Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Gabri. Let’s talk about the launch of your new imprint: Morbidyne. Tell us about the meaning behind the name and the decision to start a label?
Hallo, nice to meet you all and thank you. The decision to start my label comes from the need to create my very own spot, where I can convey my idea of underground music and where I can release tracks by me and by artists with something new to say. Morbidyne will mainly feature Deep-Techno, Electronica, Deep-Tech but it is open to all kind of high quality electronic music. I think it is important to risk and invest on what we love, and Morbidyne is meant to be my contribution to electronic music. The name of the label comes from the Italian word morbido that means smooth, soft. The cotton flower logo mainly define this feeling.
The first release is from yourself: You Saved Me. Talk us through how you produced one of tracks from the EP, including any favourite software/ hardware you like to use?
Yes I think it was important to start the label with a release of mine. You Saved Me is the second track of the EP and contains a vocal got from an interview of Dave Grohl, explaining his conflicting feelings after the death of his friend and frontman Kurt Cobain, and the chance to get back up with the music. I sometimes create my music starting from such a kind of input that inspires me. Then I create the drums (at the moment I use Elektron drum machine but I use to insert further samples on the timeline) and when I find the perfect bassline on which I build the melodies, I start with the arrangement of the track. For the basslines and the melodies I use hardware by Elektron, Moog (Sub Phatty), and software by Native Instruments and Spectrasonics to name a few. For the mix I use Waves, Plugin Alliance, FabFilter and more.
Tell us about your involvement with r12 and what it means for you?
My involvement in r12 school is very important to me. As the Director of studies I create the programs of all the courses and I help the students to define their own study plan. To do that I work side by side with the teachers, who all are professional dj’s, producers, label mangers, journalists etc. We created a community of artists and people who works in the electronic music, and it is a great opportunity to share the knowledge, studying and working in an open laboratory where you can grow in the music day by day. I am learning a lot at r12, I everyday breath music and I have to deal not only with the technical skills but with all the aspects you need to be aware of if you want to start a dj producer career.
What is club culture like in Milan at the moment? Any favourite bars/ clubs you would recommend?
The club culture in Milan at the moment is growing. There are a lot of good clubs and huge parties all the weeks, at every corner of the city. Most famous organizations apart, that make tens of thousands of entrances all the weeks, there are a lot of smaller realities that I personally appreciate more. I am speaking about underground parties like O.D.D., Aquario and Closer at the Masada, Electronic Barbecue, Killer Kiccen and The Garden, where you can listen to good music from afternoon to night, always presenting fresh artists from all over the world.
You also co-produce with Ricky Leo as Flatless. Can you tell us about the history of that project and any future plans?
Flatless is the first project of electronic music I was involved in. Ricky and I started producing music together and we have been sharing the dj booth for years. As usually happens in a duo, we got to the point where we decided to take our own way. We are still in good relations and sometimes we play together, but at the moment we are both concentrate on our personal career. Actually I am working on another project with my girlfriend, the duo Babi&Gabri, so at the moment I am very busy on different levels.
Love the Artwork for Morbidyne. Who creates it and how important is the visual aspect of what you do?
Happy to hear that cause I create it. I have usually created the artworks for my parties in Milan for years, and I still like to deal with it. The visual aspect is very important for sure. You always have to be cool, original and very recognizable. It is one of yours calling cards.
And finally. What plans do you have for expanding the label and for yourself as a DJ?
I want to enter in the industry releasing high quality underground music, made to be played in the dj booths all over the world. Next release for example is an EP by Chicago duo Mia Wallace, including remixes by Hiroko Yamamura and me. To expand the label I think I will plan good releases once a month, I will organize label showcases starting from my hometown and will use the right channels for the promotion. The feedbacks of the first release are great, in about a month I got in contact with a lot of artists, labels, radio and magazines, so I am sure this will open the doors to something big.