What is your DAW of choice?

I’m using Ableton because it’s so easy to organise and has distinctive features that are perfect for what I need.

Has that always been the case, or did you start with a different program?

I’ve always used Ableton

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What attracted you to this particular program?

Ableton has a unique match of tools, like “time warp”, “pitch shift” and “time stretch” in real time and it’s hard to find these characteristics in the other programs.

How did you get into music production?

I started very young: I was just 15 years old when I did my first Vinyl. Music is part of my DNA: my father is a musician and I grew up soaking it all in.

Are you self-taught, did you go to school, learn from a mentor, etc?

I went to a music school for 5 years!

How old were you?

I was just 14 years old.

Any early influences?

Sure! Absolutely the sound of the 70’s and 80’s for the warm and hot vibes. Trying to replicate them digitally is a kind of exciting thing.

Any classical music training?

Yes, classic piano for 5 years!

Do you play any musical instruments anything aside from playing music?

I play the piano and Synthesizers.

Have you ever produced under any other names or aliases?

Yes. I started in 2000 with the Phunk Investigation project. We had many No.1s in the UK and USA with tracks like “Flawless” and “Stellar Project”. We also made many collaborations with great artists like Danny Tenaglia, John Acquaviva – It was a great time, we got big support from Pete Tong, Carl Cox, BBC Radio 1 and SiriusXM.

How long did this album take you to produce?

I did “Rebirth” in 2 months. I worked really hard on it and I want to thank George Ankrett from Toolroom for his support and help!

What is the story you’re telling with this album?

After many years with Phunk Investigation, I decided to bet on myself and make a solo career. This is my first album and the title reflects what is this moment for me: a “Rebirth” in terms of experience, growth and maturation.

What is the secret to be being able to work in the studio all day? Lots of coffee? Regular breaks? Low volume?

Oh, I love staying in the studio… I don’t drink too much coffee and, yes, I alternate low and high volume… I regularly go to the gym which is very important for my body and my mind.

Which track(s) really stood out for you on this album if you could pick one?

I Love “Oh Yeah” and “Hearthbeat”… for the dark vibes!

What is your work schedule like?

I have many big projects and collaborations going on… I want to thank Toolroom, my dear friends D-unity, Durtysoxxx, Leo Lippolis and, of course, my followers and supporters around the world.

Do you force yourself to sit in the studio for a certain amount of time every single day or do you have a more laid back approach and just jump in when the inspiration strikes?

Normally I stay in the studio 8 hours a day but when I have the inspiration I could also wake up during the night and create music. I’m a kind of a crazy guy…

Can you remember the first synth or piece of production gear that you purchased?

I remember the Roland TB303 and TR909! A piece of history!

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If you were going to be stuck on a desert island and could only bring one VST, what would it be?

Mmmmm… interesting! Probably the Minimoog: it’s the best synth of all time for me. I love the aggressive filters and modulation and it could be the perfect friend to stay in a desert island.

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Has your setup changed at all over the years?

I worked in an analog studio for many years and I’m trying now to replicate in digital the same effect with plugins.

Do you have any studio upgrades on your wishlist?

Not at the moment. I really love slate digital for warm and fat sound. This company is a must for emulating the analog machines like “tape compressors” and great EQ!

Many producers will use several different references for their final mixdown such as headphones or the official car stereo test. Do you have any particular methods that work well for you?

Just my ears!!

Dino Maggiroana’s ‘Rebirth’ album is out now on Toolroom Trax!