Q: Please introduce yourself
Hello, I am Juan Pablo Morán, a music, high audio fidelity, painting, travel and technology lover.
Q: One person you'd dream to have a coffee with?
“Jean Michel Jarre” because I consider him one of the pioneers of electronic music and one of my greatest musical influences over the last 25 years.
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation because I have always been intrigued to explore other worlds and dimensions.
Q: If given the opportunity to create a film score, which movie would you choose and why?
One of my dreams has been to compose music for movies and video games, one of my favorite movies is 'Interstellar' because it blew my mind to see what awaits us Ion other planets and galaxies, how time and space undergo physical changes, and how we will be connected beyond our planet.
Q: Who has been the most influential in your music career? And who has been the most influential in your personal life?
One of my greatest musical and personal influences are my parents. When I was born, my father "Wilo" was kind of a half-crazy scientist, creating electronic instruments, audio consoles, mixers, turntables, cassette players, disco equipment, lights, and more, all built by him. From a very young age, I got involved in the world of music because my father was also a DJ in the 80s. As for my personal life, my mother "Rosalía" has been a fundamental pillar in my life and my family. Without her, I wouldn't have the support, balance, and personality I have today.
Q: Could you share with us your journey – the good and bad experiences that have brought you to where you are today?
My journey can be told by three common denominators: creativity, perseverance, and evolution. I immersed myself in the world of DJing back in 1996, practicing every day for 7 to 14 hours in the garage of my house (I was addicted to practice, hehe). In 2006, I ventured into the realm of music production, aiming to materialise my ideas and share them in my sets.
Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to travel and share my music in various countries such as Ecuador, Germany, Colombia, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Peru, and more. I had the chance to collaborate on an album titled "AYA: Vuelo de los Espíritus" with the legendary and award-winning maestro, Eugenio Espejo Award winner, “Enrique Males”. In this project, we merged ancestral music with experimental electronic music, releasing it on vinyl with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
I am the founder of my own record label, "Amplusens Records," which is about to release its 50th release in its 11 years of existence. Additionally, I co-founded several events like Cero Horas Festival, Respirar, Reflections, NEEF, among others. I also had the honor of being a professor at the Bassick Lab music academy, where I had the opportunity to be in the studio with Richie Hawtin and gave a masterclass to our students.
I am a passionate music enthusiast, and one of my greatest joys is collecting vinyl records of various genres. Long story short, my journey has been challenging, as it encompasses over 26 years of experiences, life lessons, and knowledge. I can only say that music has brought nothing but positive experiences into my life.
Q: Everyone goes through ups and downs, what’s one habit you adopt to push through the downs?
One of my most common habits is listening to and producing music, as it helps me forget about all the problems that are very rarely present.
Q: What is one pro work ethic that you would recommend to the readers/listeners?
One thing I would recommend is not to become an artist just for fame or money. Be a genuine artist, fall in love with music with transparency and heart, without pretending to be something you're not. Be yourself, be persistent in this world of twisted lines.
Q: How has your music style evolved over the years?
My musical evolution has been progressively transitioning from fast and melodic sounds like uplifting Trance back in 1996 to 2008, to Deep Progressive House, which I have been playing for practically my entire life. It's a fusion of various genres such as Breakbeat, Techno, House, Trance, Afro, Minimal and Experimental. Currently, I am a very versatile DJ, playing a bit of everything depending on the situation, the time, the audience, and the place where I find myself.
Q: If you were to venture into another music genre, which one would you choose and why?
If I had to choose another musical genre, it would be the fusion of Classical music with African music because both have been significant styles throughout musical history. It's all about my love for those unique fusions.
Q: Could you name 3 tracks that got you into electronic music and why?
Off aka Sven Väth - Electrica Salsa (1986)
Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene (1976)
Röyksopp – So Easy (1999)
These 3 songs marked my childhood thanks to my father, as when I was a child, unconsciously and by mere chance, I managed to listen to these songs on my father's speakers and others on 90s MTV.
Q: Can you recommend a hidden gem in your home country that would be perfect for a rave?
In the Half Of The World Monument, it coordinates are: Latitude: 0º 0' 00" NLongitude: 78º 27' 19" W.
Q: Could you tell us about your upcoming releases and plans for the year?
Regarding new releases, I have my upcoming EP "Nebula" scheduled to be released under the renowned label "Savia Park" by Slurm. I'm also about to release my new vinyl album in collaboration with "Enrique Males" in the European region. At the end of August, a new single will be launched featuring technology never applied in the world, under the label Amplusens, to celebrate its 50th release. In September, I will be back at the Bassick Lab academy in Tumbaco as a professor.
Q: Can you share a fun fact about yourself that most of your listeners are probably unaware of?
As an interesting fact, I have been quite intrigued by ufology because I believe I have had a close encounter.