INTERVIEW WITH LUCA AGNELLI
Luca is the founder of Etruria Beat records, the label has released a lot of international producer like Oliver Deutschmann, Dj Emerson, Jay Haze, Dana Ruh, tINI, Mattias Fridell, Dj Tennis, Federico Molinari, Martinez, Dj Wild, Gel Abril, Dan Drastic, and more. He has released music for some important labels like Desolat, Safari, Truesoul, Get Physical, Be as One, Four Twenty, Catwash, MBF, Dirty Bird, Rebirth, Moan, Laterra beyond of course for his Etruria beat. In May 2014 Luca Agnelli was also chosen by the readers of Dj Mag Italy to be protagonist of the cover story entitled with a long interview dedicated to him inside the magazine.
Hi Luca, Thanks for the interview. It’s december, how was your 2014? There was a special moment that you want to tell us?
2014 was an intense and positive year for me. I perfomed with artists like Ben Klock and Ame in many relevant clubs in Italy and abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. My best memories are about Cocoricò, Guendalina, Magazzini Generali, Cromie, Ciclope, Amnesia, Tipic, We Love, HUND, RST Green Unlocked and more. In may I was protagonist of the cover of Dj Mag Italy and I was chosen by the readers of the magazine. I also realized a shortmovie dedicated to my life between music and family called: “Io, Luca Agnelli”. I worked a lot in studio trying to develop my label Etruria Beat on which I remixed Julien Sandre’s “Perception”and I realized my EP “Orion” remixed by Brett Johnson and Dachsund. I also remixed “Pentagon” of Bastinov which was played by artists like Sven Vath, Adam Beyer, Laurent Garnier, Tommy Four Seven and many others. I produced “Dark Moon” on Safari, Arnaud Le Texier’s imprint and the remix of “Leave Me Alone” for Clio on Serkal. I also mixed a podcast for the very well knowed french magazine Trax and one exclusive mix for Desolat.
What are your music plans for 2015? Do you have new projects in progress?
For 2015 I have a lot of releases ready to be completed. The year will start with my remix for Kaiserdisco on their new label RAW, then I will remix the young Toms Due on Etruria Beat as an anticipation of my next EP in spring. There is a lot more and I will be happy to talk about these future projects with you very soon!
Since when are you involved in the world of electronic music what was the turning point that made you understand that this was going to be your work?
I started as dj when I was 15 years old and I was going to school. Everything started as a passion and at the end 90’s I understood that this was going to be my job because I was costantly travelling Italy for my gigs.
Do you have a residency or a club in which you regularly play?
I don’t have a specific residency but I play often in some special venues for me every year. After many years spent on the decks of these clubs it’s always a pleasure to be back and have a good feeling with the crowd, like a residency by the way.
What is your favourite tool for productions? Do you use some hardwares?
My favourite tool is Moog Voyager, for his strength and warm sound, but in studio I have also a Prophet 12, Juno 106, Nord Lead 4, Analog Four, Roland 808, Cyclone 303, Tetra, VirusT1, and everything is linked to Ableton and Push through Sherman, Culture Vulture, Clariphonic and Metric Halo uln-8.
Your works were released by important labels like Desolat and Truesoul. What kind of relationship do you have with other artists? Are only professional?
I have a professional relationship with all the labels that produced my music but with my team of Etruria Beat I have built a strong friendship. I’m talking about artists like Bastinov, Dast, Toms Due and Kaiser. With them I’m trying to build a path to grow together.
How would you describe your sound?
I don’t like to define my style, I don’t classify everything in genres. I Play what I like always trying to spread a message through my personality. My tastes change and evolve all the times adn with them the music that I play. In the last years I chosen a techno oriented direction, with dark sounds basically because it is what gives me emotions. Sometimes I put an acid track, an old school vocal or some electronic track of middle 2000. My roots are various, they pass through many textures and are part of my life.
What are the sounds that inspire you in studio?
In this moment I have a strong techno inspiration, I increased a little the BPM and in studio I’m dedicating myself to this kind of projects, but I don’t give myself limits and I can go through dark hypnotic grooves or more melodic mood, trying always to produce something that I will enjoy for many years even if sounds will change. I want to be sure that it was the right sound for the specific moment in which it was conceived.
How do you spend your time when you’re touring?
When I’m touring I usually listen to new music in order to prepare my set in the best way possible. When I’m coming back home, expecially in airport or on train I start new tracks because I’m inspired by the gig so I try to take these inspirations and make them become music.
This winter there are some particular gigs that you are waiting for?
I would say that the ones i’m waiting for the most are Christmas in Ungary at DTD with Audiofly, the New Year’s Eve party in Milan at Fabrique with Umek and Oscar Aguilera but the most of all the “Neapolis Of Love” on the 1st january with Luciano and Chris Liebing.
There is a track that you liked in a special way during this 2014?
I played a lot a track by Heiko Laux remixed by Sterac called “Hangin”.
Where do you think music is going in terms of artists’ not making money off tracks because of the digital age? What is the next big thing for music in your opinion?
Actually it’s very hard to earn money through music production in the digital era. What is going to be in your opinion the next music revolution?
The system has changed deeply. In the past you performed to promote the release of your album, now you produce and album to increase your gigs and earn money from them. I think the “next big thing” will be the strong use of Cloud systems with music in sharing ready to be played by the dj. But this was also a good year for the vinyl market so at the end everyone choose his favourite way to play.
Hero of your childhood was: Goldrake
My first record i bought: ”Club Lonely” – Lil Louis 1992
What did you want to be when you grew up: Dj
What’s your vice: Eat well