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.”
Buy Luca Bacchetti’s Arkitekt 02 on Beatport.
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.
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