INTERVIEW: Lucio Malatoid on Owning a Label & Italian Tech House
Lucio Malatoid is boss of his own eponymous label and also produces with his brother, but is at present focusing himself in solo mode. He has been producing for a few years now and has an infectious, stripped back tech house style that has won him plenty of fans around the globe. We caught up the Italian to discuss his new EP that’s about to drop, and also find out a little more about what makes the man tick…
OTB: Hey Lucio, great to meet you. How are things in life for you right now?
Lucio: Hey there, great to meet you too! I can say that I am very happy with all the projects that I am working on right now. The vinyl and digital music distribution “www.pressology.net”, that I own and manage, has achieved a remarkable success in the field. Many results are coming also from the project “Lucio Malatoid” and I can say the same for the new label “Made In Italy Records” where we propose a deep tech sound and we release vinyl only.
OTB: Where are you based, how long have you been living out there, and what would you say are the best and worst things about living in the city right now?
Lucio: I was born and grew up in Casali, a small village in the Province of Salerno (Italy), near the famous Amalfitan coast, where tranquility is at the same time the best and the worst thing that this place can offer.
OTB: Where would you say has been your favourite place to play so far, and what makes it stand out from the others?
Lucio: There are two places that made an impression on my heart: “The Egg” in London, which I don’t think needs any introduction or flattery, and
The ‘Indie Summer Festival “Infestazioni Soniche”. This is held every year in Vieste / Gargano ( Italy ) with its spectacular venue, the amazing line up and the free entry as the cherry on top! I STRONGLY recommend it to everyone.
OTB:How do things like the atmosphere, venue and sound system influence how you approach a set?
Lucio: I consider myself a very technical DJ with attention to details, that avoids an excessive use of fx and that tries to propose a linear set to involve and entertain his audience. I think that all the components you mentioned above (the atmosphere, the venue and the sound system) are very important but, at the same time, I try not to be influenced too much and not to forget the most important thing for a DJ : make people dancing!!!
OTB: How would you say your music has changed with the years?
Lucio: In any growth there are changes and developments, either discovered or made by mistake. My music has grown and has been refined over the years, while I compared myself with the industry professionals and I developed my own distinctive style.
OTB: How would you describe the music you make to someone who’s yet to hear it?
Lucio: I think it is quite a hard task to “describe” music and, even so, to include a certain type of music in a certain genre is somewhat complicated nowadays. The only way I could try to describe my music is by simply inviting anyone interested to listen, the words are superfluous…
OTB: How long have you been producing? Who influenced you to start?
Lucio: I started producing music when I was a kid following in my older brother’s footsteps, therefore he has been the first to influence me and incline me toward this fantastic world.
OTB: How do you stay motivated musically? What’s influencing you a lot these days?
Lucio: It’s easy to find inspiration to make music, ranging from the melodious chirping of a bird to the ferrous rhythmic sessions of a construction site. Everything influences me and… life turns into sound!
OTB: You have a release just about to come out on your label Malatoid Records. How happy were you with the end product and describe your thinking behind the tracks?
Lucio: The Malatoid project is something of which I am very proud. There are years and years of economic investment and work efforts behind it. I am speechless by seeing the fruits of all these sacrifices taking shape in a track that the world will listen and (hopefully) buy. In particular I am very satisfied of this latest vinyl release and, thanks to the three remixes made by Martin Patino , Malandra Jr , Eddy Romero & Frink, we were able to get a top notch product, a well structured and varied enough record well suited to every dance-floor.
OTB: What are your hopes for 2015? What would you like to achieve in the next 12 months?
Lucio: My wish for 2015 is to have the opportunity of more frequent exhibitions in many clubs all around the world and to create a mega recording studio where I could produce the next singles with increasing care, expertise and quality. There is nothing better than a good record that sounds good!
Lucio Malatoid’s release ‘Excitement’ on his Malatoid Records label is out on 4th May
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