Techno Tuesday: Ilario Alicante dishes on owning a label, techno, and pasta – EDM All Day

Techno Tuesday: Ilario Alicante dishes on owning a label, techno, and pasta – EDM All Day

 is a feature on EDM All Day documenting the culture underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and …

 is a feature on EDM All Day documenting the culture underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some the best talent outside the world mainstream dance music.

Ilario Alicante’s prosperous musical career was born during the climactic eruption underground dance music that spewed from the fires Ibiza nightlife. As the underground scene swept the globe, aspiring producers craved the revolution that originated from the crowded, kinetic floors club venues such as Circoloco and Amnesia.

At the ripe age just 15 years old, Alicante emerged from his regional roots in Livorno, Italy and began performing at some the most renowned venues and festivals in Europe, including being one the youngest acts ever recorded at Time Warp. His affinity for deep, grooving, and ten island-inspired shades house quickly established him as an artist to be reckoned with despite his age, with singles like “Vacaciones En Chile” and his re-work to “Melancholiebe” sealing is his success.

His sound has since evolved over the years, with the young star now pumping out copious amounts percussive techno, but his consistency and passion for dance remain all the same. We sat down with Alicante to talk about his career thus far, finding and maintaining success at a young age, his residency with Cocoon, and course — pasta.


Your successful career started at such at a young age, 15, where you began performing at massive shows and also releasing on notable label. Being so young at the time, what are some things you wish you knew at then, or maybe would do differently if you had more previous life experience?
Actually I’m happy that things worked out like this. I wouldn’t change anything because all the choice I made, right and wrong ones, all reflected on my experience and where I am today. It’s necessary to do something wrong sometimes because if you were able to change the mistakes or any other choices that you made in the past, you would be a different person now. I understood a lot things from my experiences, so I’m thankful for those moments.

Many producers attribute their inspiration to their roots and cultural surroundings; growing up in Italy – do you feel like your environment influenced your early work?
Well the first environment that influenced me was Ibiza. I made one my biggest tracks thinking about Circoloco, so that island was the first experience that inspired my music. Then yes definitely Italy was a big influence for me. The energy that the crowd transmits in the clubs is something that you can’t find anywhere else and that influenced me a lot.

Were there particular artists you admired during your early years? Who are some artists that influence you today?
I loved the early Naples’ techno tracks from Gaetek (Gaetano Parisio) and Marco Carola. Music wise they helped me build my own vision techno that I have now. Speaking about DJing, Sven Väth is the one that influenced me a lot, alongside Laurent Garnier. Artists today, Ben Klock has one the best and finest taste in techno in my opinion. I love his sets a lot.

It’s been 10 years since your one your most well-known singles, ‘Vacaciones en Chile’, has been released and continues to hold true as a techno staple today. Looking back, what do you think has most changed or impacted your style today?
My sound has evolved. You can still find some shades what it was before, because it hasn’t completely changed, just evolved. I take inspiration from my life, from what I experience travelling the world, playing in front lots or few thousand people in different contexts and these experiences are impacting my sound constantly. I don’t like to have boundaries, I like to explore and change but firstly do what I feel, that’s the most important thing for me.

Speaking success, how has your residency at Cocoon been going the past few years? Personally, what makes Ibiza nightlife and culture so different than the rest the world?
I am really really happy with my residency at Cocoon Amnesia. It was an important part my career. It gave me lots emotions and experience that I will never forget. Now it’s time to change, as you know, Cocoon is moving to Pacha. Of course I will take part in it but I will also do other events which I will reveal soon with more details. Ibiza is something special because there you feel more free than normal, there is an unique spirit freedom in the island that will always stay, even if things are changing a lot. The mix people from all over the world creates a strong alchemy. Every time I step out from the first plane the season I feel something that I can’t describe. I saw Ibiza from a lot points views. I’ve worked on the island as PR, selling tickets when I was 18 years old. Ibiza changed my life and for me, will always be unique.

Your latest album release, “Figures & Echoes” has tracks filled with mesmerizing beats accompanied by heavy drum patterns – was there anything different about the production on this album vs. some your older tunes?
When I release on Drumcode, I focus on doing tracks for the dance floor with more melodic synths than usual. It’s a happier side my techno. I normally do those kind tracks for big festival sets. I like to put load and heavy hats on a lot. Anyway the synth lines are the different parts my other productions I think.

What’s the best and worst part about owning your own record label?
The best thing is that you can really push your vision sound that you have in mind and also have the possibility to promote young and talented artists. The worst is to deal with the distributors and pressing plants, most which never respect the timing the releases.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018 – in a pressional and personal aspect?
I really look forward to developing my label Virgo and I look forward to Ibiza’s 2018 season. I am always open to changes and I think this will be year with a lot. Regarding personal aspects, I can say that I decided after 10 years living in Berlin, to move back to Italy to Milan. This is something I’m really looking forward too, going back to my own country.

Obviously being Italian, we have to ask, what’s your favorite pasta dish?
My favourite ones (one is not enough) are: tagliatelle al rage bolognese and one special kind risotto that you can find at “