Ibiza Voice Podcast 558 :: Silvie Loto
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As hands of cards go, for an up-and-coming DJ, they rarely come any stronger than Italy’s Silvie Loto. She played her first major gig at Tenax at just 19 and has been collecting the scalps of some of the world’s most influential clubs ever since. She’s a resident for Goa in Rome, has played regularly for Marco Carola’s Music On and later Paradise, Circoloco and Unusual Suspects in Ibiza.
As a producer she’s released on labels like Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control and DJ W!ld’s Catwash Records. But her discography isn't quite as prolific as her touring schedule and after a nearly four year absence from releasing, she's intent on redressing the balance this year with a spread of new release planned.
How did you record the mix and what equipment did you use?
I don’t always record a podcast in the same way, I would say is really up to the mood or the podcast style. I can record at home, in my studio, or I often go to the club where I’m resident here in Rome so I can have more the feel of being in front of a dance floor.
In this case, I recorded it at home with my CDJs. My podcasts are usually very chill or deep, even if my sound in the club can be more hard. This is because my idea of a podcast is something that people listen to at home or in their car, so I don’t like to go too hard on it. But in this case I wanted to make it less chill, a bit more techno oriented so I could also include my new unreleased music as well.
Where do you get your music from?
I received a big amount of promos every week, but I have to admit that having music pre-release is not very important for me, so I’m not always so fast to check them. Often I have to re-buy the music I received on promo!
I buy digital music mostly from Beatport, Juno or Clone.
About records shops it depends: I like to visit shops in Berlin or wherever I travel, but there are good shops where I live in Rome. But even if I started my career playing records, I sadly don’t do it as much anymore. So I mostly buy records that I want to include in my collection, or if I really like something and I can’t miss it.
Tell us about your record collection. Do any of these records tell a story about you?
All of them! Each record I have has a special meaning to me, and it reminds me of a club, a place or when I was playing it. I’m very jealous about them. For example, I can remember almost all the records I played the first time I played at Tenax club, or some of them can remind me a special night at Goa Club. I think every DJ is attached to each record they buys: even if you maybe didn’t play it so much or it is not your favorite one, it is a part of you. My record collection reflects my journey to where I am now: I have some more housy records from my early years, and some darker stuff that I collected in the few last years.
What have you been up to this year?
This year has been a great year but also a year of change. Over the last few years, I dedicated most of my time playing around, and traveling. This year I divided my time between gigs and the studio. I worked a lot on new music, exploring my techno side. I have an upcoming release on Rhythm Culture at the end of April, and more releases to come. I’m very excited about the music side.
Regarding gigs, I had great shows, but the best part is coming soon: I will be at Sónar in Barcelona again this year with the Bpitch Control crew, in Ibiza this summer for Paradise and Circoloco. I will also be at Exit Festival in July with a full stage dedicated to Goa Club that I think will be a great experience.
Can you remembered the moment when you decided to go for it and be a DJ?
It was very natural, and it started for fun and curiosity initially. I didn’t think too much about what I was doing. I was really fascinated by the DJ’s role when I was going to clubs so I bought some used equipment, and practiced at home. Than I started playing around Florence, mostly in my hometown. The way was long before arriving in big clubs, but I didn’t care: every gig, even the smallest one, was important to me (and fun). And of course it is still now. I think this is what make the difference: when you love so much what you are doing, and you enjoy it, you don’t care as much where or how. I always appreciate every single person standing in front of me.
Your associations with Tenax, Music On and Goa have been integral to your career. How did these alliances formed?
All these clubs has been major steps for me. Tenax was the club were I grew up and learnt about electronic music. It is the place where I saw the biggest DJs perform. The first time I played there, I was 19, and it was my first big show after playing in almost all the smallest clubs of Florence.
When I moved to Rome in 2010 I had the opportunity to play for the first time at Goa Club but also to become a resident the same night. For me everything was new, the city, the crew, the scene, but I felt at home right away.
Music On was my first big show in Ibiza. Marco was starting the party that year, and his manager heard one of my sets in Rome some months before. I received a call after that. The party was a big success from the first year and it was a big opportunity for me.
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