- Published on Friday, 17 January 2020 12:40
With a vast catalogue that spans from Knee Deep In Sound to Stereo Productions and Do Not Sleep, Southampton's Ronnie Spiteri has made a name for himself during the last years, becoming a reference point for the whole UK scene. He's now back for the 3rd time on Alan Fitzpatrick's label We Are The Brave, showcasing his attitude and versatility in the studio, as he's always been able to deliver both techno and tech-house brilliant cuts.
Your 'Dèjà Vu' EP marks your third appearance on WATB. Seems like there's a good connection between you and the label! Do you think it's because WATB represents your actual idea of sound?
Yes, this is my third release with the label and I’m buzzing about it. Also, it’s great to have my mate A.S.H on the remix! Brave always allows me to express myself as an artist and musically I think it fits well for both of us.
Tell us more about the making and ideas behind the track and the remix from A.S.H.
The idea behind the track was to make something with an old school feel but with a modern sound. It took me about 5 versions to finish the track. The final version has been tried and tested thoroughly and it’s getting a lot of great reactions from the crowd, especially when I played at the show with Eli Brown at Hull Tower! It went off!
The remix is on point and it was a nice addition for A.S.H to take it a little tougher with his sound, really happy with the remix and fits perfectly into the final package
What about your Kenja Records label? With a high-quality catalogue, it represents your more deep and techy side. Why haven't you proposed this sound on your productions lately?
I have 2 releases already booked in for the label, and I’m making an album for it later this year, so you should expect more to come about that soon. The two upcoming releases are very deep and chunky musically speaking, and can’t wait for them to drop, as my sound has progressed into a slightly harder and energetic vibe that it has been before.
What are the plans for Kenja in 2020?
As mentioned above, those releases and my album. The album won’t be something that I’d play in clubs, and it's going to be more of a listening piece of music that I’ve written. We also have releases planned with Markus Homm, Oscar L, Chus & Ceballos and more!
I am excited to be getting a solid release schedule planned for the label this year, it’s something I have wanted to do for a while and these guys are all putting their own stamp to Kenja.
Name the label of your dreams where you'd love to release next.
I would love to get a release on Drumcode, for my tracks which are more ‘techno’. I still have the rolling chunky side to my music, so those releases I would love to see on Hot Creations! Both awesome labels which I have always looked up to.
'Multiply' was definitely one of your high-lights tracks if not a true "turning point" for you, I believe. Do you think that there's a turning point in every DJ career nowadays? And have you felt that 'Multiply' was something different from your other tracks?
Yeah ‘Multiply’ def got a few heads to turn and I was really grateful to Daly (Hot Since 82) for believing in my music. I believe that when it’s your time to shine, you will. Just be all about your music and enjoy it. Hard work pays off, but it goes a long way. I think maybe there is always some kind of turning point after the hard work, maybe it's a track that blows up or a gig that gets you a lot of exposure. But I always think, whatever or wherever it is, it was just the time for you.
Special plans or announcements for 2020?
My special planned announcement for 2020 is that I have just been signed by Alan Fitzpatrick and his new management team. They are taking the reigns now for all my career, and I couldn't be happier to be a part of such a good team of people. I am making an album for Kenja, which is going to be a huge musical focus for me and a big project and then I will also be doing a collaboration with Alan towards the end of the year. Really excited for things to come!
Ones to watch / upcoming artists for 2020?
Definitely watch out for follow brave Artist A.S.H he’s cooking up some big tunes at the moment.
Words by Francesco Quieti
- Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:12
Italian groover Leon has been one of the most present names in the electronic circuit. Having joined Marco Carola's Music On, since its foundation, Ruggero aka Leon had the chance to play in every corner of the world, including Amnesia Ibiza, Cielo NY, Space Miami, Fabric London, Rex Paris and the infamous DC10 Ibiza, becoming also resident DJ of the recently closed iconic Italian club Cocoricò. He can also boast a wide catalogue of releases on labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Snatch! and Deeperfect. Leon is also the owner of D-Floor Records and Chelsea Hotel Records, a siter-label created to share his deeper and more-minimal side.
Ciao Leon! We're so glad to have you here! First of all, I'd like to ask you about one of the biggest fun facts about you. For those who don't know, Leon is the brother of another famous DJ and producer, Pirupa. How does it feel to be the brother of such a popular DJ like him? And how's the relationship between you two?
I have such a nice relationship with my brother (Piero) Pirupa, we often have calls from different parts from the world and confront each other, although even if we have different in musical tastes and we have taken different paths. Unfortunately, we don't see each other a lot because I live in Italy with my family while he lives in London, but sometimes we find time to do some tracks together: we have a very strong one which has been already hammered by Carl Cox, Marco (Carola) and Jamie (Jones), but we still don’t know what to do with it because of the over-saturated music market. There's always the risk of making the wrong choice, turning a 'super track' into something that will be forgotten in 1 month! Our collaborations are always very housy and not so "dancefloor-oriented", but have gone very well, reaching high places in the charts and played by many artists.
I like being Pirupa’s brother, he spends so much time in the studio working on new music, while I spend most of my time searching for new music. Many of our collaborations are born because I've sent him an idea like a small loop to work on. I was born as a DJ (and I'm the older brother) and I had many gigs since I was young (and he was even younger), while he immediately jumped into the production side. He later started mixing too. But this is more than 15 years old! Now we're both DJ and producer and we always try to do our best not to disappoint our followers.
Why haven't you started a career as a duo together?
I think that we didn’t embark on a career together maybe because we didn't feel the need. We've never talked about it accurately, providing like some marketing strategies to launch a duo on the market. Also, I think it’s easier for a DJ to be alone, you know, you always have to deal with what you like (talking about music) and get excited with. As I've mentioned before, when I started my career, I already had some good contacts, alongside some releases and gigs, while he came out a little later, moving towards a genre bit different from mine.
And now, finally, back to the music! What about your Chelse Hotel Records label? Will the label release again new music?
I'm glad you've asked me this. Chelsea hotel Records is the label that represents a more minimal and experimental sound that I really like. Right now there are 8 vinyl releases and some have exceeded even the 600 copies, reaching the first places on some deejay.de and decks. I've stopped the label 1 ago and I don’t even know the reason, but It will open its door very soon, with an EP from two talented guys from Turin called YOUNIVERSE. The motto behind the label will always be 'less is more'', with the aim on making few but well-rounded vinyl releases (200/300 copies). I've also decided to release a darker and more dub sound on Chelsea, a shade that I’ve always liked.
It's very difficult to catalogue you about a specific musical genre. You use to space from dub rhythms (like your collaboration with David above) to more dancefloor tech-house cuts. How has your sound evolved over the years? And where is it going to?
Actually, It’s not easy to do it because over the last 10 years I’ve played from small clubs to 10,000 people festivals, so my music changes depending on where I'm playing. I like to be eclectic as much as I can and I prefer longer sets so create a real connection with the crowd, starting from slower and dub stuff even to techno, instead of doing 1 hour and a half sets that make no sense at all for me. Talking from the studio-side, I've done from dub techno to tech house, a genre that represented me a lot during over the years, connecting me with Music On family and Marco Carola. Now I’m back into a more-experimental phase if you can say so, always keeping a house soul. But It's also happened to find myself playing Joy Orbison stuff too, so everything can happen!
Your latest EP has been released on Italy's AdMaiora Music, tell us more about it.
My latest release called 'Game Over' consists of 2 totally different tracks. The first one, Game Over, is darker than the other and features techno sounds like a straight 909 for the drums (I think you can clearly hear it). The other one, Jump, despite being a tech club stomper, always remains in the "house side" that I really like. I'm very happy about this EP and I really admire how the guys from AdMaiora Records are working... keep an eye on them!
What about the future? Are there particular names - Italian and not - to keep an eye on?
Wow... that's a good question! I think that an Italian name that has rapidly taken the scene with his incredible skills as a DJ is Francesco Del Garda. But there are many many others like Quest, Adiel and Edward. If I have to name some international acts I'll say Ateq (as most of the Giegling family), Kvanchi (Bassini resident), Hector Hoaks (on the techno-side), Carlos Valdes, Fernando Costantini. As producers, I really like Andrea Giudice, Mike Earth from NY city, Clone, Stenny and Overmono.
Any anticipation for what's coming in 2020?
I have a lot of stuff coming up this year, some of them are secret and I can't reveal them right now, but I can tell you that I have upcoming music on labels like Crosstown Rebels, Moan, Our House and a remix on Inmotion. I also have some collaborations with lots of friend of mine to be released later this year. On 2020 I’ll have a couple of major residencies and festival appearances to be announced, plus an incoming South America tour, I place that I'm deeply in love with. The Latinos have such huge energy, similar to the one that I find when I play in Italy.
Sincerely, I no longer care to take many gigs per month because we are in such a difficult period for the nightlife in general, choked by social media and protagonism-maniacs and for that reason, I will carefully pick the places to play. I’ve never been a DJ for money, neither to become an Instagram-star (even if it seems to help), I prefer to stay real and I'm not interested in dummy planning based on the likes I could catch. There’s nothing artistic about it and I’m sure it will end very soon because people are getting tired of it. I’m pretty active on social media, but I’m not addicted to it and there’s no strategy behind it to get like. With almost 18 years of experience, I've learned that sometimes a DJ may not be in the best shape but there's nothing wrong with it, we are all human being and it’s totally fine to be criticized in a fair and proper way.
Words by: Francesco Quieti
- Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:26
Since its foundation by Floriane Dubois, Reciproc booking agency has consistently demonstrated that the desire to highlight passionate and emerging artists remains a real asset in the world of electronic music.
With a quality roaster composed of DJs and producers like ALCI, Atree, Ben Balance (BE9), David Nicolas (Sedee), Funk-E, Mandana, Noha and Orli, Floriane has formed her winning “France 98 football team" and has managed to create an organization based on reciprocity and exchange, giving-giving.
We had the chance to have some words with Floriane, about Reciproc story and her own.
It all began a few years ago in the south of France, between Toulon and Marseille precisely where she used to live. Floriane does not come from this now formel club culture environment where everything seems to be organized with great precision. Being born in the 90s, she began to flourish in the illegal environment of free parties/raves where house music reigned and the underground atmosphere has begun its creation little by little.
First and foremost passionate about music, from jazz to hip-hop and dancing, Floriane was very inspired by everything around her, helping her friends to put on parties, decorating and creating the atmosphere. It is by being clearly immersed in the evenings in the forest enjoying crews like Trackerz, Spiral Tribes, Bordel23, or Dropin Caravan during squat parties at 17, - travelling in heavy trucks from Toulon to Prague -, or in Italy and Spain as well that her willingness to getting more involved in music and bring her stone to the building came to her.
French adopted by a family bathed in the arts (her father is the Toulon fine arts’ director), Floriane, Raluca by her second name, has chosen to open Reciproc in Bucharest, the best way for her to reconnect with her Romanian origins, sharing her love to a precise and unique idea of sound.
The most important thing for her has always been to be motivated by passion, by what she felt when she was in these electronic parties and met people from all horizons but united by this love of music. It is thanks to all this that Reciproc was born.
Through this agency, she wanted to show everyone how she fought alone in the past to get where she is today, to thank all those who have believed in her and who still show some support.
During her journey, thanks to her frankly speaking and commercial fibre, she had the chance to work internally as a stage manager for Modernity, what allows her to meet a lot of influential people in the industry, and to throw Reciproc parties with some well-known artists such as Fabe, Tofu Productions (Thomas Melchior & Fumiya Tanaka), Raresh, Suciu, Sonja Moonear, Traumer or Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss).
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This Henry Ford quote has always defined the way that she handled things in her life.
Reciproc is above all a love story with artists she believes in as hard as she is, that she wants to push to the maximum and creating a festive ambience wherever she and the artists of her roaster are.
Whether in Berlin, Paris, Bucharest, Marseille or Toulon, they represent above all a strong vibe of friendship, because it’s in this way that Floriane has begun to work.
2020 will begin on roller coasters with a lot of incoming new projects : a Reciproc tour in the USA in order to make Americans discover the vibe and in Europe with Lion & Lamb London in January, Fuse Brussels in February, Bucharest also (TBA), the anniversary of the booking agency in Berlin in March 6-7 and the launching of a new label named Canopée.
But before all of this, Reciproc will close the year with a wonderful event which is going to be epic: it will take place in Bern, Switzerland hosting one of Apollonia superstar Dan Ghenacia, Reciproc's residents ALCI and Ben Balance.
You got it, Reciproc seems to be one of these agencies to definitely keep an eye on!
- Published on Sunday, 01 December 2019 15:51
Like a phoenix from the ashes, the mighty Cécille Records is back. Established in 2007 by Nick Curly and Marc Scholl, Cécille quickly became a trustworthy and steadfast purveyor of deep tech-influenced music. With its reputation for quality unsurpassed, Cécille helped stimulate a shift in the underground scene, bringing back soul and sensuality to music. The label also attracted a wealth of talent, with these new releases marking their new focus on rhythm, groove and melody in today’s techno heavy dance floors.
Making his debut on Cécille is a producer that needs little introduction: New Jersey’s Harry Romero. Over the last 20 years, Harry’s music has soundtracked the great dance floors of the world. Tracks such as diverse as ‘Cro-Magnon’, ‘Tania’, ‘Night @ The Black’ or ‘Mas Pito’ (as Mongobonix). Now signed to every high-profile label around, from Subliminal to Crosstown Rebels via Bambossa, his constantly shifting, consistently groovesome beats and super-distinctive drums have cemented him as a world-class act. (text credit to Philip Panov via thesoundclique.com)
Don't forget to buy 'Harry Romero - Mood Vision' EP on Beatport: http://bit.ly/2YbIoVD
Hey Harry! How does it feel to be the first one to be back with an original EP on Cécille?
I mean it truly is an honour to kinda be the first for their second round. If their first round is any indication of where things are going for the Cécille camp then I am in great hands with this EP.
What has Cécille represented to you?
I don’t mess with labels that are not quality. And I consider Nick Curly a music buddy, so for me, it was really a no brainer to submit a couple of tracks for release. I’m always about quality so I associate with it, and Cécille is definitely that.
For me, it is definitely one of the most important labels ever. Can you name some more labels you’re really close to?
I have a really good professional relationship with labels like Ovum, Tronic, Moon Harbour, and Rebellion/Crosstown Rebels to name a few.
Tell us more about the EP and if there’s a particular story behind any of the tracks?
I wish I had an amazing story or anecdote surrounding this EP. It’s really simple and organic how it came about. Nick Curly messaged me and explained how he wanted to bring Cécille back and asked if I’d like to release on the label. I of course obliged and a week or so later I sent over ‘Mood Vision’. He loved it and asked for a second track to complete the EP. Then I sent over ‘Purge’ and the EP was done. Pretty easy and simple. Just how I like it.
Any thoughts on the actual tech-house scene? Can the return of Cécille bring back some old flavours, changing the direction during the next years?
This is a tough one for me to tackle because I have many colleagues that make some really dope tech-house. So, this comment excludes them. But generally speaking, I’m quite bored with what’s being called tech-house at the moment. It’s become very cookie-cutter, paint by numbers and I’m not about that. Which sucks because a lot of good music gets lost in the quagmire of mediocre music. Sad really but I suppose it’s the sign of the times and we just have to dig deeper to find those gems. I think as long as we keep the quality control up we should have some interesting and insuring music in 2020. I know Cécille got it on lock!
You seem to be a relentless producer over the last 20 years, a pretty huge rate nowadays, where some of the longest active DJs have stopped to produce music. How do you feel about it? Do you feel more your producer side or your DJ-side?
I may not be the best person to ask this because making music is as much a part of my life as eating or sleeping. I can’t see myself stopping making noise no matter how busy the calendar gets. It’s just who I am. The DJing sometimes feeds to creativity in the studio and vice versa. It’s a symbiosis for me.
2019 was a huge year for you with a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix aired this summer and a remix for the legendary anthem “Don't Turn You Back” by Danny Tenaglia has released on Hot Creations. Will 2020 will even bigger? Any plans or clues for what’s coming next year?
2019 was just a taste of what’s to come. My team and I are so focused. No joke. I won’t go into detail just yet so stay tuned!
Words by Francesco Quieti
- Published on Thursday, 28 November 2019 13:18
With a career that has seen him playing thousands of parties in his hometown Rome, making him become one of the Capital's lead acts, the 'animae' label founder and Nozoo pillar Fabrizio Sala is a true dancefloor captain, always able to entertain the crowd with a wide and 360-degree musical selection.
Don't forget to check this exclusive Fabrizio mix, who gives us the first chapter of our brand new 'Ambient & Experimental' series, click HERE and enjoy the ride!
During your career, your sound has always been 4/4 house-inspired, but lately, you’re shifting into a new direction, also playing ambient music. Do you want to tell us more about this transition?
I wouldn't call it real change. I’ve always liked more than just one musical genre and often if the place allows me, I like to propose a more intimate sound.
You’ve joined the conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome when you were 12, studying the history of music and music theory. Is this new Fabrizio (ambient) version perhaps a return to your origins?
My studies at the conservatory were fundamental in my journey because it gave me the opportunity to learn about music: I love wind instruments and African percussion, hot sounds that often I found it in ambient and downtempo tracks.
Downtempo is a completely particular and introspective kind of music, a proper trip to investigate into our souls. What would you like to convey when you’re playing this kind of stuff?
My main goal is to share my person through music. I like to offer new sounds also because I buy so much music that often time I can’t play!
You played an ambient set for the Hotel Butterfly closing party on September 27th. What are your main sources of inspiration?
As I said before if the place allows me, I love to offer an intimate sound and the Hotel Butterfly is definitely the perfect place, in Rome at least, to do this. It’s a beautiful garden surrounded by the green right in the city centre of Rome, with great attention to each small detail. There’s a restaurant, a cinema that transmits silent films of the ’20s and “Il Club Più Piccolo Del Mondo” which literally means “the smallest club in the world”. In fact, it gets fully packed with 15-20 people… crazy! So overall it’s a magic place where I can play ambient music, and trust me, the sunset is something of incredible over there.
If I think about your music, my mind immediately goes to the great Eastern Europe lands, where they craft their unique and delicate deep sound. Are you looking to release new music on your label?
Yes, it is. My music is influenced by the sound of Eastern Europe, it’s absolutely an elegant and clean sound. An ongoing journey in which I reflect very much. Right now, I don’t have any imminent releases. All I can tell you is that I’m working on a big album-collaboration, and you guys will be the first ones to know about it as soon as possible.
You’re going to do some parties in Milan with your Animae label. What do you think about this new venture and collaboration?
It’s a wonderful bet, it’s really stimulating when you take an idea “out of home”, out of your comfort zone. I wish all the best for this new adventure.
Now let’s move into your arena: the infamous Goa Club in Rome to talk about Nozoo upcoming parties. On November 30th you’re going to share the console with Aux88, officially opening their new tour. Are you excited about this?
Honesty, I’m always excited when I play music (otherwise I would have stopped a long time ago...). This gig is very important because I think that Aux88 are true living legends. See you on the dancefloor!
Despite you have been in the club-scene for almost 15 years, you have released just a few tracks, remaining one of the last DJ-only in a world where seems to be impossible to separate the DJ side to the producer side. How does it make you feel? How did you "escape" from being a producer?
I've always considered myself more a DJ than a producer, but let's be clear, I really enjoy making tracks, but I have focused all my career on the special connection that every DJ should have with the people. I love the empathy that a DJ can create with the crowd and I love madly to entertain my friends who come to listen to me. In conclusion, I prefer to spend my time in a club/festival, rather than a day locked up in the studio. If I am inspired, I take and run into the studio, but playing my music is the engine that drives me to do this work.
Any shout on upcoming 'Animae' releases? You've been stuck with your label for a while. Do you have some surprise?
After a hiatus of some months, due to small restyling, we will return in December with the seventh release signed by a great Italian friend, unknown to many. It's a record that makes me proud and I'm really looking forward to it.
What was the best night you've ever experienced at Goa Club?
Well, it's pretty hard to say... But I'd say Ricardo Villalobos & Giancarlino.
And your best set?
You shouldn't have to ask me, but the crowd!
You're celebrating 10 years of your party 'Nozoo'. How do you see yourself and the Roman/ Italian scene in 10 years?
I don't know what will happen in 10 years, but trust me, that we (as Nozoo), like other realities in Italy, are working so hard to make of our cities better places.
We're almost close to the end of the interview, and I'd like to reserve the last question to our future talents. Can you name us some Italian artists to keep an eye on?
It's always exciting for me to discover new talents, especially if they come to my country. I'd say The Black Pony Orchestra, Christopher Ledger, GNMR, viceversa, Orli, Randaru, Pressure Point and Togue. They are the first ones that come to my mind. They're giving so much to our scene lately.
Words by Caterina Fidelbo & Francesco Quieti
- Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:12
Cluj Napoca talent Macarie is one of the most interesting acts right now. With releases on labels like Default, Cedesciu Wax he takes by storm the European "rominimal" movement. Founding Midas Touch was just a matter of time, giving birth to the perfect place where he can showcase his idea of micro and deep house without boundaries. The first release comes by Chrivu, another young Romanian talent.
Click HERE to check his latest podcast for MEOKO and don't forget to order Midas Touch 001 | Chrivu - Music Brought Me EP (incl. Vlad Arapasu remix)
We all know that Romania is recognized for its underground artists. How do you feel about being part of this movement?
It’s pretty awesome, I think that is a major benefit for the carrier I have chosen and I am glad for this. It is a great advantage because this way I make connections much easier with Romanian artists.
Who are your favourite artists?
When did you start producing and performing and which is the kind of music you approach?
I start producing 4 years ago and my first performance was 3 and a half years ago. The style I approach is minimal, for sure, with some jazz, blues influences. I am trying to make a great mix of any good music.
Who/what convinced you to get on the music side? Did you have any person who initiated you or did you learn on your own?
Alexandru Baciu aka Resa, he is the one that brought me to this start. He is a former AVi resident and I started with him a project named R.AM. In 2017, we had our release at Cadenza Lab – Ad Finem EP.
And what convinced you to do it? Curiosity or it was a hobby?
I always had a passion for music. And when I realized that electronic music is suitable for me and I can learn on my own, I stepped in.
What are your main sources of inspiration right now?
Right now I’m following some jazzy, soulful and hip hop podcasts named Tiny Desk concert. And at the end of the week, I try to create something beautiful of what my ears heard.
How would you describe your sets? What would you like to convey to your audience through your music?
Depends on the moment but I would like to describe my sets as a continuous flow. This is a specific characteristic. I love to maintain a constant flow but also catchy.
Can you tell us more about your label project? What surprises are you preparing?
Midas touch is a project based on the idea of supporting newcomer artists. This name is from Greek mythology, whatever Midas touched turned into gold. Metaphorically speaking, I am trying to do the same. About surprises.... all I can say is that I have all prepared for Midas Touch 002! Will be huge!
We would like to find out more about Chrivu. Who is him and how your collaboration started?
Chrivu is a guy born in Iasi, Romania and he is 22 years old. I discovered him a few years ago and since then we are still in touch. During this time, he created a very melodic and clean sound, specific for his style, that attracts me a lot. This is why I insisted on him being the beginner of Midas Touch, and at the same time, I said who could perform better as a remixer, other than my dear friend Vlad Arapasu. And everything was beautifully connected. I am proud of Chrivu and I am glad that I can help him along this path. I foresee a great future for him.
Can we expect to see you soon together, as b2b?
For sure it will be soon. Macarie b2b Chrivu on 29.11.2019 in Stockholm. Can’t wait for this!
We've read about a collaboration between Midas Touch and AjAjAj from Sweden this year. How did you get into it?
Chrivu and I are invited on 29th of November, 2019 at AjAjAj – Midas Touch showcase which will take place in the capital of Sweden.
Who takes care of Midas Touch’s artwork? Everything looks amazing!
Raimund Vernica aka Raid, a young man from Bucharest, who always surprises me with his works! Super abstract and crazy. Exactly what I am looking for. Thank you also to Madis Poldsaar for the really cool logo.
Will Midas Touch collaborate also with non-Romanian artists?
Of course, I will collaborate also with artists outside Romania, we already have some releases scheduled and even a diversified VA where you’ll meet 3 foreign artists.
Can you tell us when Midas Touch 02 will be available?
I don’t know yet, probably in 2020 springtime.
Where can we get Midas Touch releases?
Starting from 27th of November, Midas Touch will be available at Deejay.de, Juno and Decks.
Many thanks for the interview and I hope you've enjoyed it!
Words by Miruna Ioana Dan, Francessco Quieti, Dylan Am
- Published on Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:40
Hailing from Genova, Giovanni Verrina is one of the supporting pillars in the Italian scene: in fact, he is part of the prolific and evergreen duo of Verrina & Ventura (also known as Howl Ensemble). Giovanni is also the co-owner and co-founder of Budapest based All Inn Records (alongside Coldfish and Polarize), which without doubts is one of the most successful labels of the last decade. The value of the All Inn artists is just ridiculous but you can spot big names such as Afriqua, Traumer, Ivano Tetelepta, Nastia, Roger Gerresen, Premiesku and Onur Ozer among many others. During those years, the All Inn family has grown, giving life to sister labels All Inn Black, All Inn Limited and Nilla. We've had a lovely chat with Giovanni, talking about the "All Inn X Years" celebrations and what's coming next for him and the label.
And if you're in Rome on 14th Dec, you definitely can't miss the All Inn Records showcase with Verrina & Ventura + Coldfish (live) @ Circolo Degli Illuminati, one of their many label-nights to celebrate the 10 years mark.
Ciao GIovanni! Glad to have you here. You and your label partners have just celebrated 10 years of All Inn, during which you guys have been released almost 200 tracks. Which one is your personal favourite among all of these?
Ciao guys! It's so good to be here! It is difficult to say what is the best one, they are all my children - ours if we can say so. What I'm most close to, for different reasons, is definitely the remix I did with my partner in crime Germano (under the Verrina & Ventura alias) for Coldfish. We've felt in love for the track since the first listen, but it wasn't so easy to fit it in our set, so we did a re-edit on the fly without even having the parts, and from that moment I've never stopped playing it and it has rapidly become one of my most played tracks, even though it was not officially released yet. It has been hammered by giants like Ricardo and Rhadoo. I remember to have heard the track four times between night and day during a SW edition.... wow!
How did you choose the artists into the compilation?
It was a very natural choice, the long work came later; we asked music to all the artists who had come out with us over the last years, and from there the selection was made as usual following our taste.
How did the name of the label come to your mind? What's the story behind its birth?
The label was born out of the need for 10 years to print music that at that time we wanted to buy ourselves, the name was born right here: "All Inn" a box to put inside all the music we've wanted to play, without making big distinctions of genres, although we have always been faithful to a thin but wide line that goes from the house to the micro house.
Tell us a little bit more about "Jeebers", yours and Germano's track on the compilation.
It was the choice of the last second as my partner Polarize was playing another one for several months now and it was decided to go with that, which honestly is a really huge one, maybe even too much and was not going to balance the album very well. We've sent him other tracks several times over the months, looking for another possibility that could better represent us, but above all that was more consistent with the rest of the tracks we've already chosen. Running a label with a partner is not easy because, despite over 10 years in the business together, sometimes our tastes are still different. After numerous "back & forth" emails, Jeebers has finally arrived, and apparently it was perfect for almost everyone, I must say that it immediately put us in the agreement since the first listening.
How would you define the "All Inn sound"?
It's really hard to define a 10-year journey in a single name, whether it's minimal or house, it has infinite facets that need to be listened to and understood more than just defined and enclosed in a name. During these 10 years, I think that the All Inn sound has changed a lot, but we have always tried to remain consistent with the original sound. One thing that I can clearly affirm, is that we've never followed the fashion of the moment; we went on for 10 years following our taste, sometimes it was universally appreciated, other times less.
With more than 80 releases on the label, I bet you've seen some... Any good or bad memory?
Honestly, I can't think of any anecdotes at the moment, just so many good and bad memories and emotions. One of the best things is one you test a new record in a proper club sound system and you fall in love even more than when you had the first listen in your little studio.
Any clues for the future?
We would like to release 2 or 3 remix-EPs of the album, making some real "all inn" compilations and trying to have onboard our most beloved artists.
You've done an excellent job on the label as A&R, discovering new talents and giving them the attention that they definitely deserve. Who's the best you've ever found out?
Well, this is up to you! We're always looking for new sounds and we are happy if someone that has previously released with us, being completely unknown, has been later on discovered and appreciated by the rest of the world.
And who's the artist that you haven't released yet?
It's not really a name in particular that interests us, but his music. I don't know how much time will pass before making another single EP, there will be so much to work on the remixes, but one above all still remains Ricardo.
After 10 years - a historical milestone given that labels are often short-lived in the industry - you are still on track! Would you ever have imagined it? Any final thanks or shout to a person who has been fundamental to the label in all these 10 years?
If you are in love with what you do, you can do nothing but continue, as you can't live without it. Our success, if we can say so, is due to the fact that we've managed to stay current despite the fact that the sound has evolved so quickly. During these 10 years, we have seen so many changes, from minimal to house, passing through electro, and we've tried, despite the various influences, to remain coherent without following the fashion or the trends dictated by the market. First of all, I would like to thank Germano Ventura, who in recent years has become much more than just a friend, as we've shared everything in these years, mixers, planes, hotel rooms, successes and failures, always staying together with positivity. Last but not least, I would also like to thank my two partners Polarize and Coldfish, both fundamental for the existence of the label since day one. In particular, I would like to thank Coldfish that besides giving a fundamental contribution as A&R, has always taken care of the graphics and the site with kindness and patience not of this land.
Long live to All Inn, wish you guys 10 years more!
Words by Francesco Quieti