Alessandro Magani, who's better known as Flashmob is one of the most prominent names in the dance music scene. Since his first release, which was roughly seven years ago, he managed to establish himself as an exciting DJ, fresh producer and known label boss. Flashmob successfully blends old school vibes in his current sounds and that makes him a unique prospect in the world of underground electronic music. His music is mostly orientated towards clubs with a fine fusion of grooves and playful melodic hooks.
Regular releases on major labels such as Defected, Get Physical, Toolroom and 8bit are just proving his quality and versatility. Flashmob is known for his strict work ethic as much as his creativity. As he'll soon be having a Slovenian debut performance at Innocent Music festival in Ljubljana, we invited him for a lovely chat.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
I got a Lady in Leeds freely climbing all the way to the booth (without anyone noticing) and then asking me for a drink … when I handed it over we both realized she needed two hands to stay up and slam, she went down! fortunately, no injury. Eventually, she joined us in the booth. I thought she was really hearty.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
It’s very simple these days. I have Universal Apollo 8, an Audioscope Spectrum, Kii Three speakers, Komplet, Maschine and a powerful Mac. Prophet 6 and the rest is on the computer. A part of my decks I use to sample. I’m out of the habit of buying and selling synths these days and I'm simply looking for the right energy to have fun in the studio in the little time I have. That’s key to get the right music in place.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
My first gig was through a friend in a club in the outskirts of Milan. I didn’t know what I was doing and I must of have to use the gain too much (without having a clue) as I got kicked out of the booth and eventually out of the club.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
To be honest I’m very concentrated on what I do but certainly Carl Cox, Hot Since 82 and I secretly love Pryda.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
A complete drunk asshole spilt a sticky vodka lemon all over the mixer while I was about to start .. that certainly made it very icy. I had 3000 "buuuu" killers in front of me… I ended up talking them out of anger with a Microphone. :-)
What do you do before and after your set?
I bend down and think about all the way I’ve come and I always think of how hungry I'm and was. I think about how it was when I first started and how I really want it to stay that way. On top of that, I admit I add a little competition to that. When I finish I feel empty and hungry. I usually become very sociable while I’m pretty silent before my gig... silent for me since I’m pretty chatty anyways.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Call centre... It killed my very soul.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Knee Deep In Sound, Cross Town Rebels.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love … and Relax right after that.
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
There’s only one person that can get the job done and that is you but if you have the right team that does really well, it helps, but don't expect too much!