“The worst job I’ve ever had? Being my own boss.” Davide Squillace takes on our quick-fire Q&A.

Davide Squillace

Why music?

I find it one of the best disciplines around. It has always come easy for me to communicate through sounds and to get the person next to me interested in my musical speech.

If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

Probably industrial design. It’s my side passion.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Mind your business!” (Napoli style.)

What inspires you?

Anything that attracts me. I truly believe in genuine inspiration – nothing is created from nothing, most of the time it’s your interpretation of what you’ve seen and what you’ve experienced.

What’s the next big thing?

A kid on the way.

Best club experience?

Womb for the craziness of the people, DC10 for everything.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Being my own boss.

I truly believe in genuine inspiration – nothing is created from nothing

How do you know when a track’s finished?

It tells you: “Dude, stop messing around with me, I’m more than ready!”

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Techno wise, ‘Seeing Through Shadows’.

What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?

There’s no easy way. It’s about working very hard on your talent, working on your PR skills and being true to yourself.

What’s the worst track you’ve ever released?

Fuck! Ahhahah, really?! A few of them…

Recommend us a film.

Pi by Darren Aronofsky.

Recommend us a book.

Erich Froom, To Have Or To Be.

What or who is overrated?

I’m a diplomat, leave me out of this…

What are you addicted to?

Beauty in any form.

What do you lust over?

Aesthetics.

What one thing would most improve your life?

Sell… lots of things.

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played?

Hahaha. Come on!

Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?

Very rich experience, you learn so much and understand yourself better.

What’s the secret to a great mix?

Your ears.

If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?

Ugh… Ben King – ‘Stand By Me’.

How do you relax?

I never managed. It’s a big issue for me.

What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?

Ableton and Komplete, for arranging and creating sounds.

Art or money?

Art. Unfortunately sometimes they need each other to survive.

Strangest place you ever wrote a track?

My studio while in love with my woman.

Must-read blogs/forums?

Gearslutz.

What’s your favourite label? Why?

Ghostly and Warp, always pushing the limits.

Art or money? Art. Unfortunately sometimes they need each other to survive.

What’s the worst thing about making music?

When you have creative blocks.

What’s your motto?

Live and let live.

 

Davide Squillace’s ‘Goiânia’ is out now on Cadenza. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

5th November, 2014

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