LessThan3: What does it feel like to be one of the most in-demand techno artists of our time?
Joseph: I have to say: now is really the time that I feel something big is happening. I’ve worked hard for a long time, but this past summer it’s truly paid off–23 gigs all together.
LessThan3: With your constant international touring and consistent efforts in the studio, do you feel the job becomes a bit exhausting at times?
Joseph: Touring is very exhausting for the body, because you don’t sleep too much when on the road. There are no private jets for me; I am not a rockstar will all the comforts. For me, the music make me forget everything. The passion is my personal principle. I don’t care about money, I care about doing what I like–making people happy through music. That’s something that nobody can pay you.
LessThan3: You held a weekly partnership with Marco Carola at Amnesia Ibiza this summer, playing eight different parties in total. How did those gigs go for you?
Joseph: Music On has been the best party in Ibiza this year, and not just because I was playing there. After Marco called me last year and invited me to become a part of the team, I was pretty surprised. It was the first time someone invited me to Ibiza, and even though I play harder techno, it worked out very nicely. The first time I played Amnesia, I headlined the main room. Since the terrace is usually more popular, it’s hard to fill that room–yet every time I was there, the main room got packed.
LessThan3: How did your relationship with Marco originally develop?
Joseph: Marco invited DJs that mixed good music rather than selecting guests based on fame or hype. I have lot of respect for him as a DJ, but also as a businessman, and how he feels about the music. We’ve both acknowledged one another for many years [as Italian producers], but we just recently became acquainted two years back for the Music On campaign.
LessThan3: Since you’ve traveled all throughout the world and played some of the most grandiose nightclubs and festivals, have you noticed a different vibe among your American fans and European fans?
Joseph: In Europe there are way more parties in general than in the US that are electronic music-oriented. But I really love the crowd in the US, because they come exclusively for the music, and they are not so exaggeratedly crazy. I don’t see too many overall differences though; music makes us unite together, and if you feel the groove and feel the track, you just move your body. Maybe in Italy it’s much more of a stadium crowd, but it’s just different with respect to the culture. When we’re dancing, we’re all the same.
LessThan3: In regards your new album, Self Portrait, from where did you draw most of your influences?
I would always produce the tracks depending on the mood I was feeling; if I wake up one morning feeling sad, I want people to listen to these tracks and feel something. For example, the title track of the album–if you listen to it, it speaks. I am a deep guy with very emotional and romantic vibes. Fratello
is a track that I made while inspired by happiness, especially happiness from the crowds and the dancefloor. Every track means something special to me. I produce for myself and not the album sales. The album overall describes all of my musical influences.
LessThan3: Approximately how long did it take to complete the release?
Joseph: I created my album in one year, and during that period I had much more time to create a true musical journey. When I did the album, I didn’t want to make a few tracks that would all sound the same.
LessThan3: How did you devise the album title? Is it symbolic of your legacy in some respects?
Joseph: As I said before, Self Portrait really describes my musical influences from the last ten years. I did announce it back in February, and it was supposed to be released in May, but we had to delay it due to some issues with the tracklist. I am a perfectionist, so I wanted to make sure the tracks were top quality. I personally delayed the release, but now it’s finally ready to share with the world. It’s my second full-length, and it’s the perfect moment to release it. Now I’m traveling a lot, and I get a lot of respect from spreading the music across the world.
LessThan3: Since the tracks Awake and Fratello were already released in an EP on Drumcode, which track will you designate as the follow-up single from the full-length release?
Joseph: Well, I don’t think I’ll have any more singles. The full album presents its own integrity. If I do decide on a new single, I will choose either Basic Elements or Partenopeo.
LessThan3: Can you list some of the various pieces of equipment you use when producing?
Joseph: I have a lot of different digital equipment: I use a Juno-9 as a synthesizer, Maschine for beats, and a Virus-T for phasers. But for the most part, I use hardware for mastering. I do pre-mastering by myself, and the label does final mastering. I do all the mixing down myself; I have universal Audi hardware that I use for these tasks.
LessThan3: On your current worldwide tour, you only visited one North American city: New York. Is the city a special place for you as an artist?
Joseph: For me, New York is the most important city after Napoli, because it’s my hometown. I’ve been following New York’s sounds since the beginning. I was 11 when I began to play records, and the first tracks I played were by Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega, and Francois K. I draw many influences from the city and its people. Now that I’m here playing my own music and receiving support from my heroes, it’s a truly amazing experience. Danny Tenaglia gave me a surprise warm-up at Output back in May; it was a dream come true. I want to give back the love to the city of New York, because it gave me a great opportunity.