Label bosses, DJs, producers and line up curators. Supernova have pretty much covered everything in their field.
The Lapsus Music head honchos take some time out of their busy schedule to sit down and have a chat with us. Telling us more about their association with Phi Beach Club and some of the huge names they have booked and why.
“that place is magic and deserves the best music possible.”
How are you, what’s good, what’s bad right now?
We are very good thanks. Traveling a lot this summer with successful gigs in Berlin, Tenerife, Hungary, Tuscany and Sardinia among others but sometime missing our studio time…Can’t wait to sit in the studio again soon to make some new music.
What is clubbing in Sardinia like? Talk us through the sounds, clubs and DJs who make it good.Well Sardinia is having a new birth clubbing wise in the last few years. Many of the clubs that until 2/3 years ago were only doing commercial music have now turned their programming into something more solid with a lot of big events and top guest DJs. Just in the north area of the island, this summer we had artists like Loco Dice, Fatboy Slim, Dixon, Luciano, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz and events like Elrow and Rumors just to name a few, while in the South the likes of Sven Vath and Ilario Alicante between others. Clubs like Phi Beach, Country, Ritual, Ambra Night, Ovest Club, Sottovento or Just Cavalli and organizations like Nightsounds are bringing great artists in a short amount of time. We can definitly say that Sardinia is offering a lot to clubbers nowadays.
How did you get involved with Phi Beach Club, and when?
We have personally known the owner Mr Luciano Guidi for a long time and have always played two or three gigs each summer at Phi Beach since 6 or 7 years ago. From last year Luciano decided to start booking international top guests DJs for some of his nights and asked us to help him on the artistic programming and booking. Thanks to our personal contacts in the underground clubbing scene last year we brought the Diynamic Showcase with Solomun, Adriatique and Johannes Brecht as well as Dennis Ferrer, Guy Gerber, Lauren Lane and Bill Patrick with Rumors, Skin and Claudi Coccoluto.
What role have you taken in helping them to curate the new series?
Luciano is passionate for electronic music who has a very good taste and had some names in mind. Last year was a great season and he was very happy, so we thought that this summer we could propose and bring him many more artists. We started working together on the programming and we offered him a cool list of possible artists that we thought could fit the location and crowd.
What was your aim with this project, what have you tried to create and why? Who is it for?
We wanted to bring to this magic place that is Phi Beach’ and his crowd (that is not the typical underground club crowd) some quality underground house and techno alongside good shows. Luciano Guidi is a really open-mind owner with a good taste for music and liked a lot our suggestions. At the same time we felt that these artists would have brought to the club people that haven’t been there yet. That said, the idea we always have in mind is: that place is magic and deserves the best music possible.
What makes the venue great, talk us through it for anyone who hasn’t been?
Well we think that Phi Beach is probably one of the best summer spots in Italy and maybe in the world too. People come from all over, in North Sardinia they always come to see the place even if it’s just for a drink at sunset. The rocks that fall into a wonderful sea, an incredible sunset, a top class service and drinks, beautiful people, a great sound system with top international artists and quality underground music make this place a “must go” for sure.
Who have you booked and why? What made you want to see or hear those people play, what made them right?
For this summer we have booked the following:
Elrow because we have worked with them since the beginning of their story and it is now one of the best parties around. It has been an amazing party at Phi Beach with a very special energy. We played as guest DJs along side our friends De La Swing, Mario Biani and George Privatti.
Loco Dice, Dixon, Carl Craig : they are three top names of the underground house and techno scene and it’s an honour to have them at Phi Beach.
Rumors and Guy Gerber : We did them last year and was a very good party so Luciano wanted them back again.
Fatboy Slim: he is an icon of the electronic music scene and we are big fans of his classic productions. His name was on of the first ones that Luciano (the owner) wanted to book.
Luna City Express: They are members of the Lapsus Music family and great artists and friends. Luciano liked a lot of their productions we used for the Phi Beach Vol. 4 compilation and was more then happy to welcome them in his club.
Leon, Pirupa and Nice7: We have organised a special event on September 9th were we will all play together with our friends Leon, Pirupa and Nice7 in a special back to back with 12 hands 🙂 the booth will be crowded that day!
Claudio Coccoluto: He is a good friend, great DJ and big classic name of the house and techno in Italy. He couldn’t miss out on the Phi Beach line up this year again.
You will play there yourself too – what sort of sounds should people expect? Will you play differently there than in other clubs?
Yes of course! First of all we are DJs and producers so to spin it’s our first job 🙂 We will defo keep our usual style even if maybe skipping the darker tracks. The crowd is now ready for the good house and techno but it’s better to always keep the vibe up. We have played the opening party on May 27th, a Lapsus Music Showcase with Luna City Express on July 22nd, August 3rd with Rumors, August 10th with Elrow , August 15th a 3 hour set and August 20th with Fatboy Slim. Also we will do the closing with Leon, Nice7 and Pirupa September 9th.
There is a VIP aspect to the club right? How do you feel about that? is there space for that in the underground scene?
Yes the club also has a very vip crowd with bottle service and a lot of nice women, but when there is a special guest, most of them come for the event and they know what to expect musically. The vip crowd now in Sardinia is following the underground music. It looks like they now feel that’s the right sound to follow… Playing for them is still not like playing for a really underground crowd, but we really enjoyed our sets lately at Phi Beach. Places like Ushuaia or Blue Marlin in Ibiza have open the doors to this kind of of public.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
Production wise we have just released our Lapsus Music Ibiza 2017 compilation including a new original from us plus many other good tracks, while in October we will release a remix on Toolroom Records and another on on 8Bit. As soon as we are back from summer touring we will get into the studio to produce new originals! We have also set up some Lapsus Music Showcases around the world. August 26th the Lapsus family will be at Tartana (Follonica IT), September 21th Lapsus Music will take control of the “W” pool in Las Vegas with the guys from Techno Taco Tuesday, while from February 3rd to 14th Lapsus will be at 5 Senses festival in Koh Phangan with Supernova, Luna City Express, De La Swing, Tapesh and Agent!
Here are the following dates for the remained of the Phi Beach Summer Season TICKETS
26/08 – Loco Dice / Supernova
16/09 – Claudio Coccoluto