Don’t forget to check out Inesha’s playlist at the bottom of the article to get into a Blatta&Inesha mood!
Inesha, you’re an Italian DJ Competition champion and Blatta you’re originally a Rock & Rolla. With these different backgrounds how did you two meet and decide to collaborate?
It was pretty random, we knew of each others for a while and when i bought my first sampler and sequencer i contacted Dario to experiment laying down some guitar riffs of his over my newly created beats and productions…we had good musical collaboration and we kept producing music trying always to mix the elements of our musical backgrounds: rich and articulated disco-funk grooves, thick basslines and twisted and dark melodies.
XLR8R lists you among the top 6 Italian Party Rockers with the Crookers, Bloody Beetroots and Congorock. Do you think that’s an accurate label of who you two are?
I’m honored about it…i wanna be more like a “moods creator” than a party rocker…each one of our dj sets tells a unique story that we are writing in real time and combined with the complicity of the crowd we decide which direction to take…kinda reminds me of one of those “choose your own adventure” kids books, it all depends on the atmosphere…i often feel like a “psychologist”, it takes practice and experience to understand the dancefloor and keep people dancing without playing 2 hours straight of bangers and hits.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages to being an Italian DJ?
Music is a no boundaries language and i like to think global and besides for playing in Italy, a country where if you are italian you don’t play often cause you are not foreign therefore you are considered “b class”, around the world is considered kinda cool being from the italian electronic music scene, probably because there are so many well known names from Italy.
Do you think your roots in Catania have influenced the style of your music?
Despite what people think of Sicily, a tropical island, sun, beaches, laid back lifestyle and all the stereotypes, Catania is a pretty tuff dark city which probably on a subliminal level influences our dark melodies.
With so many worldwide tours under your belt you must be used to living on the road outside of Italy. What is something that makes you feel at home even when you’re in another country? Is there something you can’t live without when you’re touring?
Well…i was thinking about it just a few days ago, home for me and people who make this job usually is airports and airplanes. since i have memories i always wanted to travel and see the world so i’m completely comfortable with being constantly on the road…also my dad owns a club and i literally grew up there so anywhere i can smell that typical mildewy, smokey, sweaty, alcoholic smell of clubs it feels like home to me…anyway when i’m traveling one thing i really miss of italy is a good espresso.
What kind of music puts you to sleep?
If you could choose your top 10 songs, which would you choose?
The next 10 tracks we’ll produce!
1 Anarchy in the UK- Sex Pistols
2 Neon lights – Kraftwerk
3 Heroin – Velvet Underground
4 Bolero – Ravel
5 Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
6 Planet Rock – Afrika Bambataa
7 Where did you sleep last night – Lead Belly
8 Fight For Your Right To Party – Beastie Boys
9 Out Of The Ghetto – Isaac Hayes
10 People Make The World Go Around – Ramsey Lewis