We are very privileged this week to be able to interview a man who has been heavily involved in dance music for well over 20 years now. With literally hundreds of releases to his name across various styles including house, trance & harder styles, we welcome Italy's Luca Antolini to our guest reviewer spot to talk about his current foray into the world of EDM, his brand new exclusive track and a whole lot more.
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
Thank you! I am back in Bologna now, but a few days ago I was in Cuba, a Gorgeous country. My stay there was amazing and it has been hard getting back to reality!
For the last 20 years you have been a respected pioneer of european trance with a very impressive discography indeed. But in recent times your electro-progressive releases have been smashing the charts everytime here at TID. What does the future hold for your music style as a producer?
Honestly? I‘m not sure. I mean, I don’t want to be caged in just one genre, but feel free to dabble in many genres. After many years I see the music under many facets. Sometimes I prefer harder styles and sometimes I like more gentle styles. For the near future, I have several electro-progressive, trance, harddance and even pop (yes you read it right!) projects in store, with the new team I am working with. This doesn’t mean I don’t like my past productions, on the contrary I see it as an evolution on what I have achieved so far!
How do you view the current EDM explosion and the crossover of harder artists such as Showtek and Headhunterz to the electro house arena? Do you see it as a positive move and do you see many more following suit?
Answering about other artists is never easy. However, I’d say that DJ's and Producers with great talent can change however they like for many different reasons, but if you really like what you do, then it will definitely show. I can’t tell whether it is a positive or negative thing, but definitely you are subject to criticism when you try to change a little, so it takes a lot of courage to do it. so, well done to them! I am not sure how many will follow suit, my rule is to keep my productions as unique and fresh as possible.
We have an exclusive track from you this week called 'Distant Lands' can you tell us what was the inspiration behind the track? I believe there is a story here?
At first, the track was inspired by my approaching trip to Cuba but then I thought that “Distant Lands” could also mean all the lands I walked on, all the extraordinary people I’ve met, all the genres and productions I have played over the years. I tried to keep this project as fresh as possible whilst injecting it with styles I had previously used, a sort of tribute to what I have done this far but in a newer fashion.
Can you please tell the readers of Trackitdown how you approach writing your next big club weapon? Have you got a set way in which to work?
Every track has a history of its own, at times I get inspired from something I did or watch (mostly by movies) and some other time I’d just play until I come up with something I really enjoy.
You have collaborated with Matteo Sala a lot in recent times, is this going to be an exclusive working partnership or can we see you locking horns with any other well known EDM stars in the future?
Matteo Sala and Andrea Montorsi are the closest people to me and I will definitely produce many more tracks with them in the future, as I do work very well with them. just as I work well with many other people and with my new team at Kennvad. I guess there will definitely be collaborations with either well-known producers as well as with less-well known producers in the near future.
How is the dance music scene as a whole in your native country Italy right now? Is one style of music dominating over others and are there any exciting movements within the industry taking place?
The Italian dance scene is not as vibrant as in the UK, fewer clubs, fewer events and I’d have to say that commercial music is king over here. Me, together with other DJs, always try to offer our kind of music and often with good results in Italy.
For your hard trance fans out there, have you got anything exciting coming up on the horizon?
There will soon be a new realease on the United Styles label and another one coming soon on Kennvad. Also there are many more productions in collaboration with Steve Hill. As I said, I am not leaving the hard trance scene, I am just building on that to widen my horizons. I think that a good DJ must be able to play and have the crowd go wild across many genres.
Have you got any hot tips for new talent coming through this year? Is there anyone we should keep an eye out for?
Always believe and use your heart! I know it might sound clichéd, but I firmly believe in that. I’d maybe advice to dabble in a couple or more genres to showcase your talent. if you’re good, you’ll definitely shine through!
Finally, can you tell us what the most rock n roll thing you’ve done so far in your lengthy career?
I am always up for a good laugh and I made a few people mad with me in the past for it. I remember once I called this DJ friend of mine to have him play in another town, 200 miles from his hometown. Well the owners of the club did not know about him and he found himself 200miles away from home with the owners refusing to let him play! I then repaid him by paying for the evening and by having him play in another club, for real this time!
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Impressive! This was the track for 2012 for many reasons. Firstly, because of Hardwell and what he has achieved during 2012, genius! On top of that “spaceman” is innovative and sounds incredible, with a nice melody. People still appreciate it when I drop this tune!
Maybe because it is a production of mine, maybe because the crowd always goes wild when I play it! It is an electronic progression ensemble of fresh sound blended with a nice melody. I am very proud of this production with Matteo Sala and proud it is out on this new but very promising label.
I take my hat off to this one! Showtek’s change is amazing and it also shows they are first-class producers! An easy but never dull melody. Very strong sounds too!
This is another production with Andrea Montorsi and the proper title is “Warriors” and that says all! When I drop it, People jump like warriors, ahah, what a feeling! Also, it is a proud production on my new label, Hard Progress.
Omnia ... this young producer that is taking the trance and progressive-electro scenes by storm! Truly an amazing melody with a proper dub-step break, perfect sounds! Even though I am not that much of dub-step lover, nice one mate!
Well, it is a nice comeback for my friend Joop, after a pause. Gourgeous atmosphere, beautiful voice, a dreamy melody. I can’t always drop tunes like these, but I do whenerver I need to add a bit of style and elegance to my set.
What can I say about this hard trance track? Aside from the fact that it is a production of mine, this is one of the biggest hard trance tunes of 2012. Well done to Sa.vee.oh who managed to remix it with classic but fresh sounds and give it the right fierceness this genre needs, and still not make it dull!
I really like this up-and-coming hard dance producer. In this and other projects of his, DJ Generator uses sounds and movements that recall electronic music, but always keeping within the hard dance realms, it is always a hit on the dancefloor!
It is working really well, in perfect harmony with current electro-trance music, a nice production from really amazing producers/DJ's!
When I am in need of a hard set, this is what I look for! Well done to Activator for changing so much whilst keeping the right kick in the sound at the same time! The underlying sound to the track is also amazing!