Ae:ther (Q&A)

Welcome to Sixty Magazine, Ae: ther. Where in the world are you right now and can you tell us what is happening in that part of the world regarding Covid-19?

Thanks for having me here. At the moment I am in Berlin and the situation after a bit of initial panic I must say that it is under control and I feel very lucky to be here at, unfortunately not all countries have the same strength as Germany.

Does the situation lend itself to being creative / productive, or not? Are you night-time or daytime person when it comes to making music?

Yes, I think so, it all started obviously when I was very young, my family has always been very rigid in the arts and especially in encouraging children to do something constructive. Fortunately, the music came by itself and the productive and creative moment today is something that comes naturally after years spent in the studio looking for something fresh to create. The inspiration varies, it is not always there but when it comes, it has to be grasped. When the songs arrive it must be written immediately or “hindsight they fade and never return” …a lyric part of Vasco Rossi’s old song.

Your excellent new single (lifted from last year’s album: Me) for Crosstown Rebels is called We’ll Be Together. What does the title signify for you in 2020?

It is certainly very important for people especially in these days to convey in something positive that gives hope for a good omen and a return to hug each other soon. The title was given for another personal reason that I was living a year ago but now, that has taken a key meaning, alone we are worth nothing, alone it is also difficult to work or anything, and therefore the hope is to return soon all together.

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Can you talk us through how you produced the title track? Are there any favorite pieces of software / hardware you always like to use?

So all my colleagues and friends laughed at least once reading the absolutely crazy titles that I give to my projects even if I have to say that I have improved now. One day a label manager of a very large label wrote me saying “We really like this piece and we would like to release it. It’s called” Fresh6stes1.2ripresaaudio2.3.4 can you send it etc etc? “
Often the titles are just notes, to write something fast because many times the right title doesn’t come out instantly. For some songs, however, the title comes out on its own because it is as if I already feel that the song is speaking to me and suggesting the title. I don’t have any favorite hardware or software, I always like to experiment. Mostly I have hardware like the Elektron or the sh 101 or the Eurorack that I use often but it depends on the song and on the moment.

What type of speakers do you use to listen to music on?

I am using the Adam 4×4 which is the type of small cone listening, while the 20/20 events which are a more bigger I use for the mix part or to listen records… ..

You have lived in Rome, Berlin and London. I was wondering how you compare those cities as places to call home and to work in (before the virus)?

Each city is different, in each of those I have reached a different workflow with different people and different experiences, even the periods are to be considered because there has been an evolution on myself. at the moment I can consider Berlin home, because it was what I needed, tranquility, relaxation but with the right dose of art and inspiration that is felt in the air and that helps me a lot in the musical and non-musical work flow. In the other cities where I have been I have found very interersting moments and places but mostly more stress and loss of time than anything else, so for now I feel good, I am happy.

How do you think life, culture and the electronic music scene will alter? Will making a living as an artist change in any way?

Unfortunately yes, something is already changing, and things that seemed normal to us like a hug or a handshake are prohibited, we are in a state of emergency that I think is going too far and the gov is forcing people to stay at home against their will by controlling it, we could consider it a little dictatorial … In music or art in general we would see many more conversations, DJ sets or anything else recurring in streaming and many more videos of amateur DJs sets, maybe even radio shows that you can why not buy online and have your personal party at home and dance alone or with family. It will afflict many artists and musicians and all those who work in the background and in my account till the frontieres will be close. I have already started doing external works and collaborations to be able to earn something more outside of the partyies, probably one day we will get out of this horrible lockdown, and I really don’t like to be negative and i’ve must to be objective and so there will be worst things that await us, the earth is becoming very fragile and will turn against us… ..

Outside of your usual set of influences have you discovered any new artists, writers, musicians etc which have recently caught your attention? Has not being in nightclubs or at festivals resulted in looking for different things to explore?

Yes of course the search is greater because time increases in the studio, I try to listen to vintage stuff, or something completely different that is difficult to find, but I discovered a new artist in particular, it is called ADWER purely this piece “OVERTURE”, let’s see what will happen next….

And finally. Can you tell us about your forthcoming plans for moving forward?

I am working for several ep and some few collaboration, but nothing I can say atm, just stay tuned!


Small Fires – Set To Glow Remixes – Lost Diaries

You can already tell from the cover art that this is going to be far-reaching music resonating with soulful intent. Escaping the confines of clique its warm keys and deep beats all sum up that intention as the telling vocal does the rest, effortlessly, on both of Fait Du Prince’s excellent versions. Always welcome to hear the human touch in music too. Miyagi then probes at the alternatives via splashes of guitar plus punchier drums, leaving the final David Hasert & Francesco Mami Remix to end on a definitive high with crisp percussion adding brevity to a song encompassing meaning and precision.

Release: February 21


Francesco Mami Q&A

Hello and welcome to Magazine Sixty Francesco. Let’s start with your latest release “10191 EP” on Rhythm Cult Digital. Can you talk us though where the inspiration came from for one of the tracks and then how you produced those ideas as music?

Ciao Magazine Sixty-thanks! It’s a” terrific” pleasure to answer these introspective and detailed questions!
The inspiration comes from a question that I’ve been always wondering about myself during my DJ sets, specifically when I’m playing my favourites ‘bangers’ and people are going nuts. I ask myself: “Frankie, you should have few killer tunes from yours in your deck of trump cards, don’t you?” So I got really focused on what I like to play at that precise moment.
Writing music, for me, is such an instinctive act that for me it’s conceived in the club and gestates in my studio.

Going right back to the start and growing up in Rimini. Which DJ’s and Clubs influenced you most and how would you describe the Dance scene and the city at that time?

I’m too proud of my hometown to talk about it honestly! “La Riviera Romagnola” – all the area around Rimini’s coast, it’s the actual nest of the club culture and legendarily where the art of DJ’ing is born! (Don’t try to prove me wrong, have a look to DJ Mozart)
Clubs like Baia Degli Angeli, Altro Mondo Studios, Cocoricò, Echoes, Paradiso, Classic. They were all pioneers of the dance scene.
The first time I stepped into Cocoricò club and listened to DJ Cirillo playing it’s there where I was most definitely inspired.
P.S. Try to have a “piadina” at Ilde’s after a couple of days of raving, and you’ll know why I’m so proud of my city!

Where did you learn about music production? And can you also tell us about becoming an Apple Logic Pro Certified Trainer and Music Producer and what it means to you to be able to teach others about creating music?

Teaching and co-working with other artists is my everyday source of further inspiration and energy. It may appear on the outside that its just help and guidance for them, but most of the time it’s the straight opposite.
Everything started from my friend Marco, when he was mocking me about my “geekyness” in the studio. He said once: “Frankie, you are such a Logic-Pro-nerd, why don’t you teach other people?”. So I had a look, found a workshop in NYC, went there twice, got my certifications, met my wife at Paul’s Burger on 2nd Ave and Bowery.
How I learned to use Logic? I read the manual. How I learned to make music? I’m not sure I did it yet…

You currently live in London where you are resident and Music Director at the Mayfair Club – MNKY HSE. How did that come about? And how do you feel about the way club culture appears to moving in terms of festivals taking prominence over weekly club nights?

I have to be honest, it’s still confusing how I ended up there. I think MNKY’s crew embraced my vision and patiently accepted my quirkyness. I’m blessed to Direct an amazing spot like this – it’s a true diamond.
The “festival-shifting” has a more sociological meaning: the new generation is so over stimulated that music is not enough to entertain them. That’s why it’s an impelling mandatory act to have massive visual shows or to be in the VIP area sharing your pictures. The clubbing scene, as we loved it, has changed.

What does the word Techno mean for you? And how do you see the music moving forward in time – do you think it will ever become a set of clique’s like the 90’s House sound has become?

That’s a tricky question. I’m a spoiled kid from Rimini who loves Lucio Battisti and Star Wars. I’m not from Detroit, nor from Berlin. I experienced Techno when I listened DJ Saccoman playing some rare wax from R&S and when System Of Survival gave me a folder named “History of Techno Music” to learn – where the Techno sound comes from. So, for me, techno is knowledge and amazement and of course it’s that suspended fraction of a second right before the kick-drum drops.
More than anything else, Electronic Music is a wave, repeating itself in circles, so I think all this “labelling” has no sense for the music-lovers out there; but you know, non-music lovers worship labelling stuff – don’t they?!

What for you is expressed though rhythm (instrumentation) that isn’t expressed though words (song)?

I personally think that Rhythm is one of the many ways to meditate and enter a transcendental state of mind. Rhythm is the medium to carry yourself into an altered condition. Repetition, patterns and accents drive you and your body. That, for me, is the biggest expression. Alternatively, songs carry a message: they share feelings.

Which artists have had the biggest impact on you both in terms of music and in the world outside of it?

I’m a sucker for 90’s Electronic Bands: from Chemical Brothers to Air; Prodigy to Daft Punk.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet all my heroes and legends, to talk with them, to understand their journey. I really hope to get to that level, amount of wisdom and peace.

What is your favourite instrument? Do you own one?

My wettest dream is to be a classical trained piano player and movie soundtrack composer, I have keyboards, theory and score books everywhere. I keep on dreaming though… and that’s why my favorite instruments still remain my trusted AKAI MPC2000XL and its digital version Maschine.

And finally can you tell us about your forthcoming plans?

Re-patching and setting-up the studio is my first priority right now, as well as going back to piano classes (for the 99th time ahahaha)
Jokes apart, I’m finalising a six track album I wrote during my journey in Nepal: it will be released by a Berlin based label of really good friends.
New music in collaboration with my mate David Hasert is soon to be released, same for an incredible amount of tracks which I produced with the tireless Salvo aka SB-Unit.
Of course, to be a classical trained piano player and score composer is top priority!

Francesco Mami


Francesco Mami – 101091 EP – Rhythm Cult Digital

Perhaps not my usual tipple but when did tiresome, endless labelling get in the way of what is more importantly good music. Three tracks go to make up this new release from the London MNKY HSE Music Director but it’s the blistering combination of infectious sounds that inform Stilgar which really capture and ignite my attention. Music to get lost in as seven plus minutes feel longer (in a good way) with a sizzling clash of ideas all at once being totally emotional and melodic, yet also hard and unrelenting. So good in fact that immediately repeating the play only goes to reveal more. The proceeding Alia continues the theme with reiterating rhythms again building a sense of anticipation via unfolding atmosphere’s reaching out to eight minutes.

Release: September 29