AUDIOGLIDER has been writing recording, and honing his craft for years. A teenager in the eighties, with dodgy haircuts to match, he saw Kraftwerk supported by the Human League , and straightaway fell in love with electronic music. During the 90’s he released tracks under a series of strange and possibly ill advised pseudonyms (such as Crystal, Backdoor Man, Autovelox & Pastaboy), before finally settling on the ethereal ‘Audioglider, ’ as a perfect name to encapsulate the essence of the music.
AUDIOGLIDER’s first break came with two exclusive tracks on Nick Warren’s GU30 Paris, to much critical acclaim, quickly followed by two EPs , Halcyon, and Slight Return, and remixes on Glenn Morrison’s digital label Morrison Recordings. More experimental output has been released on acclaimed German netlabel group, FOEM – www.foem.info, with the EPs, Sunspots and Circadian Express. An AUDIOGLIDER reworking of Introspective Directive’s ‘Nightfall’, was released on iLabel’s The Chillout Lounge Vol 3, in mid 2009, compiled by Chill Maestro, and ex Fragile State stalwart, Ben Mynott, who has been caning AUDIOGLIDER tunes on his regular Fluidnation Radio shows on Chill Radio, and Fire FM, as well as at the Big Chill.
Audioglider is a master of 80’s inspired downtempo, weaving a shoegazing sensibility together with a funk and dub based rhythm section, that’s not afraid to utilize some of the more interesting structures found in more club based music. He cites influences ranging from Ulrich Schnauss and Massive Attack, to Tori Amos and Talking Heads and you can hear shades of all of these in his music. His latest recordings are a fantastical blend of sounds – fans of John Metcalf, John Hendicott, Brian Eno and Tom Middleton’s Lifetracks will not be disappointed.
We got a chance to ask him our five questions, to see what he had to say and to let us in a little deeper into the world and mind of Audioglider. Thanks for taking the time, Roberto and can’t wait to see you at ADE!
Describe the moment when you realized you were meant to make music? Or even if not, “meant”, when did you decide to take the leap and go for it?
I’ve always had a hankering to make music or rhythm in some shape or form but we didn’t have the resources at home until we agreed to store a drum kit one of my parents’ friends had, in return forgiving me and my brother drum lessons. From there I was hooked……..tapping any surface with fingers to create rhythmic motifs, endless repetition of drumming to my favorite bands at the time, and consequently driving my parents and my neighbours mad……
Soon enough I joined local bands, didn’t want to just play covers, but also had a huge interest in punk and post punk – its was a brave new musical landscape with no rules and you didn’t need to be a virtuoso musician with $$$$ to create. I made demo tapes in my bedroom with a TEAC 4 track home studio, dreaming of a time when I could get the sounds I heard inside my head to a sonic reality – wanting to marry the ethereal splendour of Cocteau Twins, the powerful funk and sonics of Gang Of Four, and the electronics of Kraftwerk, early Human League and Cabaret Voltaire.
Fast Forward to 90s London where I found myself slap bang in the middle of another musical revolution – Acid House. I was a regular at haunts such as Ministry of Sound, Turnmills, The Cross, Heaven, The Drum Club and others. I immersed myself in sound and rhythm once more, and after a few years of spending most of my wages on 12 inch vinyl from Zoom Records in Camden, I managed to blag a gig in Berlin through some visiting Germans at Ministry of Sound. A crash course on the 1200s one afternoon in Zoom Records later, I made my way to Berlin with a bag of records, headphones and some Dutch courage. I was hooked again!
Describe your career at one year in, three years in, and now. Where is it headed from here?
I’d been plugging away using rudimentary loop based software such as eJay and later Acid, for a couple of years, learning about structure and releasing music on a few netlabels, as well as contributing to the music community site – Acidplanet – a bit like Soundcloud in it’s time. Around this time I was dabbling in all sorts of styles and trying to find my voice. Speculatively, I sent a couple of my better received compositions, Whiskers and Zusammenallein, to Global Underground as Nick Warren was looking for new music for his upcoming GU30 Paris album. A month or so later, I heard back that he wanted BOTH of them. I was bowled over. It still boggles my mind – it’s all been downhill from there – lol.
Coincidentally, on the same disc were Tripswitch and Joey Fehrenbach, two amazing producers whose company and talent I got to know further since those times, through reciprocal remixing of each others work, which we still continue today. Tripswitch was looking for new music for his eclectic downtempo label, Section Records, and he checked out a few of my originals on Soundcloud, and we decided to put together my first artist album called Accidental Beauty, of tracks I had amassed over the previous 3 years – that same time, he submitted one of my tracks to Nick Warren for a Renaissance Masters compilation, which was kindly accepted. I had to pinch myself.
I’m busier than ever with music production, and in the last year or two, have got back into DJing. The move from vinyl to digital was difficult to start with, but I’m getting the hang of it, and improving every time – with that my confidence. I still produce and create downtempo tracks, but also have upped the tempo creating more progressive house styles, with echoes of all my musical influences. I have been kindly mentored by the Modern Agenda family and played a couple of showcases in the UK and Holland so far, with more to come!
What changes did you go through as an artist and in your personal life, do you find you have changed as a person over the years you’ve been an active artist? If yes, how so?
Gosh – I have changed massively – I became a father 12 years ago, and having a family forces you to reprioritise, especially during the early years of a child’s life – late nights on the dancefloor or at house parties were swapped for early mornings changing nappies (diapers). It also meant that I had to find a musical outlet – which is how I turned to production – and these days you don’t need a complex set up. A laptop, decent studio headphones and decent studio speakers to mixdown. It also means I can be flexible where and when I make music – during lunch break in my day job, overnight stays for work – no problem – the hotel room becomes your studio.
As an artist I think I have found my voice somewhat but always developing, always pushing on. I’m quite an introvert, and social media, for all its bad press recently, has been an incredible way to connect with and collaborate with like minded souls – and as such, it has helped me find confidence in my work and the drive to do more.
What is your greatest source of inspiration and how do you get yourself in a creative mood when you aren’t feeling especially inspired?
Well as I mentioned, I try to fit music around my days / commitments as they unfold, so if there is a gap, then I can fill it with a project or remix or sketch out a radio mix. I have learned however, that things don’t always flow, and when that happens, sometimes you’ve just got to close down the DAW and walk away. Coming back to it the next day or day after works better for me than trying to force the issue. My greatest inspiration, is that when I open up the workstation, then nothing else matters – the outside world is shut out and when you achieve flow the tracks almost write themselves, effortless, frictionless – it’s such a buzz. That place is my happy place!
Where can people find your work online (social links) and what are the details for any upcoming gigs and/or releases?
I have been lucky enough to land a regular slot on Frisky Radio for my show Interstellar, showcasing melodic, spectral, yet tough progressive house styles which you can find here:
I also have a Soundcloud Channel where you can check out unreleased material and mixes of mine both downtempo and uptempo styles
And I do have a Facebook page which I try to update as much as I can.
I have a second collaborative album coming out in September, with my pal and melodic maven, Xspance, aka Myles Webb, on Section Records – like Orbital meets Sasha having dinner with Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. Can’t wait for this to be unleashed.
I’ve also got releases lined up for the rest of this year on Emotional Content, Pro B Tech, Krafted, Stellar Fountain, Tarnished Tracks, Droid 9 which should keep me busy and out of trouble.
DJ dates so far are in London & Amsterdam in October with Progressive Astronaut, and Modern Agenda, but hopefully more to come. Can’t wait!!