101 with Sydney

Patrick "Sydney" Marchi is a DJ/producer and label manager of Tokyo Red Recordings. He's been active in the house and techno underground scene for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Australia, Sydney found himself a new home on the northern side of Italy. His productions have been signed to various labels & compilations such as Voltaire, Pacha, King Street, Body Music, LAARK,.. and gained support by great names like Sasha, Yousef, Raxon, Danito, Steve Mac, Sabb, Edu Imbernon, Robert Babicz and Horatio. He recently started producing under a new alias August Artier, with a goal to explore the boundaries within electronic music.
His first release was signed for Yousef's Carioca label. With heavy support and great concept behind it, there is definitely a bright future for Sydney. So far he has performed all over the globe, from New York to Berlin and all the way to his homeland Australia. On 6th September you can catch him play at mighty Space Ibiza for Carl Cox's Revolution, for the last time. Every Saturday night from 22.00 till 23.00, you can listen Sidney's Tokyo Red Recordings radio show on IBIZA GLOBAL RADIO, playing some of the most cutting-edge dance music tunes from various producers and labels in the dance music scene.

What’s your favorite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

I know this might sound obvious but I just can’t live without my Technics 1210’s…

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

They both have their own magics… I love festivals for their atmosphere, however, the musical selection you can offer in a small club is much better I think. It gives you more room to express yourself artistically.

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

I have very fond memories of Mecca club in Prague back at the start of 2000. At the time it was the most exclusive underground club and the crowd was always fantastic.

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

The best experience is very hard to say…there have been so many over the years. Worst is probably the time I was guesting at Pacha club in Egypt and about 10 really rich Russian guys arrived with a load of girls.

They had come to the club with their own DJ and basically paid the owner to kick me off so he could play. I guess that’s the power of money... heh.

Do you have any interests besides music?

Yes, I do. I have a parallel life that includes motorbikes. I love surfing too… even though I am still at the basics.

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?

Sunrise 100%!!

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?

I won’t go into the clubbing scene here as we all know how things have turned out. I think that the digital era has made it great for exploring and finding so many new producers and young talented guys.

But at the same time, it has made it lose its value compared to the times when you really had to make sacrifices to be a DJ. Work hard to gain your respect for your musical taste and skills.

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

I would love to play B2B with Dixon… His musical variety and an open mind towards music are for me completely how DJ's should be nowadays.

What’s your biggest fear?

That the world could run out of Pizza… There are some nights I wake up from nightmares about this!!!

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?

Apart from having a bit too much fun the night before, missing my flight home for a family wedding, missing my girlfriends birthday and paying more than I earned from the gig to get home… I can’t pin one particular thing down.

Could you pick one timeless track?

Ou such an easy question… Uhm, Key Tronics Ensemble - Calypso of House (Paradise Version)

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Check out a new organisation here in Northern Italy, that's been attracting some interest by the name of PARADIGMA.

In just a short time they've organised events with names like Darius Syrossian, Pirupa, Valentino Kanzyani, DJ Wild, Jimpster, ANNA, Phil Weeks, Dustin Zahn, Tomy Declerque & many others.  

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018