Pls.Uk – FLmm & Time Traveler
What excites you the most in what you do?
TT: The most exciting part of the music creation is when you can listen to your track on a huge sound system and see a big crowd lose itself and dance to it.
FL: I think the most exciting part is the connection with other people that you create and feeling full participation in contributing to the scene in some way. It is also exciting to meet someone from the other side of the world just because you have the same taste in music and maybe you even end up creating something together.
What have you learned from one another?
TT: FLMM has a really different studio approach, he is meticulous and takes his time to work on every single detail, whereas I am more impetuous and rough so through working with him I am learning to focus on sound design details – that’s very cool and we have a good balance in our collaboration.
FL: Yeah, as TT said – I’m stupidly meticulous. I could spend a 12h session just working on reverb, and a kick could take up to a week. From working with him I’ve learned a lot in terms of writing down an idea, not to lose my mind in the same loop, also TT is really the creative one and his knowledge in producing electronic music is immense.
Do you think we’ve been loving cultural works partly because of the artist’s personality? How do you think the emphasis will develop in the future?
TT: My genuine and probably an opinion that is too sharp regarding this topic is that we are losing interest in seeking quality. We are too dazzled by the personality and public image of an artist, and sometimes a shiny personality does not match with the work’s quality. But everyone knows I am a grouchy guy!
FL: I think it depends on the approach that all of us have in regards to this music scene. If you’re in the music environment or if you’re a DJ, promoter, or just a music collector, then you will always be blinded by the quality of music rather than the image the artist is presenting. I think the best thing is to focus on your own project and not care about what other people do.
What is the most challenging thing in your work and how do you try to overcome such challenges?
TT: My challenge is giving my music a distinctive watermark, not compromising it even when evolving during the years and staying contemporary within my sound.
FL: It’s a continuous challenge for me, I always try to improve my production techniques and be able to reach the quality of sound that I want.
What’s the wisest thing you’ve ever heard?
TT: Once one of the masters and a friend Gaetano Parisio heard my disconsolate thoughts on how the scene was changing told me that the quality and passion for techno lasts forever and won’t fade away.
FL: “Be what you wanna be”. I definitely did that.
How different was your life one year ago and what are some of the highlights?
TT: I recently decided to come back to having a full-time job as an architect, so nowadays I have less time to write music. Yet when I sit in a studio – it’s like a river in a flood. This year I became one of the PLS.UK owners and joined FLMM so it’s very exciting to have a new baby to care about hand in hand with a very good friend!
FL: Having a full-time job, running the label and at the same time trying to write down some music was driving me crazy!! But since a year now I’ve got TT to be a part of PLS.UK and he’s been helping me a lot. I would say I’m less stressed now haha.
Why do you think music is such a vital element to (y)our existence?
TT: I’ve never been able to communicate in ordinary ways so I always tried to express myself through music or art – a life without music to me would be a silent life.
FL: It’s my way to release stress out my body, a way to express myself. Ever since I’ve had music in my life I never felt alone.
Why do you think there is an urge to associate techno with darkness? Did it become a stereotype?
TT: It’s definitely some industry bullshit and a very poor common stereotype.
FL: People really think that?
How did you get involved with music and how did your initial journeys start?
TT: I started studying guitar when I was 6 and this has been going ever since.
FL: I remember when I was 16 in my bedroom playing with my techniques for hours and hours, then one day a best friend of mine Stefano asked me if I want to play at a party and since then I haven’t stopped.
What is your biggest fear at this moment?
TT: The future and the vagueness of where the music industry’s focus is headed. I do not really feel the same intensity when I initially approached it.
FL: My biggest fear is that music will lose quality and soul sooner or later. Nowadays everything is starting to sound the same.
What’s the most unexpected or bizarre thing about running Pls.Uk?
TT/FL: When we started working together it was like a bet, we never knew how exactly this collaboration was supposed to go. Apparently we really get along and the new direction we decided to take for pls.uk is going more than great!
What are you currently up to and what ‘s coming up for you?
TT: There is a new exciting track that I am writing with FLMM and my debut EP “T- RAVE – LER” is coming up. The name can suggest its vibe. That’s scheduled via the label later on in 2020 and it has been already played and supported by lot of friends DJs.
FL: I’m working on my EP called “Disco-phobia” that I’ve planned to release later in 2020, plus there are a lot more interesting releases planned with my man TT. I’m also working on a vinyl box that will include 18 artists.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
TT: What’s the biggest music’s industry lie? I will answer that when someone will ask me.