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Alex Deusan: Hi and welcome to Electronic Republika interview series! First of all please tell us a bit about yourself.
Lowerzone: Hello there, For first I wanna say thanks to having me on your interview!
So my real name is Vincenzo Gargiulo (aka Lowerzone) I’m from Italy and I live in Gragnano, a city situated in the province of Naples, I’m 23 y.o. and I’m just a
guy that loves Techno music.
Alex Deusan: How do you start your musical journey and what do you think was the most important moment until now? When did you decide to be a DJ?
Lowerzone: My musical journey started years ago, with my first release in 2015 when I won a remix contest published by Oxytech records, but I decided to be a
dj/producer maybe when I was 12, I’ve always loved electronic music since I was
a kid and thanks to my curiosity I started to produce maybe for joke, and now
is a serious thing for me. The most important moment for me until now is for sure
this year, where I released on Sam Paganini’s label “JAM” and also see that my
music is played and appreciated from artists like Sam Paganini, Jay Lumen,
Fatima Hajji, Zoe, Luca Agnelli, Charlotte de Witte, Frankyeffe and more other
big dj, I admit it’s really satisfying!
Alex Deusan: What are your big influences as a DJ as well as a music producer? Name five artists.
Lowerzone: I’m spoiled for choice but for sure the first one is Len Faki, is thanks to
his tracks and his sets that I’ve started seriously with my music and for the
same reasons Dave Clarke, Thomas Bangalter, Dj hyperactive and Ben sims.
Alex Deusan: How do you describe your style?
Lowerzone: My style? I think I can define my style: “dark and captivating”.
I always try to transmit something to the listener, something that can touch
feelings, I always try to give my tracks a personal imprint, leaving a small
part of me in every track.
Alex Deusan: What are the things that inspire you for your music and mixes?
Lowerzone: So I’m not that kind of producer that is inspired looking landscapes, I feel more inspired in a dark room experimenting how to fit the various synths and
depends also from my mental mood of that period.
Anyway don’t hide that I am always inspired by the old school sound, heavy
kicks, massive synths, solid grooves, is this that I prefer most.
Alex Deusan: How is your search for new tracks process and from where you take your tracks?
Lowerzone: I usually start my musical research by looking for the artists and labels
that most strike me at that time, usually beginning with digital stores like
beatport, to name one, then I also look for other music platforms like bandcamp,
soundcloud, youtube or sites who also sell vinyls as discogs, I select other
tracks from the promos received from labels and djs, in short … in various
Alex Deusan: What is wrong and what is right in techno music?
Lowerzone: Starting to say what I think is right, one of the most beautiful things techno does is that it really unites people, I often find myself talking or joking or raving with people from other realities, cultures, and countries, different from mine, what It could be better!? anything! It will probably be introduced as a new religion, the principles are those.
Despite this, what I see wrong is that there is no more meritocracy, I also see too many “DJs” without humility inflate their ego and too many promoters that thinks only of money and business to create around those, this is really sad.
Alex Deusan: The perfect day for you is…
Lowerzone: Starting the day with good food and coffee, stay all day with your girlfriend and in the night go raving with your squadmates, nothing else.
Alex Deusan: How do you like your music? Vinyl or digital?
Lowerzone: I’m in the digital era so digital, but I love vinyls and I will learn to use that, analogic sound is another thing..ahhh!
Alex Deusan: What is your DJ setup? How about your studio setup?
Lowerzone: My dj setup is easy, I prefer to mix with two or four cdjs of course pioneer is my first choice and for the mixer, I always prefer allen & heat 92 or 96 my favorite! Usually, I don’t like to use pc with tracktor or all-in-one controllers, anyways I’m thinking to buy new stuff to create my own live set.
In the studio I have 2 Yamaha hs7 monitors, a sound card, the scarlet 2i2, and
arturia mkII is my midi controller, to make my synths I use a lot of different
vst like: massive, toxic biohazard, diva and more but soon will definitely buy a synthesizer!
Alex Deusan: What are the best and worst things about being a DJ/Producer in 2019? What do you consider to be the easiest and hardest things?
Lowerzone: Well…good question! For me, The best things about begin a dj/producer are seeing that your music likes to the people, to other djs, that your tracks rocking the dancefloor and makes the people dancing, is a great satisfaction!
The worst thing about being a dj/producer in 2019 is that isn’t considered like a
real and serious job so a lot of people, djs includes, have made of this artistic work a joke, often doing ridiculous things, just to create theirs entertainment shows. So to conclude I think that do the dj it’s a hard road to take but if you have the passion and you are ready to do sacrifices, will be all easier.
Alex Deusan: Your favorite food and drink?
Lowerzone: Could make an infinite list ahah … anyways I love the meat and I think
that with a nice cold beer you are in paradise!
Alex Deusan: How about films and books?
Lowerzone: One of my favorite film is the colossal “Gladiator” with the big Russel Crowe while my favorite book is Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, a masterpiece!
Alex Deusan: Samples or originals for your music production?
Lowerzone: I work with both when I create the groove and the ambient for my tracks I use samples modified to my taste, for the kick and the synth I like to build my own sound, sometimes starting from empty templates.
Alex Deusan: Last track that blew your mind?
Lowerzone: Was from a great Italian artist: I AM BAM the track is called “Furia” out on Sian’s Octopus Recordings, really banger sound!
Alex Deusan: What do you want to happen with your music career in the future?
Lowerzone: I hope to grow up as an artist and a person and why not, be able to play my music over the world and make people dance also in big festivals and parties outside my country.
Alex Deusan: What is next for you?
Lowerzone: For now I keep to produce my music and try to be always myself and go straight on my way. Hope to increase my musical luggage and to meet always nice people on my route.
I’ve also started my own label “No response records” opened in January in collaboration with Lewis Imperato (Co-founder, dj and sound engineer) and
Catello Ferrigno (Co-founder and Lowerzone’s and label’s graphic designer) we’ll
give the maximum effort to grow up!
Alex Deusan: Any last thoughts?
Lowerzone: Well I loved to speak with you, thank you very much again to invite me!
A big hug from Lowerzone.
Alex Deusan: Thanks and take care!