Simone Liberali

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Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? For the moment I am living in Pavia, which is the city where I was born and is about half an hour from Milan. In Pavia the house techno scene is not famous at all but I am lucky to be very close to Milan which is a great metropolis and it’s full of clubs. A few months ago I performed in Milan at Magazzini Generali with Luciano and at the Armani Privè Club. It is very good to be near Milan also to travel for my gigs because the city has 3 airports and is very connected. Your productions are distinguished for their powerful, percussive and playful sound, with deep energetic bass lines and vocal sampling, who or what influences your sound and songwriting? Yes I love playing with vocal and percussions! I don't have a real inspiration, I like listening to lots of music and learning new things. I like to experiment. What programs/equipment do you use? In the studio I currently have an Elektron Analog Rytm drum machine, a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer (in love with it), a mute keyboard that receives the signal from the vst (for example nexsus, sylenth1 etc), 2 Focal Trio 6be monitors and a Motu Express as audio soundcard. Now I'm planning to buy a mixer and the vintage synthesizer Roland Juno 106. In 2017 you found success in the Beatport charts with Music On resident Leon, their record “Cant You See” reached #2 of the tech house chart and #3 on the global Beatport Chart, becoming the most played track during BPM Festival 2017. This caught the attention of Nic Fanciulli and Saved Records who signed Simone’s next EP “Halo” which also cracked the global Beatport top 10.   What do you think it is about your music that appeals to so many people? I'm really happy with the result I got with these 2 ep. Both have reached high positions in the world rankings and they have been played by many djs! It was great to receive videos of Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn and many others who played my tracks at the Bpm Festival. It’s a huge satisfaction to see that the songs you have worked alone in the studio have reached that world stages. How has the experience been working with Nic Fanciulli and Saved Records ? Nic and Saved Records have always been a point of reference for me since I took my first steps in this world. Saved has always been one of my favorite record labels and having the opportunity to work with them has been fantastic for me. I even for a while been on the charts in the label and Nic Fanciulli posted the Ep on his social media saying that Halo was one of his favorite records of that year! Nic and I are still in touch and soon there will be more news. How do you usually go about writing music? There are days where I go into the studio already with an idea on my mind but most of the time I come in without ideas, I sit down and start to record what's on my mind until I find what convinces me. Who are you listening to at the moment? Right now I'm listening a lot Crosstown Rebels , the label of Damian Lazarus, especially the tracks of Sis, one of my favorite producers!  You were born and raised in Pavia, near Milan, how did this location shape your musical taste and career? Pavia for me was the starting point. The first time I played in my life it was here in my city for a party organized by a friend of mine. I was 17, there were 300 people and I was very excited. I prepared the whole DJ set with great care and at the end of the party the people made me many compliments and urged me to continue on this path. From that moment I began to take my DJ career seriously. In Pavia, however, as I said before, the house & techno scene has not developed, so being near Milan has helped me a lot to gain experience in this world. In Milan there are many parties and many clubs. In 2018 you performed 80+ gigs in 30 countries!  What do you find most rewarding and challenging when touring? That's what I've always aspired to! For me it is a huge joy and satisfaction to be able to travel the world and bring my music to the people. It's a wonderful feeling for me to see people dancing and having fun when I play. I really like to connect with the public and thank them for the support they give me, they are the ones who give me the energy! What do you do to relax and in your spare time when on tour? When I'm on tour and I have some free time I always try to use it to visit the cities and try their typical foods! I have always enjoyed traveling and I am lucky that my work allows me to see so many places and learn about many new cultures and people. This opened my mind a lot and made me grow on many aspects. In 2018 you had success with an EP on Elrow Music. Your new release is out now on Chicago label ‘incorrect music’ - listen here , how did you come to release with 'incorrect music' ? Now I am a great friend of Anthony Attalla (the label owner) . He believed in me right away and I've been working with his label and his Incorrect party in the United States for a few years. A few months ago we did a crazy showcase on the Groove Cruise from San Diego to Cabo in Mexico. I released on his label for the first time a few years ago with a remix that does very well on the charts and this is the first time I release an EP on the label. What influenced this release? Nothing in particular, as always I entered the studio and started recording. Where and when did you produce? If I'm not on tour I produce in Pavia in my studio that I created. I rented a spacious box and soundproofed it completely.  What do you have planned for 2019? There are many things in the program! A tour in Central America, a tour in Asia and Australia, loads of gigs in Europe. There will also be a fairly important news that I will reveal soon on my socials and that it will change some things. Any secrets that you care to share? I have some music ready to go out including a good project with a really good singer: Mikey V. Favourite food and place to hangout? I like a lot of things, I love to eat and I'm lucky to be Italian from this point of view because the Italian cuisine is one of the best in the world. I really like the risotto alla pescatora, the cannelloni and the real mozzarella di bufala. One of the places to hang out for me is Miami, I love warm places with a tropical weather. 
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
For the moment I am living in Pavia, which is the city where I was born and is about half an hour from Milan. In Pavia the house techno scene is not famous at all but I am lucky to be very close to Milan which is a great metropolis and it’s full of clubs. A few months ago I performed in Milan at Magazzini Generali with Luciano and at the Armani Privè Club.

It is very good to be near Milan also to travel for my gigs because the city has 3 airports and is very connected.

Your productions are distinguished for their powerful, percussive and playful sound, with deep energetic bass lines and vocal sampling, who or what influences your sound and songwriting?

Yes I love playing with vocal and percussions! I don’t have a real inspiration, I like listening to lots of music and learning new things. I like to experiment.

What programs/equipment do you use?

In the studio I currently have an Elektron Analog Rytm drum machine, a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer (in love with it), a mute keyboard that receives the signal from the vst (for example nexsus, sylenth1 etc), 2 Focal Trio 6be monitors and a Motu Express as audio soundcard. Now I’m planning to buy a mixer and the vintage synthesizer Roland Juno 106.

In 2017 you found success in the Beatport charts with Music On resident Leon, their record “Cant You See” reached #2 of the tech house chart and #3 on the global Beatport Chart, becoming the most played track during BPM Festival 2017. This caught the attention of Nic Fanciulli and Saved Records who signed Simone’s next EP “Halo” which also cracked the global Beatport top 10.   What do you think it is about your music that appeals to so many people?

I’m really happy with the result I got with these 2 ep. Both have reached high positions in the world rankings and they have been played by many djs! It was great to receive videos of Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn and many others who played my tracks at the Bpm Festival. It’s a huge satisfaction to see that the songs you have worked alone in the studio have reached that world stages.

How has the experience been working with Nic Fanciulli and Saved Records ?

Nic and Saved Records have always been a point of reference for me since I took my first steps in this world. Saved has always been one of my favorite record labels and having the opportunity to work with them has been fantastic for me. I even for a while been on the charts in the label and Nic Fanciulli posted the Ep on his social media saying that Halo was one of his favorite records of that year! Nic and I are still in touch and soon there will be more news.

How do you usually go about writing music?

There are days where I go into the studio already with an idea on my mind but most of the time I come in without ideas, I sit down and start to record what’s on my mind until I find what convinces me.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Right now I’m listening a lot Crosstown Rebels , the label of Damian Lazarus, especially the tracks of Sis, one of my favorite producers!

You were born and raised in Pavia, near Milan, how did this location shape your musical taste and career?

Pavia for me was the starting point. The first time I played in my life it was here in my city for a party organized by a friend of mine. I was 17, there were 300 people and I was very excited. I prepared the whole DJ set with great care and at the end of the party the people made me many compliments and urged me to continue on this path. From that moment I began to take my DJ career seriously. In Pavia, however, as I said before, the house & techno scene has not developed, so being near Milan has helped me a lot to gain experience in this world. In Milan there are many parties and many clubs.

In 2018 you performed 80+ gigs in 30 countries!  What do you find most rewarding and challenging when touring?

That’s what I’ve always aspired to! For me it is a huge joy and satisfaction to be able to travel the world and bring my music to the people. It’s a wonderful feeling for me to see people dancing and having fun when I play. I really like to connect with the public and thank them for the support they give me, they are the ones who give me the energy!

What do you do to relax and in your spare time when on tour?

When I’m on tour and I have some free time I always try to use it to visit the cities and try their typical foods! I have always enjoyed traveling and I am lucky that my work allows me to see so many places and learn about many new cultures and people. This opened my mind a lot and made me grow on many aspects.

In 2018 you had success with an EP on Elrow Music. Your new release is out now on Chicago label ‘incorrect music’ – listen here , how did you come to release with ‘incorrect music’ ?

Now I am a great friend of Anthony Attalla (the label owner) . He believed in me right away and I’ve been working with his label and his Incorrect party in the United States for a few years. A few months ago we did a crazy showcase on the Groove Cruise from San Diego to Cabo in Mexico. I released on his label for the first time a few years ago with a remix that does very well on the charts and this is the first time I release an EP on the label.

What influenced this release?

Nothing in particular, as always I entered the studio and started recording.

Where and when did you produce?

If I’m not on tour I produce in Pavia in my studio that I created. I rented a spacious box and soundproofed it completely.

What do you have planned for 2019?

There are many things in the program! A tour in Central America, a tour in Asia and Australia, loads of gigs in Europe. There will also be a fairly important news that I will reveal soon on my socials and that it will change some things.

Any secrets that you care to share?

I have some music ready to go out including a good project with a really good singer: Mikey V.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I like a lot of things, I love to eat and I’m lucky to be Italian from this point of view because the Italian cuisine is one of the best in the world. I really like the risotto alla pescatora, the cannelloni and the real mozzarella di bufala. One of the places to hang out for me is Miami, I love warm places with a tropical weather.

 

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