Marco Reynaldo is an electronic music producer to not overlook. His motivation for experimentation makes for unique abstract sounds that will fill your ear with joy as you listen to his music. Drawing influence from techno, deep house, and Latin, Marco Reynaldo is able to make for rhythmically complex grooves but is able to keep a simplistic feeling that anyone will be able to enjoy.
This is especially true in his release “Know What to Say”, this dance tune from the moment it begins shows off the huge festival potential. With its rocking deep bass, tasty kick drum, dashes of vocoded vocal splices, and ambient synths, “Know What to Say” makes for the perfect tune to get a whole dance floor moving as one. We were absolutely blown away by how easily Marco Reynaldo was able to get our bodies to move to his music, it’s an experience that you have to see for yourself to truly understand what we mean and we know you will not regret it.
You can find Marco Reynaldo’s release “Know What to Say” here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Marci Reynaldo! We simply can’t stop dancing to “Know What to Say”! Could you talk to us about what your thought process was like for creating this song? Was this process different from how you wrote your other releases?
Not really, I don't have a specific to towards creating a track, but I do have a similar approach when it comes to starting a new track. This one started with the bass line, I wanted something that had a constant unpredictable rhythm. The sounds I selected worked for setting the scene, the vibe, and the tone. I then came across these vocals that suited it perfectly, so I was able to fit them in pretty easily with just a couple of edits.
All of the sounds you created in “Know What to Say” definitely catch our ears attention. How did you create the sounds that were used? Do you have a specific process for creating sounds?
At first, I experiment with a sound to create the starting point for the track. Once I know what kind of sounds I want, I tend to have a good idea of what synths I need to use and how to edit them to get to the sound I'm after. For the beefy part of the bass I used my Sub Phatty synth from Moog. It's analog and it sounds powerful, so I used it to create the attack and the body of the bass. I then used the software version of the CS-80 synth from Arturia's Analog Laboratory to layer it and add more color to the bass. The background sound was used from the same CS-80 but I sampled it to extend the sustain and add a bit of FM modulation. It also has more reverb to it so it fits further back in the mix. A lot of my focus also goes to the hi-hats. I like to layer them a lot and mix them really well so they sound smooth yet still cut through the mix to add to the percussion.
With your desire being to soon perform live on a stage, what are some of those steps you have taken to help achieve that goal? Are there any challenges that you have faced?
Well, I’m currently recording myself doing some short live performances to post and Instagram in order to market myself as an artist and grow my following. The biggest challenge I’ve faced is getting myself booked up for a gig. Once I’m finished with my next couple of projects I will start reaching out to venues to get myself booked. I would also be looking for an agent if possible as I would prefer to work with someone that has more experience in the industry and so I can focus on creating more music.
With some of your inspirations being icons like deadmau5, Richie Hawtin, and Carl Cox, what about them makes them an idol for you? Do you have any tidbits that you draw inspiration from with each of them?
Deadmau5 actually lead me to Richie Hawtin. I first liked deadmau5 because of the sounds he creates, he’s very authentic with synths as he designs his own sounds from scratch most of the time. He’s got really big and phat sounds in most of his tracks and ‘Strobe’ is definitely a masterpiece. Another reason why I idolize him in a way is because of his live performances. This is what lead me onto Richie Hawtin. He’s got an amazing way of adding a live element to his sets and he mixes it well with techno. Which is why I also like Carl Cox, because of how he performs. He’s got a good taste in house music too, so his sets sound pretty authentic. I started getting more into him when he started using the ‘Stems’ controller from Native Instruments in his sets to be more flexible and unique with his mixing.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020? I’m planning to start to DJ live more often on Friday’s to showcase my favorite house tracks from the week, seeing the current circumstances with this pandemic a lot of people are spending more time watching events online. I’m also going to do more short live performances to keep posting content for everyone to watch, but most importantly I’m going to release more new music this year. I’m aiming to release one track a month. As I’m doing it all on my own I also have to spend a lot of time marketing myself.