We speak to the new face of Drumcode, Layton Giordani on his early influences in music, his relationship with Adam Beyer and a very special collaboration he has in the pipeline with a legend of the scene.
What were your early influences in music?
I listen a lot to DJ’s like Victor Calderone, Danny Tenaglia and Frankie Knuckles – that really got me into House and Techno. Prior to that I was really into the UK’s electronic music scene, I was a massive Faithless fan! I also love 90’s hip-hop from Nas, Mobb Deep, Biggie, Pac, Diddy and Eminem – I could go on forever.
What made you want to be a DJ/Producer?
Probably experiencing my first nightclub in New York. I instantly knew I wanted to be heavily involved in the industry, and just completely immersed myself in it from then on in any way possible.
Whose music are you enjoying currently?
There are a lot of great artists out there at the moment. I am a big fan of the heavier techno at the moment, especially tracks from Gary Beck, Harvey McKay, Boxia, Sam Paganini and Slam.
How much fun did you have working on your ‘Where it Begins’ album on Drumcode? And how did the release come about?
A lot of fun! It took about 2-3 solid years to get it all finalised. It really about my relationship with Adam, and the both of us getting to know one another over time. We connected and he helped me grow as an artist and really believed in me – so that was the best compliment anyone can receive.
Which other artists would you say have influenced you musically?
Wow, I could go on with a list of names for days! There are a lot of artists, but all for different reasons and each have their own production style. To start I’d say Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Danny Tenaglia, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin (Plastik Man).
Where’s your favourite place to play in the world?
Well, I had an insane gig recently in Italy. It blew my mind! Such an emotional crowd with so much love for the music. I can’t help but get really excited when I think about Italy and the experiences I have had there. So yes, let’s go for Italy! Not to mention the food is amazing, and it’s one of the most beautiful countries to travel around. It has it all, and a deep connection, rich history and understanding of Techno.
Could you tell us about the studio setup you have?
This might surprise you, but actually I do not really have a ‘studio’. I travel a lot, and never seem to be in one place long enough to dedicate to start a studio there. When I started out, like many, studios are well out of budget, so I got really good at working on my MacBook Pro with my headphones. I use Pioneer, and they are so good, I feel like I do not need monitors. I’ve loaded my Logic DAW with every VST plugin I could find and tons of samples, so now most of the tracks I make are from the road.
You have some great releases Drumcode, Truesoul, Octopus Black & Phobiq – what can we expect to see from you in the next few months?
Thanks. I have had a crazy year with the album and now I can let you all in to the news about my next EP coming out on Drumcode on the 9th October. It’s got 3 tracks, and the lead track “Live Again” is a collab with Danny Tenaglia. He has been an idol and total inspiration of mine for years, so this was just a dream come true for me. I have also a few other new originals I’ve been testing out on the road that may start to shed light in the next few months.
Where else are you playing throughout the rest of 2017?
I just came back from my first tour in Australia and now I am off to Romania this weekend. Also a lot of Drumcode showcases in the UK and ADE. I am also playing at “In The Woods” at ADE, heard that’s a really cool event!
You have taken the Techno scene by storm recently – What advice would you give young, aspiring producers looking to make an impact on the scene?
I get asked this a lot, and always say the same thing, which is to never give up. Always push yourself and you will get there. Networking sounds silly, but it’s so important – getting to gigs and meeting people face to face changes everything and opens door for you. This industry is crazy with so many talented people, so you have to stand out, get out there and let people know who you are in person. Stay creative too. Do not try and emulate other artists sounds or tracks. It’s good to listen and take inspiration from these, but try to then adapt that into your own sound, give it a new edge. Hard work pays off.
You can keep up to date with all of Layton’s latest gigs, releases and news on his Facebook page.