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
In June Luca Bacchetti dropped a phenomenal game-changer by way of his OVO EP, a genre-defying three-tracker touching upon cinematic ambient bliss, techno and house. The Italian maestro is back with another gem, this time releasing music by the enigmatic producer HopeAllIsWell in the form of his Hope All Is Well EP on Bacchetti’s Endless imprint.
Currently enjoying a busy summer filled with DJ gigs, we checked in with the Endless label boss and asked him to share his five favorite artists of the moment.
The OVO and Hope All Is Well EPs are available now on Endless. Catch Bacchetti at Sankeys, Ibiza, on August 31.
Here at Endless he is our current favorite. HopeAllIsWell is at the front for us and a producer with 20 years experience, whose work is conceived with quality in mind and destined for the hippest of dance floors. A visit to his new SoundCloud comes highly recommended. You will be hearing a lot more from him. His new EP, Hope All Is Well, is out now on Endless.
2. Eduardo De La Calle
Eduardo De La Calle is an incredible find. Of course I already knew his work, but in the last two years I have grown to love his sound. He is very sensitive both as a producer and above all as a human being. This sensitivity permeates his music with its singular atmospheres. The music, just like him, is special. He will be release a four-track EP out on Endless in the autumn. He is also director and producer of a great documentary on the clubbing scene
I don’t know Patlac very well, but his music speaks for itself. I am in love with his productions and remixes. He’s an artist to keep an eye on!
4. Johannes Brecht
Johannes Brecht hails from Stuttgart. He is elegant and at the same time he knows how to get people moving on the dance floor. As a musician he can pull off certain nuances which are often missing from many of today’s productions. His work is never pedestrian and can include forays into jazz without forgetting the darker club atmospheres. Just listen to his records on Sunday Music, Mule, Sonar Kollektiv or Poker Flat for confirmation that he’s an artist who shines with his own light.
5. André Hommen
For several years now I’ve been following André Hommen. Everything this young producer does is absolutely convincing. His clarity of sound and the way he can move from one genre to another are what stand out for me. His recent EP on Objectivity is a masterpiece.
Italian DJ/producer Luca Bacchetti has had a very busy year. He has played in Miami, New York, Athens, Paris, and more in the last month alone. Now, he’s heading to Mexico for two special shows at The BPM Festival – All Day I Dream on January 4th at Mamita’s during the daytime and his own ENDLESS + Surface showcase on January 11th at Lost in Playa at night. We had a chance to catch up with Luca ahead of his journey to Playa del Carmen to chat about why he loves the festival so much, what guests can look forward to at his performances this year, his bond with Lee Burridge and All Day I Dream, and what he has in store for 2014.
In your own experience, what separates the BPM Festival from all the others you’ve played at? What have been some of your festival highlights from the past? I have to say that the Mexico is one of the countries I love the most, and it was also where I was first called to when I started to play overseas, so the decision to organize BPM in Mexico was a trump card for the organizers who are such a beautiful family. The locations are unique. You want to talk about the food? And then where else in the world can you hang out on the beach in January? The parties and the line ups are the best on the clubbing scene… the vibe is special. What more do you want?
You will be bringing ENDLESS to BPM this year on January 11th for its showcase debut along with Surface. What can guests expect from the party? It’s the first ever ENDLESS showcase. It was my wish to start with BPM which is also the first festival of the year. I’ve known Halo and Hippie for a long time and suggested we join forces together for this event. We will also have Alix Alvarez, Signal Flow, Marasco, and Jon Dadon from Lovelife… an Italian/West Coast mix! Musically it will be very interesting! Lost in Playa is a new club with a serious sound system!
Your remix for Maher Daniel and Joan Charnis’ “Lonely Stars In Open Skies” is out on All Day I Dream, and you’ll be playing at the ADID BPM showcase on January 4th. How did your friendship with Lee Burridge start? What are you looking forward to most about the event? I have a very special memory relating to Lee. At the beginning I wondered how it was possible to play all around the world like that, he was spinning like a top. I was just starting out and he was already a legend. I learned the meaning of the word globetrotter thanks to him! As fate would have it, soon after, I too became a globetrotter in my own right with him a great supporter of my releases. Not long ago he asked me to do something for the label. In the end, the right opportunity came up; the original song of Maher and Jon conjured up a world with which I knew I could do something special, so I took some time over it. All Day I Dream and ENDLESS have a very similar vision, so I really enjoyed it. It’s a perfect piece for the party, an emotional journey, sensual without giving up the groove! All this support from Dixon, Ame, Art Department really surprised me… so for All Day I Dream at BPM I’m preparing a special set. So excited!
You recently played with our friends at Flying Circus at Sankeys NYC and Treehouse Miami. What were those experiences like? It’s always nice to see friends’ projects take flight. I started playing with Audiofly at the first Flying Circus six years ago, and now it’s great to see that it’s become a consolidated brand. Both dates were exceptional, especially NYC. I really think that this summer Flying Circus had the best line ups in Ibiza.
You’ve had a busy month playing all across the globe in Miami, Athens, Paris, New York (Sankeys), and more. What have been some of your December touring highlights? Absolutely New York!! It was a great date! Sankeys NYC is dope!! I am very tied to NYC and as usual it did not disappoint!
What producers have been impressing you lately? Will we hear them on Endless? There are many interesting producers in circulation, it’s a really difficult choice. The next release on ENDLESS is from Alix Alvarez and it’s fantastic! Then Marasco, a producer based in Maui, Hawaii, and some other surprises. One day I would see on ENDLESS people like Soulphiction, Ame, Mathew Jonson and H-Foundation of whom I’m a really big fan! I have a never ending list.
What else can we look forward to seeing from you in 2014? With ENDLESS, we are working on the next party to be held during WMC 2014. Regarding my releases, I have many open projects as well as new remixes. There will be a series of releases that I’m very happy about. Over the past two years, the pleasure of being in the studio has increased, leading me to explore new sounds. Apart from all that, I’ll see y’all around as usual! Happy New Year to everyone!
Elizabeth Mallalieu, New York – United States Listen to Luca Bacchetti onPulse Radio
Late last year Arkitekt debuted its new self-titled compilation series with tech house general, Robert Dietz. Earlier this month the series returned, this time with an artist who might test boundaries a little more that Robert would– Luca Bacchetti.
The double-disc gave Luca a chance to explore beyond the dance floor. He explains below how he approached the project by contemplating the relationship between music and color– starting at one end of the spectrum and reaching out and maneuvering around until he found him self with the double-disc for Arkitekt.
From “Another Earth” to Luciano’s “Dance Unity”, the Italian selector carefully sets up loops and EQ techniques to weave together all sorts of sounds that defy conventional mixing. In his own words, “To tell the truth I don’t see it in terms of risks: I follow my instinct and here I only used my imagination to establish different criteria for mix these CDs.”
Hello Luca, thanks for joining us again on mybeatFix. Where are you writing to us from today? How’s the weather?
Today I’m on the Isola d’Elba in Italy, the place where my mother comes from, for three days off– something that happens very rarely. The weather is fantastic!
The press release to the Arkitekt mix stated something we listeners, most of the time, take for granted– a DJ’s ability (in this case, yours) to mix and layer tracks that wouldn’t usually “work” for other DJs. In my opinion, this in one of the true indicators of a DJ’s actual ability to… DJ. Where would you say your willingness to put together risky mixes comes from?
To tell the truth I don’t see it in terms of risks: I follow my instinct and here I only used my imagination to establish different criteria for mix these CDs. I like risks and have always taken them, especially on the dance floor where you can always look me in the face. There’s always that moment when you can leave the dance floor — it’s that moment when I like to “impose” something that I think is really good and absolutely want you to hear .. if I do it at just the right time I give the audience a “memory” which is what will survive from the experience.
In the end what else do we give other than memories? This is where the risk comes into play.
I imagine licensing eventually plays a big part in putting together a high profile mix like this one. However, before you had to worry about legalities, were there any tracks you felt you needed to include?
Unfortunately due to time constraints, or release dates, sometimes it’s impossible to obtain certain licenses. For this CD I wasn’t able to include Vondelpark – “California Analog Dream”, Robag Wruhme’s remix, and a track by Rober del Naja, “Battle Box”, which I think is one of the best records this year. I would have liked to put it as the opening track.
How did you go about sequencing the songs? Did you have a general direction you wanted to go in?
The two discs follow a path which probably would have been different had it been a club set. For these I thought of what a DJ set would be in terms of color. Often I imagine different colors for different tracks, according to their sound. So this compilation has a different conception because although inspired by the club scene, you will be listening to it in other settings. Therefore its construction is based on different criteria: those of colors. Whereas the first disk begins with deep tones which transform into a rich palette of bright colours, the second disk is more introspective with even deeper tones. It’s as if from within the color spectrum I start from green as the centre, to then set off and explore the opposites.
I haven’t seen an over abundance of mixes from Luca Bacchetti. What made mixing Arkitekt attractive to you?
This is my second mix compilation, I found it interesting because I had complete freedom of movement: an essential condition for me to accept this kind of project. Next time I want to try something more eclectic .. to go beyond dance and create communication between different worlds .. notice that one of the tracks on the latest Flying Lotus album is a modern rendition of Miles Davis’ “On The Corner”?
What are some mixes from some of your peers or predecessors that you remember really enjoying?
I have to say that some of the mixes from the Fabric series are really good, I also really love Late Night Tales .. just recently I found Masterpiece by Carl Craig to be exceptional.
Besides the sophomore Arkitekt mix, what else do you have going on now? I know you’re living mostly on the road, but spending any time in Ibiza? Have you been able to enjoy any good parties so far this summer?
It’s a very prolific time, in a few weeks the remix of “No Man’s Land” will be released for Riva Starr. The dub version is on the compilation, but you’ve got to hear the vocal! Carmen Consoli’s voice is pure passion. Then in the Autumn I have a remix on All Day I Dream (Lee Burrige’s label) and my new single out on ENDLESS .. Gigs mainly in Europe, of course I’ll be in Ibiza on 31st August at Sankeys (Flying Circus), September and October USA and Asia.