Interview: Lorenzo de Blanck

Lorenzo de Blanck continues a strong run of form that has previously seen him release music on top house labels like Saved Records and Moon Harbour.

His latest studio outing will see the Italian producer make a return to Jamie Jones’ Hottrax imprint, as he releases his forthcoming 3-track EP ‘’Hey Baby’.

We spoke to Lorenzo recently, where we got to ask him about the new EP, what traits he looks for in a record label, which Italian greats he’s been most inspired by, and more. Get the full discussion below.

So how are things in the life of Lorenzo De Blanck right now?

During the two years of lockdown in the pandemic, I worked a lot in the studio, and now I’m starting to put out all the music that I have produced. I have a lot of new music to share and I’m playing a lot of my unreleased tracks in my DJ sets. The crowd response has been really good and I can’t wait for more people to hear what I have been making.

Recently, I also restarted my party ‘Simple’ which is based in my home country, Italy. It’s a monthly party where I’ve booked people like Patrick Topping, Ricky Ahmed, Darius Syrossian, Dennis Cruz, Cuartero, Hector Couto, and many others.

We heard you’re about to release another EP on Hottrax, what can we expect to hear on that?

My first release on Hottrax was called ‘Everyday’ and came out two years ago. This is my second release on the label and it’s a three track EP called ‘Hey Baby’. Alongside the title track, it also features ‘Take Me High’ and ‘Central Station’.

These tracks have been played by Jamie Jones for over a year, at some of the best festivals and clubs in the world. I’ve got great expectations for this release and I’m excited it will finally be released. 
I’ve had lots of messages about the tracks so I know many other people are excited for this release and I can’t wait for it to be out there for everyone!

You’ve also released music on Saved Records and Moon Harbour, what kind of things do you look for in a label?

It’s important that a record label gives good visibility and artistic credibility to a producer. Nic Fanciulli who runs Saved and Matthias Tanzmann who runs Moon Harbour both believed in my music from the very beginning. Their labels have been a big influence on me and releasing music on their labels has been a great honour.

And which other labels might we see you on in the near future?

My next release will be on Nature, which is a new label from wAFF. I played with him in an unforgettable 3-hour back-to-back set and he fell in love with some tracks I played, including ‘We Need To Go’, which has also been played a lot this summer by Joseph Capriati. Then after that I have a release on SK Recordings and soon there will be more great news for me to announce.

You’re Italian, a country with a long history of producing great musical talents, who are some Italian artists that inspired you early on in your career?

Many Italian DJs have had an incredible career, just think about Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Tale Of Us, and DJ Tennis. At the beginning of my career, I was inspired by DJ Ralf, who is a clubbing an icon in Italy, and there are others such as Francesco Farfa, Alex Neri, Claudio Coccoluto, Pastaboys, and Massimino.

And which emerging Italian artists do you think will be doing big things in a few years time?

My friend Blackchild is a real talent who continues to churn out hit after hit, but there are many good young Italian producers that I respect, including others like Roberto Surace, Skizzo, Proudly People, Malandra Jr, Ben Kim, and Samuel Scelfo.

Is there anything else you want to mention before we go?

I think that the global electronic scene is experiencing a rebirth after the pandemic forced clubs to close for two years and it’s already bouncing back with reinvigorated passion from everyone involved, at all levels. Young people have an excitement and energy like we have never seen before and that makes being a DJ the best job in the world. Being able to entertain people with music is my mission, as there is no better way to communicate with people and I hope to see you all on the dance floor!