Luca Bacchetti will be featured on the Wagon Repair All Stars Compilation out on September 29th with his track ‘El Barrio’.
The collection features 16 new tracks by many of the artists that have appeared on Wagon Repair since it launched in 2004. In addition to co-founders Mathew Jonson and Konrad Black, there are fellow Canadians Mike Shannon, Deadbeat and The Mole (both on his own and with The Modern Deep Left Quartet), Tyger Dhula of Cobblestone Jazz, Jonson’s brother Nathan, AKA Hrdvsion, and European friends like Luca Bacchetti, Tobias Freund (tobias.) and Dinky.
Wagon Repair All-Stars will be the label’s first compilation since Wagon Repair Jack Off 2008. All of the songs are previously unreleased.
Crosstown Rebels turn up the heat with Luca Bacchetti’s sensational ‘Tango’, a record setting dancefloors ablaze with its raw passion and drive, presented here with an inspired ‘Voodoo Remix’ from Venezuelan producer Eduardo Castillo.
Luca Bacchetti’s productions are a window to his soul and his extensive musical background has informed an ambitious and inventive style. With quality output on key labels Hideout, Ovum, Wagon Repair, and now Crosstown Rebels, the emphasis is always on creativity and pushing the envelope. ‘Tango’ comes at a crucial phase of personal and artistic development. It highlights a longing for the element of surprise in music and the need to convey that essential ingredient, passion.
As an Italian, Luca has always felt a particular closeness with South America and the passionate disposition embedded in the culture is part of that bond. It’s the connection between Victor Hugo Morales, Juan Gelman, Diego Armando Maradona, and the Tango: passion, imagination, elegance, emotion, energy. These qualities are also the essence of a Bacchetti production.
As Luca puts it, “Over the last year I was getting bored with a lot of what I was hearing, the blandness was making me uncomfortable so I began to feel the need to break away, travel, and find a way to look inside and reach back to my roots, to something passionate. The music scene is like the thermometer of society at large and the Tango in particular has always fascinated me with its sensuality and energy”.
The original ‘Tango’ is indeed a sensual yet playful ride. Textured with propulsive rhythms, a teasing b-line, haunting melodies, trembling keys and traditional percussive flair, ‘Tango’ is lighting up dancefloors at the hands of label boss Damian Lazarus and is sure to captivate all with its Latin-inspired grooves and sexy, driving kick. LA based Eduardo Castillo delivers an ingenious interpretation in the aptly named ‘Voodoo Remix’ at first stripping down the groove then fanning the flames with emotive strings, the snake-charming effect of his own authentic voice echoing throughout. Seduction incarnate and a worthy contender for Crosstown track of the year.
Hideout, the label run by Luca Bacchetti and Davide Squillace, finally drops a tune that’s been the talk of Ibiza this summer: “That Ginger Ponytail,” a collaboration between Squillace and Argentina’s Guti. Bright vibraphones and shimmying shakers give the track a refreshing, easygoing touch, reflecting the way the tune came together.
The session was done “at night,” says Squillace, “with lots of drinks and cigarettes in a very relaxed environment. I would work on some bits, and Guti played keys—apparently it worked out.”
Apparently! Rounding out the release come remixes from Dubfire and Kerri Chandler. “We have been close friends with Ali for the last four years, and I thought he would enjoy working on the remix of this track,” says Squillace. “As for Kerri, he started playing for Circoloco this year and we got closer as friends, and music-wise. I thought this track would definitely fit his style, and they both did an amazing job, as expected.”
For more from Squillace, check out a new interview with him on the Hideout website, and see RA profiles for Squillace and Bacchetti to find out where to catch them behind the decks.
Keep reading to check out the release, plus charts from Squillace and Bacchetti.
Barcelona relocated Tuscan native Luca Bacchetti has risen to notoriety through releases on Wagon Repair and Ovum records and more recently through the activity of his own music and lifestyle brand Hideout. Ahead of his headline slot here this Sunday, The WYS! crew caught up with him to discuss his recent exploits and to introduce his WYS! Promo Mix for our blog.
Luca: Most recently I’ve been really busy working on some new releases. I’ve been feeling the need to work on own production instead of remixes to keep things interesting for me. I’m really happy with how it’s been going and hope you feel it when I release it in the Autumn. Studio time and touring with Hideout has been keeping me pretty busy at the moment – got a lot on my plate!
WYS!: Tell us a little about how Hideout came about, you’ve described it as being more than just a music label, and your website boasts interesting divisions such as style detecting and video art, can you tell us a bit more about these and other upcoming projects?
Luca: Exactly, that’s what the label is about – when you’re passionate about something it becomes more than work, your working life and personal life end up being one and the same thing. Hideout is a way of life for us and everything we like becomes HIDEOUT. In terms of specific releases, there’s lots coming from Davide & Guti, as well as my new EP and some new artists that will be announced soon.
WYS!: How do you manage your time, between touring, running the label and making music, do you try to prioritise anything at any point?
Luca: Touring takes up so much time and there’s not much time to stop and relax worked into my schedule, but I try to find time to enjoy nature which is always a source of inspiration for me.
WYS!: You’ve mentioned that you love to travel, how do you feel this ties into your creative work, do you take any influences from places you’ve been to?
Luca: Travelling is essential for me, it may sound selfish but when I travel alone I get the most out of it – it’s when I’m alone and see everything flow by that I can tune into my own personal trip.It’s not necessarily about being on a beautiful beach in South Australia or riding the Metro in NYC, inspiration can come on a night flight over the Pacific while listening to music. Lots of these experiences have gone on to inspire me later in the studio. It’s difficult to explain how images turn into music it’s a really personal process, even the title of a song can help evoke a feeling. Lately South America’s been a particularly big inspiration, it’s such a passionate place.
WYS!: One of the advantages of working with digital technology is the ability to create and distribute things quickly and to a wide audience, however this also increases the amount of work out at any one time. What approach do you take towards making your work unique whilst still being accessible?
Luca: Thankfully technology also helps manage the sheer volume of work but it’s the human factor, being motivated and keeping on top of things that makes the real difference here.
WYS!: And lastly, what advice would you give to people thinking about starting a career in music but are unsure of the industry’s future. Do you have any encouraging words to share?
Luca: It’s hard to give out specific advice, all I can really say is that I think it’s really important to follow that little voice you have inside.
01 Radiohead – Little By Little [ Caribou Remix ] Ticket Tape
02 Space Ranger – Plastic Romance [ MCDE Dub ] – Lovemonk
03 Azuni – Feel It feat. Bolo – Quintessentials
04 Alessio Mereu – Perfect Lover – Aman
05 Shlomi Aber – NY Dreamer [ Alix Alvarez Remix ] – Ovum Recordings
06 Dj Wild – Dance Until I Die [ Lauhaus Remix ] – Soweso
07 Agaric & Michael Stavostrand – Gettued ft. Vealchop – We Are
08 Timos, Paris Liamis – Hey Hoe ft. Julian Smith – Sonido
09 Anthony Collins – Don’t Look Down Now [ Roman Flugel Remix ] – Curle Recordings
10 Lee Curtiss – Black Door Beauty [ Dyed Soundorom Remix ] – Spectral Sound
11 Danny Daze – Your Everything ft. Lousahhh! – Hot Creations
12 Tuccillo – Without U – 20:20 Vision
13 Argy – Unreliable Virgin [Tim Green Remix] – Cocoon
14 Davide Squillace & Guti – That Ginger Ponytail – Hideout Music
15 Gotan Project – Santa Maria [ Luca Bacchetti Edit ] – Ya Basta!
16 Mathias Kaden ft. Gjaezon – Jackathon – Get Physical
17 Tripmastaz – Monitor Blind – Real Tone
18 Matthias Tanzmann – Operations – Gargo Edition
19 Ame, Amampondo – Ku Kunjani [ Version 1 ] – Innervisions
As it’s Sonar, our latest podcast comes from Barcelona resident Luca Bacchetti. Pulse.032 features two hours of house in all it’s forms! Plus a special interview, Mikele Tabucchi caught up with Luca following a day at the crazy circus.
Pulse: How has the first year and half of Hideout’s existence been, can you give us some anticipations on label future?
Luca: For Davide and me Hideout is a gamble: in a very short space of time it has established itself in the marketplace as a label which doesn’t follow the going trends; but instead is governed by our instincts. As I have said Hideout isn’t just a label; but something which encompasses our vision, our lifestyle. This year we have hosted parties all over the world: twice at WMC, we will be at DC10 Ibiza on the 10th of August and Amsterdam for the ADE. But all this is not enough. It’s just one aspect of our work. Soon we’ll be releasing the new Patrick Lindsey EP and Davide & Guti’s new track plus remixes by Kerri Chandler and Dubfire to follow! Then my EP and a series of very talented new Italian artists.
Pulse: More and more you can hear purists saying that they like a DJ because “he plays only with vinyls” what are your thought on digital/vinyl discussions ?
Luca: I’m not interested anymore in the instrument used for a performance, what’s important to me me is that when we talk about music, we talk about quality. Those who make a point of boasting their vinyl “credentials” are just marketing themselves. like Ritchie Hawtin did with his promotion of new technologies. You can reach your objective either way, as long as you keep the Music at the centre of it all.
Basically our job is to travel the world and bring music to the best venues … I consider myself to be really lucky to have achieved what I dreamed of as a kid … the travelling is probably the hardest part of the job; but also the most stimulating: touring has always been an integral part of music making, and for me it continues to be a source of inspiration … the more I travel, the more I’m broadening my horizons, and the more I find out there’s still so much left to discover!
I just got back from my American tour where once again I had the chance to meet some extraordinary people, visit some incredible places, and go further down the road of my own self-discovery: all this has fired me up and given me a huge adrenaline boost! But here we are and now it’s your turn to be on the move: this time it’s me who welcomes you to my hometown, this wild city which for the past two years has continually drained me and then charged me up again, over and over. A great place from which to set-out; but an even greater place to come back to …
Welcome to Barcelona, my friends! It’s Sonar time! See you Thursday!
Set sail during Sonar 2011 with your favorite DJs from the BCN Collective! The exclusive boat party takes place on Sunday June 19 and includes 8 hours of DJ sets from Barcelona hometown favorites Dubfire, Davide Squillace, Audiofly, Luca Bacchetti, Carlo Lio, and Carola Pisaturo.
Buy tickets to Dubfire & The Bcn Crew Boat Party >> HERE
Guti’s name has been on everyone’s lips of late; his collaboration with Dubshape ‘Every Cow Has A Bird’ was championed by pretty much every house jock on the planet and his recent debut album on Loco Dice’s Desolat received widespread acclaim. Now he’s teamed up with Luca Bacchetti – who has built up a solid reputation with releases on imprints on labels such as Ovum Recordings, Wagon Repair, Supernature and Be As One – for their first collaborative release.
The ‘Esa Nena Quiere EP’ contains two sizzling slices of latin-flavoured loveliness, both of which are instilled with an appropriately warm blaze of summer sunshine. Both extremely creative and massively complimentary of one another, this is a collaboration that looks likely to blossom in the future, but for now we caught up with them both to discuss the EP’s origins, their studio time together, and where exactly where the record is best enjoyed…
This is your first collaboration together – how did you guys hook up?
Luca Bacchetti – I began charting some of Guti’s early productions and he simply wrote thanking me for the support. You can get a feel for someone’s sensitivity from the music; but here I realised from the start that there was something deeper, a mutual understanding regarding the kind of sounds, and we immediately became friends.
Guti – We both love the music in a very special way and have similar views on how it should be treated. Following one of those late night talks you get into we ended up making music together…simple as that.
It’s a great EP and Finale especially has a particularly beautiful breakdown…can you tell us about the inspiration behind it?
G – I guess you could say it is a mix of both of our personalities…passionate like me and complex like Luca. ‘Finale’ is the first song we´ve written together and is full of detail. Luca added the finer points that make the song into a beautiful thing, and ‘Esa Nena Quiere’ (it’s me singing!) was just fun.
LB – I really like working on the layout of the songs … the breakdown is really important because it’s the moment when the atmosphere decompresses and allows you to change tack before taking off again with more energy. There’s a lot of “linear” music around … I like to interrupt the flow and then come back with renewed vigour.
What made you guys think that Defected would be a suitable home for the EP?
G – We love the songs and Defected will spread the word and give the record the best chance to be heard.
LB – This EP is a celebration of summer, it’s a party! The track combines our creative energies and the common denominator is our Latin background. We both agreed that it would be interesting to have the track released on Defected because it is a historic label on the house scene with openings for other musical genres and has always had the capacity to surprise.
Who did what when you were in the studio – how did the creative process work?
LB – We worked both in the studio and apart. The studio work is very instinctive, in line with our individual personalities. I am very concerned with the construction of the beats and the rhythmic textures, and then together we try to merge other elements. Guti is a very talented pianist and has a great sense of pop…something I think we share. He is not too ‘easy’ without being too sophisticated either: he knows just how to capture the emotion with simplicity.
G – Luca is amazing in the studio and I am a musician. He is in every detail, giving me the chance to get my sound to another place and I learned a lot from him. The thing that I like the most about working with Luca is the space he gives me for my ideas and how he make them happen, almost in real time…it’s crazy!
As you say the record has a real summery vibe to it…did you have Ibiza in mind when you produced it?
G – Not especially, although ‘Esa Nena Quiere’ turned out totally Ibiza. We were more into bringing our own influences, I’m from South America and Luca from Italy and our cultural influences came quite naturally.
LB – Lately my own personal imagination is filled with beaches and far flung places, so Ibiza also fits into the picture.
Guti – You’ve just released your album on Desolat…what has the reaction been like so far?
So good, I’m enjoying it so much. It was a big thing for me and the label, and it has been made with so much love. The reactions are amazing, and everybody plays the songs which gives me another connection with the people.
Luca – You’ve previously released tracks on some incredibly influential labels– what else do you have planned for the next few months?
I’ve always worked with eclectic labels and in the coming months some new things are going to happen; but I don’t like to anticipate: I like the element of surprise. Obviously there will be a new EP on Hideout; but also lots of new music…a lot of playing.
Do you have plans for any further collaborations?
There is a really special song we made some months ago in Barcelona so guess at some point will be a record.
When and where is the perfect place to listen to the EP?
G – Deep in the dancefloor, peak time!
LB – Yeah…every party should be all about the dance floor!
Tell us something about one another that we wouldn’t otherwise know…
LB – There’s something which happens in the studio, I’m sure he isn’t even aware of it…when Guti is at the piano I don’t watch his hands or the screen but look at his eyes and from them I know exactly where we’re headed. He’s such an amazing guy!!!
G – He is one of the sweetest guys on earth I ever met, always positive and with a big smile…and he wears good hats!