This Is Parallels 007 with Pablo Artigas
Fresh from his debut on FSOE Parallels with the jaw-dropping progressive trance masterpiece ‘Daybreak’, Pablo Artigas has been one of the most forward-thinking breakthrough talents in the past few years. With an incredibly unique sound that fuses organic and synthetic sounds into beautiful soundscapes, Artigas has continually pushed the boundaries within the realm of progressive trance. His guest mix and interview gives us a detailed look into his inspiring sounds!
This Is Parallels 007 with Pablo Artigas
01. Pablo Artigas – Daybreak (Original Mix) [FSOE Parallels]
02. Robin Hagglund – Autopilot (Original Mix) [Individual Identity Music]
03. Pablo Artigas – Patterns Like These (Extended Mix) [FSOE UV]
04. The Thrillseekers pres. Hydra – Amber (Vintage & Morelli Extended Remix) [FSOE Parallels]
05. Josa & Tony Hammer – Carpe Noctem (Original Mix) [Freegrant Music]
06. Tomac & Pablo Artigas – Renaissance (Extended Mix) [Black Sunset Music]
07. Reliquary – Morn (Original Mix) [Individual Identity Music]
08. Audiko & Lucid Blue – Time To Pray (Pablo Artigas Remix) [Trance All-Stars]
09. Hazem Beltagui & Aneym – Passengers (Pablo Artigas Remix) [Red Soho]
10. Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten – Camellia (Extended Mix) [FSOE]
11. Mojashi – Frozen River (Original Mix) [Individual Identity Music]
Parallels: Thanks for joining us Pablo, with your recent release of ‘Daybreak’ on FSOE Parallels following your debut on UV ‘Patterns Like These’, you’ve been super busy. What’s new in the world of Pablo Artigas?
Pablo Artigas: Now that you mention it, a lot! I’ve been busy in the studio finishing a lot of brand new music as well as lining up some big releases and projects for Individual Identity Music! My recent string of releases under FSOE have treated me very well and it’s all because of the listeners and the support given to me by those involved at FSOE, including label bosses Aly & Fila! The love and support for “Patterns Like These” and “Daybreak” has been incredible and I can’t wait to share all this new music I’ve got cooked up!
Parallels: You’re extremely creative, so we assume you listen to tons of different music. What artist, album, or song is a guilty pleasure for you?
Pablo Artigas: This is a tough one…right now, it’s a tie between Ferry Corsten’s “LEF” and Eco’s “Wolves” artist albums. I’ve yet to hear a Trance artist album that’s as revolutionary as these two. In my opinion, they both perfectly showcase what an artist’s album should be!
Parallels: Who would be your dream collaborator if you could work with any artist from any time?
Pablo Artigas: Another tough question since there have been so many great artists to have come and gone…but it’s safe to say that my dream collaboration would be one with Ferry Corsten. I respect him so much because he simply isn’t afraid to think outside of the box and he always finds a way to push the boundaries with his music. That’s something that I strive to do every day in the studio!
Parallels: Can you walk us through your creative process in writing new music?
Pablo Artigas: For just about every song I’ve created, I usually start of by having a melody of some sort running through my head. I’m a self taught piano and guitar player and have been since my mid teens ( now 32 years old ), so it’s a bit easier for me to write a melody into my DAWs, either by recording it live or by writing it in with the mouse. Practice makes perfect, I guess. However, in the time that it takes me to get to the studio to actually write the melody, I probably look like a crazy person because I’m usually whistling or humming whatever melody I have stuck in my head, sometimes loudly, until I get in front of the computer.
Once I’m ready to dive into the new track, I start by constructing a “skeleton” of the musical parts of the melody until I’m happy with it. After I do that, I start constructing the track from start to finish, literally from the first kick drum / hat at beat #1, continuously progressing along while gradually adding parts of the “skeleton” to it. I like to produce music as if I were a painter working with an empty canvas, adding little details here and there as I go along, choosing and blending colors the way I want them to look, taking my time. After I finish the track or when I’m real close to finishing it, I go through this phase where I give the track time to “marinate”, basically letting the track sit in my computer for a week or so without listening to it. After this “marinating” period, if the track blows me away again, that’s how I know I’m onto something special.
Parallels: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Pablo Artigas: The best piece of advice I could possibly give any aspiring artist is something that some people in the industry may find counter-intuitive, and that’s to limit your intake of the hundreds of radio shows that currently exist on a weekly basis. I believe that by listening to too many shows and podcasts, you’re conditioning yourself to believe that in order to have shot at success, your music has to sound like all of the other music being played on the radio, or at least it has to sound similar.
While this is true in regards to production and post-production, it is certainly NOT true regarding composition and/or arrangement! All you have to do is look back at all the great musicians of the world and you’ll learn quick that it’s always the ones that take risks, push the envelope, take a chance and do things differently that break through the mold and become successful. They make sure to stick out like a sore thumb!
So yeah, I’m not saying to boycott radio shows or avoid listening because they’re not good. On the contrary, there’s some amazing podcasts and radio shows out there with some amazing music being released! Don’t completely shut off the music, just limit your intake of them and you’ll start to see a positive change in your own music, trust me!