Hey Juniper, how are you, what’s good and bad in your world right now?
Hey guys, all is fine here. I hope it’s the same for you. I guess it’s not easy to reply to this question, the pandemic has changed everything, in my world and in the world in general. Surely, the lockdown two years ago was a shock for everyone, especially for who was working in the underground music industry and it wasn’t simple to rebuild something. However, for me, it was a moment of change in a positive way, despite I got Covid in the first wave. I’ve started to study medical engineering two years ago to expand my personal culture and to try to discover connections between medical science and music (I found them). This point was where I found the inspiration for my new project Juniper. Simultaneously, i started to teach electronic music production techniques and sound design in a musical academy in Rome. I’m very glad to be part of it.
After 13 years in the game, why start a new alias? What was the reason behind it?
I guess after many years is natural to have a period where you want to find new motivations, exploring new horizons. So we decided to stop a little our Doomwork project to focus on our personal soul both in private life both in the business one. We achieved a lot of goals in 13 years, travelled and played around the world many times, released on the most important underground labels, so we had the calm to decide this step. But the doors will be always open for working alongside Alessandro (other member of Doomwork).
How will it differ from other projects you have done?
Juniper will be conceptual project where I don’t produce properly for the dancefloor as Doomwork for example. With this one I will try to explain my new artistic point of view through the music and graphic cover, inspiring my self thanks to the studies at university. Not by chance, my first ep it’s called “Codone” that is the name of the most important component in our DNA. Also, the two other tracks that compose it, have a name strictly linked to principles of bio-molecular topics. And of course it’s the first music project where I’m alone and this fact changes every process.
Will you still do other things or is it all about this one for now?
For now I decided to focus just on this project. However, I’m always open for any interesting collaborations in case.
What have been the biggest challenges of it? Have you had to use different gear, use new skills?
Without doubts, it has been starting a new solo project for the first time after 13 years as duo. In studio the working flow is totally different in solo mode, you don’t have a constant feedback of what you create, but as in all things there are pros and cons. Also finding a way to not create a musical output closed to what I did in the past has been a big challenge.
In the last two years I had the chance to increase my technical knowledge at university thanks to engineering side. I guess now I can explore more in terms of sound design and in machine programming. About gear, my setup was integrated by new analog machines like Moog Sub 37, Nordwave and Buchla Easel.
What inspired your new one on atripwith? When and when did you write it? What was in your mind?
I was looking for a name for my new label and I thought at something that remind a trip without choose a mystic-epic name. 😀
A trip because all the tracks on atripwith will have the characteristic to have a lot of texture sounds, pads, landscape atmosphere with trippy rhythmics.
Atripwith with Juniper in short.
Where is your best environment as a dj? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic etc etc?
I guess for a dj every context is a chance to feel joy and happiness. Said that, I had the opportunity to play in the environments you mention and they are definitely always different jobs. In a outdoor festival stage you need to be a performer where there is not too much space for eclectic stuff. You have a slot and stop. Instead, in a small club you can be a real dj and let the people enter into your musical journey. I def. prefer the second one. About the hours I like to play at early night in order to create the club mood slowly, even if when you are the main guest, you usually play from middle of the night till the end.
How do you work, do you have an idea in your head you work towards or do you just experiment and jam and see what happens?
Normally I have already an idea before to start the production, it can be a bass line or a synth riff for example and I start to jam on machines, trying to give a sense to the session. However, I often love jamming in studio and record all what comes from.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
After Codone Ep, out on 8th February, I’m working on the album that will be out in early summer. I’m also working on the new live set which will be an audio-video experimental project.
Juniper EP “Codone” released on atripwith