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DJ Interview - Luciano (Switzerland)

By Jonathan Rolandez
on Tue 2 Dec 2008
Hello Luciano! Hey you look great. Thanks for according us the interview. We're indonesiaclubbing.com, a portal website for clubbing and nightlife guide in Indonesia, online since the end of 2006. We list as many parties as possible, as well as the venues, And also interview DJs! So, it stated on your website that you're from Switzerland and also Chile. Where did you start your career, in Switzerland?
No, no, I actually started my career in South, or as people more often call it, Latin America. I was born in Switzerland and lived there till I was eleven or twelve years old. I've lived in Chile half my life. I started by doing some little events in Chile.
You're half Swiss?
Yes, I'm half Swiss and half Chilean, my father is Swiss and my mother Chilean. They divorced when I was a child and my mother had wanted to come back to Chile to live there and I came to live with her.
And now you live in Ibiza, correct?
Half-half. I spend my summers there and the rest of time I live in Geneva, Switzerland.
How do you divide time between tours and records, family and career?
Well it's kind of difficult but I find a way to manage everything. My wife is rather cool about this and she's very supportive so there's no problem with that. And tours and records well that sort of come together depending on how your manager arranges them and I have Mousa here who does good job for me, so... And also, I'm now quite selective with booking dates - I don't just take all the dates they offer. Being selective is finally not that bad because I still do quality gigs in the best clubs in the world and I still have time for other things, family, recordings... And this is the first time ever you set foot in Indonesia? Yes correct, but in Asia though not the first time, I've been to Japan for six times already, then Thailand.
Do you have any other singers, bands, DJs, musicians or any musical genre, musical movement that have influenced your own musical style in creating and in mixing?
Yes, most certainly! But not only within the domain of electronic music, I also have musicians, singers and groups I like in other genres.
From South America?
No no, not only from Latin America but also from other parts of the world. From everywhere in the world, as a matter of fact! I'm a very musical person, I like music in its every form, every way, and that has helped me create my own musical identity.
You've been everywhere in the world. So is there any difference between a crowd in Europe, say London, UK, or Geneva, Swiss, or Ibiza, or crowd in South America, in Santiago or in Buenos Aires, from crowd in Asia?
Well the thing is that electronic music is made to dance. It's made to make people move their body following the beats. Electronic dance music is not made with deep lyrics or meaningful words, there's nothing to understand, yet there's a lot to dance on. Now, there are different things in cultural upbringing and yes there are some differences in the public, for example in Germany there are clubs that start pumpin' music sooner, there are some slight differences, but the basis is all the same everywhere you go: people come to dance!
By the way you're very well placed tonight, since Stadium is one of the longest surviving, one of the best clubs in Jakarta.
Yeah I'm glad about that! Thank Concrete Sounds here, here I am!
Is it there any importance you consider DJmag Top 100 with? Do you cherish an ambition to top the DJmag Top 100 maybe in the coming years?
Nah, not at all, the thing that counts most for me is that people love my music and that's about it. I don't care, really, being DJmag number whatever - if I love what I do and people are aware of that, I'm happy.
What are your projects in 2009?
Well I just finished my album, and I'm still thinking of the labels I'd be releasing it with, you know, all sorts of stuff after production thingy. I'm going to do a concert together with Bjork next year, also. The biggest work in making an album is not the creation process, but the marketing afterwards.
Last thing I want to know, have you got any tips for other new breed DJs?
The most important is talent and quality. There's nothing important with the techniques - well of course you HAVE to know how to mix and all, but the most important is your musical taste. I've seen people getting fussy about mixing perfectly but for me, I only count on my instincts of musical experience and love. Talent and quality speak for everything.
Well thank you Luciano, see you up there in the 4th floor then!
Sure! Thanks to you!

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