“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’.
The stream-of-consciousness approach to music production isn’t for everyone. Reusing the same inspirations to create music, can be a static way to produce; one that thrusts creativity into a habitual routine rather than a deeper expression. Luca Bacchetti strives for difference. He desires to “never be defined or [even] confined to one thing.”
The Italian producer and ENDLESS imprint owner has given a lengthy track called “Ananda” by Livio & Roby a therapeutic remix. The original song habours a mystery—with a creeping, ascending layer of beats. But Luca’s rendition eases the shadowy sounds, dusts them with this atmospheric daze and incorporates a slightly uptempo tribal drum. It lures you cautiously, lifts you up and lets you levitate in its dreamlike world.
Over the course of his career, Luca has sent his sound through an evolution of discoveries. His imprint is his personal platform to release his own music and those of his colleagues, that collectively combine the infinite possibilities of travel and music. His remix of “Ananda” pays a delicate homage to both.
“Ananda” is out on VIVa MUSiC on Monday, October 20th, with an additional remix from Cesar Merveille sitting alongside Livio & Roby’s 2014 Reinterpretation.