Maurizio Cascella – 5 Shoot Interview

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Hi Maurizio, welcome to the 5 shoot interview for !
1. Briefly, what can you tell us about your musical background and your first approaches to electronic music?
Between the late 80s and early 90s the electronic music scene was rising in it’s purest form, opening the path to Acid House, House and Techno. These are obviously the raw sounds that have impacted me.

So alongside Kraftwerk, NeU!, Amon Düül all the way to progressive rock and bands that began to use electronic sequences in their music such as Talking heads. The first labels that offered these genres such as NU Groove, Warp, Outer Rhythm, Desire, Easy Street, and R & S Records, among others.

I started playing early and almost immediately. Luckily, only quality music was played in the club where I was working. Initially my sets were very cross. Always starting from the electronic matrix, I enjoyed mixing genres and sounds.

2. Did any particular DJ inspire you?
The music scene at this time was very limited compared to what it is now but also very stimulating.  Thanks to the web, the ease of access to any kind of news is much easier today. Music came by audiocassette brought from abroad or from friends after long trips going to listen to different DJs.

The DJs were obviously more affordable than the Italian pioneers of the genre. Recall, however that the Italian scene of the time was considered to be of great quality and internationally recognized. DJs such as DJ Mozart, Baldelli, Marco Trani, Leo Mass, Gemolotto and Claudio Coccoluto were excellent teachers.

3. Did they change your influences?
The past 25 years have been so extensive and interesting in the context of electronic music, that I can define it as a musical revolution. Although, there is this huge and beautiful selection, I could not find stimuli or a great artist that could inspire me.

4. You got a forthcoming release called “Oil On Canvas” on Wonder Wet records. When did you discover the label and how much effort you put to produce the two tracks?
Wonder Wet has always encouraged me and it has been a pleasure working with them. The approach of my work for this release is, however, in compliance with the sounds of the label.
‘Old Rose’ (A-side) has a deep glitchy sound, yet soft and rhythmic techno. On the contrary, ‘Black of Mars’ (B-side) is definitely a darker track and mental, a hard techno and hypnotic.

5. Is anything new forthcoming in the next months that you want to tell us about?
I’m working on my label, Concrete Records for which I am looking for new collaborations and ideas. I have other side projects kept secret, where I do not preform in my name, very experimental. 
Projects are in the works for other labels but I prefer not to talk about it ahead of time.


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