Federico Gandin is one of those old school Italian DJs. Since 1989 he has been fighting and we wanted to interview him in the English version of him … he will soon be in the Kali Corner of DJ MAG ES. Meanwhile you can enjoy your podcast recorded exclusively for DJ MAG ES.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
Hi everybody ! Thanks for the interview! In 1989 during a trip to New York, I entered Tower records, one of the biggest store in the city, to buy some hip hop records but I was fascinated by the hyper colored covers of a section called “House music” without knowing anything about it. It was love at first sight! Tyree Cooper, Maurice Joshua, Frankie Knuckles, D-Mob and you can imagine how many!
What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?
During the first Italian lockdown from march to may 2020 I had enough time to refocus on new songs after a break of 5 years I regained confidence in techno, I feel inspired again and I thought I had to take advantage of it. And this was the mind! The body rambled on the wonderful hills of Turin on a mountain bike, ah ah ah !
Who most inspired you to make music?
When I was a teenager I spent evenings in clubs in front of the DJ console, I was completely fascinated by that world. If I have to tell the truth I have many, too many memories a little confused and therefore I struggle to find who really inspired me first. I could say historical italian DJs like Ralf, Luca Colombo, Gemolotto and Leo Mas for making me discover house music and foreign DJs like Derrick May, Jeff Mills and Laurent Garnier for what concerns more techno sounds. I’ve been playing for over 30 years, I’ve heard and seen everything, I feel like a sponge (not Bob!) that has absorbed sounds, styles and years from so many wonderful artists around the world.
What was the idea behind the Citizen of the world EP?
Ohh there wasn’t! One night of march 2020 I was listening to Claude Young 1996 track “Impolite to Refuse”. The synth refrain coming in the middle of the song stayed in my head all night. I said to myself “it’s a song from 1996 try it” in one day I had clear how I had to compose the song by adding an epic speech, something deep and emotional to communicate. After all, Claude had written it 24 years before that moment! The other three tracks are a personal tribute to many records, styles and sound eras.
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
I am not in the habit of putting my mixes online because I am never happy with the result playing mainly with vinyls. In a few days, however, I will publish one for the release of the new ep.
What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?
Turin has been one of the precursor cities of electronic music since the early 80s. At the end of that decade a legendary evening of the Latin Superb Posse group was born and this was the beginning of the golden age of house music in my city. Another revolution was taking place on a more radical sonic side, the English rave culture and the French techno collectives had also come to us thanks to groups like Acid Drop and Dea. I can say that I was part of that wonderful revolution helping techno to slowly enter clubs. Torino is a real electronic city and now the new generations of artist, producer and djs are trying to best continue what was born many years before. The clubs, however, are experiencing a very difficult period, in addition to the covid, and if I could, as often happens abroad, I would move the performances and events as much as possible to historical and more scenic places in our city (yes, we really have many!) to bring even a more adult audience closer.
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
I have recently opened a jazz cafe in the center of my city where, lockdown aside, good music is played in a super relaxing environment. Apart from the 4 songs out on April 19th I’m preparing a new release for the end of the summer.
Hoping that slowly the lives of all of us return to normal I wish you the best!