moving on with the next episode of the colectivo futurecast we have a very cool mixtape by madrid-based, IDM producer christian del moral aka adapt. with a couple of releases on spanish netlabels, such as miga and ltw, christian has been carefully developing his sound to become one of spain’s promising artists. a creative soul from a tender age, he also makes rad illustrations to go along with his sound-design skills. in this IDM-centric mixtape, christian showcases some of his current and past favorites, alongside his own productions. it’s a perfect listen to cool down after a warm day. read our interview with adapt and listen to his colectivo futurecast below…
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5 minutes with…
ADAPT (Miga, Madrid via Ceuta)
* where and how was this mix recorded?
I spent a couple of days trying to figure out how to approach the podcast you’d requested, until suddenly it got clouded and started raining one afternoon. this got me inspired and I started recording the set without thinking about genres or adjusting to a particular sound. the pieces started falling together along with the rain and some other things that were influencing me in those days.
* how did your first steps in music production come about? how have your productions evolved from the beginning up to present day?
Ever since I can remember, from the moment I heard the first chords as a child, I wanted to make my own songs. Unfortunately, it has taken me quite a few years of listening and listening to all sorts of music, to finally arrive, self-sufficiently, to what I consider is the doorstep of music creation.
Regarding my evolution, I would probably highlight the mixdown techniques. I think it’s an area where all producers slowly keep getting better. Quite possibly, this evolution, is what makes my harmonies and ambiences become looser and more present than before.
* are you involved in any other creative projects aside from music production? we’ve notice you also have some illustrations on your site, is that something you would like to focus on in the future?
I try to focus on sound design as my profession. Mi illustrations are synonym with not being inspired musically at the time; I tend to easily move the sequencer aside if something is bothering me or if my creativity is frozen. that’s when I try to use my time to illustrate, since it’s an activity that I always enjoyed. In terms of focusing it as a professional endeavor, I’ll leave that in the hands of anyone who would like to propose an interesting project.
* what do you normally listen to at home? which are your three favorite albums?
At the moment I can’t stop listening to “House of Balloons” by The Weeknd, an artist that quite simply fascinates me. Other things I’m hooked on this month are Phoenecia, Downliners Sekt, Frank Ocean, Ametsub, Crisopa, and a greatest hits album from Camarón de la Isla.
I probably couldn’t say which are my three favorite albums, but without thinking too much about it, these are the ones that come to mind:
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
- Arovane & Phonem – aer (valid)
- Boards Of Canada – boc maxima
* what do you enjoy the most about living in Madrid?
The countless creative hours spent at threefishestudiolab, despite the fact that this infernal summer might try to stop me.
*what does the future have in store for your productions and other projects?
Currently, I’m focusing on finishing the tracks that will become part of my new record on a label from Barcelona. As far as other projects go, I’d like to mention the one I’m about to finish with one of the best electronic music artist’s this country has to offer, Rec_Overflow. It will be something cold, melodic, and in my opinion fresh and very current sounding. We’ll also start preparing a live set with lots of fog, lettuce and fireworks!