It’s a big one in Farringdon this Sunday, as we prepare to host both Adonis! and Our House across two sessions. The second leg sees Italian artist Leon landing alongside Our House’s residents, so as a build-up to his set on the night, he sent over an embracing mix featuring club bangers from Velodrome, Four Tet and much more.
It started when I was 15 years old and my uncle, who worked at a local radio station, showed me electronic musicians like Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys and many others. My father was a drummer, and I also listened rock and blues like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Genesis and others. I followed the DJs from my city to some private parties of guys who were older than me and I began to get excited about vinyl and house music. I started listening to DJ Ralf on Italian Radio, he was a resident at Cocoricò so I started listening almost every week, and began buying American house records by producers like Masters At Work, Todd Terry and Frankie Knuckles. So it started from there, and I began playing soon after.
When did you start producing?
I was never great with computers, so I focused on becoming a good DJ. But I realised that to make myself known to the world I had to start producing and make strong tracks, so I started at home with normal VST and Cubase, then Ableton Live. The first productions were a disaster, but after a year of closing myself in the studio I made tracks that were signed by Viva Music, Cecille and Saved! When these were played by some of the world’s best DJs, I began to understand that something was changing, especially after Steve Lawler invited me to tour with him.
Why do you tend to prefer playing all night long sets so frequently?
I believe that people need time to accept something, and develop a concept. Playing all night long gives me the opportunity to share everything I like, to be eclectic and not to focus on just one beat, or anything static. Sooner or later, you will get tired! When you can diversify, you have more longevity.
In recent years your records have charted well, what’s coming next production wise?
I've spent a lot of time in the studio the last few months, I was very inspired. I have an EP coming on Sola and Crosstown Rebels, a remix on Little Festival and other things I’m about to sign with a few labels!
Can you talk about your collaboration with Our House?
I’ve always considered London one of the most incredible cities in the world, a point of reference for art, fashion and music, so of course I was interested in organising something with the most important club in the city. It was a love with Pasquale [Felace] and Andrea [Giudice] right away, we’ve been friends for many years and when they offered to help me with this party I immediately said yes. It’s an honour for us, and we’re sure it’s going to be a big party.
Leon plays Our House this Sunday 17th March. Tickets are available here.