From slow deep house to aggressive progressive, Sebastian Busto is ready to take listeners on a trip through Moonlight
Sebastian Busto’s elegant and melodic approach to progressive has been making his music stand out among the crowd, spreading his sound across his native Argentina and to the rest of the world. As a producer, his experience with traditional music has given him an ear for musicality and song structure that extends beyond the average, drawing the ear of notable labels such as Sudbeat, MNL, The Soundgarden, Dreamers, Asymmetric, Balkan Connection, and many more.
With emotions and storytelling as vital ingredients within the music that he creates, the same can be said for his DJ sets. By developing a flowing selection of different yet familiar moments, all intertwining for a complete soulful experience, Sebastian Busto’s mixes are designed to leave a lasting impact on the listener. While representing often in Argentina, this year has also seen Sebastian playing in fellow progressive loving country Hungary, where his deep and meaningful music finds another home.
Now Sebastian Busto is coming to a new home on FRISKY, where his new show Moonlight will feature a 2-hour journey that allows him to truly open up, experiment, and express the wide range of emotions that can be found through electronic music.
It was such a pleasure to catch up with Sebastian Busto before the launch of his show – read on & find out why:
It’s very interesting to read about your in depth education and experience with music since you were very young – how do you think your traditional musical background influences your work with electronic music?
Hello, Lauren. Thank you very much for offering me this interview!
Well, I think that my traditional education, as you call it, is influencing me more every day. It’s good to clarify that I come from rock, from playing in bands, from writing songs. I have done that for many years. And one of the things that has cost me the most in the first moments of my approach to electronic music is to incorporate this new structure, where there are no chorus, no great harmonic variations, and the accent is placed especially in the groove and in the rhythmic aspects. Honestly, it took me a while to feel completely comfortable in the composition of electronic music because the method of composition is completely different from what I was used to, it’s almost the opposite. But luckily and after a lot of work, nowadays I feel I have already interpreted well enough how a progressive track has to be developed from the rhythmic and structural point of view in order to work well in a set and on a dance floor. So today I am allowing myself to return every day more to my backgrounds and to deepen more in the melodic aspects and the harmony without losing the groove. And I think with the new releases that is becoming a bit my mark, what people expect from me and what I do better: tracks loaded with melody and musicality.
I’d love to hear about that moment in 2002 when you heard Hernan Cattaneo at Creamfields, I imagine it left quite an impact?
Hernán Cattaneo was one of the DJs that determined my passion for electronic music and my way of understanding it. That set was very moving for me, not only because of the music, but because the general atmosphere of the Argentine electronic scene in those years was totally free and beautiful. I went with one of my best friends at three in the afternoon, and at six in the morning we continued dancing. It was an unforgettable day, and the big moment of that night was the set of Hernán, who was going through a super expansive moment, settling definitively on the world scene as one of the greatests DJs. I am convinced that a lot of what I try to generate as a DJ today I learned during those years in which I had the opportunity to listen to Cattaneo very often in a club environment. I know that I am truly privileged to have been able to hear some of his legendary warm ups from artists as great as Sasha, Oakenfold or Dave Seaman. The way in which Hernán conducted his sets at that time was as extraordinary as today’s. After being part of the scene as a clubber for almost 20 years, I can assure you that I never heard a DJ better than him.
And how amazing to have a release on his label coming up soon! I think that is so special, and something so wonderful about the underground electronic music world. Can you tell us more about this release?
Release an EP in Sudbeat is a dream to be fulfilled by every producer that is dedicated to the progressive in the world. I am very proud of having achieved it. And I have the extra joy of being released by Sudbeat three of the best tracks I’ve done so far. I am trying to define my sound and give it an increasingly personal character, but at the same time keeping an eye on the direction in which the industry is going. So I would dare to say that they are tracks that sound very current. Today the two genres that I find most interesting are deep house and progressive, and I am looking to generate a kind of synthesis, which allows me to move from one genre to another in a fluid and organic way. I think “Ipanema” is the track where that attempt was made better than in any other I’ve done so far. I could say it’s my new favorite, I know I’m going to play it a lot on the next gigs.
The last thing I would like to say in relation to the EP is that not only I am infinitely grateful to the maestro Hernán Cattaneo for this opportunity, but that gratitude and admiration also extends to Graziano Raffa who is carrying out a masterful work in the label.
What do you think are the most definitive aspects of your style as a DJ & Producer?
A little I said above: melodies and musicality. What can also be expressed negatively: I try not to do monotonous tracks. I like that the track tells a story, a small trip, and I add in each one many more elements that are probably perceived at first sight. Do not abuse of copy / paste, even in the most elementary things of the groove of each track, I always change the smallest things. And as a DJ maybe I can say the same. I look for the set to have different moments, sometimes dark, sometimes happy, sometimes quiet and sometimes super-energetic. I understand perfectly that the monotony often contributes to generate a certain hypnotic feeling, that is something fantastic to create in a club (I respect very much to the DJs who do that well), but it is not my style. If I feel that half an hour ago I am listening to the same thing I get bored. I like the movement, in the sets and in the songs.
Is there something that you’d like to hear more of from the scene right now?
Not really. I have to say that I’m really excited about the great talent that is displayed every month in the world. I listen to small masterpieces every week.
I think it’s a fantastic time to be a DJ and a music lover in general.
What do you enjoy most about the creative process?
Contrary to what the idealist imaginary usually believes about the creative process, it is not totally pleasant. It has a lot of struggle, effort, doubt, and frustration. Sometimes I end up emotionally exhausted in the search for new ideas that do not appear. That’s why there are two moments that I really enjoy. First: the moment of inspiration where the track is truly born, manifests itself and takes on its own identity. The rest is pure skill, craftsmanship, know how to dress the track, mix it well, correct it until it looks good. There are aspects of the process that are very rational, even mathematical. But the inspiration is different, something a little magical, that there is no way to force, and when it arrives it is wonderful. You need both to have a good track: inspiration and craft. The second moment that I enjoy the most is when the track is 100% finished and I hear it complete for the first time, in my bed, with closed eyes and headphones at full volume. The feeling of having created something that you like a lot is as beautiful as it is difficult to explain.
What is the most difficult part for you, and how do you overcome it?
Without doubt the hardest part is the blank sheet, the starting point of a new track. Especially because I usually try to make a new track immediately after finishing the previous one, and maybe I do not give myself the necessary rest to start the whole process over again. The way I overcome the brief stagnation is with a mixture of hard work and patience. I accept as part of the process the possibility of being all day in front of the pc without achieving anything. I trusted that the next day the ideas will appear, and luckily for now they always appeared.
Can you share some of your favorite moments and future goals in your musical career?
There are so many… The first thing that comes to my mind are my two experiences in Europe, especially the experience of both times in the city of Budapest, at the Legendary Moments parties. The love that I always receive from the people of Hungary is so great, that it is something that today I use as a motor in my life to try to improve myself as an artist and keep growing more and more. I always have a desire to return to Budapest.
Here in Argentina I really enjoy playing in Hooking, a small club in Buenos Aires, which is in the neighborhood of Palermo. The sound, the audience, the people who organize the cycle, all contribute to make my best sets in that club. It is without doubt one of the cabins that I enjoy the most, I feel at home.
As a producer, this year I have conquered two immense dreams, which I experienced at the same time as a great recognition and a reward for so many years of uninterrupted effort and dedication: to release in Sudbeat and The Soundgarden. It is something that not only has a great professional impact for me, but there is also a symbolic dimension that came into play in the moment when two of my idols of youth gave me such a big support. That Nick Warren and Hernán Cattaneo have bet on my sound allowing me to release my music on their labels is something that I will always be proud of.
On the other hand, having had the honor of kicking off Dreamers, the label of Fernando Ferreyra, is another thing that makes me feel that I am on the right track. The support that Fernando has given me in the last years is very deep, and having given me the responsibility of taking charge of the first release of Dreamers filled me with joy.
And last but not least, having my own radio show on FRISKY is a dream come true. I can not be happier about it.
How would you describe the concept of Moonlight, and what do you aim to share through the show?
Although I’ve had a radio show for years, it’s the first time I have the opportunity to have a two-hour slot. That makes me very happy, because my taste as a DJ go from a very slow deep house, to an aggressive progressive (or even some techno), and it is very difficult to make such a radical journey in just one hour without leaving something out or without hitting jumps too big. In Moonlight I’m going to show music that’s always very new, that reaches my heart, and of mostly underground artists. The deep house and the progressive are going to be, without a doubt, the protagonists in all the sets. And of course I’m going to take advantage to release some of my original productions and remixes. I hope it’s the beginning of a long journey with FRISKY!