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Meet Can Elles’ producers, Richie Hawtin’s prodigies

By ryan keeling
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To mark the tenth anniversary of his seminal Minus [l] imprint, Richie Hawtin [a] recently joined forces with DJ Magazine to highlight the most talented up and coming techno and minimal producers that have sent him tracks in the last 12 months.

‘The Sounds From Can Elles’ compilation brought together a wealth of emerging talent from across the globe, including tracks from producers based in Italy, Argentina, the UK, France, Sweden, Spain, USA, Germany and Japan – all with an unmistakably Hawtin-esque feel to them.

In the spirit of the album we decided to get some of the stories behind the producers involved with the project, asking their thoughts on what the future now holds.

We feel it’s important to support new talent, so meet some of the producers behind Can Elles.

Jorge Savoretti ‘You Must Taste Better Than Danger’


Name: Jorge Savoretti [a]

Age: 26

Nationality: Argentinian

Number of years producing: 5

Why do you think Richie Hawtin chose your track over the thousands of demos he gets sent?

I guess it would be better to ask him!  But I’m glad he did. Anyway, maybe one of the reasons is that it’s a track with a positive attitude towards the dancefloor, keeping a certain level of deepness.

How did it feel when Minus contacted you about the album?

I was flattered, of course. It’s always super nice when an artist who did (and still does) so much for the scene like Richie Hawtin [a] pays attention to your music.

Are you predominantly making Minus-style minimal or did you tailor the track for this particular demo?

Well, I don’t consider my music just ‘minimal’. What I try to achieve is a balance with some ‘old school’ elements capturing that particular raw energy combined with ‘nu school’ stuff and more ‘futuristic’ sounds.

I also try to produce music with different levels of intensity and textures. In my opinion, versatility is a really important quality for any artist.

Do you feel like the Can Elles album kick-started your career?

I guess my career kick-started a little before this but of course, the ‘Midas touch’ that Richie and Minus have is undeniable and will always create a positive effect on every artist.

Have you had any offers from other labels as a result of the album?

Of course, but at the moment I’m really comfortable working with labels I’ve already worked with like Esperanza [l]. It’s more like a family thing. I don’t like working with so many labels when it comes to my solo projects.

What equipment do you produce with?

My soul, my mind, two laptops, Logic, Ableton Live, a bunch of plug ins and my Genelec 8040s.

What’s next?

I’m working on a lot of new solo stuff, some remixes and making some new collaborations including our new La Merengue Downtempo Orchestra which is a more of an organic-oriented project that we created with Damian Schwartz [a], Barem [a] and Guti [a] this summer.

I find this project particularly interesting and it makes me really happy to be part of it.

Also I’m trying to make the sequel to the Geoph Serge record with Seph [a], another producer that I respect and enjoy making music with.

Gary Beck ‘Consumed’


Name: Gary Beck [a]

Age: 26

Nationality: Scottish

Number of years producing: 5

Why do you think Richie chose your track over the thousands of demos he gets sent?

I think he chose it because the track has something special about it and it seems to fit into his sets very well.

How did it feel when Minus contacted you about the album?

It was just great to know that a label such as Minus could recognize the potential of my music.

Are you predominantly making Minus-style minimal or did you tailor the track for this particular demo?

I never really start a track with a label in mind, however my style of music can often veer towards the ‘minimal’ techno style. 

Do you feel like the Can Elles album has now kick-started your career?

Let’s see….

Have you had any offers from other labels as a result of the album?

Yes, lots.

What equipment do you produce with?

I produce mainly with hardware. I use a Roland RS70 keyboard, Micro Korg, Korg Electribe ER-1 and as many live instruments as possible, such as bongos, trumpets and guitars.

What’s next?

I just want to keep making special music that is slightly different from the rest.

Minicoolboyz (remix) of Marco Dassi ‘Varese Ist Leer’


Name: Minicoolboyz

Age: 24

Nationality: Italian

Number of years producing: 8

Why do you think Rich chose your track over the thousands of demos he gets sent?

We are so lucky he listened to it! We’re sure he appreciated the powerful bass, the rhythm and the vocal sample – it’s his stuff!

How did it feel when Minus contacted you about the album?

It’s really hard to write down in a few lines how we felt..something like a dream come true – unbelievable!

Are you predominantly making Minus-style minimal or did you tailor the track for this particular demo?

We’ve always been producing that style of minimal with marked Detroit influences.

Do you feel like the Can Elles album has now kick-started your career?

Yes, for sure it will help us as newcomers! We’ll try to keep on following this great beginning… thanks again, Richie!

Have you had any offers from other labels as a result of the album?

Yes, we received several contacts from labels and clubs for releases and live gigs.

What equipment do you produce with?

Ableton, Reason and a lot of VSTs. 

What’s next?

We are working hard in order to make new powerful tracks. Sure we hope to collaborate again with Minus and Richie Hawtin – we think we have a lot of potential to offer in the minimal scene!

Marco Dassi ‘Varese Ist Leer’

Name: Marco Dassi [a]

Age: 22

Nationality: Italian

Number of years producing: 9

Why do you think Rich chose your track over the thousands of demos he gets sent?

I think that Rich likes to experiment and edit sounds for his performances. Our track is based on a simple and hypnotic rhythm with big pushin’ bass.

It’s a very particular part of the track with the synth and vocal part and the reverb is the principal element for the success of ‘Varese Ist Leer’.

How did it feel when Minus contacted you about the album?

I didn’t believe it! I was very excited about the contact. I think Minus is not only a label but a consolidated working group.

Are you predominantly making Minus-style minimal or did you tailor the track for this particular demo?

I don’t like to make only one kind of music. I make minimal, techno and progressive and I like to change my sounds to find new inspirations. I like to mix every sound as one big thing. Minus minimal style is very particular and unique; Gaiser’s sound is very impressive.



Do you feel like the Can Elles album has now kick-started your career?

Yes, it definitely gives me more visibility.

Have you had any offers from other labels as a result of the album?

Yes, I receive them everyday but some of the labels don’t offer regular releases and don’t give contracts which I think is a bad method to break an artist’s career.



What equipment do you produce with?

I produce with Ableton Live 7, an Axiom 25 MIDI interface and a TC Electronic 8d soundcard. When I make a track in Ableton I export each channel and put them through Adobe Audition for mastering.

What’s next?

I hope to work again with Minus because I feel I worked well with them.