Tour Essentials with Fernando Costantini
“Music has no limits” – Fernando Costantini is undoubtedly enslaved by this domineering mantra applicable to the most adventurous artists, whose passion sends them running further and further to satisfy the demanding mistress of the endless beat.
Growing up in Belgium but with Italian origins, Fernando absorbed the music in his family home from an early age, as his father played Italian classics, soul and funk and his older brother engaged with electronic music from the early 90s. At a time when Chicago house and Detroit techno were exploding in Belgium, he would take every opportunity to turn on the decks as soon as his brother would leave the house. As Fernando grew to seek out his own music, so his own collection of disco, jazz, soul and funk came together from hours spent digging in second hand record markets, so naturally came the desire to share his passion with others.
As he blossomed as a DJ, of course his curiosity led him into music production, keen to have his own unique sounds at his disposal to add to his artistry, not to mention unveiling the mystery of where the music he loved so much came from. Hours have been spent experimenting with different processes, building up a formidable arsenal of tracks steadily seeing the light of day from his first vinyl release on Karton through to appearances on Dana Ruth’s Brouqade Records, Loquace’s Earlydub and many more respected labels. As well as building upon his solo work, he has always been an enthusiastic collaborator, working with Alexander Kyosev, Oshana (as Ferosh), not to mention kicking off the F&A Project with Anthea.
Having established himself as a recognisable artist in his own right Fernando was called upon his talents by such notorious events as Fuse, Sonus Festival, BPM, Sonar and Dommune, each one feeding more experience and inspiration into his distinctive style. Fernando has spent the past few years playing key parties and festivals around the world from Paris to Tokyo to New York to Mexico to Ibiza to London. Do not miss his performance this summer at Sonus Festival in Croatia!
We caught up with Fernando to know more about his essential items when touring around the globe!
- Pillow: It’s useful when you have to wait at the airport or sleep on a bench because you have a stop. If you don’t want your neck feel like 69 years old.
- ZOOM H2N recorder: Field Recordings, recording your set… You can do everything with this. Everywhere I go, I always record something that remind me the country, the city where i’m playing. I keep this in a folder and sometimes, you can find something really interesting recordings to include in a track.
- Korg Volca Sample: I love gadgets. I got this for my birthday. It never leave my bag. You can put synth, drums. You can create the squelette of a groove. It’s a bit like my gameboy. I love the swing in there.
- MiniHipbag: Airbag Craftworks have some really cool stuff. I was always putting everything in my pocket. And then arriving at the gate, you search in all your pocket from your jeans, jacket. Front, behind. So I bought this. I put everything in there, my mask, passport and recorder.
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