TALE OF US
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES...

Dan Prince August 2018 MUSIC Read in PDF format N19/2018
TALE OF US IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE 2018 SEASON. TWO OF THE MOST FORWARD THINKING CURATORS OF THE UNDERGROUND BRINGING THEIR ACCLAIMED AFTERLIFE PARTY TO THE DANCEFLOORS OF HÏ IBIZA FOR 15 GLORIOUS WEEKS. IU MAG CHECKS IN WITH CARMINE AND MATTEO FOR ANOTHER WORLD EXCLUSIVE...

You met at sound engineer school in Milan but left because you thought it was boring and limiting, choosing instead to move to Berlin, each with one turntable under your arm to start a new musical adventure. What were your first impressions of each other?

Boring is not really the right word for how we felt about the course, but you’re right that we found it a bit creatively limiting. We became friends quickly after first meeting. We had a lot in common, both interests and mutual friends, which meant we naturally started hanging out, talking about music, making music and going out.

Matteo, your father is an economist and business consultant who wanted you to follow his path. How did he react to your eventual choice of career, does he like your music and does he ever come to your parties?


He is proud and supportive. Even if it is a different career path to what he did, there are similarities, attitudes and ideas that can be applied to both. When we discuss business, we have a lot to share, different perspectives on each other’s work. He likes our music and always comes when we play in Milan.

When you moved to Berlin you both decided not to ask for any more money from your families, moved into a tiny room with a single bed where one would work on the home studio whilst the other slept.  How tough was life back then.

Actually it was an amazing time! True, we didn’t have the best living situation at the time, but in the bigger picture,
we cannot call it tough. We were young, discovering Berlin and making music. We were very productive and challenged by the environment. Looking back, we have really amazing memories and it definitely is a part of what we have built as Tale Of Us.

You admitted back then that you wanted to bring something to electronic music that was often missing, feelings. Can you elaborate...

Before starting Tale Of Us, we were making more minimal, dancefloor music. Some of this kind of music is for sure emotional, but the majority is focused on the groove and being part of a set. With Tale Of Us, we wanted to write songs that make you feel something, whatever that may be. Songs that take you somewhere else. We needed to put our personality in them, our tale.

Carmine, you would spend hours on the Panorama Bar dancefloor immersing yourself in music whilst Matteo, you freely admit the clubbing side of things was second in importance to getting back in the studio. How does this reflect the two sides of your personalities?

Yes, it is a little bit reflective of our personalities, but this was also quite some time ago and we have both changed since then. It goes in phases, there are times where we are both very outgoing and social, mainly the summer. And there are other times where we both just want to have time to ourselves and work. Also when DJing or music in general is your job, then going out is also part of it and a true inspiration.

Looking back a few years before this craziness at DC-10, Space, Privilege and now Hï Ibiza, how high on your list of priorities was Ibiza and a residency?


Ibiza has always been a big part of what we do, as well as being our home for almost half of the year. It is still one of the main hubs of electronic music and a window to the world’s trends and tastes. Aside from Afterlife, we have great relationships with other parties here. Being together with a lot of our peers here is a constant inspiration, especially the tennis matches with Solomun! The incredible nature and views here are also an inspiration and make for a great place to relax between shows.

You took what some people may have thought was a risk bringing the idea of a northern European club night to the island of Ibiza with Afterlife, it was ‘darker’ than other nights. Had you seen a gap in the market?


Yes we like to think we are offering something a bit different on the island. You could call it “darker” in some respects, but that is not the only way in which we aim to stand out. For example, having the installation of Quayola in the Magic Garden at Hï brings something unique, also including artists like Helena Hauff, Jon Hopkins, Alva Noto, Aurora Halal, Kobosil and Robert Hood, who are not so often playing in Ibiza. It goes right down to details like the falling man insignia above the booth, the special lighting production and the Afterlife atmosphere.

This summer has seen you move venues again, this time to superclub Hï Ibiza. Why was this move too tempting to turn down and how much of a challenge is this now for you guys after coming from the comfort zone of Privilege?


We love a new challenge and love to push the limits of what we can do with Af- terlife. We saw huge potential in Hï. The club’s team is very professional so it has been a smooth and enjoyable process. It’s great to be back where we started and the parties so far have been amazing!

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