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!