04/11/2014
Introducing Alli Borem

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Introducing Alli Borem to the Turbo family ahead of his upcoming release titled “Continuum Gate” dropping November 17th. Read the interview we conducted with the Italian tech-house don and scroll down to listen to the mix he did for us.
1. What was your first passion, producing or DJ’ing? I read you got into this music at the age of six, how were you introduced to it at such a young age?
I started out as a DJ. I do not have a precise recollection of where and how I started, but i definitely was influenced by local radios that made me close to that sound. Then through independent research, I discovered the figure of the DJ and I immediately tried to figure out what it was, how it worked and how I could do it by myself. My father, having a special feeling with the technology, bought one of the first compact disc reader from Sony, was round and silver with all plastic buttons that kept breaking and with an old turntable, that I have destroyed at least thirty times, I dreamed to be on the other side of my radio, behind don’t know what kind of strange machines, submerged by vinyls and with so many ears turned towards my music … in short, a real dJ! I clearly remember a scene where me and my father were in the car: he always tended to listen to “soft” music in the early morning, and this was absolutely boring to me, so he made a tour of the radio and he stopped on one in particular where they were playing “Don’t Stop The Rock ” an old record by Chemical Brother extracted from the ’97 ‘album “Dig Your Own Hole”, which is currently one of my favorite albums of the English duo. My reaction was exceedingly clear to understand that it was exactly what I wanted to do.3. Your productions cover a range of the house & techno spectrum, what would you say is the Alli Borem trademark style that carries throughout all your work?

I love music, all the music, without distinctions. There is a common thread in my jobs, just the passion for finding what I feel “mine”. To be too much attached to a sound,  I find it “constraining”, there is no possibility to expand, to grow, and growth comes from experimentation, often through the mistakes that an artist can do in the studio or live. In my opinion, music is an ethereal means, by which people try to get in touch with their soul. Discs are small parts of it; during the mix, they find their proper place and give life to something that is bigger than us, something we cannot explain in words, but that leaves a sense of happiness and satisfaction equal to be in peace with yourself, that’s love.

4. Where do you like to draw inspiration from?

Inspiration is internally. It rises as a need to express something, it’s a idea, a feeling, an emotion … it all comes from inside of us. I think I’m more influenced by my frame of mind, by what is happening around me and of course all comes from WHO’s around me. Every time I am in the studio, I feel as if I were not there in front of the computer, I feel more as if I were manipulated by something else, from what I like to call “musical consciousness”. You know, I named my musical consciousness, I call it Giba. Sometimes we quarrel, sometimes I fall in love with it. Inspiration is the highest perception: there is no source and there is no end, it is constant and it is the expression of our soul, we must learn to recognize it and to understand how to transpose, transcribe it.

5. Tell us a little bit about how you DJ.

Well, being young, I definitely still have a lot of things to learn. It doesn’t scare me, in fact, it excites me! I like to have a physical approach, I find it more creative and “real”. I left digital solutions as “Traktor” and “Serato” because they distracted me from what I really needed to do, diggin’ inside of me to find the right record, the right piece of soul that fitted with the previous and with the following ones. I like to be creative, create movement, to make music and me an “all together”. Even if I often hear that there’s a distinction between life in the studio and on stage, I have to say that they are very similar. There is a need for experimentation, research, passion in both. I’m confident in what I play, I’m not afraid to get the people listen to something “unconventional”, it’s all part of a story, my story… CDs, Vinyl and Flash Drive are my picks, no effects no loops… a disc comes in and comes out constantly, leaving the place to others, and so on. Same as in life, there is an evolution,  a continuous growth.