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Today for this week’s MusicInTheAir in Villahangar, it’s the turn of an Italian duo, made up of two artists: Eys Sye & Rämin, DJ and Producer who got to Milan to share the passion for Organic Downtempo Music. Resident djs at The Sanctuary, the new super cool destination of the Milanese nightlife, with their deep sounds with melodic bass lines and constant voices, influenced by traditional Arab, South American and African music.
Rämin was born in Monza and Eys Sye in Pietrasanta, a small city in Tuscany. They both are currently based in Milan. They tell: “We always try to be not too tied to a specific genre or style. We listen to a lot of music, various genres and they all influence us. In short, we like to experiment, an important thing for progress. It’s not the genre that influences us, but the details of the music. For example the roughness of popular songs, a deep voice that wraps you up, the human touch of the percussion, the emotion that a certain sound conveys to us”.
Eys Sye (Gabriele) explains: “Music has always been an important element of my life. At 9 I started playing drums, at 12 they couldn’t take my compact disk off of me (Fear of the dark by Iron Maiden, I consumed it.) Then came the age of Festivals, the famous ones, the underground ones and those lost in the midst of nature. I’ve done it all. It was never about a genre. This varied background allowed me to appreciate a wide range of types of music and now gives me the tools to range across different musical worlds during our sets”.
Rämin (Fabio), adds: “It’s all started a while ago at a GOB festival, during an in-depth two-hour set of Acid Pauli. Since then I started doing this, trying to convey the same emotions that he made me feel. I started slowly, studying music and playing here and there in small clubs, making my way one step at the time”.
When they take off their DJ headphones, they listen to electronic, trap, rap, techno and jazz music before a concert. Their reference artists / DJs / producers are many: names like Who Made Who, Acid Pauli, Keinemusik, Rampue.
Speaking of releases, they have worked with Record Union (WATP), Tibetania Records and Ohxalá Records. The latest release was in fact “Azalai” with Tibetania Records.
The current release, on which they are working, is very special for them: a remix of a pop track with an important Italian label, should be out soon. For the future they have some projects: they are planning their second EP for next year.
What can you tell us about your release with Tibetania Records? How was your experience?
We have collaborated several times with the guys of Tibetania Records, the positive thing about this label is that it can lean on a good network both as regards the premieres and the artists who remix your song. Azalai is the result of a collaboration nights after nights in OTB studio with Purple Tape. The song has been remixed several times and released with international premieres such as Kosà Rec, Toulouse Rec and Spiritual Nomads.
What can you tell us about your release with Ohxalá Records? When was the project born? And how was your experience with this label?
It is literally a Festa Nel Deserto, where sound has no boundaries.
Our new EP released with Ohxala Records was born during the lockdown and developed around this concept. It was a lot of fun and challenging to work with, we collaborated with great artists like Purple Tape with his flute in Festa Nel Deserto and Juliet’s beautiful voice in Sufi. Some sounds, such as ambient sounds, were recorded during our travels, with a little experimentation: there is the noise of a necklace to recreate the snare and a windmill to make a kick. Luis the founder of OR is a great person and artist and he was a precious help in the realization of the mix and mastering.
What can you tell us about your residence at The Sanctuary Milan, new super cool destination of the Milanese nightlife?
For us it is an excellent opportunity to make ourselves known. We had the opportunity to open gigs to great artists such as Acid Pauli, Red Axes, Glauco di Mambro etc.
What are your plans for the present and the immediate future?
We have a lot of open projects. One of them is some weeks in the mountain of Calabria to work on our next EP.
Do you have dj sets or Festivals planned at the moment for the present and the future?
We are planning some gigs outside of Italy. Tulum, Fuerteventura, Barcelona. It is all a work in progress for now.
What do you think about the milanese electronic music scene? What do you think are the differences with Europe and with the rest of the world?
Okay, tough question. Unlike other places in the world, Milan and Italy make it a little harder to adapt to new genres and styles but in Milan the culture of electronic is strong and for this we believe that over time we could reach the rest of the world. Many venues invite artists that we never, ever dreamed of hearing here. We are on the right track.
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