Backstage with Luciano

Luciano's mixed Swiss & Chilean identity shows in his music, a somewhat mystical blend of deep techno & electro that integrates southern elements in rhythms and colorful patterns in sound.

His collaborations with Ricardo Villalobos (Playhouse, Perlon, Warp, Force Inc etc.) as Sense Club are especially rewarding, as is his partnership with Pier Bucci and Argenix Brito as Monne Automne.

Born in 1978, Luciano is a DJ since 1993 and a producer since 1997. In the mid-90's, he was promoting Sense Club and Encuentros con la Technocultura in Santiago de Chile in the company of many initiators of the Latin American electronic music scene: Senor Coconut AKA Atom Heart, Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack & brother Adrian Schopf, Washington Miranda, Argenix Brito, Microman etc.

Mellowing his style as times goes by, getting more experimental and spacey with a fresh style of his own, Luciano's production is destined to the wiser dancefloors that have enjoyed his live sets in Peru, Chile, Argentina, the U.S., Spain, Germany & Switzerland. DJ-wise, Luciano's trade relies on groovy & minimal.

Born in 1978, Luciano is a DJ since 1993 and a producer since 1997. In the mid-90's, he was promoting Sense Club and Encuentros con la Technocultura in Santiago de Chile in the company of many initiators of the Latin American electronic music scene: Senor Coconut AKA Atom Heart, Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack & brother Adrian Schopf, Washington Miranda, Argenix Brito, Microman etc.

DJ-ing is very social; you always smile to the people. Making music is very idealistic and isolating; you're always alone and this is more like a state of mind. For me, more important is making music.
Beat Factor: How was 2006 for you, as we are pretty close to the end of this year?

Luciano: Oh, I've done a lot of things. I've been in a lot of countries. Also the whole summer season in Ibiza was really good. The festivals and the weekends where really cool, so if I have to resume it, there were a lot of pretty good things, yes.

Beat Factor: Let's slip into the past a bit. You started DJ-ing in '94, in Santiago. How was it back then?

Luciano: Pretty good, it was like the beginning of electronic music in Chile. So, at the beginning it was difficult, because there weren't so many people listening to this music; it's always hard at the beginning of everything. But, it was really good, a really good experience.

Beat Factor: So do you consider that time as the start of your DJ career?

Luciano: Yes, for sure. Chile was the place where I started to build my career into this.

Beat Factor: You were sixteen...

Luciano: Sixteen yes. They had to hide me in the club, because when the police was coming I was not old enough to be in the club, so they were hiding me at the VIP area or at the backstage or something like this, so the police couldn't find me. But I was already playing at that time.

Beat Factor: You have also a strong musical background, you played guitar...

Luciano: Yes, I played guitar. I started with a band, it was cool, I was 14. I'm still playing guitar; not so much but I'm still playing.

Beat Factor: Did you have any other jobs besides being a DJ?

Luciano: Yeah, I worked in constructions, and similar jobs, starting to earn money; this was when I was 16 years old. But I had never had another full time job, besides music. I didn't finish school, I left it for music.

Beat Factor: And after that you returned to Switzerland. Was it difficult to accommodate with the different cultures and traditions?

Luciano: Actually no. There is a big cultural difference, but I like to move, I don't like to be in one place all the time, I like to move around, experiencing things, new cultures; this is really interesting.

Also my wife had a baby that time, so I had to return to Switzerland.

Beat Factor: How does a usual day start for you?

Luciano: Morning, breakfast, then the airport, plane, someone at the airport pick you up, then it's the hotel, you have dinner, and into the club. It's more like a routine.

Beat Factor: You have established Cadenza Records.

Luciano: Yes, I started Cadenza with my sister, she's in Chile and then we had the first release with Quenum. At that time, Serafin was also working with us, he was bringing good music and we made releases together.

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Beat Factor: So how do you find time now to manage the label between touring, producing music?

Luciano: I'm working with people now. I have one person who takes care of my bookings, one which takes care of the label; I have another person who takes care of the parties, I take care of the music. I know what releases will come, I listen to music..

Beat Factor: What new releases do you have on the pipeline for Cadenza?

Luciano: Coming out we have an album of Digitaline, some young guys from Switzerland, (e.n.: Digitaline is Laurent Bovey aka Laps and Gregory Poncet aka Gregorythme). We also have a release from Pikaya, another record from me. There will be some very musical releases.

Beat Factor: How big a deal was for you to compile the second volume from Sci Fi Hi Fi on Soma?

Luciano: Oh, that was very difficult. I don't like to make mix CDs; because I like to play records when I'm in front of the people, in the club. So the guys from Soma contacted me and they were asking for something a bit different, I said 'no, no, no'.

Beat Factor: So you're not a big fan of compilations...

Luciano: No, I don't like compilations. I don't like it because for me playing records it's about the people and their reactions. So when I play a track I always see the reactions, the feedback. When I'm alone in a room, I can't make it. So that's why it's very difficult to make a compilation, I don't find inspiration when I'm alone. I always play for the crowd, that's when I'm satisfied, if I see a good reaction.

Beat Factor: What gives you inspiration when producing music?

Luciano: Everything! People, nature, my kids, everything. I listen to every kind of music, everything. Starting from African music, South American music, Ireland, Romania. I find inspiration in different kind of music.

Beat Factor: Which is more priority for you? DJ-ing or producing music?

Luciano: DJ-ing I earn my existence with this, I really like it, but it's different than a job. DJ-ing is very social; you always smile to the people. Making music is very idealistic and isolating; you're always alone and this is more like a state of mind. But for me, more important is making music. This is what really motivates me.

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