#71 - Francesco Terranova
Francesco Terranova joins the ranks of the EPM Podcast for our 71st installment and what a techno treat we have in store for you. Luring us in with the ambient drones of Dronelock & Ontal’s ‘May Or May Not Belong’ its not long before Mr. Terranova is in the dancefloor saddle with a brace of his own deep techno releases. The mix then rolls its sleeves up as the likes of Robert Hood, Mark Broom, Bas Mooy, Madben and Logotech pick up the beats before Francesco closes out with a track from EPM 041, the aptly named ‘Recovery’.
Starting in the mid 90s and using the name Francesco, he was a recurring guest DJ for the pioneering Techno collective, Open Mindz, where he had supporting sets alongside the likes of Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, Laurent Garnier, Surgeon, Dave Clarke and Luke Slater to name just a few. Today Francesco Terranova is producing for labels such as Bulletdodge, Renesanz, Stick Records and De-Konstrukt, while continuing to DJ across clubs and festivals.
Q&A with Francesco Terranova
1. One hour doesn’t give you the full range of DJ expression but would you say this mix is a good example of what you are currently playing?
In this time I try to express my style that goes from old school to modern techno, without leaving out the dimension of rhythm and sound in techno. But I really like more style variation during my performance especially if it exceeds 2 hours.
2. What were your first experiences of dance music? When did you get the bug?
I was just 18 years old, and I became part of a group that truly put Naples in the history of techno throughout Italy, ‘OPEN MIND’. The first night was at a club called ‘Dunes’. The parking lot was full, I was excited and the international artist was Robert Armani. At the age of 14 years I went to my first New Year Viglione in 1992 where I saw the singer of Snap. Then a friend gave me a vinyl ‘Red’ (Dave Clarke) and since then I fell in love with those sounds - special and little heard in Italy at that time.
3. What music were you buying at the time?
At the time I bought music trance and progressive music.
4. Can you remember your first studio set up?
In truth I could never afford a studio because at that time it would take a lot of money. So I could only afford to buy vinyl once a month on my weekly pay. On graduating after four years of high school my father bought me some Technics 1210 turntables and then two years later in 1998 I bought a Roland 909 drum machine. After many years of tests and tutorials and bad productions, I tried to create something that reflects my music, and make it original. Now I use a friend’s studio.
5. Naples has a strong techno tradition. How has this grown over the years?
Napoli has grown thanks to the strong presence of artists such as Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Sasha Carassi etc…but their style is not just what suits me, but they have led Napoli to very high standards in the field of techno.
6. How does techno and dance music fit in with the rest of your life?
I have a family and a wife, I only say this. I live for them, I live for techno music. First of all I am a DJ and later a producer so I hope that this passion does not leave me.
7. Is Naples really the wild and crazy place we are led to believe?
Yes! Summer and winter in all seasons, the only flaw that our government gives us is no organizing of rave or major events in squares, streets or beaches but otherwise it is a city very animated in all seasons, where organizations of events offer a very extensive program with world-renowned artists.
8. You have played with many DJs over the years. Who were your favourites?
I've played with many DJs over the years. My favourites are Jeff Mills and Surgeon.
9. What releases do you have planned for later this year?
I have several labels, which I would like to make out, but I still have not found a label like EPM, I'm waiting for an answer from the historic label ‘Primate’ to a compilation by various artists. We will see.
10. What’s your current DJ top 10?
EPM Podcast 71 – Francesco Terranova tracklist
1. Dronelock & Ontal - May Or May Not Belong
2. Francesco Terranova - Tangent
3. Francesco Terranova - The Sound Of My Soul
4. Florian Maindl - Night I Don't Sleep
5. Robert Hood - Shaker
6. Madben - Organic Drive
7. Mark Broom - M19
8. Francesco Terranova - Magnetica
9. Logotech - Prehypnotic (Audio Injection Remix)
10. Krampf - Lokodepo
11. Bas Mooy - Rumbite
12. David Meiser - Zero Decibel
13. Francesco Terranova – Recovery