Interview: Luca Agnelli

As one of the leaders of Italian techno, Tuscany native Luca Agnelli has brought his sound to labels such as Adam Bayer’s Drumcode and Slam’s Soma Records.

His latest club production has come in the form of an impressive remix for Tayut Ogni on Agnelli’s very own Etruria Records imprint.

We got a chance to ask him about the remix, what’s to come next for Etruria, and what he’s looking forward to as a DJ. Find the full discussion below.

Hello Luca! I hope you’re good? How has 2019 been for you so far?

2019 has started great! I’ve played some super gigs in Chile, Uruguay, Germany (especially in both Koln and Berlin) already, and then last night I played a wonder gig at Spazio Novecento in Rome – one of the best clubs in the world!

You’re a native of Tuscany, Italy, what’s your opinion on your local scene in contrast to the rest of Europe?

Outside of Italy there is a really strong culture of festivals and bigger events, but even in Italy we are doing some really nice things. For example, Kappa FuturFestival, Cosmo, Movement Torino etc.

Regarding the club aspect, there are more time restrictions here in Italy (closing times at either 4 or 5 am!) compared to some other countries in Europe where the clubs could stay open for three days continually, but the energy of Italian crowds is something special, powerful, and unique!!

And what’s your favourite city to play in?

Today I would say my favourite cities to play include Rome, Montevideo and Nurnberg, however, if you ask me this again in the future it might have changed! It is difficult to have an absolute favourite city and a list of favourite places that always stays the same. So many clubs or festivals that I play at have their own strong and very different identities, and I love to discover new, different environments across the world.

Your last release was a remix for Tayut Ogni on your own Etruria imprint, how did you approach that one? Do you do things differently to an original?

For this track in particular I fell in love with the vocal used so I created my remix based around this magical element of the track, adding some breaks and drops to bring some more energy and a bit more of my own personal touch to the track.

And who might you be bringing onto Etruria during the next few months?

The latest EP ‘Oblivion’ comes from a young Italian talent Alex Bilancini with a remix from French artist Blicz. We’ll soon be releasing the next EP on the label, a new EP from Berlin-based Alignment with a remix from myself and one from Regal too, plus there’s also new EPs from Bastinov and I to come.

Drumcode and Soma are also among labels you have released with, do you have any releases on the schedule for the near future?

I recently took a short break from producing for a few months because I was in the process of building a new studio, but it’s now complete and I’m therefore finally ready to start producing some new tracks and material for them too!

Thanks a lot for taking sometime to chat, before we go, tell us one festival you’re excited for this summer?

I am very happy and excited to be part of Shade Music Festival in Bergamo, Italy later this year where you can find me playing alongside the likes of Chris Liebing, Sven Vath, Sam Paganini and more.

Alignment – Interference (Luca Agnelli Remix) is out on Etruria Beat from 3rd May.