The tech-house duo reveal their guilty pleasures and reminisce about being introduced to dance music by mafia kids.


What’s the first record you ever bought?

Luca: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction. I was 14 years old and I was totally drawn to the record sleeve. The track I loved the most was ‘Paradise City’ but the whole album was the soundtrack of my youth.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

Luca: Bear in mind that I grew up in a small town in Sicily, where mafia was very rampant at the time and there were no record shops or internet. But I remember clearly these two boys who joined my school after a period in which them and their family were ‘hiding’, if you know what I mean. After a while I became friends with one of them and he gave me this cassette tape with the latest Justin Berkmann mix on it. Needless to say I had never heard anything like it and I made it my mission in life to find more music like that. I think it was around 1994.

Justin Berkmann @ Hard Times 1994 by Cirillo71 on Mixcloud

Your favourite ever record?

Luca: The Doors – ‘Riders On The Storm’. An absolute gem of a record. Nothing has or will ever come close to that. Music in its purest form. If the time is right and the people allow me to experiment it’s also something I would play at the end of the night in a club.

The guaranteed floor-filler?

Both: Basement Jaxx – ‘Flylife’. Never ever failed to ignite a dance floor.

The guilty pleasure?

Luca: Toto – ‘Africa’. If any of my friends would come forward after reading this they could tell you why.

Anthony: ‘I Feel Love’, the Bronski Beat version. But really that’s as cheesy as I could possibly get…

The last track of the night?

Luca: This changes all the time but recently the one that has made the most clamour is Âme’s edit of Paul Simon – ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’.

5th February, 2014

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