Colombian producer now a citizen of Canada, Mario Ochoa started his career in music 19 years ago. His first release was “Habla con la Luna” on Disc Doctor Records. Since then Mario has released music on record labels such as Ultra, Universal, Toolroom Records, 1605 Great Therapy, Nervous Records, Pacha Records, Ministry of Sound, just to name a few.
Mario Ochoa started his own record label called Avenue Records back in 2006. He wanted to help spread new music from artists around the world, as well as release his own productions on it. He is best known for his techno and house music productions, however, he experimented with a couple differernt genres throughout his career. Mario admits to having the most satisfaction from producting techno. His past releases all hit the top charts in major digital stores.
To get a little more of Mario Ochoa’s sounds, you can tune in to his podcasts “Infected Beats” which air every two weeks. Discover Mario’s techy beats and explore his world of beats. Sound and Noize has the scoop from a rescent interview with the tech pro himself.
1. What inspired you to produce music?
When I was 15 years old, I started going to Clubs for teenagers in Medellin. I was more into Hip Hop and Reggae stuff like that. However, as soon as Electronic Music became popular in Colombia I was very intrigued by it. As an outcome, I started to investigate how to make music. It was all very natural to me because I was already producing some Hip Hop beats for my friends.
2. What genre(s) of music do you produce?
During my whole career, I have been pretty versatile by producing pretty much every genre. I started with techno, then I moved on to house and electro. As of right now, I’m back to producing just techno, which is the genre I love the most.
3. How is your style of music different from other DJs?
I am not musically trained but I always try to incorporate fresh musicality into my productions. I’m not a fan of just making a four bar loop and then repeating it for seven minutes. I like to create atmospheres and give people a little rest in the middle of my songs. I wouldn’t call it different or unique but it is what I always try to do while giving my own interpretation of the genre.
4. What would you consider to be your milestone moment?
I haven’t really thought about it, I usually go with the flow. I don’t like to have big expectations for something, in order for me to not get frustraded. In fact, I am a big fan of the “Awakenings” events and I would love to play there someday.
5. What are your plans for this year?
Well, I have been kind of lazy in the studio for the first three months of the year. Nevertheless, now I am 100% focused on making a lot of new tracks for the rest of the year. In addition, I have to keep on touring.
6. What is something you enjoy doing when you’re not performing or producing?
I love going to the Gym and playing Video Games. I also play Futbol (Soccer) and Poker (Hold’em) with my friends. I honestly never listen to Electronic Music during my free time, I try to listen to other stuff so I don’t get tired of it while I search for inspiration.