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Guests are encouraged to explore a bit further into their collections with an opportunity to step away from the dance floor if they desire.
Episode number eleven in the podcast series is from Stefano Pellegrini an Italian DJ, now based in Sydney via London where he co-founded the techno label Serialism Records alongside Cesare vs Disorder. who he was promoting parties together with in East London in the 2000's.
Stefano has played at festivals in Europe alongside Alex Smoke, Pan Pot, Audio Werner, Cassy, Portable aka Bodycode, Margaret Dygas, Mark Henning, Jacek Sienkiewicz & Lakuti among others. More recently, since relocating to Sydney he has supported Steve Bicknell and Marco Shuttle.
In this mix he steps away from the dance floor, serving up a mix of old and newer organic soundscapes, flourishes of ambient and almost tribal rhythms digging into the past for something suited for a day of rest or after hours when the ears tire from the electronics and desire something a little different.
1. Alan Parson Project - Total Eclipse [Arista] 1977
2. Michael Brook – Distant Village [Editions EG] 1985
3. Edgar Froese - Aqua [Brain] 1974
4. Adrian Belew - Big Electric Cat [Island] 1982
5. Keith Jarret – Kuum [Impulse] 1975
6. Ravi Shankar – Kajri [Dark Horse Records] 1976
7. George Duke – Peace [MPS] 1973
8. Lou Reed & John Cale – Open House [Sire] 1990
9. Brian Eno & David Byrne – Qu’ran [Sire] 1981
10. Chick Corea – Imp’s Welcome [Polydor] 1976
11. Pavel Kostiuk – The king and I [2000 Black] 2003
I lived in different countries in my life and I’ve been involved in the music scene since the 80’s as a promoter and DJ.
Growing up in Italy we went through the Italian version of the ‘Summer of Love” where house, techno, acid, new beat were just starting, this were exciting times because it was all new for us kids, a bit like the Punk movements or when the Beatles came out, people was going crazy about it.
I then moved to London in 2001 and ran my own Label, Serialism Records , with my dear friend Cesare Vs Disorder from Azimute, very inspiring times, we created a platform for artists to get their tracks released and make a living through music, at that time wasn’t that easy to get music released on labels, we decided to create our own and fortunately it worked out, most of the artists in our original roster are still making music and touring around the world.
When I moved to Sydney I immediately felt that the music scene here was a lot smaller, fewer parties, and in general young people was into other genres of music and kind of drawn more to main stream pop music.
I think the main issue was the distance from Europe, so getting guest dj’s was really hard, and also the scene had changed.
The house and techno scene became so popular in the last 10 years that grew from a movement or a scene to an industry, with all the related consequences, overcrowding of Dj’s, underpaying of Dj’s, and in general a sort of disposability of the artist, with what I call the ‘new flavour of the month approach’, where you see new emerging ‘Dj’s headlining parties or festivals not because they are great Dj’s but because they bring the crowd. I feel the scene is now about the money you make at the end of the night and not about the quality of music been played..
Going back to your question, I think Sydney is a great city with lots of potential, what has changed is the scene, no matter where you are in the world.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
It would have to be Tangerine Dreams, Depeche Mode and all the late 80’s early 90’s artists that started putting house and techno on the map, Todd Terry, Frankie Bones, Burrell brothers, Juan Atkins, Moodymann, Theo Parrish and labels like TRAX, NUGroove, Dance Mania, too many to mention. More recently I’ve been more into other genres of music and mainly buying music from the 70’s and filling my shelves for my personal collection.
What are you listening to right now?
A bit of a mix of old and new stuff, folk, prog rock, techno, house, really all over the spectrum, I love music as long as it is moving me emotionally!
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise at the moment?
I really admire what my dear friend in Berlin Marco Shuttle is doing at the moment, he’s grown to be an amazing producer and first class DJ.
Lakuti also in Berlin, she is one of the most amazing women in the scene, incredible DJ and Record Label Boss, as well as party organiser, we go way back when I used to play at her SÜD Electronic parties in East London and
Cesar Merveille one half of the Shoreditch party monsters.. I wont disclose the other half, old friend from London now based in Berlin, for his enthusiasm and total love of music and talent.
What inspired your mix and where it was recorded?
Actually I had been thinking about starting to put together non dance oriented mixes for a while, and when you asked me to contribute to your podcast and read the fine print I was like, YES I’m doing it, I think is nice to see what people dig other than dance floor tunes!
It was recorded here at my place, I’m fortunate to live in a house with no neighbours, so no noise complaints here, recorded on two 1210 and a UREI 1620 LE mixer.
Any upcoming releases or gigs?
Nope, nothing at the moments, I’m focussing on my business at the moment, and that is taking a lot of my time!
Anything else you would like to share?
Please let’s go back to the HIFI era, music is important and best played on good systems, I grew up saving all my money to buy the best possible piece of gear, nowadays with this “sonos wireless tidal spotify crap” nobody invests in a good quality amp or turntable or speakers, it’s really sad.