THE BIRDHOUSE 166: Pirupa Interview

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This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I am excited to welcome a producer who I have been following for a long time now, Pirupa. A talented DJ/producer from Italy, Pirupa continually churns out heaters that always find a way into my sets. In the game since 2007, Pirupa has had releases on prominent labels such as Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, Drumcode, VIVa Music and more. In 2015 he launched a brand new label called NONSTOP, representing his love for House and Techno music. The production quality of his tracks have helped mixed with his obvious love for the scene have allowed Pirupa to exceed in the House & Techno and make him a must know for DJs, producers and dance music enthusiasts. Check out Pirupa’s guest mix and questionnaire below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I was a promoter for a long time and I organized parties with other friends for over 10 years where I was the resident DJ. I loved what I was doing but all of the famous DJs who came to play at my party told me that I had to start producing to get out of the small city where I lived and organized parties because I had a talent in the DJ booth. The DJs who came to play at my parties were people like Pete Tong, Steve Lawler, Chus & Ceballos, Roger Sanchez and others. 

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I've always been in love with the music of the 70s and 80s! The disco music, the garage of Larry Levan, post-punk of the late 70s and the whole 80s pop-rock wave between U2, Duran Duran, The Cure, New Order and others! In 2002 I made my first trip to Ibiza which totally changed my game and in 2006 I made my first trip to the United States, I fell in love with Chicago, New York, Detroit and Miami, especially the sound of Danny Tenaglia and his marathon sets!

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Never, I've always believed in it, especially when everything was against me, including my family – I never gave up, I'm a fighter!

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

The first periods were very difficult, but I had the fortune to have a guy in my city who was making pop music using Ableton Live and I went to his studio every day to see how he worked. After a year or so I learned to use the software and to compose my first tracks as Pirupa – the first VST that I used and that I still use today are Rob Papen and Arturia.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

As I said before, Danny Tenaglia was a great source of inspiration, but there are others like Masters At Work, Laurent Garnier, Erick Morillo, Carl Cox, Daft Punk, Roger Sanchez, Deep Dish and Chemical Brothers – let's say the scene of the late 90s and early 2000s,

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I sleep a lot and eat healthily! When I'm on tour, unfortunately I sleep very little and don't sleep well, and sometimes I eat badly too… I'm Italian and I'm used to eating very well!!  You know how it is ;)

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

I think that there is neither a place nor a period of happiness – it all depends on ourselves and who we want to have around us!

But it happens sometimes – after a long exhausting tour, I often find happiness when I stay at home alone and recharge the batteries!

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

Yes, the kitchen! I love cooking, it gives me a sense of freedom and relaxation, it makes me feel good and I also like to make others feel good by cooking my favorite dishes! All my family and friends tell me me to open a restaurant!

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Black & Blue - Yellow/Gold

Favorite and least favorite words?

Amazing - Bro

Favorite animal?

Dog

Favorite board game?

I love PS4...FIFA19 & NBA!

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Spaghetti Meatballs, but pasta in general!

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Muse - Madness

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit all life-long!

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Exercise & Spa