How did you start?
In 1992 as a speaker on the radio, I worked in radio for 12 years and in 2002 started producing my own music.
Where are you based?
Between Tuscany in Italy and Barcelona in Spain where I spend few months during the year.
Please give an example of your music creative process?
I don’t follow a specific method, I have to say that collecting images is important, from an image I get an idea, then I try to turn that idea into music… I still don’t know how I do this!! But it seems that the invisible creates the visible.
Please tell us about your upcoming debut album?
I grew up listening to ‘albums’, dance albums are often boring and I didn’t want to do that, it’s a real challenge because this album is different from all the stuff I’ve produced so far. I recorded it in Tuscany at il Ciocco http://ciocco.it/en-us/, a wonderful place surrounded by beautiful nature and landscapes, it’s the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on!
What can we expect from your new album?
Now ’m working on more than 20 songs! But I still don’t have an idea of the final tracklist, this album is really varied, different styles and genres… from electronica to tango, from middle east sounds to ambient, a lot of work and collaborations; Stefano Onorati on keyboards and modular, Andrea Guzzoletti on trumpet and duduk, Leo Di Angilla percussions. My dream is to perform the whole record live with these great musicians on stage.
How is it being on Endless?
I don’t think so, on ENDLESS I will release more ‘club’ stuff !
What is your gear setup?
I’m DJ-ing with 4 CDJ 2000 Nexus and a Space Echo Re-20, of course Allen & Heat or Rane mixer. In studio, iMac 27”, Ableton live, UAD Apollo, Native Instruments Komplete 11, Maschine Studio and a lot of software and virtual instruments such as Arturia, Spectrasonic etc.. of course Waves and UAD plug-ins! I mostly mix in the box, I also have several analog drum machines but lately I prefer to avoid to use classic sounds, I prefer to explore new sonic possibilities like the ones coming out these mysterious modular boxes made in Oakland. For the album I’ve also recorded real instruments on the road.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
Luckily, music involves travel and viceversa, it’s a package deal! I’ve been in more than 90 countries and I’m still amazed by the beauty of this world! For me travelling is the most inspiring experience ever.
When I don’t have access to computers or music.. I need to paint. it’s liberating.
Image Credit: Alessandro Stefani
How would you describe your music genre?
Well, basically there are 2 genres of music, I hope good music!
Do you know any music theory?
I believe in emotions, passion, desire, love, I’m not a great fan of theories.
What are your plans for the future?
Apart from the album, this year I’ve already released 2 EPs and a remix, at the moment I’m remixing Davis, a really talented brazilian producer, this remix will be out on ENDLESS in September. ENDLESS is growing up and the future looks bright which means a lot of work.
How did you get into music?
At the age of 8 I started playing trumpet but I had asthma so after one year I started again to study clarinet which was easier to play, I played it for 6 years until I discovered turntables and mixers! true story!
What are you listening to at the moment?
Traditional music from Turkey, Armenia and Iran and I lot of electronica.
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
Michelangelo, James Brown, Muhammed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Giovanni Falcone.
When are you playing next?
In July I will be in Miami, Cuba, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, Monaco (Fr).