101 with Luca Agnelli

Tuscany DJ and producer Luca Agnelli is always looking for new challenges while experimenting with uncommon paths and inventing innovative languages. Eclectic, creative and curious, Luca has a unique style that transmits passion and adrenaline in his music. He doesn’t classify his sound within precise boundaries, but it’s quite easy to perceive house roots with contemporary techno.

His discography list includes releases on notable labels such as Drumcode, Truesoul, Desolat, Soma and many others. Besides his DJ career, Luca is also the founder of Etruria Beat records. The label quickly became an important part of techno world releasing productions from the likes of Truncate, Slam, 2000 and One, DJ Tennis, Dana Ruh and others.

Luca's unique style and presence lead him to perform all around the world in venues such as Cocoricò, Amnesia, Cocoon, Privilege, Cavo Paradiso just to mention few. You can soon catch him in our region playing at Labyrinth Open festival in Omiš, Croatia. 

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

It wasn’t a request as such, but the most bizarre thing I've done whilst playing was singing a typical local song at Guendalina last Saturday!

Can you describe your studio setup for us? 

I use a combination of both hardware and software to produce music. This includes Ableton but also instruments such as the Analog Four, Moog Voyager, Juno 106, TR808, Prophet 16, plus a UAD system with some nice VSTs too.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig? 

I was fifteen years old and it was in Arezzo at Roxy Rose Club for a Sunday afternoon party. I can’t remember too much but I was very excited and also nervous at the time! 

Name three artists that currently inspire you.  

Robert Hood, Dax J, Ben Klock.

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

I once experienced three blackouts one after the other during my set at a really great club here in Italy... it has never been so difficult to recover the atmosphere!

What do you do before and after your set? 

Before my sets, I usually go to dinner and aim to experience the typical local cuisine and the food in the country or region where I'm at. Then I have a final check of the promo tracks and aim to get as much sleep as possible. After my sets, I drink a lot of water, take a shower and finally go to sleep.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

Fortunately, I’ve always been a DJ!

What are your favourite labels at the moment? 

Figure, Monnom, Soma, Exile, Tresor, B-pitch, Drumcode, Etruria.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine — what song would you play?
Caribou "Can't Do Without You" - my wife's favourite song.

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

Wait, and take your time… I've always been (and I still am now sometimes) very impulsive... but I understand that it is often better to think a bit more before acting. 

By Saša, edited on 07 July 2018