Interview: Mario Ochoa talks about his new sounds and his presentation at Club Vertigo

We managed to talk to Mario Ochoa, Colombian DJ and Producer, before his presentation at Club Vertigo in downtown Costa Rica, and here is what he said.

 

Audio Transcript:

Us:
Welcome back to Costa Rica Mario, we are glad to have you once again in Club Vertigo. How do you feel about your upcoming presentation at Vertigo?

Mario:
Actually very happy, it has been around a year and a half since my last visit to Costa Rica and I’ve been eager to come back especially this club which is some of a kind.

Us:
When did you arrive? Did you take a flight after an event, what was Mario Ochoa doing before arriving CR (Costa Rica)?

Mario:
No, actually I’ve been working on the studio for the past whole week, so I just flew to CR straight from home (Medellin, Colombia).

Us:
Tell us about it… here, the clubbers are very excited about today’s presentation because they know that your sound has really evolved compared to past years, and now with the soundcheck you just did, how do you feel?

Mario:
Well, I’m normally relaxed, I never prepare beforehand my sets, I always play based on the crowd’s reaction and by actually reading it. Overall in my career, I’ve never been caged in a genre, my sound has been commercial and underground as you can imagine. I’m not into such type of beliefs in where people say or think that if you’re in one genre you can’t move to another one. In the end, this is a business (he laughs :D) and it pays the bills and you need to go with the flow and not against it.

This is a subject talk I often have with people, I think Tech House’s sounds bored me, as a producer one seeks to be creative and the Tech House sounds that have been produced in the past years firstly, are super commercial, and secondly, they are been made using a really basic formula. People are using the same samples or just re-utilizing some old sample, and that’s today’s sound in my opinion. But for me those sound aren’t creative enough, that’s why I moved to a genre that allows me to be more creative.

Us:
You’ve mentioned some interesting subjects, the always present debate between the underground scene and the commercial one. People are used to the commercial music you have made over the past years, tell us what we can expect from you this time?

Mario:
Probably nothing of that (he laughs a lot 😄referring to his old sounds)

Us:
So it would be full of underground sounds this time?

Mario:
Actually not only Underground sounds. It simply is not going to be the same genre as in the past. But you know that’s another talk I had the other day, you would think people are not used (to his new sounds). But I’m nerdy! I look at my stats and I have significant followers from CR and lots of people really come looking for the new sounds I’ve been working on. Like I always say, you can’t live homesickness, yeah I probably will play one or two of my old tunes but people already know I’m now into Techno, and that’s what I played a year and a half ago, so people know what to expect.

Us:
Actually, I wanted to highlight that (his past experience playing Techno at Costa Rica). People say you feel like at home playing at Vertigo and people identifies with your music.

Mario:
Costa Rica’s crowd is so good! The feedback from the crowd was amazing the last time I played here, it’s a great crowd.

Us:
Finally, tell us what you expect from tonight and what we can expect from you?

Mario:
Well really good music and energy from my part, I already rested from the flight, so yeah it’s will be a great night!

Us:
Excellent! well looks like it will be a Pura Vida night then! We are glad to have you back and are eager for tonight’s show. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us

Mario:
My pleasure

 

Listen to the audio interview (audio in spanish)

 

Audio Interview: Eliecer Carvajal, from BassTrack Radio Online

Audio Transcript: Ariel Ibarra, from Underground Kollektive Radio