In the wake of what has been a most creative year, VENTO EP is now out!
With a combination of new work and remixes, Luca Bacchetti seems to have delineated his sonic territory: a non categorisable soundscape oscillating between electronica and techno.
With its ethnic influences, VENTO EP is the natural evolution of the GENESIS double EP, released in January 2016.
VENTO (which in Italian means wind) was also one of the more intense moments of his DJ set at Burning Man’s Robot Heart this year. It speaks clearly: travel is the common denominator of all of Luca’s music, his ‘sonic scenery’, sounds that flow like moving images, as if we are watching the world unfold around us, precisely as if on a journey. Same thing for THE GREAT WIDE OPEN, where the colours are darker, sudden changes of scene tied together with elegance, as always a trademark of his work. Once again one has the sensation of holding a one way ticket to unforeseen destinations.
NOTHING TO LOSE is the most electronic track on the EP, echoes of trip hop leading us into darkness, pierced by flashes of light, the underlying tension and groove deepening and becoming more intense. Here we can appreciate the collaborations from Stefano Onorati on keys and Andrea Guzzoletti with his ‘dramatic’ trumpet solo in the finale. The last track of this EP is THE BIRTH OF VENTO, a 12 minutes journey, an ambient interpretation of the title track. If it’s true that “The answer is blowin’ in the wind”, let’s hear what VENTO EP has to tell us.
“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’.
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.