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A Sit Down With DJ Dusty Kid

14:29 Jan/30/2018

Dusty Kid… the producer who mixes classical music with psychedelia and dark bass. From 2006 till today, he offers to his fans electronic sounds that could easily satisfy both those true believers of “old school acid” as well as our present day minimal worshippers.


"I find trance much more interesting these days, more dreamlike, more exhilarating, it looks more like me."


Knowing that you come from Italia and more especially from Sardaigna, could you please tell us a bit more about the Italian electronic scene, mainly knows because of Benny Benassi and more recently the Crookers?!

I'm not really aware of what musically happens in Italy honestly as I played there (yes there, as I'm from Sardinia which is a world apart from the rest of Italy) 5 or 6 times in my life and, to be honest, I've found it very far and disconnected from the rest of Europe. As far as I saw, Italians are just focused on being metrosexual, noisy and groupies, instead of listening properly what people do.

Tell us about your name – where did it come from?

A 'dusty kid' is one of those children that used to clean cowboys' boots in the Western movies. When I was 20 I was working for [Stefano] Noferini and I used to spend days in this big room full of his dusty records looking for samples, so he gave me that name.

Which music producers do you admire the most? You have delivered some amazing remixes for the like of Josh Gabriel and The Droyds. You also have a track named “I love Richie”. Does it refer to Richie Hawtin?

The track "I love Richie" refers to Mr. Hawtin, yes, and it’s a "quote" of his project on Plus8 called Vortex. I have no favorite producers at the moment in techno music, but there are some I think are really really good, Max Cooper is certainly one of them.

How is the Italian electronic scene doing right now?

To be honest, I'm totally out of it. I had the chance to play in Italy, only a few times, but I know some very good techno names, like Joseph Capriati and Luigi Madonna.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?

Music is my life basically is just my hobby and my job at the same time. I'm not a big fan of traveling, so I've probably chosen the worst job!

Where are you favourite places in the world to play music?

Any not too big but dark place with good people and a good sound system. Saying Berghain is a bit obvious, but I've never played there!

I've read that you are a music talent. At the age of 10, after just one year of private lessons of the basic notions of piano and violin, you were admitted directly to the 6th year of the piano courses. Are you still playing piano and violin or have you quit? If yes do you still play classical music? What’s your opinion on it?

I do play sometimes, but I’m not that good pianist anymore, to keep your hands technically trained you have to exercises them every day for hours, and this is something I never really liked about being a pianist, I'm "too musician" to be so technical. But I really love classical music, I think it has a big influence of what I do, and you can even notice in some of my tracks, they were totally inspired from it.

We heard that you have the perfect pitch ... And with the level of production of all your albums, we could almost confirm it. It could be a question, but how do you discern techno music? Are you more comfortable with pop music? What is your perfect ear for you?

It's actually useless nowadays, especially when you make electronic music. Absolute pitch is when your ears are able to recognize a certain note without any reference point. It can be helpful when you play some instruments such strings for instance. But this does not really make my productions any better! To answer your question, I'm here before, I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it, I mean to make a good pop album. It is probably the most difficult genre you can do nowadays. I am sure I can ask my niece (10 years old) to make a techno track, if I gave her a laptop with Fruityloops. She would do it in a week or so, maybe less. In a month she would be very good, she would get gigs! lol. But I think to make good pop music and it's a good heart.

Could you describe us the sound of your music in a few words? What is the element that makes it popular and interesting?

I really don't know, what I try to do is something that results psychedelic and emotional to my ears, so maybe other people find it emotional too.

Do you have any tips for up-and-coming DJs? How to make it in the industry, and how to start producing your own music?

The main advice is to follow your heart, not the trends. Create your own style, do what you really feel like doing. The industry is a hard game for sure, but don't let it put your music and ideas down.


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