Noted Italian producer Olderic shares the story behind his bond with prestigious Offenbach imprint Connaisseur Recordings, providing in accompaniment an impressive 60 minute recording of tracks old and new. The CirQ resident and curator took time from his busy schedule to take us on a journey, which uncovered intriguing details on the Italian scene, his work with Peter Pardeike, the rise of Alex Flitsch’s Connaisseur as a label (now a decade old) and much, much more!
WWD: Thanks for joining us Enrico!
Where are you right now and what have you been doing so far today?
I’m home now, in Venice, Italy, just finished a studio session, now eating and in 1 hr music again.
WWD: You’ve crafted a new track for the Connaisseur 10 year release. Can you tell us about the day you made it with Peter Pardeike?
After some discussions on Skype and Facebook each of us started to create some ideas with hard- and software in each of our studios. I recorded some arps and some atmospheres. Peter instead worked on the effects, grooves and other sounds. As next step we exchanged our sketches and decided what’s good and we started to combine several elements of our ideas. With every step we came closer to the final track. To be honest it came really easy together. For sure it came from our souls.
WWD: When did you first meet Peter?
I met Peter at the Ade in Amsterdam on 2015. Unfortunately we don’t see each other very often because he lives in Germany and me in Italy, but when we’re touring together it’s always big fun.
WWD: You have a strong relationship with Connaisseur the label, how did you connect with the imprint?
I’m work often with Lehar and Musumeci, both gave a big contribute during 2015 on the label. The boss, Alex Flitsch asked us to run the official Connaisseur Radio show on Ibiza Global Radio and from than I started to work close to the label, giving my contribute also as deejay, producer and remixer. It’s a good relationship, like friends, we care a lot for each other.
WWD: How has that relationship developed since then?
I made a remix on december 2015, now I’m honored to be part of the 10yrs compilation, but the best is coming: an upcoming remix for the magic track “Black Sunrise” of Francesco Chiocci feat. Black Soda which I rally adore. And for the end of the year an Olderic EP.
WWD:What is it about the label that appeals to you?
I used to play Connaisseur tracks since a long time. for me it is one of the best underground labels, some good artist released their first good works on it. I think is definitely a label where an artist can express himself at 100%. What do you want more?
WWD: Have you got a favourite Connaisseur record from the last decade?
I can’t choose just one, there a lot of favorites on my mind. The Baikal remix of “Yellow Sky Over Reykjavik” by Thor, the King Britt remix of “Trapped In Amber” by Chymera and of course the Kollektiv Turmstrasse album released on 2010
WWD: How is the scene holding up in Venice?
Scene in northern Italy is really cool. Theres a lot of good promoters and you can have good events with international djs every week.
I use to work with a lot of them in Milan, Verona, Venice, Trieste. There is a lot of respect and collaboration.
WWD: Cirq seems to be a major stronghold. Can you tell us about your role there?
Of course CirQ is one of the best places where you can find good music in northern Italy. Every dj we booked always had a good experience. You feel the crowd a lot. We build it for passion first and I always define it as a piece of paradise. It’s a dream to collaborate with a club where deejays really want to play.
I help the owners crew to invite the deejays and we select some of our friends to round up the line-up. But of course skills and taste comes first, eh! 🙂
I take care of the relationship with the soundsystem and lights team, I define the artwork series in every season. I feel like a cinematographic director, bringing all creative elements together for providing our guests with a visual-accoustic experience. I use to play there 2/3 times for season.. everytime is special.. trust me!
WWD: What do the next few months hold for you as an artist?
I never wanted to release so much, but I’ve got so much good music that I want to release cause I invested a lot of time in the upcoming EPs.
Next 6 months are important for me, I found some good different inspirations and I start working with different setups I feel more free to express myself trying to make the best record I can. I hope the listeners will catch the difference.
WWD: You’ve kindly put a special mix together, can you tell us a bit of the vibe and what’s in there?
As a dj I love to combine old and new music. For me is not important that a track is new, but it has to work good. It not depends about the release date. Of course I love to be surprised from the new music and I always use it. But when a great 10 years old track works perfect between 2 promos, I prefer this even more.
In this mix i put some music I’m using in this period on my shows and some highlights from my archive.. Enjoy!!!