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In Conversation: Hector Couto

In Conversation: Hector Couto

Combining high energy house with a pinch of Spanish flavour, Hector Couto is a name that has consistently been soundtracking the biggest sun-drenched parties all over the world. The DJ and producer has since taken up reisdency at the legendary Space Ibiza Sunday's for the first time while making a number of other high profile appearances on The White Isle throughout the summer. With the season winding down in Ibiza for another year, we caught up with the man himself for a quick chat about upcoming releases and R&R ahead of his appearance at Egg London for Famila on 10th September.

Hi Hector!

You’ve had a busy few weeks in Ibiza with several gigs at Amnesia not to mention a few other places across the island. How have all the parties been so far this year?
Honestly all the parties have been amazing this summer season! Hugely special was my first time at Music On; the Opening Fiesta at Space was really special because I’ve never played there before. Then there’s Tuesday with Together which are extremely fun along with Sundays at Space with Darius Syrossian.

You’re a staple fixture at Space on Sundays throughout the season, with the end of this year of course seeing the club close its doors for the final time. What does Space mean to you and what do you think about the closure?
This year was my first time playing at Space and playing at the Opening Party for me was such an honour. It’s a shame that a mythical club like Space has to close its doors. The Closing party should be incredible.

It seems like it’s been a pretty intense season so far. Do you have a favourite escape on the island where you take a small break from DJing? Or are you in for the long haul when in the full swing of a season?
Most of the breaks I get I go to La Graciosa, a small Canary Island near Lanzarote which is really great for surfing and fishing. The population Is less than 700 people and it’s full of great beaches and fantastic sea food. It’s a must visit for me after all the rush of the summer season.

As we’ve previously mentioned you spend a lot of your time in the sun-drenched setting of Ibiza. In terms of how this affects you as a DJ, do you find your record selections begin to change when you come to start playing in places like the UK in the winter months?
Not much really as my style moves between house and techno, so I can do my thing in most of clubs and venues in any season.

Looking towards your music, you’ve had some big releases on 20/20 Vision and WOW! Recordings recently. Do you have any other records penned for release over the coming months?
Yes, I’ve got three projects coming out in the next few months, including a remix for my friend Arado on his new EP “Rollin Hard” which comes out on 26th of September on my own imprint Roush.  Another is a remix EP of my 'Parental Advisory' release which will be coming out on my label at the end of October with remixes from Ralph Lawson and DJ T. Finally, i'll be doing a remix for Harry Romero on Darius Syrossian's imprint Do Not Sleep.

Whilst in the midst of so many gigs, how do you manage to keep your collection up to date? Are you someone who allocates a good portion of time to strengthen your collection
Definitely, I always spend sometime looking for new music and artists. I think this is an important part of being a DJ if you want to improve on your sets.

Have you stumbled across any up and coming producers lately we should look out for ?
Latmun & Luuk van Dijk are two great young producers right now !!

How do you find the transition between summer and autumn? Will you be taking some time off for some R&R?
Sure I have booked a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with my closest friends for January, so we will R&R a lot!

You’re playing for Familia at Egg in London on September 10th. Have you played at the club much before and what can we expect from you here?
I love to visit Egg London !! it’s a great venue with a fantastic crowd and great staff. I’m ready to rave all night long with all the London clubbers, so be prepared for a set full of energy and great house vibes! 

Thanks Hector!

Familia 10th Sep flyer

Interview by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Phuture Traxx

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