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Creative Control #5

Luca Bacchetti

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.

http://youtu.be/JAsNWXg4Ox4

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’.

LUCA BACCHETTI’S 5 ARTISTS OF THE MOMENT

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.

1. HopeAllIsWell
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

3. Patlac
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.

Interview on Big Shot Magazine

OVO is here!

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By now we have become used to sudden changes of direction; but we’d already gathered his real intentions following the popular remix of “Lonely Stars In Open Skies” on All Day I Dream with which Luca jump started 2014.

Now OVO, the eagerly awaited new Luca Bacchetti EP, is here!

With this work on his ENDLESS imprint, Luca seems to be delineating a new soundscape, maintaining the psychedelia he introduced into his productions a few years ago; but now more synthetic and in some ways even minimalist.

In OVO we can find a brace of dancefloor tracks, No Gravity and The Space Between Us, that maintain and harness Luca’s emotional and intricate atmospheres whilst also employing powerful sounds and elements that embrace the movement of the body. Mature, emotional Techno, where ethereal dream-like atmospheres find a singular expression and their own distinct identity. It is no coincidence that the whole EP was recorded entirely high up in the Tosco Emiliano Apennines: a place where, for Luca, Nature is the element that most influences this new aural pathway. As he himself states: “It’s this contrast between isolated lands and the chaos of the big city that produces this state of being: a new dialogue. They are two worlds which overlap within my soul: when I’m in New York I think of these mountains and when I’m here I think of the bustle of tour life .. but it’s up here that I find the seed, in this case OVO.”

The beautiful ambient masterpiece, OVO, was recorded in December 2013 and features Stefano Onorati, jazz musician and long time friend of Luca. The 15 minute opus was then finished in April 2014 and now sees its unveiling.

ENDLESS – Catalogue Number: NDL006
Artist: Luca Bacchetti Title: OVO EP Format: 12” full cover / digital
Digital Release Date: 16.06.2014 Physical Release Date: 26.05.2014

Tracklisting Physical:
A1. No Gravity
B1. The Space Between Us

Tracklisting Digital:
01. No Gravity
02. The Space Between Us 03. OVO

Mixed by Hannes Bieger, Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx, Berlin.

 

OVO video

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The beautiful ambient masterpiece, OVO, was recorded in December 2013 and features Stefano Onorati, jazz musician and long time friend of Luca. The 15 minute opus was then finished in April 2014 and now sees its unveiling.

The full length video (15 minutes) will be available soon on Vimeo / Youtube.

Available on Beatport 16.06.2014 / iTunes 14.07.2014 as single download.


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