INTERVIEW Olderic

With a passion for playing the piano that dates back to early childhood years, Olderic‘s productions strongly focus on melodies and transport this certain warmth to his audience. Over the past eight years the DJ and producer has established the Venetian sound in the scene and gives back what he has found within friendships to artists such as Lehar, Musumeci among many other artists and labels. Ahead of the release of ‘Il Sole‘ on Adriatique‘s label SIAMESE, we spoke to the humble artist about the ‘la family grande‘, Venice and himself.

My current tracks tell more of a mature story than in the past, melodies and evolution are the major aspects now when I produce music and this is what I really like.

Torture the Artist: You have been releasing music since 2009 when your style resembled a more tech-progressive approach to electronic music, while your latest releases on Connaisseur or SIAMESE are a mixture between complex sound carpets with a slighter technoid influence. Does the change in productions go along with the process of becoming older and more settled?

Olderic: First of all I want to say hi guys and thanks you for having me for this interview. You’re right, becoming older – as a good Olderic – I feel more settled. As of today I have more experience and I am more cultivated in terms of music than in the past, and I can express all this in my productions I would say. My current tracks tell more of a mature story than in the past, melodies and evolution are the major aspects now when I produce music and this is what I really like. It is the same when I DJ and play music. I think this fact is deeply connected with my childhood‘s favourite passion: playing the piano. So, the young Olderic is also deeply connected to the old Olderic.

We started to collaborate and connected kind of like ‘love at first sight‘ on both: productions and playing b2b at parties.

Torture the Artist: Lehar and you represent Venice the electronic music scene, how did this friendship come about?

Olderic: I met Lehar in 2012, when he was pretty much at the beginning of his career, and I found a person with such a great energy, passion and talent – a real Stakhanovite fully immersed in music. We started to collaborate and connected kind of at ‘love at first sight‘ on both: productions and playing b2b at parties. Ever since a ‘mutual assistance‘ in every part of the music business has developed and also a strong friendship that gives us both a lot of energy.

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Olderic @ Cirq/ Venice rocking hard with Kristian from Ame.

Torture the Artist: Compared to other cities what is special about the electronic music scene in Venice?

Olderic: This answer is easy: Venice itself! Where can you find a city more unique, inspiring and fundamental for European history and culture ? Ok, I’m joking around a little bit on this one, but actually, every DJ, who plays at Cirq, a Venetian club where I regularly play, goes crazy and loves my sacred hometown. Venice is not a “metropolis” like Amsterdam, Berlin or London, but you can find five or six cool clubs here that do quite a good job by hosting international DJs and producers, newcomers or big cats, the sound varies from disco to minimal over to techno or deep house and any clubber can find his club to have a blast.

Each of us has done his best to evolve as an artist, DJ and producer, the sharing of these elements has allowed us to join the forces, so everyone gains in terms of the collective and in terms of an individual.

Torture the Artist: Over the past years it has created the impression that a whole lot of talented Italian artists like Musumeci, Lehar, Dodo Palese, Human Machine and you take over the scene who are more or less bound to each other like a family. How did this whole collective develop?

Olderic: At first there was the friendship, respect and a common musical taste alongside the love for the same kind of parties. Then, each of us has done his best to evolve as an artist, DJ and producer, the sharing of these elements has allowed us to join the forces, so everyone gains in terms of the collective and in terms of an individual.

Torture the Artist: A track ,‘Il Sole‘, by Lehar and you is released on Adriatique‘s label SIAMESE. What else is already confirmed in terms of music for 2017?

Olderic: I’m remixing UK progressive pioneer Pole Folder, who asked me to do a remix. And I must say that I’m glad, because I have been enjoying his stuff since the early 2000s, when he released strong tracks on legendary label Bedrock. Then, I’m working on three tracks for a solo EP in the next months and some surprises. I’m sorry, but I can’t reveal more at the moment as I’m really working hard on the music.

I try to do my best to be positive every day, have fun and I think these circumstances influence the persons who surround me.

Torture the Artist: Connaisseur label head Alex Flitsch considers you as a positive source and continues that you are one of the reasons that keep him motivated to run the label. Quite a compliment from ‘the boss‘ as you fondly called him recently. What are the strenghts that you bring in the label and the persons surrounding you?

Olderic: I’m happy when I hear ‘the boss‘ words, since he’s a great person. Ever since 2005 he has managed one of the most significant and respected labels in electronic music scene. I try to do my best to be positive every day, have fun and I think these circumstances influence the persons who surround me. So, when I’m with my Connaisseur family, I’m just myself, try to keep the atmosphere fun, and when I’m playing, I try to let energetic music do the talking.

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‘Burning’ down the house. 

Torture the Artist: You play in countries such as Switzerland, Turkey, Germany or Spain just to name a few.What are three tracks that you enjoy while traveling at the moment?

Olderic: To be honest, I don’t have three tracks that I constantly listen to. I enjoy a lot of music and there are more than three tracks that I like the most. While I’m traveling, I like to differentiate between tracks I listen to in order prepare myself for the gigs and tracks I listen to when I want relax, I mean ambient music or acoustic pop. There’s a lot of cool music out there to listen to.

I lock myself inside the studio for two days, owed to the beauty of having the lab in my home’s basement.

Torture the Artist: Most DJs, who are also producers, usually produce during the week and play in clubs at the weekend. Can you describe a regular day during the week from how you start in the morning and how you finish it in the evening/ night?

Olderic: Usually I have no regular or similar days during the week. At some days I can make music starting in the morning until late in the evening and at some days I’m not in the studio and take care of other businesses. But when I feel more inspired, I lock myself inside the studio for two days, owed to the beauty of having the lab in my home’s basement.

Torture the Artist: What is a vice that obsesses you while producing in the studio?

Olderic: I have to listen to the track while I’m outside, in the garden, looking inside the opened windows of the studio. And it works!

Torture the Artist: What is your favorite club, bar and restaurant in Venice?

Olderic: About clubs, Cirq is must, but when we talk about bars, restaurants there are a lot, I mean really a lot! There are many amazing places and as you can see, I’m a good ‘fork‘ as we Italians say. Never been through Venice’s water channels? You have to come visit!

Olderic‘s top10

  1. Lehar & Olderic ‘Il Sole‘ [Siamese]
  2. Henrik Schwarz ‎‘Not Also You‘ [Running Back]
  3. Elliott Lion ‘Pearl‘ [Cin Cin]
  4. Musumeci ‘Funi‘ [Engrave Ltd]
  5. Eagles & Butterflies ‘Kick Arp Trees‘ [Unknown]
  6. Noir & Olivier Giacomotto feat. Hendrik Burkhard ‘Blackrays (Peter Pardeike Remix)‘ [Suara]
  7. Max Cooper ‘Organa‘ (Patrice Baumel Remix) [Unknown]
  8. Pastaboys feat. Osunlade ‘Deep Musique (Rampa Remix)‘ [Rebirth]
  9. Phil Kieran ‘No Life (Roman Flügel Remix)‘ [Hot Creations]
  10. Talaboman ‘Loser’s Hymn‘ [R&S]