Thanks to the magic of the Internet Electro WOW met up with DJ Leonardo GloVibes some days ago and it was amazing! We talked about his personal and artistic life. If you want to discover more about this talented House DJ, then you must read this exclusive interview.
1 – Where did the name GloVibes come from?
When coming up with the name GloVibes — I wanted to describe a sound that I like either to produce or play in my DJ sets. I don’t like being attached to 1 specific genre. I like many kinds of dance music — so what came to my mind was: Global Vibes = GloVibes.
2 – What inspired you to become a DJ?
Not sure I have a direct answer for this I was very young when I started to scratch on my family’s home turntables – after seeing that in the rap videos of the late 80s. Since then – I couldn’t stop.
3 – Did you take lessons of music production?
I am pretty much self taught. I started using some analog sampler machines in the 90’s then I had to learn music software production after the revolutionary transitions from analog to digital machines in radio.
4 –Did you used to work at a radio station in Italy at the age of 14? Tell us your most memorable moment during those times…
For me it was something magical. I use to spend days (and nights) listening to my favorite radio shows and DJs. Recording them and listening to them again and again. When I was 14 I started in a small radio station at my school with 2 friends. It was like a game for us. But at 16 I had been offered to work part time for a local radio and there it was true love. I had learned what it means to sacrifice yourself for your passion. Being a new comer, I had to work on holidays, nights, weekends, but I loved that! It helped me to learn a lot about the radio business. Then at 18, I was hired by#1 national radio station in Italy —Kiss Kiss.
5 – What is the purpose of House music in your opinion?
I’d like to answer to this with few quotes from a track from 1987 by Chuck Roberts, called “My House”.
– House Music is a universal language spoken and understood by all.
– House is an uncontrollable desire to Jack your body.
– You may be black, you may be white, you may be Jew or Gentile….It don’t make a difference in our House. And this is fresh!”
6 – Why did you decide to live in Los Angeles?
I came to California on holiday while I was living in London – where I still go there often for gigs. I had some good friends in LA and it has a cool vibe, so it was kinda love at first sight. Plus I love cinema and the movie industry so there is no better place in the world to feel that vibe. You never know, maybe one day you will hear my music in some blockbuster…
7 – What happens on a normal day in the life of GloVibes?
Just a regular life nothing crazy. I try to wake up early in the morning and catch up with my european connections while dealing with my 2 labels, Bonanza Records and Young & Vicious. I listen to promos, scout new artists and try to sign others. Then a little gym break. I always try to connect with friends and family which are very important to me. Then back in studio to either working on some new tracks or remixes. After a long day I enjoy staying home cooking and relaxing. But I also love to see friends and have some good food and wine out. And of course when I have a gig – things are a bit different.
8 – Why do you choose to collaborate with Luciana on your latest club hit “One By One”?
We know each other for long time now. I used to play many of her tracks – so when we became good friends here in LA I was like “oh that’s cool 🙂 ” We had been trying to work on some other stuff but when I heard the vocals for One by One – I said this is the one and now here we are!
9 – Any new projects you are currently working on?
Yes and many. I’m currently launching a new project called “Handzoff “ – which with my sound will be more specific. A bit more sophisticated while still respecting the “GLoVibes“ philosophy. Then a few collaborations with some of my best friends and mentors Severino and Nico De Ceglia – Stay tuned and you will see soon!
10 – Any advice to all future musicians and producers?
I don’t think being a dj/producer is an easy lifestyle for the stars. You can be a star – but first you have to feel what you do and you never stop practicing your craft.. Always explore new sounds and be original. Feel inspired by others – but never imitate! Above all — leave the clowns do their job — you are DJ!