1. Who are you?
I am Domenico Cipriani, also known as Lucretio.
2. What do you do?
I am a dj, an electronic music producer, a live performer, a label
manager and a linguistics’ student.
3. Where do you often create/produce?
I mostly produce music at the Restoration Headquarters in Berlin,
at the Brenta Studios (in the Brenta Riviera), and in the little studio I
have in my hometown Cadoneghe (in my grandmother’s house).
Everyday of the year, usually in the working days and most of the
times in the afternoon or in the evening. Never too late at night.
5. Why do you play music?
Music makes me feel good.
6. When did you start making music?
I started djing after college (back in 2000) and I started producing in 2006.
7. Which track defines you the most?
If I have to choose one on my tracks, I would say “What we mean” on
the forthcoming “Ile de la tour” EP on my own Machines State label
or “Want” that came out last year on Warm Sounds. If I have to choose
somebody else track, I would choose 3:
8. How would you describe your own music?
My music is uptempo danceable R&B, solid and quite raw. It is
soulful Techno, somebody calls it Techno Garage. It is minimalistic
9. Any track of the moment?
Marieu – Manipulate on Hypercolour Limited
and all the Die Roh and Okee Ru – Beam Boom Bum EP on Muscle Records.
10.What influences your work?
I am deeply inspired by: Detroit Techno and Chicago House, the
glossy soulful House music made in New York in the 90’s, the Garage
sound and the early Dubstep of London, Jazz and Punk music, by what
has been done in Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh in the late 90s,
and by the Techno music they used to play in Berlin until 10 years ago.
11.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?
I have got a degree in Electronic Music Production at the School
of Audio Engineering (S.A.E.) of Barcelona in 2006. But since then I
have been always trying to improve my knowledge by myself, reading
books, articles, and operating manuals.. I have also got a MA in
Linguistics last year…
Richard Dawkins’ s “The Selfish Gene”.
14.Favorite classic movie?
15.Favorite music label?
16.Your dream collaboration?
With Horsepower Productions.
17. Are you analog or digital?
Well, I am definitively HARDWARE. Then, there is a lot of
confusion nowadays about this distinction. I use both digital and
analogue gear. I think you got the best results when you interact with
18.Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?
Now, I am really into Elektron machines, I love them, especially
the Octatrack and the Monomachine. Then, I am always using old Akai
rack samples and Mackie mixers.
I like guitar pedals, cheap ones as well as boutique effects.
I like the analogue stuff of Vermona and MFB, and now I can’t work without a machine for strings as a Korg X3R or an E-mu Vrtuoso. I also need a tape (cassette) recorder and a gritty transistor (or tube) compressor.
19.Describe your creative process?
I never spend more than 3 hours in a track. Usually I need around
90 minutes. If it doesn’t come, it doesn’t come. I do a lot of music
and then I choose the best to be cut on vinyl. I can start from a
sample, often a large sample and build things around it or. I like to
catch that 8 bars that I love in a record and to build-up a functional
rework of it. Or I can start messing around with synthesizers and
effects to get a particular sound and then use it as the main element
of my composition. I mostly do dance floor music. Because I like to
dance, not to stand still….
20.When are you the most prolific (creatively)?
I am most prolific when I am very relaxed and when I am happy or
when I am sad or nervous. I am always very prolific when I do music
with my friends.
21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)
Rubadub (Glasgow), Ultrasuoni (Rome), Discos Paradiso (Barcelona),
LeDisque (Verona), Oye and Powerpark (Berlin), Blackmarket (London).
22.What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)
I am kind of an optimist…
23.Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
Mmmmmm, could be better, could be worst. I am trying to do my best…
24.How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)
I keep myself busy with the music business, but at the same time I
have also a lot of free time…and time for the family.
25. Any secret skills?
It wouldn’t be a secret anymore …
26. Any future plans?
My forthcoming EP “Ile de la tour” will be out on Machines State
in September. Then, we have a couple of Analogue Cops’ remixes and an EP
coming out during the winter, two Parassella’s EP, a new Bratha with a
special surprise and a new Appointment before the end of the year.
Then, there will be a new Third Side on Restoration in October and I am
sure in the next year we will have a little tour with Steffi as Third
27.What’s your life motto?
“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate”.
28. Any “mot de la fin”?
Let there be peace.