BERNY first came into the public domain with his smash hit ‘Shplatten’ back in 2010 on Luca Ricci’s label Aenaria Recordings. The track rocked all clubs and festivals around the world thanks to the support of Richie Hawtin and Marco Carola and gived to Berny a well deserved international reputation together with a long permanence on Beatport chart. Berny is an artist truly absorbed with the range of sonic possibilities. A producer not content with existing within the realms of House and Techno but one that is determined to further stretch its limits with his characteristic ‘Deep’,’Disco’ and ‘Jacking’ signature sound. In the last 6 years Berny remixed and produced with artists like Kruse&Nuernberg, Marshall Jefferson, Robert Owens, Giorgia Angiuli, Cosmic Cowboys, Moodymanc and Funk D’Void continuing to forge his own path into the future, with no need to follow the latest musical fads, fired by his passion and strength of will to reach his goals and realise his dreams.
Living between Italy and Berlin where he regularly plays in clubs like Sisyphos, Salon Renate, Suicide Circus and Ritter Butzke, Berny’s global touring schedule continues to broaden with India & Asia Tours in 2014/2016/2018/2019, touching clubs like Womb in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and parties like Jungle Experience in Thailand in 2016 where he played in front of 5000 people and his recent debuts in 2018 in Fabric and Ministry Of Sound in London together with amazing Sula Festival in India and Macki Festival in Paris.
Berny’s inner strength and self-belief have shaped his engaging personality and helped him grow into the DJ and producer that he is today, releasing and playing exceptional music purely for lovers and people who dance and wanna celebrate life.
What was your first foray into the world of electronic music?
I started listening New Age music and first Café Del Mar cds, was ’94/’95. Very inspired by this music i started producing Lounge/Chill tracks with my partner Guru, we built a little studio at his house in the room just right next his old mom’s bedroom, the music of her television was higher than our music so we could produce music every night with no problem..
In and out of the electronic music circle, who is an inspiration to you?
I listen so much Jazz, Ambient and Soul, there is always music in my house, every morning I wake up and listen some Pat Metheny having breakfast, later doing office work I can listen Marvin Gay, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea or also some good Jungle/Drum&Bass, it’s one month that I listen Earth compilations by Ltj Bukem, we are talking about early 2000 productions, class..
After lunch I start with House/Electronica…
What was the last record store you visited and what did you buy there?
Last stores I visited was last february in Berlin, I went to HARD WAX in Paul-Lincke-Ufer and THE RECORD LOFT in Adalbertstasse but I strongly advise also other vinyls stores where I go often like OYE RECORDS (Oderberger Str.), MELTING POINT (Kastanienallee), 33RPM STORE (Wrangelstraße ), SATORI RECORDS (Wrangelstraße), PLATTEN PEDRO (Tegeler Weg) and BASS CADET (Weserstraße). I bought some nice vinyls like ‘Armless Kid: Rewind EP’ by LPN White (UK 12”),’Chicken Lips: Goldenlips’ by Phantasy Sound 098 (UK 12”) and ‘Earth To Mickey: Brace & Biut’ by L.A. Club Resource 026 (US 12″)
When did the idea of starting a project begin to take shape? Has it always been something you’ve wanted to do?
With lockdown and gigs canceled I decided to focus on new productions and mostly podcasts, I had lot of good music (and time), in my last performances in Berlin in February I played exclusively ‘dark disco’ and the response from public was great so I wanted to play and record my sets immediately. After some recordings the decision to start a podcast series involving all the artists I was playing tracks of it become natural, to be honest I never thought about it before seriously but since we were all locked home I was sure that many DJs would have participate in my new project and so happened.
Can you pinpoint any early inspirations for In Dark We Trust in terms of labels, artists, aesthetics or otherwise? Similarly, can you highlight any formative experiences that led you on the path to its inception?
The very first artist i started following approaching to ‘dark disco’ world was Theus Mago, i still remember playing first times his tracks like ‘Out Of The Blue‘ or ‘Papa En Roy‘. Around 2016 i really was not inspired anymore by tech house and deep house but listening casually to the sets of the marvellous Mystery Affair i I finally found new enthusiasm and desire to play for hours in clubs. From that point it began my obsessive search for artists and labels that met my taste and I discovered Curses, Damon Jee, Playground Records, Correspondant, Side Up...
What is your criteria for choosing artists?
First of all the discography and the number of tracks that I play of each of them but I contacted artists of which I play only a single track .. in short, my criterion is not their level of popularity but the level of pleasure that transmits me listening and playing their productions.
What can you tell us about the DJs involved?
Level of the podcasts is really high, I asked to every artist not to record simply a mix but to record a ‘story’ for us, I am not interested on latest promos or productions of the artist, I am interested in their vision of ‘dark disco’, for me ‘dark’ means groovy and sexy, it’s not a bad word but more an approach to a set.. I was impressed by the quality and passionate approach of Rodion, Kimshies, Kate Stein, Mystery Affair, Ravintsara, Cornelius Doctor and Tulioxi, really involving..
What do you value most about a dj?
Exactly the approach, the intro, the evolution and how he close the sets, in a podcast or gig… I love djs that start ‘slowly’ their sets, even if they play peaktime, means that they are self-confident and have personality… I like the dj who understands the people he has on the dancefloor and who tries to conquer them with the selection not with the speed of the music..
Of all the DJs you have collected, what do they have in common?
They all have a strong sense of belonging to the genre and a truly unique and always groove-based creative approach to music and Djing, each of them gives me his own contribution in a unique way with his small nuances of sound, timbre or drafting; for me the beauty of ‘dark disco‘ genre is that it is both a danceable and a listening genre ..
Since you started IN DARK WE TRUST until now, how much has the concept of the series changed?
The series is constantly growing in listenings and sharings thanks to the talent and intelligence of the artists who provide me with really quality mixes. I limit myself to a targeted and constant promotion, the artists are shaping naturally the concept of the series. I upload a mix every 3 days because people want to listen to them continuously, listeners write me every day so I try to reach as many people as possible through all the tools that Soundcloud and other Socials offer me, only time will tell what results we reach in terms of feedbacks.
What’s the most satisfying and unsatisfying thing about running a project?
The greatest satisfaction you have when you work on a project is the level of harmony you discover you have with the people involved, it was nice to have such a high number of immediate adhesions and involvement from international artists in this series for example… the unsatisfactory aspect instead was not receiving any response by numerous Italian artists, usual problems of cultural distrust..
What have been your personal highlights and lowlights?
In recent years I had many satisfactions as a DJ playing in large and small clubs, I remember memorable gig at Sisyphos in Berlin, Oma in Hong Kong, Jungle Experience Festival in Thailand but also Fabric and Ministry of Sound in London and Womb in Tokyo… the lowest points when I skipped gigs in Berlin for family problems which fortunately I have left behind now.
What are your future plans?
I am trying to go back to Berlin soon as possible for some streamings and meetings but so hard now to book flights, I also have to go check my apartment in Charlottenburg I left quickly last february, hope I didn’t forget a window open 🙂 Regarding productions I have many collaborations open with some artists involved in the IDWT series so I hope to release good tracks very soon.
Tell me one record that you wish you had signed.
METRO AREA – Miura
Describe the project In Dark We Trust in 5 Words.
Hypnotico – Atmosferico – Lento – Violento – Cosmico