Italian DJ, producer and Endless record label head Luca Bacchetti has built a huge reputation on the strength of his production. His sonic soundscape oscillates between entrancing electronica and techno fully aligned by a particularly strong sense of melody and ambience. Apart from spreading his signature twists and musical turns through myriad productions and remixes, the past few years have seen the Italian rack up plenty of frequent flyer points, playing shows across the globe. Ahead of his upcoming gig at The Brooklyn Mirage and Burning Man, Luca Bacchetti gives us a taste of his broad sonic scenery with 5 EPs that traverse beautiful realms of sound whilst being hard to pin down to exact genre markers.
MAX LODERBAUER – BRIGHTBIRD REMIXES
Max Loderbauer is back to lend his unique interpretive skills to the master recordings for the Brightbird album by João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Mário Franco and Samuel Rohrer. Loderbauer’s role as electronics operator in the similarly attuned Ambiq trio has already shown that, through his mastery of tone color, he has a talent for teasing out the additional hidden details within an apparently ‘complete’ sonic environment. It’s a task he manages to accomplish without ever overriding or contradicting the cohesive message provided by his collaborators.
Italy is without a doubt one of the most picturesque countries in Europe.
Known for its delicious food and wine, rich history and huge culture, the Mediterranean country attracts more than 15 million tourist per month in the summer.
Though there’s more to Italy than gastronomy and history. The country’s nature is equally impressive – from the Alps in the northern region of Tyrol to the the lush vineyards of Tuscany in the heart of the country, going all the way to the breathtaking islands of Sicily and Sardinia in the south.
Aside from Rome, Naples and Sicily, the south of the country is also famous for being home to the sun-kissed region of Apulia.
Also known as Puglia, this region boasts the longest mainland coastline in the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto. Apulia is also famous for its olives, with the region’s up to 60 million olive trees generating as much as 40% of the country’s olive oil output.
Nature and food aside, Apulia offers some of the most incredible beaches in the country. With Salento, Gallipoli, Vieste and Polignano a Mare all nested in the region, it’s no wonder Apulia plays host to some of the best sunsets you can see in Italy.
This August, Apulia will also host the Italian edition of international music festival Corona Sunsets. The Italian episode of the international outdoor festival will be headlined by Israeli house stalwart Guy Gerber, South African house hero Culoe de Song and French live maestro Rodriguez Jr. and London-based DJ and producer Kidnap.
In addition, Corona Sunsets Italy will also see performances by Amsterdam-based melodic house DJ Miss Melera and local hero Luca Bacchetti.
Just a couple of weeks before his performance at the festival, Luca has compiled a special guide to Apulia, which will help festival-goers experience the magic of the region to the fullest.
Places to visit
Alberobello, which literally means beautiful tree is a small town in Apulia. The town is famous for its unique trullo (plural: trulli) buildings – a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
Polignano a Mare, located on the Adriatic Sea, is a town of Greek origins. It overlooks the Adriatic sea, standing on a steep rocky cliff cut by a deep gorge. Because of the karst nature of the cliff, there is a number of caves that were inhabited by the prehistoric men. Among these marine caves the Palazzese grotta, is the most enchanting one and is an absolute must-see.
The gorgeous port of Porto Bianco, located just on the edges of Polignano A Mare, is a perfect location to shoot all your lovely Insta-worthy shots of the town and the crystal clear waters of the sea.
The beautiful Castro is imbued with history and legends. It is perched on a precipitous cliff, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, 48 km away from Lecce and, stretching towards the sea, it becomes a marina awarded the Blue Flag.
Down below, Castro Marina comes alive in the summer months, with bars, restaurants and cafés opening up along the seafront. The little harbour, usually home only to the town’s small fishing fleet, welcomes impressive yachts and pleasure boats. A majestic opening in a sheer sea cliff near Castro welcomes you to the Zinzulusa Cave, one of Salento’s most impressive karstic phenomena.
The fourteenth edition of the microcastle podcast welcomes label artist Luca Bacchetti. His diverse musical tastes have shaped his storied career, and filled his discography with immaculate creations on All Day I Dream, Crosstown Rebels, Ovum Recordings and his own Endless imprint. Luca carries inspiration from art, architecture and his world travels, all of which contribute to his ever evolving, border-less approach to production. Having previously supplied the fourth edition of our podcast over two years ago, and a friend of the label ever since, Luca now returns with an exclusive studio mix which once again showcases why we love his captivating, storytelling style. In a journey spread across eighty magical minutes, Luca effortlessly intertwines new cuts from Anii, Dave DK, John Talabot, Pablo Bolivar, Terr and more, along with a variety of fresh, unreleased music. Enjoy!
I knew what I was doing, I was going to Burning Man; but what I did not know was just how I’d assimilate and react to all the data, images, sounds, smells … what would become of my ex-asthmatic anxieties and the difficulties of living in this kind of environment: dust, dust, and more dust!!
In Black Rock City you’ll find all the good and all the evil of this world, the only thing that changes is how you take it in, because here the available tools of art and provocation operate differently … so why not the music too?
Whatever one may think, there is still a comfort zone in Black Rock City. It’s about attitude: it’s always with a given attitude that you do something to then obtain a determined result, break the routine, open up to something new, not appearance at all costs, just letting everything happen because it has to happen. Running the other way in a dark hostile but magical place like this with a voice that says, “I’m not afraid, I’m here now!” the same voice you hear when you’re sitting all alone in front of the pyramid of Cheope, its outline standing out majestically in the dark … far from comforting places.
I saw some friends collapse because, inevitably, if you let something get to you here that something will change you. I believe that these people will come away with a greater awareness. There is no magic to Burning Man: there are those who listen and those who continue to sit in their comfort zone, the same as those who from home point fingers with their two bit sarcasm.
The moment when the Man burns is certainly one of the most contemporary and modern tribal experiences I’ve ever witnessed, it’s like being at the centre of a big blockbuster; but where the characters are no longer Ben Hur or gladiators!
On the Monday 70,000 people left Black Rock City and on the ground there wasn’t even a crumb .. only the footprints of those who had been there, which the wind will take care to remove all traces of.
Thanks to everyone who made this experience so special. Thanks Jan, Anton, Amanda, Eduardo, Michelly, Tara, Chris, Reagan, Martinik, Susan, Rachel, Jonathan, Laura, Benjamin, Jason, Andrew, Ko, Behrouz, Eugenia, all the people with whom I had a conversation, and of course Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel! Danila, Rita and all my family.
My set at Robot Heart is dedicated to Pierluca Rossi, you too were in Black Rock City.
Art: IDENTITY AWARENESS UNION – Shane M. Pitzer
A 13′ tall steel question mark at a 10 degree slant and is held up by a 7′ human form. A female form embraces the human form. The idea is to evoke the question of how relationships and others affect our identity.
Luca Bacchetti estuvo hace poco en su gira por Sudamérica. Corta, muy breve su estadía por estas tierras, pero justo el día en que se despedía, Danzeria se topó con él unos cuantos minutos para conversar de tantas cosas como fue posible.
Este consagrado Dj italiano es conocido por su irreverente música y por sus expresiones artísticas que manifiesta hasta en la forma en la que habla: pintor, fotógrafo, escritor y todo lo que envuelve el arte en general. No se define como artista pero sí lo vive al máximo en cada viaje que hace o en cada soledad que le embargue.
En esta entrevista en exclusiva para Danzeria vamos a conocer a Luca mucho más allá de su faceta como músico.
* Luca, empecemos con tus antecedentes musicales…
Yo inicié mi carrera en la radio, en Italia. Trabajé doce años como locutor, así que mi antecedente es muy variado gracias a eso. Solía escuchar diferentes tipos de música todo el tiempo. Empecé con el Pop y luego Drum and Bass, en los inicios de esa escena.
* ¿Así que has escuchado a Plug?
Claro, a todos los ritmos rotos de los chicos del Reino Unido. Fueron probablemente mi primer amor. Mis primeros héroes en 1989 fueron Public Enemy, Beasty Boys y Run DMC: toda la vieja escuela. Debido a esto, mi manera de crear y producir música se ve influenciado por ellos. Mi forma de producir es muy diferente y mantengo el mismo Groove y actitud, pero de una manera distinta. Por ejemplo, en mis lanzamientos recientes, como: ‘Tango’ o ‘Loneness’, y anteriores puedes escuchar sonidos africanos.
Saturday, May 2nd, Italian super-producer and DJ Luca Bacchetti takes Le Bain to the other side, somewhere over the Tuscan Apennines
LE BAIN: ‘Underground’ dance music can sometimes sound a bit homogeneous, but your sound is surprisingly personal. There’s something more to it… LUCA BACCHETTI: It may seem odd, but I find the concept of ‘underground’ in music to be limiting. I don’t think of myself as ‘underground.’ Underground is a large boiling pot in which thousands of worlds get mixed up. If I had to coin a new definition, perhaps ‘Deeper Music’ would be something closer to the way I see things. I just believe that an artist has to listen to his own voice, or at least maintain his identity, instead of aligning himself to what’s happening around him. There are ridiculous productions around, well-made copies of other stuff, very functional for the dance floor, but artistically they’re nothing, only emptiness…
As New Yorkers, we sometimes forget what this city means to people not from it. Being born under the Tuscan sun, it turns out, has given Luca Bacchetti a love for our city in a way that only someone growing up far removed from it, yet somehow still in its shadow, ever could.
In this excellent genre-hopping mix the Endless Worldwide boss has lovingly, and exclusively, assembled for us, he embraces our assigned theme of a long-distance dedication to this city more overtly than any other so far in this short series, all due respect to Billy Caldwell (Mix #1), Dan Selzer (Mix #2) and Haehnel/Müller (andhim Mix #3). Fighting through sickness and the busy holiday season, he lined up his usual mix of smooth house but with a twist: recent tracks from Rampa, Nina Kraviz and Martin Buttrich & Konrad Black now sit alongside local bangers from Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Maxwell and…Woody Allen? Yep. But let’s just let him tell you:
“If this city didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t be here now and wouldn’t be doing what I do. When I discovered hip-hop and black music toward the end of the ’80s, New York was my dream, the city I dreamt about whilst looking at the double cover of Paul’s Boutique, which I stuck on the ceiling above my bed, a melting pot of races, a place where records came from, along with fashion and even the way you walked. Yes, in New York, even the walk is different! When I think of New York, I think of the world; it’s pretty difficult to find a purebred American here. This is the crossroads where things happen and everyone brings something of themselves. In this mix, I try to take a snapshot of some of the many memories I have, although it’s a very difficult task for me to condense the visions the city evokes. Above all, I thought: What do I bring to NYC? Here too, every now and then, quotes jump out. Where I was born, on the Tuscan Apennines, I was surrounded by mountains—a kid day-dreaming about what was on the other side. New York was that dream, and for many, it still is.”
Luca Bacchetti plays Janurary 9 at Verboten with Kölsch + Daniel Bortz.
Manhattan (movie clip)
Public Enemy, “Fight The Power”
James Brown, “There It Is”
Wu-Tang Clan, “Triumph”
Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”
Janet feat. Q Tip and Joni Mitchell, “Got Til It’s Gone”
D’Angelo, “Chicken Grease”
Miles Davis, “On The Corner”
Taxi Driver (movie clip)
Soulphiction, “Ann Arbor” (Musik Krause)
Gold Panda, “Clarke’s Dream” (Unknown)
Doc Daneeka feat. Seven Davis, “What’s It Gonna Be?” (Ten Thousand Yen)
Hyenah, “Tale From the Dirt (Rampa Remix)” (Freerange)
Embassy Of Joy, “Addiction (Johannes Brecht Remix)” (ENDLESS)
Martin Buttrich & Konrad Black, “Siamese Connection” (Rumors)
Hundreds, “Please Rewind (The Das Remix)” (Krakatau)
Jesse Ware, “Keep on Lying (Nina Kravitz Remix)” (Unknown)
Flight Facilities, “Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Robag Wruhme’s Endara Wassby Remix)” (Future Classic)
Beastie Boys, “We Got The (Godblesscomputers re-work)” (Unknown)
Bonobo, “Return to Air” (Ninja Tune)
Maxwell, “The Suite Theme”
“I’ve got nothing against EDM and I don’t understand all this hate from the underground. It’s still music we’re talking about.” The Italian producer gives us a tour of his record collection.
WHAT’S THE FIRST RECORD YOU EVER BOUGHT?
At home we always had cassette tapes, but the first actual LP I bought was the Beastie Boys‘ Paul’s Boutique. I really liked the sleeve cover and my dream was to go to New York. Obviously their music was great too: this is one of the most influential records of the century. ‘Shake Your Rump’ is one of the best tracks off the album.
THE FIRST TIME YOU REMEMBER HEARING ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
Probably on TV. I remember this four-piece band with silver shaven heads, the Rockets. I was a child and asked myself whether they dressed like that and wore make-up at home too.
YOUR FAVOURITE EVER RECORD?
I think U2‘s Achtung Baby, I’ve always thought of it as their best record, even though the hardcore fans maintain that their best was The Joshua Tree. After 23 years with the release of the 2011 documentary film From The Sky Down, U2 themselves confirmed that that was their most important record, the one that stepped them up a gear. Every song is a potential single and ‘Until The End Of The World’ has one of the best Edge guitar solos.
THE GUARANTEED FLOOR-FILLER?
There are so many, but without going for the obvious, I’d choose a classy one: Paperclip People – ‘Throw’.
THE GUILTY PLEASURE?
Whatever anyone says, I’ve got nothing against EDM and I don’t understand all this hate from the underground. They are separate worlds, but it’s still music we’re talking about, and I like ‘Summer’ by Calvin Harris.
“Giving advice is always a responsibility, I’d say listen carefully to everyone, but above all to the little voice inside that’s with you day after day: that voice always tells the truth and it’s up to you to know how to interpret it.” – Luca Bacchetti
That little voice inside your head: your own creative pilot, driving your dreams and desires, tugging heavily on your inspirations and the emotions attached to them. Sometimes this pilot shouts so loudly you don’t know where to apply your focus first.
We asked Luca Bacchetti for more clarity. Italian-born, DJ, producer and ENDLESS label owner, Luca is a man who’s spent his entire life immersed in as much music as possible. Long before he was a professional artist releasing tracks on labels such as Ovum, Wagon Repair, Crosstown Rebels and Defected, Luca’s allowed his inner creative pilot to quench his thirst for knowledge of all artistic cultures.
If you’re aware of his work, you’ll know that commitment has paid off. If you’re yet to enjoy his near-decade rich repertoire, have a listen to this epic, emotionally-surcharged remix of Maher Daniel and Jon Charnis. Then read on as he shares his thoughts on finding inspiration, writing techniques, how to combat writer’s block and how YOU can shout loudly over the competition.
Enjoy… Giving advice might well be a responsibility but sharing thoughts and inspiring others is a gift.
Let’s start with a technical question: what do you write your music on?
In the box, out of the box etc…
In the box: I always use software and external drum machines. The analog world fascinates me but I have always preferred that certain comfort, the one that allows you to make music anywhere with just a few essentials. I always like to say that my studio is mainly in my head, it’s all about the way I assemble ideas.
I understand you’re an avid reader and collector of many artistic styles… Music and beyond. How do you channel all that endless input and stimulation into your own work to create something so precisely?
I’m inquisitive and like to learn new things, in particular to discover new forms of art. Music is only one aspect of this; the arts often have many visions in common. There is always a connection between a piece of music, a design, architecture, a simple image, a place …
Travel helps one to develop the awareness that diversity is one of the greatest gifts we have. If you had the chance to travel the world (with all the time and money you need) maybe you still wouldn’t be able to see all the wonders of this planet, the same is true if you were to listen all the music available … what we have at our disposal are endless possibilities, and these days all this technology is multiplying the possibilities even more, making accessible to all what before was destined to the single professional. Hence the awareness of living in an ENDLESS dimension, where the possibilities really are infinite.
The choice is always down to man; the human element, with his sensitivity and identity. ENDLESS is a big word and because of this it’s also an all-encompassing one, capable of holding everything… It seemed to me a word capable of representing the world we live in, and I’d like to think that what comes out of the ENDLESS house derives its inspiration from the great show continually playing out in front of us.
What do you find the most inspiration within music? Whole bodies of work? Sudden flashes of brilliance within one tune, arrangement dynamics? Or is this a ridiculous question?
I don’t think it’s a ridiculous question. It may happen that an idea arrives suddenly from nowhere, according to an unknown dynamic, on other occasions the fact that there is a precise reason brings it all onto a more rational plane, although it’s the way we filter the information that makes us unique.
It’s my belief that any person can find inspiration from anything: a painting, a film, a book, the body of a beautiful woman, some music, a child at play, a trip… There are some things that inevitably touch you to the core and which you’re bound to respond to. This happens to me too, I appreciate the beauty of all that stimulates me most. The artist puts all of himself in what he does and even if he wanders from his specific field it’s still about honesty and coherence.
I’ll give you an example, maybe a “ridiculous” one: many artists and producers who I admire have really interesting visions on their Instagram profiles… other’s profiles are empty, just as their music is empty. It’s about the way you see things, and I’m fully convinced there is a connection.
When you’re inspired by something you’ve heard, do you instantly turn to your DAW or do you make a note (physical or mental) and let it build in your head for a while?
I’m very instinctual, sometimes it’s an urgent need, sometimes it’s like sowing a seed that needs to be watered so it can grow. It’s also been the case that I’ve been inspired by a film, for example ‘Night Over Kwazulu’ which came about a few years ago when I saw a film on the life of Nelson Mandela.
I was so struck by it that I immediately felt the need to do something which in my own small way could be a tribute to the man. I thought how our life can be so complicated, difficult times where in the end we are just worrying about ourselves or those closest to us, with the ego as the main driving force. Just think for a moment how complicated it must be to worry about others, to have faith in your ideals to the point of changing the world? Such things cannot leave you unmoved. When that happens it’s like having a vision, it becomes very clear how to set the sound stage to describe the images that are coursing through you mind.
With so many inspirations and reference points in your head, can a canvas ever be blank when you sit down to work?
Yeah, sometimes I start from scratch just out of curiosity to see where it’s leading me. This too is inspiration. Have you ever set out on a trip without really knowing where you’re going to end up? What you live through has a different flavour. Several songs came about this way, for example ‘High Life’ and ‘On The Moon With You’.
“This is a selection of tracks that in my view accurately represents the current state of electronic music. Often with house music there is a tendency to resort to cliches, but it’s important to keep the ideas fresh.” Luca Bacchetti curates an exclusive playlist for Boomrat