Our friends at the revered techno label, Drumcode, have always been big supporters of what we do at Dirtybird. Adam Beyer, who runs the label, has supported my tracks numerous times including when he played my track with EPROM “Grenade” at Ultra and Wyatt Marshall’s remix of “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” at Amnesia in Ibiza. This wide ranging taste has allowed Adam to curate an all-star roster of artists for his label, one of the latest of whom is Enrico Sangiuliano; this week’s guest on THE BIRDHOUSE.
Enrico’s album ‘Biomorph’ was one of the best of last year by far. It is a Drumcode release so it fits the sweeping techno aesthetic Adam has curated over decades, but Enrico brings such a unique flavor to that aesthetic. He’s not afraid to use different tempos, to incorporate breaks, or to add a sense of melody to a genre that is often celebrated for it’s dissonance and minimalism. I was thrilled when he agreed to be on my show and his guest mix and questionnaire will communicate why.
How did your music career get started in earnest?
I never felt like there was an actual time when my career started, as everything came very naturally to me when I was young and producing in my bedroom. But of course, playing on some of the biggest stages in the world has made me release that my career is now music more than ever before.
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I am from a very small village in Parma, in Italy. That place influenced me in so many ways, due to an amazing club scene at the time when I was a teenager. The whole of the North of Italy was full of illegal raves, which is where I started out.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
I never thought I’d actually be able to make a career out of this, and it was all very much a dream for me. I had a normal job as a sound engineer which was what paid the bills, and this was a hobby on the side, so I guess I never gave up, as it wasn't my main source of income or career at the time. I can’t believe sometimes that I can call this my job, to be playing my music all over the world.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
My drums! I realised that without groove, there is no fun!
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?
More than actual DJ’s or specific artists, I was more into genres of music. I went through a big hardcore period and then also a psytrance one, then to techno and dub. I still love them all, and they all helped to shape and inspire the music I make today.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
With transcendental meditation! It allows me to bring my focus back and know exactly what I want to do.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
When I find the right musical combination in my studio and tears almost come! That's the best feeling you can have in life!
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
Hahaha my main hobby is smoking weed
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Fav – Black
Least – Brown
Favorite and least favorite words?
Fav – Love
Least - Competition
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
F*****g Cappelletti in brodo (typical dish from my hometown)
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
German or Detroit techno?
German with a flavor of Detroit! Ha
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Illegal warehouse 1000000%
Biggie or Tupac?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Exercise or Netflix?