Stacey Pullen’s Blackflag label celebrates it’s 30th release with a three-track tech house killer from Rome based DJ/producer Roberto Surace, who recently released on Riva Star’s Snatch! Records imprint and can now count The Martinez Brothers as one of his fans.
How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Roberto Surace: I am 26 years old, I live in Italy and I have been DJ’ing and producing music since 2008.
What made you get in to dance music?
Roberto Surace: I have always loved music. It has been a passion of mine since as long as I can remember!
Where was your first gig?
Roberto Surace: I first began to DJ in Tuscany, in Siena at Vanilla Disco.
How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning?
Roberto Surace: I never went to any kind of production school so I’m self-taught in that respect. In the beginning it was difficult to produce the sort of music I really wanted. But over time, with the help of friends, tutorials, hours of studio time and the advice from my peers I have managed to create a sound that I am happy with. I am constantly working at improving my sound!
Talk to us about your latest release and the inspiration behind it.
Roberto Surace: My latest release “Break It” on Blackflag Recordings includes 3 original tracks – Break It, Everyday and Pony Express. This EP has a very groovy, percussive sound to it which reflects the type of music I like to play. I must thank Stacey Pullen here, who believed in me and in my music.
What’s the music scene like where you live and how often are you playing?
Roberto Surace: The underground music scene is the one in which I live. With Black Flag being a big release for me, I am now concentrating on the right releases on big labels.
Which other DJs or producers are you liking right now?
Roberto Surace: I have always been inspired by the great Neapolitan DJ Marco Carola. But I also love the sound of the Neverdogs, Stacey Pullen, Leon, Joey Daniel, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Joseph Capriati, Jamie Jones, Apollonia, Lauren Lane and many others.
What are your go to labels?
Roberto Surace: Snatch! Records, BlackFlag Recordings, Deeperfect, No Excuse Records and many more…
Tell us about your DJ setup
Roberto Surace: Usually my DJ setup is 2 CDJ’s (timecode), mixer, sound card and my Macbook. I enjoy playing with a CDJ and mixer at the afterparties!
What’s been your biggest achievement
Roberto Surace: The greatest satisfaction to date is with my track “ Vibe” on Snatch! Records which was supported by many DJs on the international scene. It was also in the tech house top 50 chart on beatport for a long time. I must also thank RIVA STARR for believing in me and in my music and for giving me this great opportunity.
What can we expect from you soon
Roberto Surace: I constantly working hard on new projects. All will be revealed in the near future!!