We sit down with Drumcode favourite and Italian techno king, Enrico Sangiuliano, to discuss his career, growing up in Northern Italy and his upcoming gig roster. Check out what he had to say below.
Italy's affiliation with dance music has a deep and rich history. Clubs like Fabrique, Cocoricò, Amnesia Milano, Il Muretto and many more have been committed to bringing the best in house and techno to Italians for years, inspiring a new generation of producers along the way. From the originals like Giorgio Moroder, to the new school of Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati, Italy's love of house and techno runs deep into the fabric of society.
This love can also be found in Enrico Sangiuliano. Born in Reggio Emilia, a city in Northern Italy, we find out about how he got into music, growing up in almost electronic music isolation and why he is a favourite of Adam Beyer's Drumcode. Take a look at what he had to say, as well as his words of advice for up and coming music producers.
First of all, for those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Enrico Sangiuliano, and I am from Italy. I would say that I am a person who is obsessed with sound!
What are you currently up to/where are you in the world?
Geographically I’m actually in Ibiza right now in the studio, working on some new music. I like to spend time here and put a lot of self-expression into my music.
How old were you when you started to listen to electronic music?
I was just nine when I started recording on cassette tapes, with all the favourite tracks that I would hear on the radio, these were mainly from the club and dance genre stations. I still have all of those tapes somewhere at home, and I even listed them all into genres, which includes Techno, Trance, and Hardcore!
When did you make the jump to start producing your own music?
I wouldn't actually call it a jump really. I started playing around with creating sounds on school benches when I was at primary school, then I switched to drums but I was already used to creating my own patterns for a while, so it was really natural. But then I guess you can say when I got my first computer, if when things started to take off, as it opened up a lot more options with production that you can’t get from a bench!
I read that you went to a lot of illegal raves in Northern Italy, how big an impact did that have on your passion for music?
Those days for my life had such a massive impact on me. It was the very first platform where I could express my electronic music and it taught me many things on so many levels. One thing I always take away from them is how important it is to hear your sensitivity whilst producing or playing, and to respect the scene, and to just make the music that you love more than anything.
How did your musical career start?
Well, I think my music did everything really. After spending many years playing my tracks as dancefloor weapons without the need to release them, I then decided to send in a demo and see what would happen. To my surprise, it got signed and I had my first release. I slowly got support from the scene, but it is not something which happened overnight.
Since then I have been getting so much love from everyone, and have been able to interact with so many truly passionate people from the industry, reaching the top of the charts for a few records, reaching out to the crowds as well as sharing all the love I have to give through music. It’s pretty amazing, and I feel it was all a very natural progression.
Growing up in Reggio Emilia, was there a lot of electronic producers or very few?
When I lived in Reggio Emilia, I spent most of my time at home working by myself, there were very few producers in and around the area, so it was when I moved to Milan to study Sound Design, that I started to connect and surround myself with people who shared the same interested and passions as me.
How would you describe the sound you produce?
My sound really changes and evolves along with my life and what I have going on. I would say that its charismatic, energetic, detailed and big.
How old were you when you first started to DJ?
Young! I was only about 14 when I started, and back then my DJ set up was one very old DJ cd player and a normal CD player, a drum machine, a Thorens vinyl deck and Numark club mixer. That was all in the early 90’s.
You’ve released on so many incredible labels like Drumcode, Alleanza etc, what’s a personal favourite track out of your own?
All of my tracks are my favourite ones, it’s impossible to choose, as each one represents a certain moment in my life.
Have you got any new releases coming out?
Nothing for now. I am always in the studio and doing research so let’s see what happens!
What about plans for the rest of the year?
We have so many amazing gigs, starting out with ADE this week, where I am playing Into The Woods Nightshift, and also Loveland x Gem closing party – its always amazing playing there, as I feel like it's a party with one big family and so many friends to close out the year.
Next up, we have the really exciting Drumcode Halloween at Tobacco Docks, and then I am so happy to be able to announce my first South American tour in November. I also have First Festival back in my home country of Italy and then a Loveland NYE – that's going to be a huge one!
Have you got any personal goals like festivals or events you want to play?
I am very lucky to be able to say that I have already played in many of the most desirable places and festivals all over the world. That's a really humbling thought. I always love to play in singular situations but also love the contact with nature and every place where you can establish a good connection and empathy with the crowd.
When you look at how far you’ve come from when you first started out, how does it feel?
I always feel that I am at the starting point over and over again, there is always another journey which sees even longer to take. So I do not think you are ever at the end.
What advice would you give to any producers starting out now?
It’s really very simple. Make the music you want to make, and shape your own sound out of the love and passion you have. Then it will come naturally. Do not follow a sound or trend, as they will change all the time, and then you are left with nothing special or individual about your own productions. The music always speaks for itself.
Finally; Ibiza or festivals, which do you prefer?
Ohh this is hard because there are good and bad parts of both of these, but let’s just say that I would love to live in Ibiza and play any festival on the island. Then I don't have to actually choose!
It's now easy to see why Enrico Sangiuliano is a favourite in the techno world. Not only is he a nice guy, he's also one of the most hardworking producers we've come across. If he carries on down this path, then he's sure to be held in the same light as his Italian peers, Marco Carola and Giorgio Moroder and we can't wait.