5 minutes with…Enzo Siragusa
/// How would you compare the crowds in the North and South of the UK? Is there anything that the two can learn from each other?
I don’t think there’s too much difference to be honest. London has its own crowd and its own ‘thing’ going on, it’s more of a scene. Outside of London, people tend to be a bit more open, and actually, I quite enjoy playing outside of London because of this. The crowd can be more up-for-it and aren’t necessarily thinking too heavily about the music.
/// Can you remember the first time you played outside of London? Is there anything that particularly stood out about that?
It’s difficult to say because I’m from outside of London anyway, and I used to DJ in clubs all over the place. More recently though I love playing up North. You get a good open party vibe –people just want to go out and have a really good time. It’s not necessarily that someone’s specifically into my sound -they’ll be open to listening to techno as equally as they are listening to house or drum n bass.
I think maybe in London the crowds more sound and scene specific.
/// You’re playing the first Shindig event of 2017 at the beginning of March alongside Loco Dice, Francisco Allendes and Ki Creighton. Can you give us a current stand out track in your sets which the Newcastle crowd can expect here?
One of the stand-out tracks in my sets that I am definitely caning at the moment is probably mine and Archie Hamilton’s new track called ‘Ricochet’. That’s definitely gonna get dropped!
/// The last time you played Shindig was back in 2013. Can you tell us about any memorable anecdotes from your time spent in Newcastle?
Yeah I remember playing before Loco Dice and people walking straight into the club and straight onto the dancefloor, they started raving instantly, there was no warm up really. People were massively up for the party that night, and it was a great one.
/// You’ve recently played an all-day long 10 hour set at FUSE’s spiritual home of Village Underground. How do you prepare compared to say a 1-2 hour set?
It’s very different when preparing for such a long set. I listened to about 5000 records in the build up to that set (of which I’m selling a lot). I listened to mainly my record collection – because I wanted it to be an experience for the people coming to listen to me, spanning the 20+ years that I’ve been buying records. In terms of what I played, I went right across the board,
I think that when you’re playing 2-3 hours, you’re more so looking at the energy of a room rather than going deep into exploring the journey. Shorter sets you are balancing between mood and energy. 2-3 hours – you’re more so looking for the right tracks to smash it!
/// At the end of the 10-hour set, what was the last track you dropped?
I dropped ‘Adam F – Circles’, a classic old jungle track.
Last November, you aired a BBC 1 Essential Mix. What did the Essential Mix mean to you when you first started listening to electronic music? Are there any Essential Mix’s that you still play today?
It meant everything to me. That’s where I went to listen to music so it was a massive deal for me to do the essential mix, because I’ve grown up here in the UK. I’m a raver first and foremost, so I’d go out and I’d be listening to that music. I used to record them on tape and play them in my car on my way to raves. So, it was definitely a milestone to be able to do that mix.
/// Can you define the sound that you’re looking for when you release music on FUSE?
It’s very difficult to describe it, but for me it’s music that has a time and place on the dance floor. The guys and myself (Seb, Rich, Rosko, Archie), we mainly look for tracks that we would want to play in a DJ set – be it in a warm up, peak time or in an after party. Ideally, each release has one track that you can play in any of those occasions. It’s music for DJs.
/// This week you announced that infuse will curate a series of daytime events at 93 Feet East London. It’s the first time that FUSE will have returned to the venue since 2013. Can you tell us about the venue and the concept behind the events?
We’ve obviously got very strong ties with 93 Feet East London. We did a weekly party there for 4 years. So, after speaking with the venue we just felt the time was right to do something else. We’ve got two record labels and Fuse, and Infuse. Infuse has become more of a platform for newer, under the radar artists.
Seb is a great DJ and a great A&R for and the label, and this will be his series. We know what that venue can do, so it just felt right to do a couple of events. There is an element of nostalgia there – but it’s an opportunity for some of the new artists to be showcased and do their thing. It was great platform for myself back in the day, so it’ll be a great platform for other artists. A pretty simple concept really!
/// Do you think that the venue itself can play a significant part in the future of London nightlife?
It’s difficult to say because it’s licensed until 1am. It’s not a nightclub essentially, it’s a bar –I think it’s got a place in the make-up of London’s music culture, but in terms of club culture and nightlife, it’s a different thing because it’s not going to be doing nighttime events.
/// Name an artist, past or present that you would like to collaborate with and why?
I would love to collaborate with someone like ‘Peshay’ – a drum n bass artist – because I loved his music back in my early raving days. I’d love to work in a studio with him and see how he was operating in the studio back then with all that music that I really loved.
/// What’s next for Enzo and FUSE throughout 2017?
More of the same. More good quality raves with FUSE, and for me personally; I just want to play on great sound systems and keep enjoying what I’m doing. If it’s anything like last year, then great!
Enzo Siragusa plays SHINW34/042 Saturday 4th March at Warehouse34 /// SOLD OUT.