International DJ Luca Draccar stepped out from behind the turntables to share his story with our readers.
NFZ: Luca, how long have you been active in the music business?
Luca Draccar: Since I was 18, and as an adult I could legally be independent and self responsible of my business choices. Back in the days during my childhood I took my very first steps at the age of 15 toward music, because I was terribly addicted to the distorted sound of electric guitars.:-) Their design, the models and brands, were the most mind blowing things I have ever experienced in my life. Nothing could be more tremendously devout for me. I think it was in the middle of 80s. I remember at the main instrument music shop of my town was a small room with what seemed to me to be esoteric instruments like synthesizers, keyboards and samplers. But when I was 18, I was already into the electronic, and I started DJing in a small place in Milan, with my flat mate. At that time, electronic music applied to the dance-floor was the start of the revolution: the figure of the DJ profoundly changed, widening the possibilities and levels never seen back in the earlier history of the music industry. From that day, to today, I can say it was a strenuous very long and incredible uphill path.
NFZ: Over the years you’ve been DJing in many locations. What’re the main differences in the music scene in countries like Italy, Germany and the U.S.A.?
Luca Draccar: There are multiple types of differences in the difference itself. Like a tree diagram. The difference between the nations, such as Italy, Germany, or Europe, and the States for example, lies not in the customs or borders, but in the venue itself in which you are booked or inserted. In the sense the type of shows you receive, you have to face the characteristics of your gig. The second difference is the time slot you play. This greatly changes the characteristics of your work because EU goes down deep in the night, while in US is bit different. The third difference is the specific audience, of that nation, of that location, of that assigned time slot. You are like a surfer, you need to feel where the wind blows and orient your sails. If you don’t understand the differences, or still using only the ideas you had in studio, you will not communicate with those you attempt to interact with, wherever you are.
NFZ: So far, what was your favorite venue to DJ at and why?
Luca Draccar: I remember one of the most electric nights of my life at the Fusion Festival in Germany. The group before me ended their performance with six jumps into the audience; better known as stage diving. But instead of jumping off the stage, they jumped off the turntables. What do you do when you have to follow as next act? I don’t think there is a division between audience and the stage: it’s the sense of reciprocity the audience feels and that you get it back, because it’s on stage with you, and inside the booth.
NFZ: Do you usually collaborate with any other artists when you record?
Luca Draccar: Yes; the software! It’s state of the art and only knowing the 10% of the possibilities offered by any one of them means having millions of artists with you who lead the work. I totally understand your question, meaning real people, but I wanted to be ironic because I believe that nowadays it is more difficult to manage technology, to ingest and metabolize it, than to have musicians in the limelight. Clearly I have collaborated with real musicians and what I expect from them are the real ideas: technology runs only as far you can run with your imagination.
NFZ: How did you and the Lush Point record label get together for your releases?
Luca Draccar: Lush Point is my own label, and I do believe that writing stories and songs is creating communication, stylistically speaking. It is an identity that’s a small drop on the ocean that creates channeling or imagery. But the way it is done, as we believe at Lush Point, is creative thinking paves the way to profuse luxuriant soundscapes. It offers a direction for potential audio maximalism, where minimalism however, remains a decisive creed that conceptualizes its exact opposite.
NFZ: Of your four releases on Lush Point what’s your favorite one and why?
Luca Draccar: The best is the one that is yet to come. Always! I have a bomb of a release planned for this summer that will also be accompanied by a video. As for the past, I am really very attached to all the earlier releases, and I would not change anything of what I did.
My last one, NO SOMETIMES YES, is probably the most mature, compact, violent, and yet the most stable example of my work.
NFZ: Your music has sometimes been said to be inspired by bipolarity and contradiction. Would you agree?
Luca Draccar: Well I think it’s an era where contradictions are imposed on you from above.
So, it is not so much me setting myself a limit, or the goal of being contradictory, as much the constant flow of information to process. I think the more you try to find and understand meaning, the more you get lost in the flow, or sometimes the overload of data. At other times, the less you seek, the more you’ll find. Ideas will arise spontaneously.
NFZ: Are you involved in any political causes or charitable actives?
Luca Draccar: Definitively charitable activities. I come from a small village in the center of Italy. The culture and mentality has not undergone great variations and the characteristics of certain places will never change. Consequently, the economy also goes from bad to worse. Those who are most vulnerable to those consequences are the institutions mostly for elderly and children, because they don’t really run any business, but are affected by local politics. Therefore, any fraternity which cares for people who are alone and not in good health is always in need of support. To parallel, on the other hand, there is a kindergarten that remained in the same condition as when I attended it. Improving the existential conditions is not always easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy.
NFZ: If you had the power to change anything in this world going on right now, what would that be?
Luca Draccar: This question is really great. I’ve never been asked something like this before. Very beautiful! I honestly don’t even have an immediate answer, because the tendency to make do with the daily, deeply rooted negativity can create the range of possibilities that manifest as not even as entirely negative. You get used to it. I would probably strive for a world of perfection and positivism, a fairytale dream world. But it wouldn’t hold up, because a world of atheists would invent a religion. Probably more than changing something in this world, or in any world, the human being is what should be redesigned.
NFZ: Any particular current artists you’d care to work with?
Luca Draccar: D&D: David Gahan/David Lynch. I’d like to invent new things together!
These days getting involved with inventive stuff can be dangerous. Standards are very important to respect, if you don’t want to land in total chaos, or even to be misinterpreted. Everything is increasingly influenced by the economy, and you need to be a good manager to anticipate the unforeseen and to effectively manage time. But there can be fantasy in all of this too, although it may appear as rather sterile.
NFZ: What is something about you that your fans don’t know and would probably surprise them?
Luca Draccar: Probably it’s the music that I listen to. I guess they would not believe it, or that I could be taken seriously at all. Sometimes people might believe an electronic artist necessarily listens only to electronic music, but that’s not the case, at least for me. If you decide to turn your passion into a career, then you have to work at it. And I think if you want to regenerate yourself, you have to run away from your workplace. At least, I repeat, as far as my own personality is concerned.
NFZ: What’s the best way for your fans to follow and/or get in touch with you?
Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/2AuOH30kv2FHeZBEKZ7W86) is definitely the most fluid platform at the moment, I’m sure it has no rivals.
Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/lucadraccar) is oriented more toward the DJ, or lover of that sector. I was raised during a period when violating rules meant learning more than respect for them. But today being aware of these phenomena creates the basis for the transition to a new era.