– How’s all in the world of Atove these days?
My world at the moment is really busy. There is the Atove world full of music and productions and the Arturo world full of study and university. Usually when I’m doing a lot of things together can be really wearisome but often gratifying.
– Where are you permanently based? What are the best and worst things about living there from an electronic music point of view?
I live in Italy. My house is in Lucera, a small town near Foggia, but I’ve been living in Bari for three years now. From the electronic music point of view nothing changes. In both the places there are a really small number of places that bring good music and artists in their line-up, however those parties are really amazing.
– Is it an inspiring place to make music?
I think that every place in Apulia is inspiring for music and arts. Cities are full of history and unspoiled landscapes. If you come to Italy visit it.
– So where do you go if you’re clubbing there? What venue has inspired you more than any other?
If you are clubbing in Apulia you have to go to Guendalina club and to Cromie club. The last one is one of my favourite for its structure of an Arena, however Guendalina has got a great atmosphere when the sun is rising up.
– Do you find different parts of the year more inspirational to make music? When do you find you’re at your most creative?
I love it when outside is raining and I’m closed in my studio making music, so I think the most creative part of the year for me is winter.
– Can you give us some insight into how you make your tracks?
Generally I’m very instinctive, and getting inspired for me is really important to produce something if not I can’t create anything. I think inspiration plays a big rule in our music. When I have an idea I immediately start to create it and only after this I start to review it in every single part. When it comes to making music you have to seize the opportunity: a particular vocal, a good bassline…
– Was there one person who convinced you to give electronic music a go? If so, how inspirational have they been in your life?
I started to approach electronic music with a good friend of mine. His name is Antonio and we played together for a long time. Later I met Biagio, another good friend that helped me to find my own sound.
– So did you have a mentor when you were starting out?
Finally I can say: “yes I had!” I think that you get influenced by these people and they helped me to find my way to house music.
– What’s your ultimate aim with music? To be successful or to keep enjoying what you do?
I never really decided to start a career as a DJ or a Producer. I started to make and mix music just for fun, an it became my passion. Now I continue to make music because I love what I do but giving more attention to it. I dont like hypocrisy. I think a lot of people that work in this world dream to be successful one day, but for me it’s not the most important thing.
– How important is it that your producer peers check out your music then?
I think it’s one of the most important things. In the studio, listening on repeat to the same track, you can do mistakes. For this I usually send over the track to some good friends to have their impressions and to understand what they think about it. Sometimes some good producer peers, after a release, ask me for a track or just text me some good words. This makes me really proud. If someone thinks that my track can be good in a party and can move people on the dance floor I’m satisfied.
– Did it take a while for you to be taken seriously as a DJ?
When I started approaching this kind of music I was very young and there were a lot of DJs in my town, so it was really difficult to be taken seriously by these people at first. Then as time goes by, also with the help of productions, I had the possibility to explain who I am as a producer and a DJ.
– What track do you play to rescue the floor?
There are more then one but if I have to give one to you I can say:
Di Chiara’s Brothers – House Culture
– And what track makes you happy? And sad?
Usually I try to not listen to music that makes me said, so I can only write two tracks that I simply love: Everything But The Girl – Missing
Beanfield – Tides (Ripperton Mix)
– If there was one track to define your story so far, what would it be and why?
That’s very hard to say. I think I never tried to find a song for my story. I don’t have one right now but if I find one I will text you!
– Can you tell us a bit about your latest EP alongside Markomas?
“Cold Minds” is an EP that comes out from mixing our two styles and classic house sound. When we started it, we wanted to create some groovey beats with hints of some classic old school sounds showing our acid music point of view. We also chose to add to these tracks small vocal phrases to give them more power on the floor.
– How would you describe working alongside him? What was that process like?
Me and Marco began really being friends 3 years ago. We worked together as DJ’s in the same clubs and when we decided to work together all was really simple for us. We have a “similar mind” and music point of view. I was really excited to work with him because he has got a really strong musical background. I think it was a really quick collaboration because we speak the same musical language and for me this is very important in these kind of works.
– What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
First of all to continue with what I’m doing, produce new music and try to do some experiments with singers and live recorded sounds trying to grow up musically. Looking forward also to playing in some good parties in Italy and abroad.
Interview by Dan Mackenzie
Atove’s Ep with Markomas ‘Cold Minds’ is out on Roush
Buy it here – https://pro.beatport.com/release/cold-minds/1560241