Pedro Del Mar Talks In-Depth About His Career So Far!


Pedro Del Mar, an established name in Trance music worldwide both as a DJ and a producer, but also as a label owner and radio programmer.

With a career behind the decks which has taken him from the USA to China, Ibiza to South Africa and beyond… over sixty countries to be exact, Pedro Del Mar is a DJ who’s international reputation is renowned thanks to his Balearic and Uplifting influenced Trance set’s which also delve into the styles of Progressive and an edge of House.

The true scale of how popular a DJ Pedro Del Mar is, is shown by the fact that he has twice appeared in the top two hundred of the prestigious DJ Mag poll and (for a good number of years now) has had a place in the top fifty DJ’s on thedjlist.com.

As a producer Pedro Del Mar has had numerous hit singles and remixes with a whole foray of the biggest labels in the scene, including the likes of Sony, Jive, Armada Music, Magic Island Records, Black Hole Recordings and In Trance We Trust. His tracks have received support from the worlds elite, with names such as Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Emery, Paul van Dyk and Roger Shah, all keen followers of the Pedro Del Mar sound.

Not to miss out on yet another feather to the cap of Pedro Del Mar, his Mellomania brand is a worldwide sensation with a huge radio pull on both terrestrial and internet stations worldwide. Add to this his well received and ever-popular Mellomania compilations and the fact that he is the managing director of Shah-Music (Germany) and you have a real showing of what this guy can do.

Even though the year 2011 has just started, his releases schedule is already completely filled with new singles on Armada, Black Hole, High Contrast and Shah-Records and with three album releases over the next months he might belong to the busiest producers around the circuit. And after having had a gig break in 2010 due to familiar reasons, he is already touring again the world’s continents.

http://www.pedrodelmar.com
http://www.mellomania.com

BACKGROUND

Rachel Rixham:
Our readers would love to know how this prestigious musical career began for you, what age would you say music started to really influence you, and can you remember the artists you would relate to you the most back then?

Pedro Del Mar:
It all started when listening to Dancefloor in the early 90s, with bands like Snap, La Bouche, Haddaway and so on.

Around 94/95 I spent the first nights in real dance clubs confronted with the real club music, especially due to my brothers DJ gigs and residencies, by that time I wasn’t sure I wanted to become a DJ. However, I needed money to pay for my driving license, so I started working as a LJ (light jockey) in Stuttgarts, the most popular club “Zenit” where Roger was a resident, playing 10 hours sets every weekend.

One day the boss came up to me and told me that they needed a warm up DJ and without asking, he told me I should do it or I can look as well for another club as a LJ. So that was where my own DJ career began.

The artists that influenced and inspired me most was and still is my brother. Not that I try to copy him or whatever, but I’m really impressive by how he works and the quality he gives out.

Rachel:
Who started the musical journey first yourself or Roger? and do you feel you have both helped to influence each other along the way?

Pedro:
Definitely Roger. I think he started working on his first tracks when he was 17 or 18. And as he is a few years older, he started before me. I would even say that I would not be in the music industry if he wouldn’t have been himself.  When I started as a professional in the music industry it was really great to work with him, originally I was doing the business side of the work, whilst he did the creative part in the studio. Has been a great win-win situation for both sides next to a lot of fun!

Rachel:
In addition to the above question, in what way would you say your parents have helped support you, have they always been in full support or was there a time, they became a little worried that this wasn’t the best option for you?

Pedro:
They do definitely have their part in the success we had over the years. It was them who launched the Shah-Music company in the mid 90s to give Roger and later myself our own platform to release tracks. That is definitely one of the secrets of today’s success, that we have always been independent from others and could always do whatever we wanted to do including developing our own styles.

Rachel:
When starting out things can be really tough, what would you say has been the most challenging moment, and how did you get yourself through it?

Pedro:
I’d say that was around 8 or 9 years ago. We previously had a lot of success in Germany and with my first Pedro Del Mar single called “Harder?!” we had the first global hit single with sales charts entries around the world and a commercial release in more than 60 countries on all major labels like Universal, Warner, Sony, Jive but also Black Hole and so on.  It was the time when club music became really commercial and when the end of the amazing German club scene started by all those low quality cover versions.

We in our team discussed what to do, should we become millionaires (what could have easily happened) with music we don’t like ourselves or should we stay straight and keep pushing for high quality music whilst releasing on the cool international labels like Black Hole or Armada music, as well as doing the quality and cool stuff on our own labels. So yeah we’ve chosen that international way and had some hard years, but we always believed in us and in the end all went fine.

READERS QUESTION:

Sudipta:
What inspires you the most for trance and what keeps you going?

Pedro:
Life! Life inspires me most. The most important thing in music are emotions. The daily life and what is happening in my own life in my environment but also my experiences when I’m on tour do inspire me a lot. I’m always trying to process my experiences in my tracks and during my sets.

I don’t wanna judge other music styles like Techno as all styles do have their right to exist, but in trance with all its sub-categories you can express best your feelings and emotions through nice melodies or emotional vocals.

For me the trance music is the most emotional music on earth, even though I have to say that I’m personally very open minded and do also like a lot of other electronic styles but also some Rock or Pop bands. As long a track or a band touches me, I like it.

PRODUCTION & SETUP

Rachel:
Can you remember your first release? If so, what was it called and how much would you say your music has changed over the years?

Pedro:
Sure it was “DJ 2L8 – La Chica”, it was released around the time when I started DJing. The tune itself didn’t change my life at all, but the music has changed a lot. Today I’m happy that I can produce and release whatever I want. I’m really open-minded and also love progressive-house music even though my heart will always stay trancy.

Rachel:
For those small few not acquainted with your work, name 3 tracks you’ve released that they should check out?

Pedro:
Pedro Del Mar feat. Emma Nelson – Feel [Pulsive Media]
Pedro Del Mar feat. Ridgewalkers – Tears Of The Dragon [Magic Island/Armada]
Cold Blue & Del Mar – 11 Days/Seven Ways [Black Hole]

Rachel:
Your studio set-up can you tell us a bit about that?

Pedro:
Honestly I’m working on a small set-up. I used to work with Roger in his studio or with other music friends like DJ Cosmo or Ole Van Bohm. Since 15 months I’m working on my own with a 100% PC setup.

I started working on Ableton, but working today on Cubase and actually thinking of purchasing the new Cubase 6 which seems to be really amazing. But as I was used to work Mac based with Logic and as most of my friends to use it, I guess that sooner or later I will return back to Logic.

READERS STUDIO QUESTION:

Sebastian:
What VST plugins would you recommend?

Pedro:
There are a lot of great VSTs out there. But must haves are: Native Instruments Komplete, Sylenth, Refx Nexus, Omnisphere. If you ask me, these four are essential for every club music producer!

RADIO

Rachel:
Your radio show Mellomania has been an inspiration for many over the years, not to mention gathered ample support from fans worldwide, can you describe to our readers what the Mellomania show is about, and what people can expect when tuning in for the very first time?

Pedro:
I’m actually running three different Mellomania Shows:
1. “Mellomania Deluxe”: based on the original show concept we’ve launched 10 years ago, it is a two hours show concept. First hour is Progressive House, Progressive Trance, Balearic and slightly Trance followed by a “Mellomania Chillout Moment” whilst the second hour is 100% emotional and euphoric Trance ending with a “Remembering The Good Old Days Classic”.

2. “Mellomania Vocal Trance Anthems”: launched three years ago it seems to be the world’s most successful Vocal EDM show. During the weekly 60mins you can expect a mix of the latest upfront promos and the biggest vocal anthems of all times.

3. “Mellomania International”: monthly two hours show with first hour mixed by myself and specials in the second hour or guests incl. Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk and others.

Rachel:
Furthermore where can everyone catch the latest episodes?

Pedro:
Due to the legal situation that some labels like Armada don’t allow podcasts with their tunes I don’t have an official podcast on ITunes as I wanna keep the tracklists full with the highest quality and don’t wanna spend thoughts of any legal situations. So the easiest thing is to tune in to the shows every Monday evening:

Mondays 20.00-22.00 CET: Mellomania Deluxe on http://www.etn.fm
Mondays 22.00-23.00 CET: Mellomania Vocal Trance Anthems on http://www.di.fm (Vocal Channel) You also find all syndicated stations in more than 30 countries for all shows on http://www.mellomania.com

LABEL & ALBUM

Rachel:
What’s on the way? any exclusive information you can give us on upcoming releases from your labels?

Pedro:
The upcoming weeks and months will bring busy days for me as we have amazing tracks on all three labels in the pipeline. Next to many great single releases you can expect several compilations and artist albums, incl. four artist albums in the chillout/ambient style but also numerous new own Pedro Del Mar releases.

Rachel:
Mellomania 20 – firstly congratulations on your 20th Jubilee – We can see quite clearly from the track list that this is a celebratory edition, how long did it take you to put this compilation together from start to finish?

Pedro:
It might sound crazy but I already started working on it straight after the release of MM19 back in November. I always try to have the tracklist as exclusive as possible with as many unreleased tracks as possible mixed with some of the biggest tunes of the moment, so I’m always scouting new talents or new tracks for the next editions. So I would say it took me around 5 months with the key work from December till February.

Rachel:
I’ve always been really impressed by the exotic Mellomania artwork, who designs the CD covers for you?

Pedro:
The previous 19 Mellomania releases have been produced by a German guy called Dirk Mertins on behalf of Klubbstyle Records and by Mellomania 20 we have two different artworks. One for the world, designed by Hugo from Black Hole and the German one in the old design by Dirk.

Rachel:
You said let me quote “The CD is divided in two parts reflecting the styles of the global Mellomania radio shows, which also reflects my DJ gigs”. Can you tell us more?

Pedro:
As already mentioned I’m really open-minded as a consumer but also as an artist. I don’t like being limited within a certain style. Even though Trance still plays a key role in my sets, I also love Progressive House and other styles too.

Whilst CD1 is 100% emotional and euphoric Trance, CD2 includes various influences, starting with Progressive House going over Balearic tunes and ending with Progressive Trance or even Trance tunes. It’s similar to my current DJ sets, I don’t wanna play 2 or 3 hours the same style of music or doing the same BPM but taking the people on a journey through various influences, sometimes a bit slower, sometimes faster or even an edge harder, but always emotional.

Rachel:
You’ve also mentioned “The majority of the 38 tunes from the album stem from across the world and are exclusive and unreleased so far”. Tough question for you, name 5 tracks from this superb compilation that you feel reflect the Mellomania vibe the most? Can you also give us a brief description of the 5 chosen.

Pedro:
That’s not fair as it is hard to choose just five of the many exclusive tunes, but let’s give it a try:

1. Pedro Del Mar & illitheas – Bahia Del Sol: the official anthem of the MM20 and opener of CD1. Orchestral introduction ending in an euphoric trance anthem.
2. C-Systems – Love Again: really dreamy and sunny vocal tune!
3. Spark7 & Magdalene – Rebirth: It is no secret that Spark7 is one of the biggest talents in my eyes and he joined forces for this tune with 16 years old (!) Magdalene who composed this piano line!
4. illitheas – Another Day: illitheas is such an outstanding talent. He has this special feeling for emotional breakdowns and euphoric melodies. His new solo single is another master piece and I’m sure it will make its way on the world’s biggest playlists.
5. Alphadelta – Sandcastle: really sunny trance anthem. Already doing fantastic on all my gigs!

Rachel:
3 words that best describe the Mellomania 20 compilation experience?

Pedro:
Sunny, emotional, mellomanic

FUTURE & SPECIAL

Rachel:
Finally, with the compilation complete, what can we next expect? Any exclusive information you can share with us?

Pedro:
I’m already working on my new “Pedro Del Mar – Playa Del Lounge Vol. 2” on Black Hole Recordings. It will feature 100% unreleased exclusive tunes in the styles of Chillout, Ambient, Downbeat, Acoustic and Lounge Music incl. the one or the other own track. But producers from around the world are welcome to submit their unreleased tunes for this album as I’m just starting now and most spots are still open.

Next to this I’m releasing various own singles incl. the ones taken from the Mellomania 20 album but also some more tracks I didn’t announce yet. And it can also happen that I’m releasing my first solo artist album at the end of the year or early next year, we will see.

On the gig front I’m trying to tour in as many countries as possible and I’m also happy to give my debut for Gatecrasher in April in Singapore!

READERS GENERAL QUESTIONS:

Shrey Shah:
Any chance we will see more colabs with Roger Shah?

Pedro:
We would love to do but our schedules do not allow it this year. Roger just finished his new outstanding artist album with some really huge collaborations and he won’t do any other tracks aside of the releases taken from the album over the next 18 months. But we will see what will happen then! We are definitely both up for it!

Dipesh:
The concept of Mellomania (train of sound) – whose idea was it?

Pedro:
I don’t know if i invented this kind of party but it was my idea to launch the “Mellomania Train Of Sound” event series as part of my exclusive and smaller events. Originally i wanted to tour internationally with this concept but it is not that easy to realize as you need a lot of permissions to host such a party. That’s why i did it so far in Germany only.

Daniel Huber:
What has been your greatest accomplishment in your life thus far?

Pedro:
That’s hard to say especially as I don’t like judging my own work, but what I’m really proud of is that I can say that I didn’t produce anything so far just for economical reasons but I’ve always been honest to myself.

Rachel:
Any special words for friends, and fans who have supported you along the way?

Pedro:
I really wanna thank all Mellomaniacs all around the world who have supported me for more than a decade. The feedback and comments keep me on form 100%. Without your support we would not be doing this interview about the Mellomania 20 CD album.

I’m really thankful about how nice you’re treating me over the years and I really hope to give you a bit in return with this CD or with my gigs or radio shows. I do really appreciate your great support! – Thank you!

Mellomania 20 is out now in all stores online – you can find out more here and read our latest reviewright here

Links of Interest
http://www.pedrodelmar.com
http://www.blackholerecordings.com
http://www.facebook.com/mellomania
http://www.facebook.com/pedrodelmar

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