With the release of his latest electro smash hit “How We Go Down” we were privileged enough to get to interview talented Italian producer Phillip Maizza who has been shown much love by the well know Fedde Le Grand. Be sure to follow Phillip below and stay updated with the latest in new releases and news! Check out our exclusive interview below:
Hey Phillip! Nice to have you join us! So we are dying to hear about your new release “How We Go Down” Tell us more!
“How We Go Down” was basically born randomly when I was messing with a plugin in my studio. I had a groove laid out and I was hunting for some good sounds to start with, when a beautiful wobble sound blew my ears. So I started playing with its parameters and got the first part of the drop. Then I wrote the main hook and wanted to give it some contrast in the break, and that’s when the mallets and trumpets came into play: they gave it a fresh summer vibe, and along with some cool vocal samples, that’s how “HWGD” was born!
What has been your inspiration for your latest release?
I loved “Keep it low” by Afrojack feat. Mightyfools, and wanted to try to do something similar, with that cool groove and hard bass. And that’s what happened!
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ/Producer?
More than night out, I’m lucky enough to live 10 minutes away from the beach, so that’s where I go when I hunt for inspiration. I love being alone with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, it’s so relaxing to me and I come back home full of inspiration.
What advice would you give to other aspiring artists & upcoming producers in the industry – Something you wish you had been told when starting off your musical journey?
Unless you’re the next music world revelation, it’s more likely that you’ll receive a lot of rejection emails, expecially if you just started out and will send a lot of your stuff to labels. Those could be really mortifying to receive, but you need to be mature enough to take them as a way to grow up as an artist. I once got told that my music wasn’t that big deal, and I got let down so much. But you don’t have to let words stop you. Especially if you love what you’re doing, you’ll keep going no matter what, eventually the hard work will pay off! Focus on improving your arrangement and overall sound quality, and you’ll be surprised to see how many doors will open. Also, always save your chains and sounds for a quicker workflow!
Name one song that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
There are a few actually that I’ll never get tired of listening to, but if I had to name one I’d say John Scatman – Scatman: it’s the soundtrack of my life! Not to mention the evergreen Eiffel 65 – Blue, the song I was grown up with when Italy was one of the leading nations in the dance music world!
What festivals would you be most interested in performing at?
My dream’s always been going to Miami, therefore I’d love to perform at Ultra Miami. Maybe someday…
Tell us about what best expresses you as a Producer – Something that is not already visible in your production.
As a producer, you’re always growing up and learn something new everyday. That’s what I’m doing in every song I make: I tell a story through melodies, through the research of the perfection in every sound I use. I’ve always been kinda slow in finishing songs because I wanted them to be perfect and I had to be 100% satisfied with them before releasing them to the public. What I’ve noticed lately, though, is that I’m not focused on that anymore, but I’m aiming to fill the whole frequencies spectrum to make my productions sounds fuller and richer. It’s such a subtle things, but it adds so much quality to your productions!
Tell us about who and what inspired/inspires you as a DJ/Producer? When did you decide that music is what you want to do?
As I said earlier, I grew up listening to dance music: Eiffel 65, Gabry Ponte, Alexia, John Scatman, Prezioso and other great artists. When I was coming back from a trip with my parents and uncles, my uncle said “since you love music so much, why don’t you grow up being a dj?” and that question opened a world to me. I got my first consolle a few years later, but it didn’t quite satisfy me because I wanted more. The moment I knew I wanted to be a producer, in fact, was when I heard for the first time the song Cascada – Everytime We Touch. I remember it vividly: it was a Saturday night of 2007, I was watching TV (MTV) and suddenly they passed that song. I fell in love with it almost instantly, and I decided I wanted to contribute to the dance music world so I would’ve been played my songs too in my dj sets.
Is there anything you would like our audience to know? Any up-coming events? any new releases?
Yes! I’ve released a bootleg of “The Way I Am” by Charlie Puth and you can find it on my SoundCloud or YouTube channel. I love Charlie’s voice, he’s such a talented singer and producer. I’d even remix his whole “Voicenotes” album if I could!
Any ‘food for thought’ or a word of inspiration for all new and up-and-coming artists and producers in the industry?
Sure! Just being realist though, bear with me: don’t start off by thinking at how much money or fame you’d get with music, because you’d be disappointed to see that’s just not how it works. Do music because you love it, because it’s a way to express your creativity and your feelings, do music to tell a story, to tell who you are through your songs. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new, to open that filter cutoff all the way even though your brain says “the hell are you doing” but your ears are saying “dude that’s mind blowing!”. Don’t be afraid to go counter-current, to be the one not following the masses, because every genre is momentary. Aim for your music to be remembered, so that when in 100 years from now someone will listen to your songs, they’d be like “that dude must have been legendary!”
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