We are very proud to bring you the exclusive interview of a guy who no longer needs presentation. We refer to Lewis Fautzi, one of the most solid values of the prestigious booking of Pole Group, an outstanding follower of the master Óscar Mulero, whom he admires from the beginning of his meteoric career. The Portuguese talent is undoubtedly one of the best producers of the European scene, target by desire of many events organizers who intend to make a proper techno line-up. His last album, released this summer, ‘The Ascencion of Mind’ (see our breaknews and review), is causing a furor among the most demanding music selectors. On the other hand, Luis Gonçalves (real name) reveals his projects in mind for his own label, Faut Section, from where very soon news will come. We invite you to know deeply about this gem of artist, one of our favorites…
Before getting started, I would like to thank you in behalf of the Grow Sound team for taking the time to answer some questions… Let’s begin!
A few years back, we did not know the existence of Lewis Fautzi. Today, if your name gets mention, it leads us directly to a dance floor where the rawest and most powerful techno touches our bones. What is the secret behind such quick growth towards the top of this music genre? Do you feel perhaps vertigo?
I don’t feel at the top as you refer, I still have a long way to go to reach the top, but I am confident that one day that day will come. But the secret to being recognized is to work hard, as if the world ends tomorrow, that’s how I work every day.
Without a doubt, 2015 was a defining year for you, you began to collaborate with labels as well-known as Figure or Pole Group, providing your own understanding of music. Currently, with which facet would you identify yourself: DJ or producer? Which one of these facets have you developed the furthest in your musical career?
Yes, every year has tendencies to be always better, I like everyone I work with, I do not like to make comparisons of who I like more or less, we all work for the same, for success.
I have to recognise that I follow closely your work as a producer, I was lucky enough to listen your last album for Pole Group: “The Ascension of Mind”… Just fantastic! Can you give us some hints on the production methods you use? What are your favourite “toys”?
To be honest, I’m not a hardware producer, all the hardware I have at home, is stopped. I have a greater desire with software, and I can go straight to what I look for, saving me enough time to develop music.
Nowadays, there is a big debate over digital vs analogic methods, Traktor vs. vynils, Ableton vs. Roland… What are your thoughts on this topic?
I don’t have any opinion about this, everyone is free to work with the hardware they like best, but I am of the opinion that a dj that is a real DJ have to know how to mix vinyl.
It’s been years since you launched your own label: Faut Section. How did it go in the beginning? Can you explain to us what is the idea you try to transmit with it?
Faut Section is like a daughter to me. I know someday she’ll be big.
Soma Records, Figure, Soniculture, Labrynth… You have collaborated with various recognized labels. How is your current relation with these important crews? Have you participated in any of their showcases?
I have a good relationship with Soma’s records, which reminds me that I’ve never played in a Soma showcase. Figure, I also have a good relationship and I had participated in some Figure showcases. Soniculture and Labrynth I don’t have contact with them anymore.
I guess you are proud to have acquire Oscar Mulero and his prestigious booking of Pole Group. What advantages for a virtuoso like you to take part in this refined club of consecrated artists? Do you think it is necessary for young talents to have a well known label to back them up?
Yes, Oscar is big reference to me, and an example to follow, is 100% pure and genuine, it is rare to find this in people. It’s a person I adore. Being part of a platform that is represented by him, it’s a pride to me. The most necessary is to work because as opportunities will appear.
Returning to your origins, specifically to Faut Section… Have you considered incorporating more tracks to your own label? Do you have any personal project in mind in the near future?
Yes, in 2018, I’m going to release an EP on my own label, I don’t know yet if it will be only one, I have many projects in mind for a Faut section.
Your first influences were the techno scene in northern Portugal, particularly in the area around Oporto. Are you going to stay nearby your motherland, or do you think it’s best to move to a techno scene hub such as London or Berlin? Where would the perfect home for Lewis Fautzi?
I love to live where I live, and I don’t think I’ll ever change for any other country. I really like other countries and cities that inspire me, but my home is my home.
Since your explotion in techno planet, you have played in some of best festivals and clubs of the world: Neopop, Berghain, Tresor, Gare, Lux… Which one would you consider as the place to be? Where would you like to play that you haven’t?
Yes, I consider myself lucky to have been through many of the best clubs in the world, I don’t like to make comparisons, each one is special in its own way. About where I would like to play, there are so many clubs I don’t even know where to start, but I can name a few like Fabric in London, Output in New York, D-Edge in Brazil, etc.
Thanks for answering all my questions, I took great pleasure reading your thoughts. It is great to see how young artists find their way towards the techno scene. I hope your unstoppable progression continues as it has done so far. The success you are cultivating so rapidly is not by chance. I hope to see you in the Netherlands, where I am currently living.
Thank you so much, I’ll see you soon.
Interviewer: Pablo Ortega