Loris Cimino is a Swiss producer who has releases on Sony, Revealed Recordings, Armada Music, The Artist Intelligence Agency, and Sirup Music. His latest single, "Make Me" which is out now on Future House Cloud!
Let’s start at the beginning by asking how you chose your first DAW, what went into the decision to get what you got? Have you switched around a bit after that first one?
I started with Fruity Loops because it seemed liked the easiest DAW to get into and some of my friends were using it. Later, I switched to Logic because I saw Hardwell using it and so I thought I would be able to make better music. Yeah, I know I was pretty silly for thinking that, but I was young and I still used it for a few years before I got tired of the workflow. After that, I switched to Ableton which is by far my favorite DAW. Personally, I think it has the best workflow and features for making the type of tracks I want to make. I would never go back to Logic after using Ableton!
I recently made a mix with your track that featured Micah Martin, could you talk a bit about how that came together? The inspiration, getting the lyrics, what it's like working with vocals in your track?
This track was special for me. I made those chords in a bus on my way to school. I challenged myself by saying: "You have 15 minutes, try to make the best possible chord progression." When I got home, I immediately started working the idea and I more or less finished the first idea of the whole track in four hours. In the following days, I tweaked the track until it was perfect. From there, I started looking for a vocalist and wrote a note to Micah Martin asking if he’d be interesting in helping with the track. He agreed and we sent several ideas back and forth for the vocal until we both were happy with it.
Did you have a part in writing the lyrics?
Not directly, but I told him what I want to talk about in the song: I wanted to convey that if you work hard, you can turn your dreams in to reality. Micah substituted memories for reality and that ended up being the name of the song. I didn’t have to do a lot of vocal processing because Micah used a vocal engineer who did it all perfectly.
Quick question: Why is the intro only 8 bars?
That was for the radio edit. They wanted a quicker intro for Spotify so I had to make it shorter.
Echelon you mean?
Yes, Echelon is part of the Artist Intelligence Artists (AIA) but to be honest, it took super long to release it. The song was done in June and it came out in November. It was definitely worth it though because “Memories” is doing super well on Spotify and it just entered the biggest playlist on Apple Music. A lot of people wrote to me about the song and asked to use it in their videos. I’m really couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out with this tune.
You said you finished the track before finding a vocalist, so where are those vocal chops on the drop from?
If I remember right, they are from a Deniz Koyu acapella “To the Sun.”
You really can’t tell because they blend into the track so well! Is there anything else you wanted to talk about on this track before we move on?
Looking back, I just think it’s crazy that I made the whole idea on my laptop in a bus. I just felt super inspired so I got my Mac and started making a song. My goal was also to blend Future House and Progressive House because I feel like songs turn out so much better when they don’t fit into any one genre one-hundred percent.
Next track I wanted to talk about was “Think,” which was the first track I came across of yours; I just loved that sharp syncopation and groove!
Thanks, man! That track came from my musical background; I’ve been a drummer since I was fifteen years old.
Let's talk about drumming a bit, do you play with a group or a band?
At the moment I’m just playing for the school jazz band as I don’t have the time to play with a independent group or anything like that. My drum teacher invites me to the concerts that he arranges at Musig im Plegidach. Even though I don’t make that kind of music, I still find those performances extremely inspiring.
Do you have a drum set in your room?
Yes. A big one.
Oh my god your roommates must love you. Well let’s go on to talk about some of your Instagram pictures: Can you tell me what’s going on here?
That’s crazy, man! I wanted to talk now a little bit about your newest track, “Make Me.”
Of course! That’s the one I made with PASSIK who is a long time friend of mine. We met four years ago and we’ve been helping each other grow and improve ever since. For instance if I find a new trick, I’ll pass it along to him and if he finds the perfect kick drum or something, he’ll send it over to me as well. We’ve been teaching ourselves to get better and now we’ve both made some really cool tracks that we’re super proud of!
For this particular track, I called PASSIK up while I was on holiday and asked him if he would be interesting in coming over to work on a new song. He agreed and so we spent a few hours in my studio and had a really great time. We started off by making the chords and then we went on Splice to look for some vocals. We came across this really fantastic one that we ended up using that had the words, “Make Me” in it so that’s what we titled the track. Within the next few hours we had finished up the arrangement of the track and to finish it we just sent the project back and forth.
I just have to ask you about this random picture you posted, is this a hobby of yours as well?
tell you more about it, but all I can say is that some really huge stuff is coming and you won’t want to miss it! I also spent some time at a songwriting camp and wrote some really beautiful songs, so going forward I want to continue making those massive festival bangers but also some more fresh, radio-ready stuff that you can just enjoy in the car or on your phone. There’s going to be a lot of great stuff coming out soon!
A big thank you to Loris Cimino for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to follow him on social media to catch all of his latest releases and shows!
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