When we first talked to Hernan Cattaneo
several years ago, the Argentinan DJ was climbing the ranks of the
world's top DJs, having been "discovered" by Paul Oakenfold
through his residency at the Buenos Areies superclub Pasha. Soft-spoken,
modest to a fault, and wanting to give the same exposure to other
up and coming DJs by sharing his double mix CDs, he was as unspoiled
as the beaches from his home. Fast forward years later, Hernan's
Volume 2 Renaissance Masters CD is on the shelves, his #6 ranking
in the 2004 DJ Mag Poll has cemented him among the DJing elite,
and his non-stop world touring has turned him into a club-hold name.
He may have the shine of success but underneath the gloss (and even
that's real) the music and the man remain the same. One listen to
his sets and CDs and you can hear it, or just check out his straightforward
answers to our Quick Five interview questions!
Raves.com #1: How would you describe the music youve included
on Volume 2, and how is it different from what you had on Volume
It's not really different from Volume 1. I always use the music
I play in my sets so its always a reflection to my DJing. There
will be some deep house, some techy house, prog and breaks for sure.
CD1 is the deep, house and funky and CD2 is the more prog and clubby.
as I've said, same as my club sets.
#2. Volume 1 was so successful, did you find it made it harder
to do a second one or did you do anything differently because of
It wasn't harder nor easier. I always use the music I like and
choose producers from all over the world. It was this way on my
Perfecto CD 4 years ago, the Volume 1 from last year or this one
coming out now. Actually the more well-known you get the better
music you should play. Not compromising quality is more important
now than ever. It would be very easy to make a really commercial
CD now I'm been getting more popular, but that would never be me.
#3. You made an incredible jump up to #6 DJ Magazine's Top
100 list - where were you when you heard the news and what did you
do or say the minute you found out?
I was in London and a very well-known DJ called me a few hours
before the official announcement and told me the news. What did
I do? I felt really good about it, its very nice to be recognized
at that level. And I called my manager to share the news.
#4. What would be something that you could tell us about you
that very few people (or even no one) knows?
Not loads, really I'm a really simple person. My life is all about
the people I love and the world of globe trotting DJing. No much
extra time left for many other things. Still, I love movies, swimming
and just quit smoking!
#5. What's coming up for you in the rest of this year?
Loads of gigs for the Renaissance CD, next weeks 3 gigs at the
WMC then a few festivals in South America, Coachella, and all the
european summer seasson. More studio in between travels as well
and the launching of my new digital record label