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Lola Kay,  Dj and Producer, born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, currently Barcelona resident.


 Being relatively fresh on the scene she already has proven her skills behind the decks, earned residency in a few important Radio Stations such as Barcelona City Fm, Beats2Dance (Netherlands), did guest mix for Room Fm, radiostations in Ibiza, Argentina, UK etc

Her sets are pure energy, percussive, full of acid sounds and dirty bass lines they  seamlessly travel in-between many genres: techno, trance, breaks, electro etc etc  Her signature sound is inspired by Berlin and Detroit Techno, 90s old school techno tracks, trance and always 303 sound ☺ .“For me the important thing on the dance floor is energy, not the genre of music. If it moves you, if it touches you, that’s all that matters”

The ability to instantly connect with the room and deliver quality sets already established her as a beloved regular and crowd favorite in emblematic Barcelona’s venues: City Hall, Sala Apolo, Sala Upload, Sala Bikini, Metro Disco etc .

” I want to make people feel love, excitement, inspiration, tears of joy – all that with the right music at the right time for the right people. “

 

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

I started playing very early, when I didn’t even know the name for it. At the age 11 I just loved to throw little parties with friends after school, and I was always in charge of music. It came naturally to me. Then I got into dancing and music went to the second plan but never disappeared. 8 years ago I came back to it and I’m very happy I did.

 

 

 

 

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

My music digging process is very random, I just keep my eyes and ears open at all times. Digging new vinyls, listening podcasts and streamings, listening to other djs, spotify, curiously Instagram too 🙂  Normally If I like the sound of one producer I dig deeper and dig his/her inspirations etc It’s a very interesting process. I enjoy it very much and sometimes can pass days just digging and digging, listening, getting inspired.

 

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

For me 1st is to remember that Djing is about music and feeling and not about you. It’s about creating this special moments on the dancefloor.

Being open to experiment, with different genres, different energies, not to be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Lots of Djs are playing very safely and it gets very boring sometimes.

Constantly work on your craft, develop music taste, evolve.

 

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

I think this pandemic made us reflect on what’s actually important and necessary in our lives. How important is to be around right people, your family, to feel good. For me it was deep profound understanding of who I am, what I want, who I want it with and what I miss and need the most.

 

 

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

Club culture is the one that suffered most this pandemic. And I think it’s important that we make everything possible to help to save it. Governments don’t think that it’s essential. I think it’s outrages that the music industry was blamed for spreading the virus when we could clearly see the results of multiple experiments and different events being save spaces.

 

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

It’s a very tough one…  The list is long. But I will try ☺ 

Hector Oaks

Dr Rubinsten

Haai

 

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

Lots of exciting new projects are coming ☺ Currently working on my first EP, want it to be out by summer. New very interesting collabs, that will be announced very soon. And waiting for pandemic to be over and continue with our project KRAFT  – new Techno Queer Party in Barcelona.

DJ set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3__DTl6X0WY

 

DJ set 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGs-Fb61o-8

 

Dj Set 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSIf3mg638s

 

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/lolakaydj

 

Mixcloud: http://mixcloud.com/lolakaydj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucio is an ordinary boy originally from Palagonia, iItaly, always grateful for what he has in life and happy to be listened to.

Over time he has seen his interest for music of all kinds grow and in recent years has decided to share his musical project with everyone thanks to the support of channels such as EELF, Moskalus and Local Request 4991 whose main goal is to give the possibility to be heard to upcoming producers.

Moreover he actively participates in the agronomic management of the family’s citrus and orange production. He alternates studying and musical production for continuous personal growth driven by the desire to learn and sincere humbleness.

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

I started when I was 14 more or less, when I bought my first console, I have always liked electronic music and from 2017 onwards I dedicated myself to music production. Then, supported by some friends, I decided to release my music publicly.

 

 

 

 

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

I used to record the events I attended of my favourite djs and I’ve gathered quite a lot, especially of events in Sicily or in general in Italy. Therefore I first listened to them and then I looked for the tracks that I liked, over time I discovered many YouTube channels that publish music from both famous artists and emerging or unknown artists and every day I try to get some time to search for new music.

 

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

In my opinion, these are the qualities that every person must have: humbleness, the desire to learn, respect for others in every situation.

 

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

The pandemic for me as for everyone I think, it has all been about sacrifice, that we are still making especially here in Italy. It brought a lot of problems to surface, luckily we continued working in the town where I live (Palagonia), since the main sector is agriculture and activities connected to it. While, on the personal life there have been relationships that have strengthened and others that have loosened, nut you know what they say, that’s life!

 

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

Actually I think it is the right choice, but personally, I cannot imagine a strategy that can guarantee the safety of people in large venues as stadiums etc.. I also try to understand club’s managers position who have made so many efforts over time and who without concrete help while being closed saw their sacrifices vanished day by day.

 

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

Definitely dj poolboi, a guy who has seen so many and deserves all the success he’s going through. The Chemical Brothers with whom I’m in love since I was a child. Finally, Baltra, to which my productions are inspired.

 

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

Let’s say that I try to manage myself in two parallel lives, on one hand I am about to degree in Agricultural Science and Technology in Catania’s University, I hope to be able to carry out some of my projects in agriculture and to better manage the production of my “blood” oranges. On the other hand I dream, as all young lads like me do, to be able to continue publish my music, maybe one day with those record labels that I’ve always admired, in order to perform live and share my music with all the people that love this kind of style.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/luciodist

Bandcamp: https://luciodistefano.bandcamp.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIT8Oo93IiN8BDoiRm4hQNw/videos

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3GWoQzqY0ZG53pIs5LP3vY

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lucio-di-stefano/1464500627

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Softskills is a DJ and electronic music producer from Barcelona. He was a resident DJ in several venues where he has shared the stage with some of the most desired international artists. His musical talent led him to play in many incredible venues around the magical island of Ibiza such as Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, Eden Ibiza, La Plage, Plastik Beach Club, Ushuaïa Tower, etc. With boundless energy and boundless enthusiasm for the scene, he has performed with famous artists such as Maceo Plex, Odd Parents, Seth Troxler, Art Department, Luciano, Luna City Express, Timo Maas, Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer, Los Pastores, Gianni Callipari , Los Suruba and many others. Softskills is famous for his mixing and ability to choose a melody and when it is his turn to play on turntables, the crowd knows that the energy and atmosphere of the club will rise to another level.

 

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

At 16/17 I started playing hip hop, rock and music of the time with friends just for fun and curiosity, later we started listening to underground electronic music like Drum & Bass, Hardtek, Ragga Jungle and Psy-trance and when we were 19 we already mounted the “Odd” party not entirely legal in Catalonia haha 🙂 That gave us a lot of musical culture and experience and, from time to time, we would have gigs in clubs around Barcelona, and little by little, a hobby transformed into something else and without realizing it you are playing in some wonderful place surrounded by good company, and in the end I think that’s why I do it.

Maybe another day I will tell you about my Ibizan experience!

 

 

 

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

The truth is: everywhere! 

Especially Spotify or Bandcamp, every day I am fascinated by more and more artists that are undiscovered with magnificent music and you can find them anywhere, both on the networks and on the street. You have to always keep your ear open because you never know, most of my Shazam songs are from the car radio

 

 

 

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

It has been an important reset in everyone’s life, I think, after living in this strange situation for so long, we must look for the positive side, in my case it has helped me a lot to get to know my family and close friends even more. It’s something that during a normal year is way more difficult since our night life limits us a lot when it comes to being together or sharing moments and this year has been for that. Although I hope everything returns to normal and we can celebrate as soon as possible.

 

 

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

I think it was a necessity at the beginning, of course, for the safety reasons etc, it’s normal, what does not seem normal to me is that after a whole year without help many of them have had to close and the governments treat them as if they were the biggest problem.

There is a lot of politics involved within what happens in general and it is always a bit tricky to talk about all this, I just hope it happens quickly and we can somehow give support and help so that clubs can safely reopen in order for us to enjoy them again. We deserve it.

 

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

Ethodi Hristov, Beckers / D-Nox, Citizen Kain.

These three artists always appear in my sets at some point or another haha they always mark a before and after mixing, they are energetic and melodic which is exactly my favorite style or the one I jump the most to

 

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

Right now we have activity in Tulum with ‘La Aso’ with whom I joined last year and they are an exceptional family with a great future and with great projects underway, my brother is also preparing a project in Dubai that we hope will be underway in October with which I am going to collaborate.

It’s a bit strange because when you create a project today you’re in a kind of a limbo depending on the conditions and restrictions of the country and the governments.

Of course, ideas and desire are not lacking. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Coming from the world of art and performance with more than 12 years spent studying ballet, Erica Menei is the kind of deejay that love mixing sounds and experiment behind the deejay booth.

 

She was born and lives in Rome where in 2011 she began to collaborate with Wonder Wet Records, record label and booking agency of two great industry professionals, Sergio Picciaredda and Attilio Tucci. After this experience she decided to invest in her growth as a professional producer, by studying the basics of composition for electronic music.

 

Co-Owner and A&R of Talkischeap Records, the label was founded in 2013, in the same year her first EP – The Ghosts Are Gone.

 

From 2015 to 2019 Erica is also one of the resident DJs of the She Made family, an all-female project born within the walls of the historic Rashomon Club, landmark of Roman clubbing. Goa Club resident party in 2017/18 season, also passing through Fabric in London and Golden Gate in Berlin.

 

Among the latest and most important collaborations for Erica are: Sanctuary of Rome, Volt Club of Milan,  Polifonic (Alternate Festival 2020) and its EP ” Jizho ”, vinyl only, released last September on Roof Records.

 

 

 

How / When / Why did you start playing?

I was 18 years old and I worked in a local radio station, in Rome, where I was actually involved in football but I already had a
great passion for music, I already attended some clubs and electronic music attracted me, I also grew up doing ballet as my mother worked at the Opera since before I was born.
By attending the radio I had the opportunity to ” tweak ” for the first time with a console. From there it was a succession of
events, the most important meeting certainly being the one with Sergio Picciaredda and Attilio Tucci, the Altarboys, who took me with them and taught me a lot about this profession. Both on a practical and human level. With them also my first djset. I am very grateful to him.

 

 

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

Before the pandemic certainly the greatest source of inspiration came from attending festivals, clubs, events, record shops, in simple words, all the places where you could breathe music, share those moments and then hear what remains most yours, or that you would like to make yours.

Outside of events, however, I have always listened to everything, and I think it is important not to stick to a specific genre of music, there are many nuances, this helped me so much to complete my DJ sets, moreover I try to keep this in mind every time I do my personal music productions.

Right now, after a period of almost total refusal towards listening and searching for music (immediately after the first lockdown) I listen to many dj sets and podcasts on web radio platforms and spend, even if honestly much less than before, a good part of the day on online music stores.

 

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

First of all, humbleness.

Essential quality in any field, in my opinion.

Specifically, a DJ should never feel above his/her colleagues or the audience he has in front. In both cases there is always a lot to learn.

Second, curiosity.

I consider curiosity a gift, therefore a quality. Without this, I believe there are no basics for this profession. So curiosity for old music, for new music, for trends, for techniques, curiosity in knowing other people, which was (and I hope will be again) a fundamental element of this work.

Third, patience.

Patience because it’s a job that requires time, dedication, sometimes let’s face it, even luck, but it is also a passion that if you don’t stop feeding, sooner or later will pay off. Even if it was just one night in your entire life, but the right one from start to finish, you will feel it will be worth it.

 

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

As I said before, at the beginning of the pandemic, a year ago now, I had a sort of refusal even only towards listening to music.

That’s because I think I was very angry, I took it almost personally. I saw everything in which I had put my commitment, trust, hope, effort, years collapsed … Now it makes me smile to think about it, we have all lived the exact same thing. It made me angry to see how the clubs were immediately labeled as ” the evil ” of this system. But this is another topic that falls more into the culture of our country (Italy), still way too far from what clubbing actually represents.

However, as in all things, man seeks survival and I must say that once I made peace with my restlessness, I took this ” opportunity ” to look deeper in myself and understand if I was really going in right direction.

 

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

Well, honestly I don’t see positive aspects, they clearly cannot be open as long as the emergency persists, but a closed club is lost work for many people, it is a dead passion, it is a lack in musical culture. And as I said, the prejudices for this sector are still too alive. I hope that the reopening, as soon as possible, will be an opportunity to enhance everyone and everything related to club culture, from the main element: music, to every person who works behind it.

 

 

3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you

I really appreciate the style of Paula Tape, the music of Bella Boo, Fantastic Man, Leo Pol, Chaos in the CBD and the whole world of Studio Barnhus.

 

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

At the moment, thanks to the guys of “Sanctuary” in Rome, I have the opportunity to play dj sets almost every weekend, and I must say I am very grateful for this because it helped me to find some motivation and it allows me to experiment with different sounds, as it is not focused exclusively on “club music”.

Sounds that have also encouraged me, for example, to start some productions with different sounds compared to my last EP Erica Menei – Jizho

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.