Contributing ‘Silver Cage‘ for Engrave Ltd‘s first various artist release called ‘Engrave Ltd Vol. 1‘, Ekz makes his production debut at the same time. The nature loving Sicilian usually operating for Twelve Notes, an Italian booking agency, and representing highly respected artists from the agency‘s rooster, prefers not to be in the spotlight as he merely wants music to take over this part. Nevertheless, Enrico – Ekz‘s original name – did not hesitate to speak up on Torture the Artist about his food loving friends and passion for music as it becomes clear that he is not only one talented producer, but a humble, reflecting and frugal person that loves both sides of the music business: the one behind the artists and the one as an artist.
Torture the Artist: Ekz is quite an unusal moniker, how did this come about?
Ekz: Thanks for having me. I can say it’s a long story for a short name. Do you know when people try to call you by your name, but somehow always miss a few letters? Well, the result derives from an abbreviation series of my original name that took different paths before ending in three letters.
I share my long-time passion for the music with most of my best friends. At one point I found myself in the position to be in charge to represent them as artists.
Torture the Artist: You manage artists such as Toto Chiavetta or Olderic for Twelve Notes, meaning you are deeply connected to the electronic music scene, but you prefer to be in the background. Who ‘forced‘ you to release ‘Silver Cage‘?
Ekz: I share my long-time passion for the music with most of my best friends. At one point I found myself in the position to be in charge to represent them as artists. Talking about ‘Silver Cage’, the whole story is very simple. I started to work on the idea by the end of last summer – between the buzzing of mosquitos – and once I had finished it, I sent it to Musumeci. I did it for fun and I thought it might be a nice track to drop. But Musumeci came back to me asking, if I was fine with the idea to release it on Engrave Ltd for their first collection series. It was exactly in the same way as when he calls me to ask, if we want to have a dinner together – very easy. Nothing ”forced” at all.
Torture the Artist: Now that you made your debut on Musumeci‘s and Dodi Palese‘s label ‘Engrave Ltd‘ can we expect more from you in the future or what are your plans in terms of own music?
Ekz: I’m already working on some new ideas, but I definitely have no rush. I can’t stop making music, but I do it for the sake of it. I’m not mainly interested in releasing tracks, I just love music, that’s all.
But I will definitely try to teach Toto how to use chopsticks when it comes to eating sushi.
Torture the Artist: Speaking about your mates Toto and Olderic, Musumeci revealed that Toto eats sushi with a fork, while Olderic says about himself he is a good ‘fork‘. What can you reveal from your side about this special cutlery piece ‘the fork‘?
Ekz: That’s a funny story! I am surrounded by foodies and food lovers, with or without cutlery. But I will definitely try to teach Toto how to use chopsticks when it comes to eating sushi.
Torture the Artist: As a spoon and knife complete the cutlery, what is that completes you?
Ekz: I’m a nature lover, I also love animals and what I mostly love to do is to travel like I’ve been doing. The idea of discovering new places and cultures makes me feel alive. There is nothing more interesting than to learn what civilization has to tell us. Also when returning from a trip you can sit down in front of your computer and put your ideas into music, or anything else really that you have learnt from the trips or inspired you and one day you’ll have something to tell.
Torture the Artist: What deems a track worthy of your record box and name three tracks that are in your box at the moment.
Ekz: Great question. To me – just like a good movie – music should take you on some kind of a journey. The best is to find a way the track makes you feel and that should also cause your listeners to feel the same.
Three tracks in my record box at the moment:
Howling – Phases (Colour Two Toto Chiavetta Remix)
Lehar & Musumeci – Jungle Heart (Original Mix)
Human Machine – Gazebo (Original Mix)