Once again we’ve reached across the Atlantic to bring you another local talent who’s bringing a sound we felt we needed to share. FreedomB, or Alberto Arranz, comes to us from the breeding ground of some of our favorite artists ever, Berlin, Germany.
Alberto began his career years ago in his hometown, Madrid. Originally influence by 80s disco and later on by 90s Chicago-house, he carefully molded his own sound until, in 2010, he won the Fanta Robertus Contest– an international scholarship for the arts– and was invited to play in San Francisco. Upon his return he took up an important residency as FreedomB at Madrid’s famous, Session Up club.
After a year at Session Up and practicing his production skills, he was signed to Monza Ibiza Records and in January of 2012 made his move to Berlin. The city’s melting pot of artists, sounds and culture immediately began influencing Albert’s music and soon he was invited to reside at Golden Gate with the monthly Sunday party, Wakeful– which is how we were introduced.
After digging a little more into the Wakeful brand, I ran into FreedomB on Soundcloud and instantly thought “Local Love”. I reached out and Alberto was more than happy to provide the latest installment in our international local artists series. Below you can listen and download his mybeatFix exclusive mix and read our interview to find out a little more about the artist.
Genres you play: Deep / House
Favorite DJ set (by another DJ): Laurent Garnier (LBS) at Timewarp 2010
Your sound in three words: Fun, elegant and lots of groove.
The first song you remember falling in love with: Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight
Clubs you’ve played in: Fabrik (Madrid), Tresor (Berlin), Golden Gate (Berlin), two clubs in San Francisco who’s names I can’t recall. In February I’ll be at The Egg (London) and many more gigs in different parts of my country.
Track at the moment: Any track that makes me dance and feel that special feeling. Anyone who has felt this understands what I am saying.
Classic song: Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Around
Music Label: Currently there are many labels that I’m following. But I have to say that I do not prefer any specific label at the moment. I listen to the music and if I like it, I play it.
Club: I am very fond of Golden Gate here in Berlin. It is the club which allowed me to start DJing as a resident and gave me my monthly session, Wakeful– one Sunday a month with my great friend, Bruno Otranto.
Gig this year: I have really wanted to play at The Egg in London on February 22. It’s a good line-up in one of the best clubs in UK. I’m so excited!
Artist at the moment: With out a doubt, Luna City Express. I have a strong relationship with Norman Weber (Luna City Express) and the truth is, he is a role-model in and out of the clubs. He’s one of my best friends here in the German capital.
EDM Festival: Currently there are many, but if I have to pick one– not only for the music, but for all that it stands for– it has to be Sonar.
Clothing store: The truth is that before I used to buy more clothes. I spent a lot of time wearing Adidas Original stuff, but right now I don’t care, as long as I look good hahaha!
Food: I love to eat, but honestly now that I am in Germany I really miss Spanish food. I’m very proud of the rich history of Spanish cuisine and we appreciate this a lot.
Sync or beatmatch? I have great admiration for people who keep the vinyl format alive today. I also believe that there is a total disrespect to the DJs who play with “sync mode” who are attacked daily. As long as it makes me dance, it doesn’t matter to me which way they play.
Dance or “DJs don’t dance”? As a friend and, in my opinion, one of the best DJs in Spain once said, “the DJ who does not dance is untrustworthy”. So true!! (editor’s note: I second that.)
Big gigs or small gigs? I come from the clubs and I think that the feeling and atmosphere that’s given off at a club is impossible to recreate at a festival, but there are also festivals that have a special vibe. I would say that I like clubs in the winter and festivals in the summer.
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