101 with Idriss D

Idriss D nurtured his love towards music since a young age and after moving to Italy, he quickly established himself amongst best local artists due to his mixing skills, his unique style and drive. He regularly performs at some of the world's best clubs such as Amnesia Milano, Cocoricò, Tresor, Pacha and Club 4 just to mention few.

Idriss also runs few record labels which allows him to express his musical philosophy through his own imprints Memento, Aloe and Db Artists Musique. Idriss D has also successfully managed to merge his DJ career with managing his own Db Artists agency with the main goal of booking international DJ's and breaking into Italy's’ nightlife and party culture. We invited him to SolvdMag's regular 101 series where he explained his studio setup, his gig routines and many other interesting things.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

Being offered cash to play a song! Tourists are always "funny".

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

I have few analogue stuff such as Yamaha Q7 700 sequencer, Akai Mpc 5000, 9090 Drum Synthesizer, Cyclone bass bot (303 clone), Korg Ms 20 Mini, Moog Sub Phatty, Tc Electronic Chorus/Flanger Pitch modulator, dbx 266 xl  Compressor/gate and software Ableton Live 9 suite.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

My first ever gig in a club was in Algiers venue called RAIS HAMIDOU with Adel and Chafik; two legendary DJ's. At one point, Chafik said “I’m going to the toilet… records are set… just mix”, I nearly collapsed. :) That was my first time playing to a crowd.

The first gig booked and paid was also in Algeria. I was a mobile DJ and I was booked with my own setup; k7 decks, mixer and a sound system. The performance was 8 hours long but yeah it was an exciting one, the crowd was on fire. :)

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Harold Faltermeyer, Laurent Garnier and Carl Craig.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Someone filming on their phone with a flashlight on.

What do you do before and after your set?

Before: Gym and listening tracks to play during the gig. After: I escape to the hotel and rest.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Working for 2 weeks in a meat company. I’m Muslim, so as I don't eat Pork meat, it was hard for me.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

Hyperdub, Restoration and Wilson records just to name a few.  

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

Sade - Smooth operator

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

"Put down your head and work out your dreams.

Don't forget to check his latest EP which will be released on 16th April via his own imprint Memento

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018