Intimate Project Music was founded in Brooklyn, NY on August 19th 2014 by Mateo Holguin, Andres Kintero & Andrés Acevedo. Product of the shared vision of experienced djs and producers seeking to expand the underground electronic music scene with cutting edge talent and vanguard sounds. Intimate Project reflects a way of thought that motivates and propels the creation of a space that becomes almost a spiritual zone reserved for like minded individuals that experience music as a way of life. We recently sat down with the crew behind Intimate Project Music
First off, how did you guys all come to meet?
It really comes down to becoming connected through music. Although we are all from Colombia and even share the same hometown-Medellin– we met years later in NYC by sharing the common interest and passion for music. It is one of those stories where meeting one person just leads to another and then suddenly you find yourself part of this community of like minded people in which you find your closest friends and collaborators. Andres Kintero met Andres Acevedo while playing in the basement at Pacha in 2011 and couple of years later we came to meet Mateo at a party somewhere out in Long Island. Pretty much that is how it happened with us three, one thing just led to another and now here you have us, we are trying to make this dream happen and not just for us but for what we feel is our community of friends and artists.
And how did you guys come together to start the label?
Once we defined that we had the same passion and that we shared a common interest in adding something to the NYC music scene, the rest just came naturally although of course with a lot of effort and commitment. The desire to have our own label was always with us, it just took some time to become clear to us how we would do it, especially that we had those tools and skills. Andres Acevedo and Andres Kintero had the opportunity to become better DJs and also enhance their producing skills while working together at a radio station. The work done, ultimately led to meeting extremely talented artists and this became a major motivating factor to really get the ball rolling and work towards what we knew was our ultimate goal as musicians. Because we realized that we gained so much by establishing contact with fellow artists, we started off with throwing parties to create an intimate space for local underground artists to come together and collaborate while having a good time. These parties took the name of Intimate Project which eventually transitioned into something bigger and became what is now our label-Intimate Project Music.
What is the philosophy and mission of Intimate Project?
As any producer, the ultimate goal is to bring forth quality music. When we envisioned intimate Project Music, we saw it as a window of opportunity for talented individuals from the local music scene to express themselves. We recognized that there was a gap in the underground electronic music scene in our community and that many talented local artists were going unrecognized simply because they didn’t have the space to do so or they didn’t receive the support they needed. We know this first hand because we experienced it ourselves so we saw this label as that window and zone for local producers to release. In addition we also recognized that there was a need for local underground artists to establish collaborations and enrichen their productions by working with foreign talent as well, so in that sense we also want to serve as a catalyst for these collaborations to take place by being a label that bridges local talent with international producers of high standing.
What role do each of you play in Intimate Project?
In the standpoint of managing the label, all decisions must be approved by each one of us as well as any new ideas be passed as a consensus. It resembles an ongoing conversation between three different minds on various different topics. We are all creative and have many ideas, we are constantly sharing them with one another and polishing off logistics to make those ideas tangible and although it can be sometimes very challenging, it is also the very reason why it is so exciting. Once we get the ideas flowing, it is just a matter of time until we put into motion the steps to make those things happen. We all have a great chemistry working together and that is what we find most important and in the end rewarding.
On the producing end, the creativity resides on Andres Kintero and Andres Acevedo who are continuously at work in the studio, playing with new sounds, tweaking knobs, and polishing their production skills to deliver refined new sounds.
You guys have been bringing in some great, fresh-faced talent as well as some seasoned artists. Speaking of seasoned artists, we’re really excited for the next release with Fer Ferrari (the Intimate Project remix sounds really killer as well). How’d you land Fer for this EP?
Yes, we are equally excited about this collaboration with Fer. He is truly a talented producer, artist and great human being; working with him has been nothing but a huge pleasure. Our admiration for him motivated us to reach out and introduce ourselves and our sound. We shared with him our vision and goals as an upcoming label and this proposal sat well with him so he accepted to releasing something under iPM. We really believe in what we do, we are professional and passionate and we think that this is a huge factor in establishing alliances with the right people. Like everything in life, it is about finding the right fit and making that work.
Intimate Project has quite an impressive catalogue to start. The first five releases have been great and feels cohesive. Can you tell us about some of the other releases you have in the works?
It is an exiting year for us. We have signed as mentioned before, some incredible talent like Fer Ferrari whose upcoming release is simply sophisticated to say the least. After Fer’s release we have what we view as perhaps one of our most special projects so far, a compilation that we have been working on since day one that we started the label. Putting together some rising producers from all over the world alongside NYC talent, this compilation will serve as an introduction to what our year will look like in terms of upcoming EP’s. It has been a laborious effort, however it has kept us motivated and striving towards following the label’s mission. Moreover, we will continue to have our regular EP series that come out monthly and will be defining the label’s sound. Stay tuned, it will be an exiting year.
You guys are putting on some fun events in some great venues right now. How did Good Room go the other night? We’ve heard great first-hand accounts from friends that were there but we’d like to hear your thoughts… we know how different a party can seem when you’re the one putting it on.
It turned out to be even more than what we expected. It was really a special night for us all, all factors came perfectly together to make it an evening to remember. Sometimes, you find that even though the music is great, the vibe or the venue can be somewhat off and just not flow. For this particular event, there was absolutely nothing off, everything just worked well and most importantly the crowd did not stop dancing, it was a feeling of being high on music.
You have another event coming up shortly in March, can you tell us about that?
Our next event is at The Graham on March 19th for a compilation showcase with the artists that reside in NYC. As we mentioned, the compilation is a special project to us and we want to promote it as much as we can.
We are kind of big design fans here at Forward Disco and we have to know… who is doing your artwork? You guys have a strong, confident logo and a design ethic that is consistent across all mediums.
We have a fabulous graphic designer who is also a great friend of ours, he owns ‘Perfekta‘ and has been collaborating with us for a long time now. We communicate all of our ideas to him and he has the ability to translate that into a design that captures what we were looking for. We think it is very important that both the music and the artwork are linked together, therefore we spend a lot of time on the matter of how we present our label.
We’ve also seen pictures of you posters pasted-up around Brooklyn, that’s an old-school method that you don’t see too many people taking the time to do. A lot of people rely solely on social media to promote their party, do you guys feel that this is beneficial?
As you say not that many people take their time to promote like this anymore and although it is easy to promote via social network, we wanted to bring back something that is old school and most importantly identified NYC. Especially because it is within our vision to expand the music scene, promoting this way, we reach an audience that normally would not know about us or our event especially in a city that is continuously mobilizing on foot, we think there is a lot to be gained in bringing this method back.
What does the future look like for Intimate Project?
The future is unpredictable, but we have confidence, work ethic and we are passionate about what we do so we think that we will continue striving to solidify this label and present to you quality music.
Be sure to catch the Intimate Project crew at The Graham in Brooklyn on March 19, with Boji, Brian Best and The House Cartel.