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ENZO SIRAGUSA



Author Valeria Cecolin | Date 08/01/2019

 

We have interviewed Enzo Siragusa, who has been nominated for the DJ Awards 2019 in the new category DEEP TECH. 

 

Hi Enzo, let’s start from your beginnings… when and why did you start your career as a DJ?

Like most, my beginnings were going to raves, and falling in love with it. Then learning to DJ in my bedroom. In 2003 I left my job, went to Ibiza and did a season there. I had a residency on the Sunset Strip in the bar now known as Savannah, I DJed there every night. I gave it a good go, but when I came back to the UK I had to go back to work as I spent a fortune on shipping vinyls to Ibiza, it was before the digital age. In 2007 I packed in my job again, went back to Ibiza, and went for it full time. That’s when it kicked off for me and grew from there.

 

What is your musical background?

All forms of rave music really. I love old school jungle and rave still, which is the stuff I grew up on. I progressed to fall in love with house music in its many forms.

 

Do you consider yourself more a DJ, a producer or both?

I am a DJ, always.

 

In April you have released your last album, Decade Of Rave (Volume 1). What is the album about?

It’s a body of work produced over a number of years that captured my history as a raver. You can hear influences of jungle, drum n bass, house, garage, it’s all in there. Everything I’ve been into over the past 20 years as a raver, put into a FUSE style sound.

 

Are you working on any new release at the moment?

I’ve done a remix for Steve Lawler coming on Moxy Music. A remix for Satoshi Tomi which will come on Hector’s VL Recordings label,  and lots more music to be released on FUSE at the end of the year or early next year. 

 

Please tell us about FUSE, your party brand that this year celebrates its tenth anniversary…

FUSE is a rave. It’s still what it was 10 years ago, the essence is very much the same, but it’s evolved. We throw much larger scale events now, as well as keeping our boutique events at Village Underground & 93 Feet East so we keep all our ravers happy. The same love and passion are very much still at the heart of it, which is great.

 

Relationship with Ibiza?

It’s a very long one! I have been going there since 1996 and have returned every year since. I’ve lived there, partied hard there, I’ve done it all and I absolutely love it. As much as people say “Ibiza isn’t the same, it’s changed”, of course it’s changed, and it will always change, but the magic remains.

 

The next 2nd August we will see FUSE @ DC-10, what can we expect from this special event?

I’m playing all night long in the main room, b2b with some of the FUSE crew – Rich Nxt, Seb Zito and one more surprise from the crew, plus extended FUSE family member Guti. It’s going to be a journey, not just another club night in Ibiza where all the DJs will be slamming out their best party sets. I play really well with the boys and playing with Guti is something new, but we have a long-standing friendship, we have made music together many times, and so I’m looking forward to seeing how we jam together behind the decks. You can expect all shades and moods of house music.

 

In what other events will we hear you play this summer on the island?

I’ll be playing my first set on the terrace for Carl Cox at One Night Stand, Paradise, tINI & The Gang, Bodyworks and Zoo Project. I also played for Black Coffee and at Octan this summer. It’s great to be able to play in a variety of clubs.

 

This year you have been nominated in the Deep Tech category at the DJ Awards 2019. What do you think about this new category?

Well, I’m not one for genres and I find it difficult to categorize my music. I know I make and play a deeper sound, but I play all types of house music. I guess though, at the heart of what I play and produce leans back to a deeper and dubbier tone. I’m happy it’s being recognized as a category, because myself and the FUSE crew have been playing deep for years! The B-sides of records and the deeper shades of house and now tech house. 

 

What is rave culture for you?

It’s everything that goes on in and around our scene. Why we dance, what we dance to, how we get together, and what brings us together. Rave culture now has a legacy. Once upon a time, if I’d have said “rave culture” it would have been frowned upon dirty phrase. Today it is being recognized more and more as a culture, and legacy. For example, the recent Saatchi Gallery Sweet Harmony exhibition. People have grown up and lived their whole lives immersed in this scene, exploring it, and opening people’s minds. I’ve seen what my FUSE party has done for people. Coming in at age 20 as a raver, and 10 years later having careers in music, playing for the party and releasing on the label and even! Following their passion, and it’s enriching to see and be part of. That’s culture. It’s not just going to a party, it’s like any art form. It means so much more to me. 

 

Your favourite places in Ibiza?

Anywhere on the west coast of the island. I always love going back to the Sunset Strip to see a sunset and hanging out as I have such a history there, it’s where it began in Ibiza for me. My favourite place to eat is Can Balafia. I love raving at DC-10, and to properly chill out in Formentera.

 

And finally, are you Night or Day?

Night, and then the Day.

 


 

Photo credit: William Worrell

 

DJ AWARDS 2019:

Category Nomination DEEP TECH - new category

www.djawards.com 

 

A Decade Of Rave Volume 1 LP stream: https://soundcloud.com/fuselondon/sets/enzo-siragusa-a-decade-of

A Decade Of Rave Volume 2: https://lnk.to/FUSE10LP2   Out 27th September!

 


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