Baunder – Don’t do it for the fame and every other cliche’d phrase you can think of

Pablo Alejandro Carr or Baunder as you may recognise him is a man that will probably be best know for his work with production partner Oliverio Sofia as Soundexile. The pair decided to form Soundexile back in 2006, and since then have produced a number of incredible progressive tracks across labels such as Sudbeat, Natura Sonoris, Urban Torque, Hope Recordings, Balance Music, and Perspectives Digital. The pair have a very strong working relationship with Hernan Cattaneo having worked with him on a number of productions, and albums including 3 on Renaissance and his releases on Balance Music.

Baunder has released a number of solo productions and remixes since 2005, and has seen his work appear on labels such as Kaya Records, Baroque, Segment Records, Armada Music, Electribe, Sudbeat, and Plattenbank. His most recent releases were “Neptunia” on Sudbeat, and a remix of “Natural Fear” on Plattenbank. Both of which were very well received in the progressive fraternity.

We welcome Baunder to Decoded Magazine for a chat about his work as the duo Soundexile, his sound, and what he has planned as his solo project during 2015.

You were born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can you tell us a little bit about your upbringing, and how you first became exposed to music?

Unlike many artists, I don’t come from a very ‘musical’ family. Even though my dad used to DJ at his friends’ parties, we mostly listened to radio at home. We did have an old record player, and I used to play my dad’s 45s every time I could. I still keep many of them. Artists like Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Del Shannon, and of course, The Beatles.

But I’d have to say it was my eldest brother who really got me into music.

Who were some of your strongest musical influences when growing up?

I grew up listening to varied artists, from Pink Floyd to The Cure, and Tangerine Dream to Alpha Blondy & Pablo Moses. Reggae & Dub got me into heavy beats and bass. In the late 80s I got really interested in Hip Hop and the use of sampled beats. Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys is a great example, and was a big influence in my early years (I still play it in my car from time to time)

You mention that you first began “producing and playing in the late 90s”. What did this consist of? Are you an artist that comes from a classically trained background?

Not really, I took some music lessons when I was a kid, but I learned mostly “by ear’. I began djing at parties in the late 80s, but didn’t start with music production until 1998. My first instruments were an old Roland sampler and a drum machine. I learned them inside out before I got my first synth, as it was an expensive hobby at that time.

You formed Soundexile back in 2006 along with Oliverio Sofia. How did you guys meet, and what made you decided to form the duo that has since gone on to produce so many big tracks?

I first met Oliverio’s brother, at the time when they used to have a record label called Offside Recordings. They asked me to remix an Oliverio track called ‘God Call’, and from then on, we started collaborating and working together. Our first track was made via Skype as we were living in different cities in Spain. In 2006 we both moved back to Buenos Aires, and began working together on a regular basis. And we’ haven’t stopped since then!

Can you tell us a little about how you came to work with Hernan Cattaneo, and how you came to work with him on so many productions and albums?

Back in Creamfields Buenos Aires 2007, Hernan opened with his own edit of a Soundexile track called ‘Drinking The Truth’ and the reaction was so great, that we got together for a track that ended up being ‘Pastida’ which was included in one of his Master Series CD for Renaissance. Since then, we’ve worked on 4 compilation albums, over 30 original tracks and plenty of remixes.

Your solo project Baunder has been on and off since 2005? Is this something you plan to focus on more from 2015, or is your focus still going to be primarily Soundexile?

My main focus is still Soundexile, but I recently started working again under my Baunder alias, because I feel I never got the chance to really explore my own musical style. Working on your own, sometimes leads to great experimentation and change the way you feel about the music you make. I also have a new project with a friend in Washington, but I’ll keep that as a secret for now…

Let’s turn out attention to your recent music for a few moments. You have recently released “Neptunia” on Sudbeat, and a remix of “Natural Fear” on Plattenbank. What other tracks can we expect to here from Baunder this year?

I’ve also finished a remix for Particles (Proton label) for an artist called Huminal, and started working on a couple of new tracks that should see the light of day later this year.

When you are working on a solo project do you have a particular work flow process for a track? Is there a particular element you always turn to first when writing a track?

I normally start with a chord progression over a basic beat, just to get the mood of the track. Being the frustrated drummer that I am, I love working on beats, and spend a lot of time chopping and resampling myself. My synth work is all done in hardware, so I spend a lot of time programming my sounds, automating them on the fly, and then recording them to audio. That gives me a lot of freedom, and at the same time it makes me prone to mistakes, but I love happy accidents!

Do you find it easier to work on your own in the studio or alongside others such as your studio partners Oliverio Sofia and Hernan Cattaneo?

It’s just two different ways of working. I like being in command of the studio but when you work with others, you sometimes have to step aside, and let them work their magic. A fresh perspective is always welcomed when you’re stuck!

Come on, spill the beans, what is it like working with Hernan and Oliverio in the studio? Any bad habits?

Bad habits? YES! we talk too much! I can’t really describe it as working. We developed a great friendship over the years, so it’s quite normal for us to get together, have a meal, talk, work on some music, and then talk some more.

Do you have your own studio or is it a studio that is shared by yourself, Oliverio and Hernan?

We all have our own studios. I’ve been building mine since 2006. It’s a very comfortable place that invites me to dig in and experiment. I’m always investing in new gear, but at the same time, I try to keep it simple.

Over the years you have seen the music industry change massively from the days of vinyl, to digital, to the reliance on social media. What have been some of your biggest obstacles during your lengthy career in the industry?

I actually think that things got easier and simpler during the last couple of years. No more heavy vinyl bags, no more uncomfortable CD wallets. Just a couple of pen drives, and you’re good to go. Relying on social media can be a bit of a bore, but done right, you can get access to a lot of people (fans and promoters alike) that might have been unreachable years ago.

There are many young budding DJs/producers out there. What advice would you give to those looking for a career in the music scene?

Never give up. Have patience. Perseverance is the key. Don’t do it for the fame and every other cliche’d phrase you can think of. It all comes down to making music because you want to. No one is forcing you!

In a recent interview with Decoded Magazine, Dave Seaman made the statement “A computer file carries no emotional bond like vinyl did or even CDs to a degree”. Is this something you agree with, and what are your thoughts on the statement?

I do agree. When I started showing my music to people other than my friends, I had to send physical packages to them. That cost money. It was an investment. I would only send something that I was really happy with. Today, you just upload the track and send a link. There’s no attachment to it (other than the one in the email)

Did you manage to get up to the Miami Winter Music Conference this year, and do you find these kind go gatherings as useful as they once were?

I haven’t been to WMC this year, but I think it’s a good way to meet with other people in the industry…maybe people you regularly speak to via email, but have yet to put a face to the name. And it looks like good fun too!

I believe you are playing in Europe over the summer on a number of occasions including an appearance at Sonar. Can you tell us a little about you plans in Europe over summer?

Next week is my 40th birthday, so as a present, I will be traveling with my girlfriend around Europe for a over a month. During that time I will be playing in an Off Sonar party in Barcelona with Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren and a couple of good friends. After that it’s time for France, England, Holland, Germany and maybe Greece.

When you are back home and kicking back relaxing where are some of your favourite places to hang out?

I love staying at home and relaxing to music. I enjoy cooking a lot and might do a Chef course in the near future.

Can you tell us some of your favourite places to DJ?

‘La Boîte’ in Tucuman and Bahrein in Buenos Aires are two of Argentina’s best clubs. La Feria in Chile is amazing, and so is Club Mago in Japan.

You recently posted a video on Facebook of what sounded like a very impressive deep progressive track. Can you tell us more about this and when we might expect to see it out for release?

It’s in demo mode and unsigned as we speak. Hernan and myself have been playing it and the reactions have been great. I started it during my Asian tour last year. It’s meant to be some sort of compilation of the emotions I felt while traveling and playing in Korea, Japan and China, and the great people I met there. I’m currently working on a second track to accompany the EP.

Finally, is there any exclusive news you can give us about Baunder, and what is planned for 2015/2016?

The most important thing should be the music. So 2015 will see plenty of new music by me ;)

Track list

01. Ina Becker – About You (Noraj Cue remix) [Cinematique]
02. Beatamines – Groove Symphony (Original mix) [Einmusika Recordings]
03. Cani – Leske (Original mix) [Akbal Music]
04. Guri, Eider, Wiki & Oneplus – Feel (Dub mix) [WONNEmusik]
05. Hermanez – Blue Field (Original mix) [Trapez Ltd]
06. Framework – Fundamental (KatrinKa remix) [Great Nights]
07. Teho – Babylonia (Clawz SG remix) [Manual Music]
08. Moritz Guhling – Beyond Gravity (Original mix) [Manual Music]
09. Sezer Uysal – Le Grand Labyrinthe (Unique Repeat remix) [Manual Music]
10. Superlounge & Forrest – All On Me (Maher Daniel remix) [Motek Music]
11. Art Department – Catch You By Surprise (Guy Gerber remix) [No.19 Music]

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!