Francesco (Italy) Interview

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– Hi Francesco, hope everything is fine! How are you doing?
Hi Matteo! Yes everything is fine thank you!

– Few years ago you moved in Berlin. Why did you make this choice? Did you find something difficult in the first months?
Like everybody knows, Berlin at the moment is the “techno city”. That’s why almost three years ago, I took the choice to move in Berlin. The first approach to the city was definitively positive! It was such a sudden love. I saw things I never seen before that let me realize how original and open-minded is this city, and this thing totally changed my mentality. For sure the first difficulty I faced was the language and to find an apartment.

– What was the biggest change in your lifestyle after you moved in Germany?
Approaching to a different mindset, although Berlin is a city apart of Germany with much more… as you can say…freedom?! Also the people there conducts perfectly their business, consequently the Italian-like mentality doesn’t work here. Nevertheless I am italian, I agree the seriousness but not with perfection, how boring!

– Living in a new place have affected your approach to music or not?
Of course! In the beginning, the city influenced my mood and how to make music, that’s because Berlin is such a cold and dark city. If you listen to the vinyls I published on “Francesco Series” you can hear my passage from techno to ambient sounds; I would call this period “Research and Study”. However I’ve found a balance, you can recognize it in my last productions released in digital format, the sound quality especially in the mixing is considerably changed.

– When you founded the Francesco Series label you stopped releasing music on other labels. Do exist a reason behind this?
It was not my idea, but after I argued with a particular person I felt enthusiastic. The possibility to have something totally mine to handle and where I can publish all the music I wanted pushed me to start a new musical project, and to leave the old one. In that period I studied mixing, editing, audio mastering and sound design, and this changed completely my approach to make music.

– What’s your creative process like in the studio?
I work only in digital with Ableton and I do the last edits with Pro Tools. My studio process is simple, I created a working set where I can combine the artistic and technical side together. In the defalut screen of Ableton I put all the different elements I normally use: in each channel there’s an equalizer, a compressor, some effects etc., and in this is initial phase I create the main loop. During the process of arrangement, I start to develop the track. That’s all about to concretize the ideas you got in your head, I usually start from the kick and bass or from a synth melody.

– You’re ready to be part of “Different Grooves Fastmix” featured artists, what can you tell us about the mix you recorded?
Sure! The tracks I choose for the mix reflect my current sound. Normally in a DJ set I group tracks in three different stages: in the introduction I focus on tech house tracks, then I go harder, closing the mix with a memorable track.

– Is anything new forthcoming in the next months that you want to tell us about?
Soon an EP of four tracks will be published on Reload Black, The YellowHeads‘s label. I’m really excited about that, because the tracks are really strong. Then I will publish 2 EPs in my label and I’m finishing some other projects.

– Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts!
Thank you, it was a pleasure!

Interview by Matteo Pitton


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