Q&A 009 – I-Robots

“A secret place where find your time machine or your spaceship… “


Our ninth interview comes from Italy’s legendary producer and DJ Gianluca Pandullo aka I-Robots. His work is strictly connected to Detroit Techno and from Cosmic to Italo Disco and has been influenced by Funk, Disco, and African Rhythms, with these roots quite evident in his Techno and House Music oriented selections. Since 2008 his independent records label project Opilec Music is conceived with a ‘No Sound is Too Taboo’ ethos genuinely insightful music experience and a testament to his creative work. The labels has released and re-released the likes of Juan Atkins, Todd Terje Gene Hunt, Klein & M.B.O., Giorgio Moroder, Rhythm Is Rhythm, Billy Bogus, Vaghe Stelle, Orlando Voorn just to name a few, usually related to a collaboration between the artists and Gianluca. This interview comes ahead of Opilec Music’ latest release ‘I-Robots present: The Stupid Set & Snowblitz D.J. – Psychodisco (The I-Robots Edits)’ out next May and will soon be followed by a wicked set part of our ‘Records From The Basements series’. Expect a lot of Roland drums – definitely part of I-Robots musical education. Find out more about him in this little write up…

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?

diggin’ vinyls, rare vintage objects to find…

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?

First clubs i have in mind to mention are : Basement Bar and Premium Sofa Club in Hong Kong, they are real clubs (little, intimate, dusty, hot, downstairs) The magic of one of the most eclectic metropolis’ of Asia and the unique people that live in and travel to H.K. could change your life for ever…: walkin’ & diggin’ there every year is like a drug that will never let you escape…
I cannot forget the Asia Club and the Lexx Club in the center of my city Turin both close to the Porta Nuova rail station. Actually Asia Club changed to be a serious Sexy Club but before that i personally organized events and perform with artists like D.J. Mushroom (Massive Attack), James Lavelle (Mo’Wax), Kemistry & Storm( Metalheadz) and the several Clubs downstairs Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin in the front of the Po river famous area called “Murazzi” where i was a regular d.j. and A.D…. There i organized some special events and played vinyl during the years together with Coldcut, D.J. Food & Herbalizer (Ninja Tune), Bob Sinclar (1988), Felix Da Housecat, Daniele Baldelli & Alexander Robotnick, Josh Wink, Marco Carola, Gaetek, Rino Cerrone, Gak Sato, The Glimmers, Anja Schneider, Riley “Triple R” Reinhold….

What differences would you make to your set for a basement gig compared to an outdoor / terrace / festival one?

I was born to be a Club D.J. only i think… For an eclectic artist like me that only plays what I really feel, the clubs are the right place to express creativity.

Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?

Intimate and not really large venues give you the chance to perform in a special way enjoying the music together with the people without barriers because they are there really close and most of the time in the booth with you…

Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?

I cannot believe that you are asking about “three” tracks only….?! There are several styles that i love and thousands of tracks that that really fit.. I will select these tracks so from back in the days also considering what i reworked lately that are or will be officially released:
Giorgio Moroder – Utopia – Me Giorgio – Oasis 1977

Gaznevada – I.C. Love Affair – Italian Records 1983

S’Express – Funky Killer – Rhythm King Records 1988


Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you’ve ever had while below ground level?

Not considering the D.J. experiences in downstairs clubs i could remember a nice journey through the amazing old cellars (1825) of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin… you could walk downstairs through the entire building and find yourself on the other side of it… http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_Vittorio_Veneto_%28Torino%29

If you had a basement, what would you hide in it?

Could be an interesting space to place vintage stuffs like radios, hi-fi, cameras, lamps, books, toys, records, tapes, design objects….. My house is on the 4th floor but it is quite like that anyway….

And finally something that involves your creativity. Could you draw anything that comes into your mind when you think about ‘downstairs’?

A secret place where find your time machine or your spaceship…