So tech advances have changed up the entire music industry ?
Yeah, music production tech has advanced over the years, too. I personally love that I no longer have to use a reel-to-reel machine when creating music. In the early days, it could take days to record a simple piece of music, but today it takes seconds with a Mac or app such as Logic.
Producers from the early 90s laugh at how simple technology has made certain tasks. I welcome the new tech as it has made my life easier. There are those who would argue it technology has become too easy for anyone who wants to produce music or become a DJ. I tend to believe you still need to have the skills and talent to produce quality music and become a respected DJ.
Which musical trend/genre has surprised you the most and why?
I’m pleasantly surprised at how the underground sound has moved to the forefront right now, and how well it’s perceived throughout the world. It’s also interesting to note how people want to hear more of old house music sounds these days.
What’s the worst part of your line of work?
Traveling. The hours of travel, jet lag and lack of sleep can be detrimental to some artists. I’ve been on the road practically every weekend for the last 25 years and although it has been many years, I still have got used to traveling back and forth between the different countries and time zones.
Which current artist would you most like to work with today?
I’m a fan of Lenny Kravitz. I admire how he keeps himself relevant after so many years in the business and respect how he uses many different musical elements in his music. From R&B, funk, jazz, reggae and hard rock.
It would be great for him to add a bit of house music, too!
What’s the one piece of advice that you always offer to those looking to emulate your career?
Never give up on your passion and create a sound and style that is unique to you. They should learn from the artist they admire but to find their own style to standout from the rest.
Finally, if you were working a wedding, what’s the one track you’d drop to guarantee the dancefloor would fill up?
If I was playing a wedding and needed to get the crowd up and dancing, I’d definitely use a track titled ‘I Like To Move It’!
Catch Erick Morillo playing an exclusive set at Q43 on Thursday, February 28