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DAVIDE SQUILLACE



Author Valeria Cecolin | Date 26/09/2019

 

On the occasion of the 22nd edition of the DJ Awards in Ibiza, we had the pleasure of interviewing Davide Squillace, who was nominated for the new Deep Tech category.

 

Who were your mentors? Who would you say has influenced your career the most?

Things like Chicago house, Richie Hawtin and Model 500 were massive influences. Plus, experimental artists & labels like Brian Eno or Mille Plateaux. Also, 80’s & 90’s pop icons like Queen, Madonna were very important influences.

 

At what point of your career did you realize that you were finally where you had always tried to get?

I don’t ever want to feel like I’ve reached a point where everything is done. I’m always looking to move forward and challenge myself.

 

Let’s talk about TNT, your record label & event brand. What next projects are you working on?

It’s about finding and supporting talents, and giving them a platform to be creative. We’ve had a great summer with shows at off Sonar and Pacha. Plus, some amazing releases from the likes of Basti Grub, Ataxia, Italoboyz, Allen (IT), Atsou and Isa Rojas. With new releases coming from Hannes Bieger, Rodriguez Jr and Matteo Spedicati.

 

Regarding Better Lost Than Stupid, we know that you will be releasing a new album very soon. Can you tell us more about it?

Album came out last week. We just finished some shows in DC-10 and Dubai last week to celebrate the release. It’s a really exciting project, where I get to explore different electronic sounds & ideas. As well as work with two great friends and talented artists in Martin Buttrich & Matthias Tanzmann.

 

How did your collaboration with Gomorrah start?

Damian Lazarus who is an old friend, got the rights to work with Sky in Italy. We’d just finished my debut album “Once upon a time in Napoli”, on his Crosstown Rebels label, and he asked me to collaborate.

 

What is the best and most challenging part of your job for you?

Man, that’s’ a tough question. I could write a book on this topic! The most important thing is to keep the joy, whilst realizing you are running a business.

 

How would you define your music style in a few words?

You should never set boundaries.

 

What's one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?

I love dance music, but most people are surprised that my artistic influences are so broad. From eclectic music tastes, to art and technology. I’m always curious to find new inspiration.

 

Relationship with Ibiza.

It’s a very special place, it’s where my life as a DJ really took off, and where we made so many memories.

 

What about this summer? Did it meet your expectations so far?

It was amazing. Playing at two very special places. Ants & Circoloco. What could be better? Great Summer!

 

You have been nominated in the Deep Tech category at the DJ Awards in their 22nd edition. This is not your first nomination, so what do you think about this new category and the event in general?

Genres can be very limiting, but at the same time you need a language to describe what you do and what you play. So, I think It’s good that the scene has kept developing, and the DJ awards keep moving with the times and reflecting the new sounds.

 

Are you Night or Day?!

Night!

 


 

www.djawards.com 

 


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