your first set-up as DJ like? How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the

years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you?

My first set as a dj was ….. 30 years ago, at a private party in Barcelona, I remember that first time with 4 suitcases of 50 records each, which weighed a ton! and 3 Technics SL1200, in front of me waiting for the party to start.

With the times, we have evolved, the revolution of the CD and then of the mp3, made us almost obligatorily evolve all, and we went from vinyl to cd and from CD currently to digital format, at this moment, for me the Pioneer Dj CDJ2000 Nexus 2, is a very important and powerful tool, to be able to work since it offers me the possibility of being a dj and a producer at the same time in my sessions

the record companies stopped almost making records, with some exceptions and it seems that now there is a certain timid return to vinyl but I think it is a bit romantic

5 How do you make use of technology?

I use technology responsibly! What do I mean by that? I use it to be able to do things that were previously unthinkable in a session, but without abusing it, since the human touch I think should never be lost

6 Tell us about a normal day in your life and a day when you will perform as a DJ

A normal day in my life is to work at least 9 hours in the studio, and the rest I dedicate to relaxing with the family.

And one day when I have a session, the day before I prepare all the tracks, and the same day I try to be calm and not work on any project to focus on the session.

7 How do you prepare your live sets/gigs

I prepare my sets, in a methodical way, because when you are DJing, you have to have all your material prepared and ready to be able to give the best of you,

my planning is simple, always bring the best tracks, that fit what I want to offer, but I do not plan what and when I am going to put one or the other, if you plan a session as if it were a tracklist, it will almost certainly be a failure

8 What is your state of mind during a DJ set? What supports this ideal state of mind and what are distractions?

My state of mind is one of total concentration at work, offering the best of oneself. and see and make the audience enjoy.

The distractions are always the same, people who come to greet you or ask you for tracks, but I have an infallible method so that they don’t distract me;)

9 What are some of the considerations that go into deciding which track to play next? What makes two tracks a good fit? How far do you tend to plan ahead during a set?

Well, the truth is, you always decide which track is going to be the next, seeing and analyzing the reactions of the dance floor, if the tracks are good and you are a professional, any track can fit in with another, you just need to be professional and creative.

10 Would you say you see DJing as improvisation? As composition in the moment? Or as something entirely different from these terms?

I see it as a composition, but a composition with a certain improvisation, like the jazz of which I am a fan

11 How do playing music at home and presenting it in the club compare and relate? What can be achieved through them, respectively, and what do you personally draw from both?

When you play at home, you play what you like, and you allow yourself certain musical licenses that when you are in a club in front of your audience, you cannot.

Although many times, those sessions at home, make you come up with ideas and rescue some tracks

and then play them at the club.
DJing at home can be a wonderful laboratory

168w12 How would you describe the relationship between your choices and goals as a DJ and the expectations, desires and feedback of the audience? How does this relationship manifest itself during a performance and how do you concretely tap into it?

Well, luckily, 99% of my choices normally coincide with the taste of the audience, and it is manifested with the reaction of the audience, dancing and congratulating you, taking advantage of that synergy is very important to be able to be successful in your session.

13 Especially thanks to the storage facilities of digital media, DJ sets could potentially go on forever. Other than closing time, what marks the end of a DJ performance for you? What are the most satisfying conclusions to a set?

The end of a session apart from the closing time, of course, marks it when you see that people are already leaving the club, or you see that the people who remain, no longer dance but are simply there to fight or their state physical is already very damaged …

The best conclusion of a set is to know that people have enjoyed it to the fullest and that they go home happy and wanting to see you live again.

14 Art can be a purpose in its own right, but it can also directly feed back into everyday life, take on a social and political role and lead to more engagement. Can you describe your approach to art and being an artist?

My approach to art and being an artist was naturally, I always liked music, in fact I come from a family of musicians and I believe that art is an important channel, to bring people and cultures closer, in fact in my music I mix sounds from many different cultures, and I believe that from the position of artist we can and must be a link to unite and make a reality that art is universal

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