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Nic Fanciulli - Interview

Before his coming to Paris @ Queen on January 29th, we had an exclusive interview with Nic Fanciulli. And we have also free entrance for you to win here. From being a shy, talented DJ plying his trade as resident at his local club, to becoming a global superstar, the rise and rise of Nic Fanciulli has been well documented. He has graced countless covers of the most respected dance publications whilst his name repeatedly pops up when clubbers discuss the finest DJ talent in recent years. So today, we have the chance to offer you an exclusive interview with him. It follows notably the interviews of other English DJs like D. Ramirez, Michael Woods and James Talk more recently. First of all, I would like to thank Nic who answered our questions. Have a good reading.

Hello Nic,

2010 is over. What will you remember of 2010? What are the 2 or 3 things people need to know?
> 2010 was a great year for myself and Saved, my highlights were; being resident at Carl Cox's Revolution Continues parties at Space, Ibiza. The summer of Saved events in Maidstone with DJ's such as Loco Dice, Dubfire, Carl Cox and John Digweed. And the release of Mark Broom's Acid House album on Saved, it was his first album for almost 15 years and I was really proud it came out on Saved.

What will be your next release?
> My next release it a collaboration with Gary Beck, it's called 'Hear Me Out' and is out on Saved on 31st Jan.

For 2011, what we expect from you? New tracks? An album maybe? A compilation?
> I've got a few tracks ready for release early this year, the collab I mentioned above with Gary Beck, and Caller I.D will be released on Saved with a Radio Slave remix as part of the Saved 2011 Compilation. I don't have any plans for an artist album at the moment but I may do a compilation later in the year.

After we gave this little introduction about your music news to our readers, we wanted to get back to your origins. Indeed, could you please tell us in a few words, how did you become a DJ and producer?
> It all started for me when I began handing mix tapes to a local club promoter from ClubClass, he then made me a weekly resident and through this I got to DJ with guests such as Deep Dish, John Digweed, Danny Howells, X-Press 2, and Pete Tong on a weekly basis. It was a great learning curve for me. I got to meet loads of great people and it formed an excellent platform for me to showcase what I do. The exposure I got from playing these gigs led to bigger gigs at Cream and for [BBC] Radio 1. I worked hard both touring and producing and things grew from there.

You began your career as being a DJ notably with you ClubClass residency. Then you become progressively to produce some tracks. Do you prefer to be considered as a DJ or producer? What do you prefer: play in a club or produce a track?
> I don't think you can either really be one or other anymore, those days have passed. To make it now as a DJ you need to produce as well.
I think if you ask any DJ they will tell you playing in a club is the most fun, there's an amazing atmosphere and it's great to interact with the clubbers. But also sometimes it's nice to chill out and work on a track, when you get something sounding massive it can be just as satisfying.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> I have been very lucky from day one my family have been really supportive, they never questioned my choice of profession. They are extremely proud of what I have achieved and I couldn't have done it without their support.

You worked also under the project Skylark with a famous track “That’s more like it” notably remixed by Jerry Ropero and the Buick project with your fantastic remix of Timo Maas feat Bryan Molko “First day”, that I really like. I wasn’t aware that you were behind these projects. Are these pseudo dead?
> For the moment Andy Chatterley and I are busy working on our own things and touring so there's just no time, and I am concentrating on the label but perhaps one day we will work together again.

Nic, another string of your bow comes in the form of Saved Records that you launched in October 2004. Widely regarded as one of the leading cutting edge labels on the scene, it released compositions from both established producers such as Zoo Brazil and Paolo Mojo, to up and coming talent such as James Talk (that we interviewed some days ago) and Shafunkers. What is your role in this imprint and how did you managed this role and the one you have as being producer and DJ?
> I used to run the label alone but with my production work and touring it got a bit too much, so my Brother Mark came to work with me, we jointly manage the label now and Mark takes care of the day-to-day management of the label. He's doing a brilliant job and Saved is running much more smoothly.

As you come from the U.K., are there one or two English artists you would like to introduce us today?
> I would recommend checking out two guys from the label Gary Beck and Jordan Peak.

Moreover Nic, what did you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know? You particularly love their works? Indeed, you will come to Paris on January 29th for a mix @ Queen.
> I am really looking forward to coming to play in Paris, it's not somewhere I play very often so that makes it special. I really love the work of Clio at the moment, he has a few tracks signed to Saved and is a super talented producer. I am also a big fan of Paul Rich and his label Quartz Rec.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> Hanging out with my friends and family, I spend a lot of time away from home so when I am home I like to chill with them.

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
> Make sure you check out the Saved 2011 Sampler out on the 14th February, it's got some massive tracks on it from myself, Gary Beck, Jordan Peak, Clio, Danny Serrano, Andrea Oliva, Philip Bader, Benny Rodrigues, DJ Kool Dek, Onno and Alex Piccini & Olderic.


Nic, to conclude this interview, we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The song you advice us to listen in your discography?
> My remix of Lusine 'Two Dots'

An artist you would like to work with, one day?
> Chemical Brothers

3 words to define your music?
> Techy, Dark, Melodic

Are you using vinyl or mp3 for your mix?
> Mp3

One word about France?
> Fashion

The software you use to produce?
> Logic

The best club in England (name and city)?
> Warehouse Project, Manchester

One privilege, being DJ, gives you access to?
> Travelling the world

Have you already used you aura of being a DJ to go out with a girl!? Did it work?
> Only once and she is my wife

Your favorite track these days?
> Jordan Peak - I want you (Saved)

Nic, thank you very, very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this full and exclusive interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions. We hope to see you in France soon again, because I will not be in Paris on January 29th… See ya!

Dj Aroy

Nic Fanciulli @ Juno Download

Written by Dj Aroy
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