“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.