Directly from Rosario, Argentina, and in occasion of this interview, Jorge Savoretti is providing the podcast n. 35 of our serie.
Having an excellent background that stretch to back in the past, he is currently one of the main exponent of Argentinian wave, well proud to push the South American sound worldwide. From a production point of view, he was recently under the spotlight thanks to his latest releases on Priku’s Atipic, Cadenza and Raum…musik.
Hi Jorge, nice to see you and thanks to join our beloved serie. Your latest productions projected yourself under the spotlight, with releases on Priku’s label Atipic as well as Visionquest, Cadenza and Raum….musik. However, your story started long time ago in the city of Rosario, when together with Cape you set up Savor Music. Can you describe us the journey so far?
Hi guys, thanks for the invite 🙂
My story starts in the early 90s, as you can imagine the information was scarce in Argentina back in those days. So I started collected synth pop, euro dance or any ‘electronic’ sound that I could record to tape from the radio. I was truly fascinated by these kind of sounds that were so fresh to me.
In the mid 90s, I’ve started getting interested on the art of DJing and I was lucky to meet Franco Cinelli (who was already great at it) and showed me all the American techno and house sounds. By the end of that decade I’ve started getting my first gigs.
Starting the new century, my career as a DJ consolidated and I got my first Thursday residency at a place named El Sotano, in my hometown Rosario. This club was one of the most mythical underground spots in Argentina and my biggest school. Being a resident was a key for me, because I was able to learn (or at least try to) how to be versatile and get a proper balance between entertainment and art, since we usually got a lot of regulars and they always demanded fresh stuff. I’ve also got the chance to play different time slots which was great to understand the energy flow of a club.
On 2005, I’ve started producing and got my first records out. The EP on Esperanza allowed to do my first European Tours starting 2006, and from there i’ve dropped college and focused solely on music.
Then on the beginning of this decade, we talked to Cape quite often about the need to express our musical vision and release the amazing music we received from our friends and decided to start Savor Music.
And of course, nowadays I feel quite lucky to have all the releases you’re mentioning in labels that I love and respect in such a short period of time. It’s more than i’ve ever imagined for my whole path.
Do you have any plan for the future of your labels, Savor Music and Aurea?
Of course, Savor will have a release from Dorian Paic & Markus Fix coming out soon with a great Franco Cinelli remix. Thankfully, Ricardo Villalobos is supporting this release a lot!
Cape and I are also preparing some EPs, it’s been sometime since our last one for the label. And an amazing Alexis Cabrera album will be out in 2019… we’re super excited about this one.
Aurea 002 will see the light soon, with its typical VA format. It will feature tracks from Ema Remedi, Yanee, Nina Soul and Pedro D’Alessandro. All very talented latin american producers.
Crobar in Buenos Aires, has established a very high standard. Last year it hosted amazing nights with the best selectors around: I am thinking about Ricardo Villalobos and Raresh, Julian Perez or Dyed Soundorom and Francesco Del Garda. What do you think about the venue, and about its impact on Argentinian scene?
Love playing Crobar and also The Bow, which is the club that opens on Saturdays. I have a monthly alternated residency in both of them and it’s great to have big clubs with super professional sound/lightning.
Even though their schedules are varied in terms of genres, they always have solid nights as the ones you mention above and that allows a lot people that usually are not the familiar with the musical styles we play to listen to a different thing, which is very important for an evolving scene like the one is going on in Argentina nowadays.
South America is a very interesting ground for electronic music. Excluding Chile, which played a pivotal role in Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano’s musical background, recently it is all about Uruguay, in particular Phonoteque’s school: Nicolas Lutz, Omar, Z@p, Dj Koolt, Fabricio and more. Do you think that Latin American vibes and musicality, which is one of a kind, is an interesting and important background when it comes to minimal and electronic music?
Well I think it’s more about the vibes that musicality. Except for the Chileans that may had more noticeable influence of folk/local music, the rest of latins are mostly influenced by US/Euro stuff.
Argentina has a strong European heritage (especially spanish/italian), so we have that ‘latin’ passion going on that may be expressed in the way we play or produce our (swinging) grooves but in terms of the musical aesthetic itself we don’t have an own identity. For the guys in Uruguay I think it’s the same, their producers/DJs make/play amazing music but sound more like Detroit/UK than Latin.
As I’ve said before, our Latin thing can be seen on the way we relate to music and the passion and love we have for our craft that leads to a profound dedication. Things are never easy down here. You always have barriers… Could be by the governments, if you want to make a party. By the customs, charging you stupid taxes for records or to get new gear amongst other stuff and of course the lack of social security in your daily life. So if you really want to do this down here, you need to have real passion and get creative to overcome all the obstacles. I think that drive and energy are reflected on the artists’ outcome.
Argentinian wave is stronger than ever as well: Guti, yourself, Franco Cinelli, Federico Molinari, Ernesto Ferreyra, Momo Trosman, Jessica Diaz and we are for sure forgetting a lot… Some of these artists moved to Europe to find their way, and to grow their name and reputation. What do think about that?
For sure, and I can add 30 names or more heheh. Fortunately our DJ/producer scene is quite healthy nowadays.
Honestly, I think it sucks a little bit to need to move to Europe to have a “succesful career”. But these are the rules of the game since most of the clubs are based in Europe. Also networking is a key part in growing a reputation as an artist, so Europe is the place to be for that. Even tho, Internet helped a lot to bridge that gaps, nothing beats real life contact and sharing a beer.
Anyway little by little, I think the worldwide scene is evolving and getting more decentralized which is healthy. A lot of exciting things are starting to happen outside the traditional hubs.
Back on ATIPIC004, you are the only non-Romanian artist that released on the label. Knowing how Romanians are usually obsessed with perfection as well as with their sound, it must be something to be proud of. How did it happen that your productions landed on Adrian’s label and will we see something more in the future?
For sure I’m proud of it! Atipic is a great label and I love the whole concept, not just the music.
The connection with Adrian was pretty simple, I have written to him telling that I love his music and inviting him to be part of the Savor Unami compilation. Then he asked me for some music for Atipic and the rest is history. I like working with him, he’s a very down to earth person and intuitive label manager, hopefully we’ll do more things in the future.
Also I’m happy to tell you that I’ll share the privilege with another Argentinian, the mighty Alexis Cabrera which has an upcoming EP on Atipic 🙂
Records collection: how and when started, how many do you have and which is the one which is always with you?
Lost count since I have records in different cities. It started in the mid 90s of course, the first 2 records i’ve bought were Johnny Fiasco on Cajual and The Nighttripper – RITM Explotation. My sisters’ boyfriend had those for sale and I’m very happy that I bought them. I don’t have a record that is always with me, I like to change and make variations from set to set.
Apart from music, do you have any other passions or interests?
Of course! I like to read and investigate new stuff in general. I like a lot reading about astrology (the medieval one, not from the newspaper horoscope), astronomy, metaphysics and… football.
Stream Jorge Savoretti latest podcast, Trommel.035
Recorded in his studio, this mix is warm and very smooth, and includes an interesting selection with a good balance between old and upcoming tracks.
P.S. if you dig it enough, you might also find an Alexis Cabrera and a Cape track that will be out on some of the next SAVOR Music releases.