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Techno producers and DJ’s first and foremost, Subradeon find Soul at the heart of their work, be it via their productions on labels like Rekids, Motech and Hardgroove – or in their consistently engaging DJ sets, where the duo’s strong bond and years of collaboration make for an enigmatic mix of layered Techno, House, Acapellas and Samples mixed live, often using the classic six-turntable-two-mixer setupsynonymous with back to back Techno DJ’ing.

 

Giuseppe Salone and Salvatore Iannotta met in their mid-teens at home in Caserta, a small city just outside of Naples. Quickly bonding as a result of their love for the blooming Napoli Techno scene, the two friends started to DJ together, emulating the 140+ BPM style they were introduced to by Dave Clarke, Gaetano Parisio and Rino Cerrone at venues like Old River Park and Golden Gate.

 

After becoming regulars on the Neapolitan club circuit whilst still in their late teens, they saw the early 00’s techno that they had fallen in love with start to slip away from club culture in their home province. As a result of this, Giuseppe made the move to Berlin in August of 2012 and after falling in love with the city, convinced Salvatore to join him six months later.

 

Fast forward to 2017, after a few years spent honing their sound and Subradeon’s ‘South Connection EP’ found it’s home on Detroit’s Motech label. The EP encompassed four tracks, opening with the sweeping ‘Magdala’, before the ready stomp of ‘Hood’. ‘South Connection’ takes it deeper with scattered synths, before closer, ‘Trouble Woman’ delivers a witty vocal cut-up among the Techno beats…This release was duly picked up by the wider techno community, and, gathering momentum, a year later Subradeon launched their eponymous label and dropped SBRDN001 – a 180g Vinyl four-track EP which asks one question: “What would you do if you woke up one day, deprived of your emotional memory?” to which the duo responds: “There is a technological revolution with the impact of automation and cybernation. And that is a human rights revolution, all over the world.” [Track ID: Cybernation]

 

This EP captured the attention of Radio Slave, leading to the birth of ‘Walking Through Motown’ dropping just a few months later on his own label Rekids. The record was a true bomb, designed to draw you into Subradeon’s take on Motor-City-Soul and take you on a journey through the 313, in homage to the Detroit pioneers of the Techno sound.

 

Moving into 2019, alongside picking up a regular slot in the booth at Tresor, Subradeon dropped ‘Movement EP’ on Deetron’s label, Character. The EP was a vocal response to their heroes in the wider Techno community, a moment of gratitude centring on the premise that ‘Each One, Teach One’, honouring the sonic masters who had come before them.

 

Subradeon then delivered their second EP of 2019 on Subradeon Records, ‘Sounds of Our Mothers’ Mothers’. The title track is a pounding, soulful ballad carried by a voice of freedom – a message of thanks to those women who have shaped the destiny of humanity.

Moving into 2020, Subradeon spent the early part of the year in the studio, preparing for new releases to come in the second half of the year, alongside recording a dynamic and pounding mix for HOR during the lockdown.

0823 calls 313, a message of revolution.

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

Like all things that start when you are just a kid, there is no

real starting point. It was around 2005, and in our little 

hometown one of my friends and I often exchanged audio tapes of the various evenings that were held in Naples. Shortly after, a friend of my father gave me a pair of turntables with belt drive (very difficult to use!) so for fun, a little at a time, I started buying house music records and played them at home. A few years later I met Salvatore and our musical backgrounds have crossed and contaminated each other completely. We had a lot of fun experimenting dj sets with 2 mixers and 4 turntables, to the point of finding our dimension in that kind set up, in fact we still play like that today. Since those years our lives have evolved and we have gone through many stages of change, but the music has always kept us together and we still continue to feed our experimentation and musical research. 

In 2015/2016 we decided to give a structure to our entire path and start a new adventure, that was the birth of Subradeon. Later the creation of the our label, completely self-financed.

 

 

 

Where do you draw from to get new music? / What is your musical exploration process?

Music research does not start from the platform or the tool, but from music itself. We are very curious and open, we discover music all the time, a bit everywhere: from the record stores, to Discogs, Youtube and why not also

Spotify, which is widely criticized but personally I believe it’s a powerful one for the discovery of new artists. What is really important is to have your ears always wide open and a curious attitude towards all kinds of music. At home, in fact, you can listen to everything at 360 degrees. From jazz to funk soul, hip hop, broken beats, house up to techno.

 

 

 

 

3 Qualities that all DJs should have in your opinion and why

 I believe that a good DJ must have personality, character. A good taste and great musical knowledge, moreover a lot of technique, which today is missing to most of self-proclaimed “dj”. You have to study every day and train yourself, this is the true secret to be good. Knowing how to “read” the dance floor with empathy is very important too and it is not for everyone. You gotta work on it 🙂

 

 

What has the pandemic meant for you? What impact did it had on your personal life?

Today I can look back at the last year and a half and say that the pandemic has had positive effects on my life, even if, as for many, it was not by no means a simple period.I took advantage of the general slowness to work on

myself and to think about the real priorities of my life. Obviously the loneliness kicked in at one point but luckily I was always able to find company in the music! 

Creatively it was a rather heavy period, without motivations and inspirations. 

However, despite the very few contacts with the outside world, we managed to release 3 vinyls, of which we are very proud.

 

 

 

What do you think of clubs and discos closed due to the pandemic? Positive and negative aspects from your point of view.

Unfortunately, the music industry has suffered some very serious damages due to the pandemic, it’s been a really tough year and a half. Fortunately here in Berlin some help has arrived and people hope we will slowly start again, with the appropriate safety standards. What we hope is to see more young talents on the dj booths, those who never gave up and continued working on their own music. Let’s see!

 


3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

Our music is very clearly inspired by the Detroit giants, like

Robert Hood, UR and DJ Bone. 

Another great producer is Dj Nasty aka Detroit’s

Filthiest firing bombs all the time. 

Among the new emerging talents there are definitely Volpe and CS13 which are doing great lately! We often play their music.

 


Future projects, are you working on something specific at the moment?

At the moment we are trying to redirect our energies by working on new music and perhaps a little unusual and different from everything we released so far. The fourth release of our label is already planned and for all the rest, we await the reopening of clubs where we will finally be able to

listen to all the good music that has come out in the last year and a half the proper way.

Thank you once again guys and enjoy the mixtape.

Always spreading good vibes only!

 

 

YOUTUBE

Subradeon Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sicilian-born, UK-based DJ and producer Clafrica has been heavily influenced by the dub and reggae sounds from a very early age and the geographical proximity to Africa allowed him to soak in the various cultures that exist in Sicily – moulding him into the musician that he is today. Owing his first musical exposure to the Space Jam soundtrack and 90s basketball video games, as well as his first time seeing a DJ courtside at the And1 Mixtape European tour, Clafrica’s love of both music and basketball have always gone hand in hand. After honing his craft as a DJ and studio engineer from as early as 12 years old, and moving from Sicily to Edinburgh in 2010 to further his studies of sound design, Clafrica has emerged as a certified production mad scientist and studio boffin in his own right. Fast forward to 2019, Clafrica emerged as one of the most exciting new producers on the scene with a string of releases on labels such as Axe On Wax, Vakum, Deep&Roll, and Perpetua. Fast forward, he makes his Darker Than Wax debut with Never Not Balling – a dazzling sonic exploration of nostalgia, vintage circuits, and basketball. At every point in his discography, Clafrica’s sonic depth and stylish approach is on display, driven by raw and unrelenting dance music energy.

 

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

I developed a passion and an ear for music from a young age; I’d be making pause tapes, recording songs from the radio with my dad’s hi-fi tape recorder the machines. The first time I experienced DJing came about through basketball; my dad took me to the And1 Mixtape European tour live where they had DJs court side with the mighty announcer Duke Tango and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I even went to ask for a track ID that ended up being Busta Rhymes – Turn it up lol. Sharing music on Internet wasn’t really a thing yet so I mainly got introduced to new music through movies and video games soundtracks. In particular basketball games always had the best rap songs, so my love for sports and music always went hand to hand. After that And1 experience I got some belt drive turntables at 13 and taught me how to use them while buying my first records in a local store; the next year I had my jump start in the reggae and dancehall local scene opening up for headlining djs and built up my reputation. The thing that mainly drove me to Djing was being able to be a part of a community and meet likeminded people who shared the same interests as you. As I studied more and gained more experience it became more about sharing my music knowledge to others while also seeing their reaction; the most fun thing now is having the immediate feedback, which is extremely cool to see when your playing your own productions like I did in my latest live sets.

 

 

Where do you draw from to get new music? / What is your musical exploration process?

I would say I discover the best new music mostly through Instagram or Bandcamp as I can navigate through a network of music makers that I discovered overtime and be instantly updated on what’s new with them. Unfortunately I have to say I don’t spend nearly enough time searching for other people’s music as I’m busy making my own most of the time.

 

 

3 Qualities that all DJs should have in your opinion and why

Humbleness; I wish more deejays would keep their ego in check and make it about the music instead of themselves; many are in it for the spotlight and the exposure but doing a service to the music and the audience is what matters the most.

Persistency: it’s easy now to pick up Djing or production but who’s gonna actually be dedicated to the craft, study the ins and outs and not give up on it? Let’s see if you still here in 10 years time.

Be open to everything; Unless you’re gonna play all mainstream music which is all garbage anyway, you’re gonna have to dig all the underground people in dance music so you can let people know there’s better stuff out there to be discovered.

 

 

 

What has the pandemic meant for you? What impact did it had on your personal life?

The pandemic brought a chance to slow down and reflect and take the time to retool for the future. I started taking piano lessons, studying music theory and that helped tremendously, especially psychologically.

Creatively I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to finish tracks especially last year with all the deaths and the social injustice stuff in the States it was a bit rough to really focus on personal stuff ; although I’m definitely privileged, I have a roof on my head, food on my plate and I’m able to make music so I definitely count my blessings.

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

Zopelar Byron the aquarius knxwledge They’re the ones I follow the most, all of their production styles inspire me and push me to turn on the machines at night.

Future projects, are you working on something specific at the moment?

Al the moment I’m not working on anything specific production wise but I’m doing the sound mixing of different short films; tracks will always be made but I’m mostly working on my piano studies as I want to make very different music in the future and hopefully become a jazz pianist in the next five years; I don’t want to grow old making ghetto house if you know what I mean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomasssso on Mirko Fanciullo:

“I know Mirko since a while now, and I just have to admit he’s one of a kind human being. His simplicity and originality at the same time, are the two adjectives that may better describe him the most.

From his look to his records, everything he belongs is a door to a much much deeper rabbit hole, and  I mean EVERYTHING.

As a record collector myself, let me tell you his collection is pretty amazing, he has a special and rich section dedicated to Italty and Brazil from the 70s till first 90s, and that’s where the golden pot is! Moreover he is the curator of  @viniledelgiorno a true jewel for diggers.

His dj sets are just memorable, ranging from classy house to Italodisco, topped with the most rare hits from the past from HipHop to Soul, and all of this while truely enjoying the vibe he creates. He’s also a curator and collaborator of some of the coolest events on the east coast of Sicily like Moro Festival and many more.”

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?
I was in Rome with my best friend at the time, Lorenzo, and we walk into this record store where I see the vinyl of one of my favorite tracks: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – The Bottle.
Before I could even realize, my friend already paid for it, only problem was I didn’t had a record player at the time.

So from there I wanted to listen to my record, obviously, I started searching for a record player and then a second record payer. It rapidly brought me to start a record collection, and consequently to mix records between them.

 

 

 

 

 

Where do you draw from to get new music? / What is your musical exploration process?
I’ve been a huge fan of American music in general for several years, and I learned a lot from it.

But currently I’m trying not get too strict in following a specific musical genre, I purely rely on what a simple second hand market can offer me in terms of records, pure randomness!

 

 

3 Qualities that all DJs should have in your opinion and why

I honestly believe that there is just one quality that not only djs, but artists in general, should master to the maximum possible extent: the ability to read your public and act consequently.

 

 

 

What has the pandemic meant for you? What impact did it had on your personal life?
As all artists, what made me suffer the most was the absence of any kind of physical public to perform for.

 

 

What do you think of clubs and discos closed due to the pandemic? Positive and negative aspects from your point of view.

I don’t think there is any positive aspect related to clubs and bars shut down due to the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you
Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Dez Andres… I’m a Detroit lover!

 

 

 

Future projects, are you working on something specific at the moment?

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic I’m only able to continue what I do through podcasts like this one, which I love to do every now and then.