Q: Who is Arie Mando?
A: My real name is Fabian and I am based in Amsterdam. My mother is from the Moluccans and my father is Dutch. I set up my name Arie Mando as my facebook name couple years back when I was visiting a lot of underground techno & house parties. I used it as a sort of alias but after a while I just stuck with it and now I am using it to create music.
Q: Who would you say is/are your biggest influence/s?
I listen to all kinds of house music but mostly its 90s house, UK garage, Garage House & Underground house so my biggest influences are Danny J Lewis from whom I also learned a lot via his Youtube channel about Ableton & Maschine. I also get a lot of inspiration from Scott Diaz, Matt Jam Lamont, Jeremy Sylvester, Nathaniel X Project, Alex Agore, Sebb Junior etc. There are so many good producers out there to name them all 🙂
Q: When did you start making music?
Actually 2013 but it took me a year to learn Ableton from watching mostly Youtube videos. The year before I bought a Macbook with the intention to make music but it was more difficult than I thought it would be and it still is a really big learning process. So in 2014 I uploaded my first track to soundcloud.
Q: What are currently your main challenges as a Producer/ DJ?
To grow in my production skills and create my own signature sound.
Q: What are your views on the current state of the underground music scene?
There is so much good underground music out there so I think it’s here to stay.
Q: What kind of gear do you currently have in your studio?
- I have Maschine which I really love working with. It can create instant ideas within a split second.
- Next to that I have a Push 1 which is working really well in combination with Maschine.
- Korg Microkorg which I use as midi controller as well as synthesizer.
- Korg Volca Sample
- Novation launchpad
- Behringer UMX 610 midi controller
- Novation Audiohub 2×4.
- Ipad Mini (synths,effects etc)`
- KRK G5 x 2
- Sennheiser HD 280 pro
- Macbook pro + 2TB ext HD
Q: Is there a particular device/ plugin that influences your sound and you cannot work without?
A: That would definitely be Maschine. It so easy to use and quick to create ideas.
Q: Tell us a little more about your upcoming EP. How long did it take and what kind of work went into it?
A: Well actually I was really inspired one day by listening to one of Mood Indigo’s shows on the Underground Sessions on the same evening I tried to catch that same garage vibe he is always playing so it was done within a few days and I immediately thought of Phono Vibez for the remix
Q: As an artist how do you define your own success or how will you know when you have made it?
A: For me it was and still is a real nice compliment when my tracks are getting played on for example the underground sessions by Caspa, Mood Indigo, Jinksy, Emma Champion etc. because I know they only play good music so when I hear my track it really feels I did something right! Also since Global Indulgence vol 1 I got in contact with Lu York and Phono Vibez and we have been in contact on a daily/weekly base about music and all sorts of stuff so I have to thank CMR for this!
What more can we expect from you after this release? Any events, live performances?
A: I have another EP coming this month on Pogo House Records and another EP with remixes by Groove Riddim and Lu York. For now I focus mainly on producing because that can be time consuming next to a full time job but of course check out my SC for upcoming releases and free downloads.
All about the 90’s is currently on promo on Traxsource and also includes a remix by Phono Vibez.