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5 Music Making Tips: Pitto

Reported by JontySkrufff on July 15, 2011

Upcoming Dutch producer Pitto recently released his debut album ‘Objects In A Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear’ on Jooris Voorn’s Green Recordings, cementing his status as one of Holland’s most talented and creative next wave tech/house stars.  (Click here to listen to the album on Soundcloud; 

Skruff: I make music because . . . 

Pitto: “I slowly became interested in dance music when I was a youngster, I lived near the eastern border region of Holland and used to listen a lot to a German radio station (somewhere in Nordrein Westfalen as far as I can remember) and recorded a lot of tapes filled with house music. Before that, I listened a lot to hip-hop. What really made me switch to dance music was listening to the Prodigy; their Voodoo People record.

Then when I was around 16/17 I had a close friend whose uncle was a house DJ in Germany (Mista B) and we often joined him to visit underground clubs. For us as teenagers that was quite an event and of course we felt really cool to have this experience. Later on I bought my turntables, started DJing and producing and organising events and festivals.” 

Skrufff: The best way to overcome a creative block is . . . 

Pitto: “Drinking beer and partying a lot. No, falling in love with a girl. Sometimes it works to give the music some time- to take a break from it. Work on a project, let it rest, hear it again and then finish it. Sometimes it’s ready in 5 minutes. Getting inspiration helps, of course, like for instance attending museums or theatres or gig venues. 

For example, I was attending a museum fashion exhibition once and I heard this voice somewhere and it attracted me like a magnet, so I sat down to watch an art movie made by Anna Nicole Ziesche. It was called “Childhood Storage” and it immediately entered my state of mind and I stayed there for a while. Later I contacted Anna Nicole and explained to her how it affected me and asked if I could use it for my album. She was excited about this idea, which was great. It’s a nice example how art influences art in a way and I’m very proud of the resulting album track.”

Skrufff: I started taking making music seriously when . . . 

Pitto: “I was around 24, moved to a city called Utrecht and had a office job and was organising gigs/parties and doing the dishes and seeing friends and basically working for 80 hours a week. After a year or so, I finally made the change to stop working at the office job and focus on music and organising events. 

Then I had my first releases such as “Sexvibe” on Area Remote and “Feelin’” on Rejected and slowly I started working on my debut album. This period, the last 3 years, was when I really started making music seriously by producing a real album. It all started just after “Feelin’” was signed to Rejected, at the same time I sent a bunch of tracks to Joris Voorn and he came up with the brilliant idea to do a whole album. 

I think over the last two years he would have wished to never asked me to do this because with a original line-up of over 40 tracks we slowly cut them down and I re-worked them to just 20, and then re-worked them some more into the final track-listing of 13. It wasn’t really a fast project I can assure you. But hey, I survived and Joris and Edwin Ooosterwal (his label partner) did too. 

I did feel a rush of relief putting this thing to bed though. It never concerned me that this was going to be my debut, the real pressure came in the final production, the polishing of the tracks over and over again, and having to force myself to cut off and accept that they were finished.  I created a lot of great collaborations and worked with great musicians who appear on the album: Leonie Muller, Alice Rose, Manu Delago, Lilian Hak, Wout Smeets and Anna Nicole Ziesche.

Skrufff: The best music-making tip I ever heard was . . .

Pitto: From listening to “Bonobo   – Days To Come. It was actually almost impossible to choose one album by Bonobo, I've listened to all of their music so much. ‘Day's To Come’ has the song ’Recurring’, but ‘Dial M For Monkey’ has ‘Flutter’, for example, and both are out of this world. I've listened to this album the most times on holiday, driving around in a car through the mountains. I don’t think it will ever bore me; it’s timeless. ‘Days To Come’ has inspired me a lot throughout the recent years, it might even have been the CD I was listening to when I looked in my mirror during a holiday and found the actual title for my album. Inspiration can come along at the most unexpected moments.”

Skrufff: The secret of writing great music is . . . 

Pitto: “Experiencing a lot. But that’s my secret. It’s hard to say if my music is great though. Inspiration, I can find in many ways, like for instance, all these great collaborations and working with all these great musicians and artists who have appeared on my album. But the main inspiration for the album is love. Love for music and love for special people. Music with a soul is what counts for me.”

Pitto’s album ‘Objects In A Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear’ is out now on Green Recordings (click here to listen on Soundcloud; 

More Pitto links; 

Pitto’s official video for Every Second Of You: 

Pitto on Facebook:!/justpitto 

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