Heatbeat (Agustin Servente and Matias Faint) are an Argentinian trance and electro house production duo that formed in 2006. Since then, to today, FL Studio is a big part of what they do...
Tell us about how you got into music ?
Matias: I would describe myself as a simple geek guy. Since my childhood I had different musical tastes. But I am a lover of music in general: classical, rock, metal, alternative, trance, techno, breaks, pop, tango. Many of my family are musicians and have learned a lot from them
Agustin: I have 3 older sisters, so i grew up listening to the music they loved. 80's music like Depeche Mode, 90's music like Garbage, a little bit of Brit Pop , but dance music always get my attention. Tracks such as Paul van Dyk - for an angel were the world for me. I wanted to learn how to do it, but as a hobbie...I think a lot of people start like that.
We heard video games influenced your music?
Matias: Video games inspired me a lot. I loved Sonic 2, 3, Mario world, Casino night. There are many easter eggs of games in our tracks.
Agustin: For me , its all about video games. From Pokemon to Lineage. but right now I am trying to play games that dont consume my life too much, I still have responsibilities. Games like Lineage 2 or Skyrim are almost impossible to play if you dont get them a proper time :)
How did you start music production?
Matias: For my 7th birthday, my parents gave me a synthesizer as a present. I practiced very hard with it, it was perfect to me. Not only the fact that I could play music but also I could create and produce music with it. At that time, I had 2 aims; get to know to compose music and also to learn to create sounds.
The fact that stopped me at that time was the high price of it in Argentina. So, I decided to get an emulator such as Rebirth. At the same time, Internet was recently spread so I went to music production magazines for samples.
How did you start using FL Studio?
Matias: I remember, I had a demo from an electronic music production magazine; I installed it. At that time I tried the piano roll, I knew it was perfect to me. I got obsessed with the software, and I downloaded every new version of it. I learnt new features and characteristics. Every day of my life I played it and created new tunes.
It happened to me, one day, my computer was broken; so, I went to cybercafé and I saved the demo of the FL Studio. I used it to create a new track and export it to mp3, so I can listen to; in my phone and shared with my friends! I was very much into it! Then I got another computer and tried with new tracks. Then I met Agustin in an electronic music production forum.
Agustin: It was all because of recommendations, I checked on the internet in some production forums that recommended FL Studio, because of the interface, that it was more friendly user than other ones. Once i get in , i never went out, its been ages and i still recommend it.
What does FL Studio mean to your productions?
Matias: It covers all I need. I tried different DAWs. The interfaces are kind of boring and complicated; whereas with FL studio you can work just double click. FL studio means everything to me.
Agustin: Everything, we work 100% on FL Studio, we don't even need another software to master the track, because we mix the track while we are producing it, inside the FL Studio. There's not even 1 track of Heatbeat that wasn't made on FL Studio.
Tell us about your production environment & toys?
Matias: Basically, I work with a gaming computer; I am always updating it. I got Korg MIDI controllers and M-audio, also. I rarely used them; to improvise with piano sounds. I can spend lots of hours doing that, I love it! But, when I want to create tracks I am passionate about making a musical note visible with the mouse. I use the MIC Yeti to sing and I also, got an acoustic guitar. In my room, you can find Mario and Sonic toys everywhere. When I am producing, they are my company.
Agustin: The studio is a mix between toys , gaming consoles, DVDs, comics and the computer. We always tried to sit down in the studio and make some music, but when we dont feel inspired, we jump to the x-box or Nintendo 3ds. Then we go back to FL and the magic starts :)
Do you have any links you would like to share?
Matias & Agustin.