Who are Souldynamic?
Souldynamic are Stefano De Magistris and Luca Ciotoli from Italy!
How and when did you meet?
We met around 15 years ago, in a record shop in our home town and decided to join together and produce a radio show.
When was the moment the two of you decided to create Souldynamic and why?
We come from a very small town called Frosinone, 10 years ago house music was unknown in this area and we realised that the radio show couldn’t give us the exposure we wanted, so we decided to embark on the Souldynamic project and produce music.
We travelled the world to listen to as many DJ’s as possible and to learn English, we learned about music production and really worked hard to soak up as much as we could.
In 2007 we felt the time was right and had our first release "The past as the future" which came out on Zoo Groove Stereo records.
How would you describe the Souldynamic sound today?
The answer is in the name, “Souldynamic”. We chose the name because it describes our personality and our sound as Soul and Dynamic.
Spiritually deep and dynamically energetic for the floors, but all in one word, because we are 2 people but one spirit. You could say our current sound is filled with soul, afro, latin and deep elements.
Who are you major influences as producers?
Those that surprise us and inspire us would be Osunlade, Atjazz, Louie Vega, Ron Trent and Glenn Underground. To be original and different and transmit real sensations with music isn’t easy, these guys know how to do it.
And as DJs?
Joe Claussel is at the top, Karizma, Spen, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Timmy Regisford and Black Coffee.
A DJ set is much more that spinning a couple of tracks, it’s a gift to make a room jump in the air and sing the tracks you have selected as well as to find the best parts of a track that transmit passion and energy.
What has been key highlights for Souldynamic?
As DJ's, the highlight in our career was to be invited to be on the line up at the Southport Weekender also Suncébeat - This gave us a lot of visibility and popularity.
As producers we have had the opportunity to remix artists such as Josh Milan, Darryl D'Bonneau and Robert Owens and we have produced music with the likes of Angela Johnson, Susu Bobien, Dawn Tallman and many others which has really given us some amazing exposure.
You have played in the UK a number of times – Is there a difference to playing to a UK crowd than to an Italian crowd?
In the UK people are very prepared and cultured on house music. People follow the scene, the DJs, new releases and every time we come to London we get excited. England has a great tradition for underground music and London is one of the most important musical centres in the world where so many new genres of music have launched. All these elements have generated a thriving underground music scene that isn't as big in Italy. Italians listen to house music with a focus on melodies and beats rather than the lyrics or the message in the song. Some of us don't understand English very well and what the song really says but Italians are really getting into house music in a serious and passionate way.
Lots of new parties are starting up where we can find some of the best crowds and this allows us to play whatever we want without any musical limits so its really an exciting time in Italy at the moment.
What can we expect from your gig for Simply Salacious at Plan B?
We have been locked away in the studio working on our first album and are really hyped up about it, Simply Salacious will be the first big party we play once the album is complete so we’re both really excited and cant wait to play and dance too!
Equatoriale is the result of many years of inspiration and work in the studio. The idea was born in 2011 after a long session in the studio with our guitar player. Influences are salsa, afro and funk, it’s a mix between the old sound of the seventies and the modern afro groove with brasses and guitars giving melody to the track.
There has been lots of hype around it thanks to someone recording Lil Louis play it at Concrete in Paris.
The video has had thousands of views and thousands of shares and we received lots of love from the house music fraternity.
We worked with an old 70's sample on a beat that can be defined as halfway between afrobeat and a caribbean-latin sound. So we decided to call it "Equatoriale", as part of the world in which these 2 two musical cultures are rooted. Listen and buy your copy of Equatoriale on Traxsource
What's next for Souldynamic in the studio?
We’re fully focused on finishing our first album which will come out on Tribe Records, it will have around 12 tracks in total and we have collaborated with many great singers but we can’t announce anything yet!
It’s been a lot of hard work but we can’t wait to release it and share it with the world!
It looks like we also have a tour of South Africa later on this year as well as our 4th time playing at Southport of course SuncéBeat in Croatia and lots more so keep an eye on souldynamic.it for info!
Thank you and we can't wait to hear you play for us!
Souldynamic play alongside Karizma, Neil Pierce and Peter Borg with a live PA from Shaun Escoffery Simply Salacious at Plan B March 28th Click for info
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