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Interview with Nico Lupo

March 12, 2010

ftittaimu catches up with up and coming underground London DJ, journalist, promoter and all-round music aficionado Nico Lupo, whilst on holiday in Africa……

F: What track/album/night made you want to decide to be a DJ?

N: No specific track or night, it was more that I wanted to be involved

and admired the rave scene from about 10 to 11 years old. So I bought

decks from my slave labour ₤10 a day Saturday job in Brixton and it

went from there.

F: Do you find it hard to stay behind the decks when djing and not join

in with the crowd?

N: Yeah, sometimes when the vibe is next level it just feels natural to

rave away. I suppose there’s always a risk that if you get involved

in dancefloor aerobics the open decks might be hijacked by pirates.

F: Who is the most inspirational DJ for you?

N: DJ EZ. Back in the day his cutting, chopping and blending of 2step

off key and 4×4 beats was phenomenal. I can’t forget Erick Morillo as


F: Do you think dance music will follow DJ’s, not places or scenes?

N: It’s all part of the music wheel really. Following a DJ can be a

positive thing. You can hear tracks that don’t fit into the style

you’re into as DJ’s and producers can have such a rich and random

musical background. Skream’s a perfect example. His sets can

incorporate his deeper beats, his rave style productions, odd disco

and different artists like The XX.

F: Websites like Hype Machine allow new remixes to be posted and instantly

shared. How do you keep ahead of the game and play stuff no-one else

is hearing?

N: Usually I tend to lurk in the dark depths of DJ boxes up and down the

country and pocket CD’s and vinyl while their backs are turned, before

they get a chance to play them.

F: Will dubstep cross over into pop in 2010 like the way Pendulum crossed

over with D&B? Take That by Wiley certainly shows it could happen…

N: There’s always a possibility. I do think there are varying levels it

could occur in correlation with positivity. Obviously Skream’s remix

of La Roux opened the masses eyes to the dubstep sound. As long as the

sound doesn’t dilute and the roots are never forgotten then that’s

cool. People will always try and jump on movements that are in thing.

If Robbie Williams croons over Rusko’s ‘Jehovah’ and every 8 year old

and piddly pop lover exclaims ‘I Love Dubstep’ then that’s straight up

too far. Whatever occurs my deepest respect will always be with the

original dubstep scene.

F: What do you think of the Miami scene that seems to be taking over

dance music recently?

N: All I know is that it’s always exciting when hubs of creativity

emerge. Miami for a while now has been the meeting place for the house

and techno scene pre Ibiza for WMC to break the tracks of the Ibiza


F: Africa tends to be influencing many genres of music at the moment, do

you think the next port of call is Asian beats, or even Arctic ones (sarcastic wink)?

N: I think we’re at a time musically where it’s all about fusion music,

which is straight up positive. I guess it’s been going since the days

of traditional African music combining with blues of the Mississippi

Delta and rap and R&B vocals in acid house. I hope the next 10 years of underground music is as exciting as the last 10.

F: Ten years ago world music was not cool; do you think this has changed now?

N: Obviously I wasn’t that cool then! Gilles Peterson, Bobby Friction,

Nihal and the army of producers who reference world music in their

tracks have definitely now highlighted the ‘coolness’ to the masses.

F: Any music you would not feel happy about throwing into the mix?

N: If it has a captivating element to it and can be slowed or sped up and

sound in context in the mix I wouldn’t count it out. Quality music is

what it is, regardless of genre. On second thoughts I would probably

avoid Screamo-Gabba.

F: Diplo, Erol Alkan, Kissy Sell Out are DJs and brands. Are we about to

witness a rebirth of the superstar DJ?

N: All three have been instrumental in their respective scenes by pushing

decent underground music. As they’re big in the game they bring their

underground music to people who wouldn’t usually search it out and may

not usually hear it. So it sparks interest and spreads quality music.

Maxi Jazz from Faithless said ‘God is a DJ,’ so are the Superstar DJs

his prophets?

F: Tell us about GrooveTherapyPresents…?

N: Well GTP… is J.Ioannou’s and my vision of music, nights and a lot of

tomfoolery. We’ve put our Wanna Be VIP night on in a few places like

London, Birmingham, Cyprus and others. At the moment John’s living in

Barcelona so we might do some stuff over there for Sonar this year.

Check out the GrooveTherapyPresents MySpace-

F: What is your approach to productions? Will we see any Lupo remixes in

the future?

N: Pushing myself out of my comfort zone production wise and making what

I feel. I love varying drum patterns and percussion without

considering what genre it fits. I’m in Africa at the moment with my

digital recorder so it’s cool picking up random samples and animal

noises. I look forward to incorporating them into future tracks so

keep your ears peeled. I’ve got a remix of heavy producer, Murfy aka Devious N4ture in the pipeline and pushing the release of ‘Fidget Pigeon’ later this year. I’d like to work with a few bands as well, so I’m open to remix requests.

Nico Lupo’s Top 5 ‘Off the Head’ Chart:

CeCe Rogers- Someday

Kingdom- You

Chromeo- Night by Night (Skream mix)

Ferrer & Sydenham- Sandcastles

The XX- Night Time

Lupo’s MySpace-


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