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5 Minutes With… Francesco Tarantini

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Italian producer Francesco Tarantini is among his countrymen’s most fledgling production talents, while also being indicative of Italy’s continuing love affair with all things electronic music. At only 25 years old, he’s already produced for the likes of Bouq, King Street and SSOH, and also has a new EP on Alex Flatner’s Circle Music in the pipeline. But what’s most admirable, perhaps, is his ability to veer between techno and house, as he ploughs his furrow with a firm foot in both camps. Coming from southern Italy, he grew as dj with the golden age of house music, and tried to repropose his quality on the mix inside his tracks. He’s actually discovering different sides of music, exploring and developing new moods and styles in his tracks. Versatile, ecletic, are the key words of his musical concept as witnessed by the different labels he worked withWe caught up with the up-and-coming producer to get the lowdown on his story so far… 

You’re from Italy. Whereabouts? And what was the scene like there when you were growing up?

Yes, exactly, I’m from the deep south, a place called Trani, in Puglia. We’ve always had a club culture here, many clubs that simply wrote history like Lampara and Divinae Follie. I had a chance to hear many international DJs there, and I took experiences from them all. Unfortunately, it’s not quite like it was, now it’s all about fake DJs, PR DJs etc. It was definitely a lot better years ago. Nowadays, there’s nothing to take from here, but I hope it will be better soon.

You’ve been releasing some great music recently, not least Antitesi and Neapolis, both tracks that we’ve featured on the site. How did they come about? 

They’re completely different stuff, because I always try to be as eclectic as I can. Neapolis is more underground oriented, while Antitesi is much deeper and maybe more musical. There is no particular inspiration or sense to either, they were just feelings that I had.

We were particularly struck by the many layers of your productions. Do you favour analogue and hardware techniques?

I think both are good, but-as with everything you do-you have to find the right balance between all the elements.

And are you one of those producers with a love of techno and house? Do you look to any modern producers for inspiration? If so, who? 

I really love all the producers who can easily move between different genres. Because even if I grew up with a house background, I like techno too! So guys who’ve inspired me are people like Nick Curly and Carl Craig, but honestly, I think I take a lot of inspiration from many producers doing different kinds of stuff.

You seem to have a close relationship with Claude Monnet’s SSOH label. How did that all come about?

It comes from many years ago when I was resident DJ at Lampara Club, and Claude came there for a gig. I was 19. I collected him from  the airport and we had a conversation in the car and we’ve been in touch ever since.

Will you be returning to the label in the near future, then?

Surely I’ll be on board again with some new stuffs! No doubt! 

You’ve also released music for other big labels such as King Street, Bouq and Be As One. Do you always take the label you’re producing for into account, or do you go with your instinct and then approach the labels?

No, I usually go with my instinct and do my own thing. Then I think about where they can fit.

Who has been your biggest mentor in terms of production, by the way?

Well I have a close collaboration with Claude Monnet. I’m actually only 25, so I can say he drove me through this business at the beginning and he still does.

What else should we be keeping an eye out for from Francesco Tarantini?

I’m about to release my debut EP on Alex Flatner’s Circle Music, I have a project coming on Sole Channel with Mr. V on the mic.. and more stuff ready to be unleashed! Just keep an eye on my facebook artist page where I update everything. Thanks for your interview!

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