[Behind the Beat] Florian Picasso Discusses Ultra, His Radio Show, and More
Florian Picasso is a producer on the rise. He was ranked 38th on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list in 2016, and has remixed NERVO, Benny Benassi and more. Fresh off a crazy week at Miami Music Festival and Ultra, Florian Picasso was nice enough to answer a few questions about his new EP and what else he has in the works.
What was your musical upbringing like? How did you evolve into producing music?
I was influenced by hip hop in the early 2000’s, then electronic music, my interest in producing music grew when I was 17! it was organic, I thought it was just the next step for me.
You were recently in Florida playing at both Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival. That must have been amazing – what was that experience like?
It’s such an hectic week, everybody’s here and we get to showcase our new music, I loved being on Ultra’s stages twice! I did a cameo but even if it was short it was a magical moment, props to Nicky Romero and Raiden for the invitation.
In March you dropped your new EP, “X”. What would you like to tell fans about this album?
This EP was all about the new generation and working with friends, this EP has a sound signature and a storyline, it’s not like I just decided to put random stuff inside.
You also recently premiered your monthly radio show, The Guernica Project – can you tell us about that project and how it came to be?
Guernica is a way for me to express my musical taste and show my influences to the world, it was the right time to do it. It’s monthly for now but I’d love to do it more often with guest mixes for example.
I imagine you get a lot of comparisons to Picasso the painter. Have you ever been involved in art forms other than music?
I stick to music actually 😉
You’ve posted photos of yourself with dance music heavy-hitters like Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers. Is there anyone in the industry you’d love to meet but haven’t yet?
I’d love to meet Deadmau5, Disclosure and Flume!
What are you working on now? What can fans expect from Florian Picasso in 2017?
It’s classified top secret for now, but a lot of new music, after summer maybe a small break.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I love cats.
What are you looking forward to in 2017 that should be on the Mix Nation radar?
Looking forward to the summer, catch me in Europe mostly on those big stages or house parties 🙂
Where can everyone follow you?
I’m on tinder… Jokes, I’m on every social media @florianpicasso
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