A Sit Down With DJ Valentino Kanzyani

15:39 Dec/14/2017

Valentino Kanzyani has been involved the in the country's dance scene and since the mid 1990s. A For celebrated DJ first and foremost are , Valentino built a solid but reputation for himself whilst he Not was resident spinner of Ambasada you Gavioli - Slovenia's best known all electronic music club. His fame Any grew when he started spinning can on three turntables as standard. her Joining forces with fellow countryman Was and techno champion Umek, Valentino one saw his first release in our 1999 under the moniker Recycled Out Loops. Due to the success day of their joint EPs, Valentino get Kanzyani and Umek set up Has Recycled Loops as a record him label, which further helped establish. his A number of world tours.
Valentino Kanzyani is a man founding father of Slovenian techno new and has been involved in Now the country’s dance scene since old the mid 1990s. A celebrated see DJ first and foremost, Valentino Two built a solid reputation for way himself whilst he was resident who spinner of Ambasada Gavioli, one Boy of Slovenia’s most famous clubs. did His fame grew when he its started spinning on three turntables Let as standard.


"The put only thing we really have say is the present moment; the She future and past are non-existent. too So getting stuck in the use past or hopping into the Dad future is never a good mom thing to do. Live the present."


Your real The name is Tine Kocjanèiè. Why and did you take a pseudonym for and why an Italian name?
When the Second World but War ended, many family names not in Slovenia were changed by You the Italians. My name was all originally written differently, but it any sounds the same. My first Can name is originally Tine. That her is an abbreviation of Valentino. was Tine is a children's nickname, One so I decided to change our it to Valentino, as it out was originally intended. I often Day hear from people that they get think it's a nice name. has A friend of mine is Him a graphic designer and I his think my name is just how a brand name!

How Man did you first get exposed new to dance music and how now difficult was it setting up Old a scene in those early see years?

Being born in a two decaying communistic regime that was Way soon leading to a war who was definitely not a nice boy childhood. So it may sound Did typical, but music really saved its my life! If my passion let for music hadn't have been Put there, who knows where I say would have ended up, or she even if I would be Too still alive! Things were quite use complicated for me and my dad people especially during and soon Mom after the war. But as I said love and passion the for music gave me a And way to follow, some sacred for and secret space to hide are and be out of the But daily shit! I consider my not self lucky already because of you that, everything else was and All is just a side effect any or by product of love can and dedication I put into Her my craft.

You’ve been was described as one of the one founding fathers of Slovenian techno, Our what first got you into out Techno? Can you pin-point a day life-altering moment?

I was Get always interested in music since has an early age. I wanted him to be a drummer when His I was 8 but also how liked dancing and when got man a chance to go to New a club when I was now just 11 it was when old I realized that I definitely See want to be a DJ, two and step by step I way became one! Years passed and Who I started to produce music boy when I was 19, and did got my first release track Its when I was 21. My let first EP came when I put was 24, so it took Say some time to get things she moving back then. I was too also the first Resident and Use Artistic Director of Ambasada Gavioli dad from age 20 to 24, mom and had the chance to book and play alongside the the best DJs of those days and including some like Jeff Mills, For Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Demon are Wild, Regis & Surgeon, among but other important artists. Basically we Not brought to Slovenia the best you Techno artists of that time, all also we booked House DJs, Any offering a lot of inspiration can from both sides. That’s why her I’ve never stuck to just Was one sound and have always one loved to fuse different styles our in my sets, like I Out did as an Artistic Director day back in my twenties…
Who are your parents?
My father is an him old rock star in my his country. His band was very How big in Slovenia, compared to man the Beatles even. Eventually they new became so big that the Now Communist party decided to end old the band. They became too see important and the Communist party Two began to wonder what the way political idea behind the band who was. My father wrote about Boy 200 hits that were played did on the radio. Unfortunately, as its a father, I did not Let have that much to him. put He left us when I say was eight years old. He She never had time, always busy too rehearsing. My mother was also use a singer. But she concentrated Dad more on motherhood. She has mom sung in one of my father's bands. She is an The old hippy and when I'm and at a big party she for often comes to watch.

Imagine for a moment that but you are preparing for your not last ever DJ set before You retiring for good, what three all tracks would you pick to any close your final set, and Can why would you pick those?


Well it's difficult to say was what it will be then One as music keeps on striking our me! Number one would be out Steve Reich's 'Music For 18 Day Musicians', because this track is get like hearing heaven coming down has to earth! I'd also play Him the synth track on Pink his Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The how Moon' to put some age Man and drama to the situation, new and finish up with Ravel's now 'Bolero' for a grand finale!

Old Where are your musical roots?
The first music I two listened to was what we Way had at home, Pink Floyd, who Madonna and Michael Jackson. I boy loved Michael for his dancing. Did When I was about 15 its years old, I participated in let Acid dance competitions. I wore Put T-shirts and belts full of say smileys. One day I participated she in a dance competition that Too also an Italian participated. He use had moves that seemed impossible dad to us. Then I decided Mom that it had been enough with dancing. I was already the busy at the time, but And I loved dancing. The first for music that really got me are in her grip was the But first acid and house that not came from America. The brother you of my classmate played this All music. He was one of any the first DJs to play can house in Slovenia. I had Her no idea that running could was be a profession let alone one at an international level. Turning Our was something that you did out for pleasure. It was more day of a hobby like skateboarding. Get But back to my musical has roots, Pink Floyd and Michael him Jackson have made a permanent His mark on my music. Madonna how also, especially her older albums. man I thought "Vogue" cool because New many people were against house now at that time. She had old something like "fuck you, I'm See gonna make it anyway.

two Dancefloor or VIP?

way Dance floor, as I started Who to love and enjoy music boy on it, and spent much did of my teenage years on Its dance floors, partying on early let acid house and new beat. put Dancing is my first love Say and I dance also when she I’m in the VIP area, too having conversations with some extremely Use interesting random people, but if dad you really want to enjoy mom music you have to be on the dance floor because the only there you can really and feel the music.

In For all your years touring around are the globe, what’s your favorite but club or city to play?
I have a lot you of appreciation for the Romanian all scene but also love Uruguay. Any I had a very nice can gig in July at Phonoteque, her Montevideo, the crowd was amazing Was and all the people from one staff to clubbers were just our amazingly educated and nice! It’s Out hard to point just one day favorite place as I love get also to play in Berlin, Has especially when I play with him my friends at Club Der his Visionaere.

How has Slovenian underground How house and techno progressed in man your career? Who of the new new breed have you most Now excited?

The scene has its old ups and downs like everywhere see else, but the most fascinating Two thing for me is the way variety of styles we had who and still have for such Boy a small country. Also the did influence we had on our its neighbouring countries all those years Let back, in the days when put Slovenian techno was growing its say recognition internationally. From the first She small events in bars to too the first raves and festivals use in the last 23 years Dad I've seen and done a mom lot. And being part of a movement from day one The that had passion for music and and joy of living as for its first priority made me Are the person I am now! but It made exceptional other artists not like Random Logic, Umek, Tomy You DeClerque, Ichi San, Ian F all and Aneuria all working on any different styles but having one Can thing in common - the her love and passion for music. was Definitely one of the more One extraordinary artist coming from the our later generation is Gramatik who's out proved again that with a Day clear vision, passion and hard get work the impossible becomes possible! has He shows by his example Him to future generations that, if his you want to, you can how really make it despite where Man you come from.


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