Interview with DJ/Producer Andrea Carrozza

Born in Italy, Andrea Carrozza is a House, Afro House and Techno DJ/Producer currently based in Zurich, Switzerland where he grew up. Having gotten his start while still attending school at the age of fourteen, Andrea has always been drawn to electronic music genres.Completely self-taught, he has learned through experience as well as trial and error, using the numerous musicians who have inspired him as a springboard for learning and exploring.

We got the chance to speak to Andrea and found out a little more about him.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
The first time I was inspired was when Cedric Zeyenne, a Swiss producer and friend, brought me into his studio when I was 13. It fascinated me and the atmosphere struck me! Since then I was so inspired that I started by DJing for the first time.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
I was very into EDM in the beginning. In 2013 I started experimenting with different genres and I discovered my passion for Afro House. Since then I’ve been focusing more on music. It took me two years to create that brand known as Andrea Carrozza.

Please list some of the most influential artist on your creative outlook and output:
Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Daft Punk, Black Coffee are my biggest inspirations.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
I often use my old baby Virus TI to create the sounds on my tracks. To fix and edit the sounds I use UAD plug & wave plug-ins and I really love the new Slate Digital software.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
I am very inspired by travelling, I like to see other cultures and discover places. This affects my music in different ways. I sometimes sit in the studio and experiment with different sounds and local artists I discover around the world, which in turn motivates and inspires me again.

What is your opinion on the ever spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Everything has his positive and negative aspects, but I think it is more on a positive note because it gives more possibilities for artists and listeners to focus towards one specific genre they like. For me personally, I don’t  think there can be too many genres, because music is one language.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
For me as an artist it is important to be active in the studio, because this helps me to create music and strengthen my brand. Playing live in front of an audience gives me the possibility to show the world what I created and interact with them, so I guess if I would have to choose between the two I would say performing with a live audience.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
Art and business are strongly related in the music scene. You have to be your own business to share your art to the right people.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
Myself 😉

I think there are many good artists, however, I am focusing on my own brand at the moment. Through my label AVES I give the artist the opportunity to share their music.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
You can expect a lot of new music in the next months. To be up to date be sure you follow me on the social media platforms.

Famous last words?
Talk less, do more!

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