The attentive listener can sense Luca Bacchetti's zeal, love for life, and utter worldliness through his songs. They're always epic in length and progression. Rarely shorter than seven minutes and regularly longer than ten, each track takes listeners on a calculated but often unpredictable musical journey that tends to manifest sound into physical form. Where many other electronic artists shoot for celestial, Bacchetti's compositions are tangible and grounded. His recent release — the 11-and-a-half-minute "Amazon" — is an aptly named river of sound with sudden whirlpools, currents, and rivulets of synth.
New Times spoke to the tour guide himself as he prepared for his set at Heart Nightclub in Miami. He gave some travel advice, diet tips, and even some insight into life.
New Times: Outside of music, what inspires you?
Luca Bacchetti: Art, such as design, architecture, the possibility to create new spaces with new methods. Travel also gives me a real buzz. I wish I could dedicate more time to it.
How does your label, Endless, celebrate life through music and travel?
Endless is a kind of vision we share at the label. Sometimes a fan finds a neat photo and says, "Luca, this is Endless!" or someone will bring a song to my attention and say, "This has the Endless sound!"
In actual fact, Endless doesn't have one sound; it has many. Endless is not so much a label and a party — it's is a state of mind, which is being shared more and more and which I can't explain beyond a certain point; otherwise, I empty it of its meaning.
Does the endlessness of life — the fact that you can never experience everything — make you anxious?
Not at all. I was trying to find a name that could represent the dimension we are living in and was thinking that if one had the possibility one day to travel continuously, there still wouldn't be enough time in one life to see all that the world has to offer. It's the same with listening to music.
What is the longest set you've ever played?
Five or six hours. I hate marathon and back-to-back DJ sets! Often they are just hype and small-change marketing. Music is not a sporting competition; it's a language!
As an avid traveler, do you have any travel tips?
Eat a light meal before long flights and drink a lot of water — this helps with the jet lag. Wear earplugs to relax during the flight and in the airport waiting!
Have you ever cried while watching a movie on the plane?
I have cried on a plane, but not because of the film. Often when flying, I drop into a deep dimension, maybe because we are suspended in a no man's land. There are emotions that crystallize when we are alone with ourselves.
What's your one special destination?
When I'm in Barcelona and have a weekend off, I go to Cadaqués, a magical place about two hours' drive away. It's a fishing village where Salvador Dalí lived. Something special happened there, and it's still going on!
How do you feel about airplane food?
I'm Italian, so for me, it is a big problem!
What do you cook then?
I’m not a particularly good cook, even though I come from a place like Tuscany. I’m too lazy in the kitchen! I do try to eat healthily though. The diet I now follow has made a real difference to how I do things – I have more energy and I’m more creative. I couldn’t give you any
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What’s part of this diet that gives you energy?
Nuts, I eat nuts! And dried fruit. I know it may seem funny, but it makes a real difference. Forget all that other shit.
When you’ve spent that energy on a six-hour set, how do you recover?
I drink a lot of water and try to remember that I have the best job in the world!