Interview: Italian DJ Corrado Bucci Takes to Dada Tomorrow Night

By That's Shanghai, April 4, 2019

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While he might be young, Corrado Bucci's had no trouble making a name for himself over the last few years. With a background in piano, as a kid hey took to the keyobaord and started experimenting with producing - cultivating a tune that was his own to play. Fusing afro-latin, jazz and funk, he's putting on a set tomorrow that's worth working into your holiday weekend if you aren't skipping town and we sat down with him to talk a little about what we should expect.

Who were your earliest influences when getting into the DJ scene?

When I started to produce music and become a DJ, I was following other genres, particularly hip hop and old school tracks by people like A Tribe Called Quest and Madlib. A lot of my music is based on jazzy and funky samples. Some of my first influences came also from my holiday car trips with my parents. My dad is not a musician, but he was really into the more mainstream disco and boogie stuff. I remember that at first, I was not so happy about it, but now I just have to say, “Thanks”.  

How do you incorporate jazz / funk into your work and why do you sometimes choose to include live instruments in your sets?

In terms of music, I’m a kind of sponge. It means I listen to very different kinds of music and I absorb what I like the most and I use it in my productions. However, I have to say that the best way to incorporate these styles to my stuff is through vinyl sampling. Everything from funky, disco boogie stuff to spiritual/obscure jazz and a lot of cinematic soundtracks. It's not just all about cut and paste. I like to use loops in a creative way. I love making electronic music that sounds more human and real. That’s the main reason why I sometimes include live instruments during my DJ set. Recently, I played in Madrid with one of my musical partners Alessandro Costantini. It was a kind of live set with me DJ-ing, but it was really cool and I really enjoyed creating this kind of 'live duo' for the night. Overall, it’s loops, improvisation, break and then again to straight 4/4. 

What attracted you to Compost Records?
I’ve been following Compost Records from a long time. They have great music and great DJs too. Especially the mighty Rainer Trueby. I received his first support back in 2014 on my track ‘Open Your Eyes’. After that, I decided to visit him in Freiburg for his monthly party called ‘Root Down’. We went out for dinner and afterwards we decided that we have something in common, so two months after that, we start our project called ‘Truccy’. 

Stay tuned for a new upcoming release on Compost Records. As Gilles Peterson said, “With great pleasure, I pronounce Compost the most consistent and forward-thinking record label of continental Europe.”

Your music could be described as cross-cultural. Is there anything distinctive about Chinese / Italian DJ styles?
A lot of people say that my music is a kind of cross-cultural. It’s better to say it’s a “melting pot” (a place where many different people and ideas exist together, often mixing and producing something new). Honestly I didn’t have a chance to play with a Chinese DJ before, but I think music is without borders. So, I really hope to share music soon in the DJ Booth with some Chinese DJs. I’m sure I have something to learn from them. The most important thing to me is to have a good taste, a good selection and a big heart to share with the crowd. So whether you’re Italian or Chinese talking about DJ-ing, there is not a very big difference.

Who do you particularly admire out of the DJs on the scene right now?
Simon Green aka Bonobo. I’ve been following him since the beginning. He’s an amazing producer, a great guy and a very good DJ. 

What can we expect from your set at Dada on April 5?
It will be my first time in China. I’m really excited and it will be an amazing experience! For an Italian guy or a European guy, exploring the Chinese culture is a big honor. There is a big history behind this beautiful country. I can't wait to find out more about it. I’ve travelled in the past to the USA and I liked very much, but I didn’t find many differences when you compare it with European culture. In this case, I’m really open to discover Shanghai as much as I can and I have to say that I will have a special guide too. So, I’m lucky that I will be able to visit some nice spots during my free time here. By the way, I’m really excited to share the decks with DJ EL TORO and DJ LAPING and I will do my best to entertain Dada Club in the best possible way. Expect to hear something different, eclectic, unpredictable and with a “big dash” of positive vibes. See you soon on the dancefloor!

Fri Apr 5, 9pm, RMB50. Dada, see event listing. 

[Cover photo courtesy of the promoter]

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