Q&A 006 – Bottin
“I swam in this humongous cave in Yucatan last summer…”
For our sixth interview and the first of 2015 we have Venetian producer and DJ Bottin. The Disco and Italo maestro has just released the amazing ‘Punica Fides LP’ on Bearfunk which is going to be followed by a vinyl only release including 2 fresh original tracks: ‘Parodia / Progresso’. His style is perfectly described by his bio “Bottin makes music only an Italian can make… Take a youth spent against a background of old Italian Giallo soundtracks, add in late 70s Italian disco influences, a touch of free and easy west-coast vibe and a smattering of kitsch. That just about half describes Bottin.” He kindly answered our questions and drew something very nice and unique for us!
First of all, as we will be talking about ‘downstairs’, what’s the first thing that comes in to your mind when you hear that word?
We don’t really have any downstairs in Venice since it would mean digging in the water.
So to me downstairs it’s mostly memories bringing me back to some of the (literally) underground venues I’ve dj’ed at, mostly places far away from home.
Talking about music and your work, tell us about your favourite downstairs venue you’ve played / been to, whether in London or elsewhere. Why was it special?
Tabasco in Florence and Galleria 19 in Naples are hidden underneath the old city centre. Other places like that I remember are Kleine Reise in Berlin, The Nest in London and Bassment in Hong Kong where I recently played an all-night set. It’s a small place and it was very intimate to say the least. A special one was also Pasaz (I think it means “Passage”) in Tel Aviv.
During the day it’s a market with different shops and stalls while at night it turns into a dance floor by adding a few lights and a big sound system. Raw and real.
What differences would you make to your set for a basement gig compared to an outdoor / terrace / festival one? Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?
If the venue allows it (i.e. if it’s not too big and caters to open-minded audiences) it feels almost a privilege to spin quirky tracks I don’t normally have the chance to play out in more ordinary club settings.
Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?
More than the venue it’s the different crowds. Or perhaps different venues do make people (mis)behave differently.
Although some places do have a strength of their own, I remember the Mareh NYE festival in the jungle by a remote fishermen village in Brazil.
Théâtre de Verdure and Mar A Beach they use for Calvi On The Rocks are really stunning too.
Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?
La Batterie – Let There Be Drums
Za Za – Dschungel Liebe
Simple Minds – This Fear of Gods
Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you’ve ever had while below ground level?
I swam in this humongous cave in Yucatan last summer. It was just me and my guide. It’s a very large system of interconnected caves and underground rivers, very easy to get lost.
If you had a basement, what would you hide in it?
A gentleman is buried with his secrets.
And finally something that involves your creativity. Could you draw anything that comes into your mind when you think about ‘downstairs’?
There you go….