Pastaboys have been releasing music since the dawn of the new millenium. They’ve showcased their tasteful and highly refined productions on imprints such as 83 West and Defected and now they hit a new career milestone with an EP on stellar label Crosstown Rebels.
> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it?
It is house music with all possible contaminations! In our opinion a personal style is not made by a single genre: we’ve always been influenced by black music and its roots, still without forgetting to dig here and there for some good music coming from every side of this amazing world.
> You are just about to release the rhythmic & hypnotic “Kolo Kolo” EP on Crosstown Rebels.. how did that collaboration come about and will you be working more with this label moving forward?
As all our projects, Kolo Kolo EP is born while spending some time together in studio. After a few months break where we dedicated time to our individual projects, we decided to step back in all together and let the flow do the rest: from this time, Kolo Kolo was born. Crosstown Rebels is for sure one of the most important labels in the market at the moment, which means we obviously would be interested in more future collaborations with the guys!
> Could you talk us through your creative process for the Kolo Kolo EP, and any specific equipment you use to bring sounds to life?
As always our inspiration comes from the idea of a tune we would like to have in our deejay bags during a gig: we wanted to do a dark soulful trip, something with Afro influences, a strong bassline and an excursion of steady drums.
Main equipment we used to produce Kolo Kolo EP has been Roland Juno 106, Akai MPC and Prophet, plus Ableton for the arranging of everything.
> You have been releasing music for almost twenty years, on labels like Defected and King Street Sounds, plus notably your huge track “Deep Musique” on Rebirth which was recently remixed by Rampa. Do you think there has been a key moment, gig, or release, that has been the turning point in your career so far?
We’ve been together for more than 20 years now and trying to keep the things rolling always in the best way, which as you know is not that easy in this world! Some of the key moments of our career has been for sure the release of “Soul Heaven”, “Body Resonance”, “Tribute” or the well acclaimed remix for Ame’s “Rej”, besides the latest Deep Musique single including remixes from Rampa and Trus’Me.
> How do you work as a trio, both in the studio and on stage – do you each have a specific role to play?
We don’t have specific roles both while DJing or producing: everyone of us puts his single ideas into the projects and tracks we work on, which can happens being more influenced from one than another and as you might imagine during a 20 year career, the positions have been switched many times depending on the project we were working on: we all know how to use the gear we have in the studio!
During the gigs we alternate 1 or 2 records each in a b2b2b way: knowing each other very well since two decades allow us to know what to do and when, this guarantee a balanced result in the end where you can easily hear influences from each of us, which is the trademark of the Pastaboys history.
> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who would look to your music for inspiration?
The most important thing in this market is to be yourself: don’t try to be someone else, make things in your own way and don’t look out for shortcuts, it never works in the long term. Be humble, have self-confidence in your abilities and try to be forward-thinking as much as you can! Btw, never forget to have fun 🙂
> Do you have any other big projects you are currently working on, or exciting tours or shows in the pipeline?
Pastaboys have some exciting news in the pipeline as a new single including a John Ciafone remix is out soon on Rebirth or another one with a huge vocal feature which we can’t announce yet. Besides this, we keep working also individually as Memoryman, DJ Rame and Dino Angioletti, plus also some side projects as Capofortuna for Rame or Bassa Clan for Dino.
> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light hearted.. without getting too personal, could you tell us something most people won’t know about you?
We are huge Basketball fans! From Italian League where Bologna has been a big part of local history to the nowadays NBA where also a close friend of ours plays (Marco Belinelli). Discussing the latest games and best players we always end up arguing, in a friendly way of course!
> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunken raver urinating on the dance floor?
In 20 years we’ve seen an amount of outrageous things that you can’t even imagine! Without talking about single episodes, what we want to say is that too many people in this business come up in some situations where they let emerge the wrong attitude, wrong mentality and no respect for the others. This is definitely the worst thing you can find around music business and the people involved in it.
> The Kolo Kolo is released on 11th May. You can buy it HERE.