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He’s been bombing dance floors across the world with unreleased, original material featuring an alternative span of BPMs. Co-founder of the label, Looney Moon Records and an established DJ, Giuseppe Broglia aka PHOBOS recognises the good solid sounds of groovy, underground psychedelic trance. He plays Sonica for the first time yet he’s no stranger to its vibe, which he’s shared several times with the tribe on the floor. We’re happy that he’s bringing that vibe back to Sonica Festival – so he definitely deserves a grilling… Read on.
So you’ve spent a few years partying on the Sonica dance floor we hear…
Yes, I have already been in three Sonica editions. They were the first three Sonica events in Italy and my favourite of all was the one in the Liguria region.
This time you’re back, but on the other side of the floor and on the decks with a DJ set at the Solaris Stage,
Yes, I’m looking forward to play there for my first time, it will be also my first DJ set in a proper Italian psytrance festival.
How did you get your DJ name by the way?
I was working on a flyer for one of my first parties – a psytrance night in a very small venue that only 20 people attended! I needed to choose a DJ name for myself and to do it fast… So I decided to pick the first thing I found on the internet, which was planet Mars. I was immediately attracted by its two moons. The big one is called Phobos, that’s why Phobos is my DJ name. No fears involved in choosing this name. To be honest with you I hate it now, but I can’t change it of course!
You’ve also helped spearhead the direction of the label. What’s the philosophy behind the sound?
As you can see we are following a definite direction in our sound. We want to make it new, fresh, dynamic and dancefloor-oriented so that it’s good for night and day. We like to keep our underground roots too because I think in all underground scenes, the best music ideas can spread by itself. We work to shape a sound for the future, not be stuck only in the present time – yet we don’t forget our psychedelic trance background. I and Fog, we think the same about that. Our psychedelic trance golden age is from 98 to 2002 so we try to get some inspiration from there also.
Simpons or South Park?
South Park makes me laugh more
Punkreas or CCCP?
CCCP …of course …there is not match ..hehe
Punk or pirate?
There are 15 live acts and four DJs on the label and there’s a rumour you’re releasing an EP soon. Tell us more about that. Who’s on it?
We are working on lots of new releases. The next one will be an EP from Killer B – a well known South African artist. He joined our label more or less one year ago and we are very happy to release something from him now because one of his tracks is on Looney Moon’s first compilation (Visionary System – 2008) – but we lost contact for almost four years. Finally we are working together again. Axial Tilt EP is ready too and we are working on our next compilation.
How did Looney Moon Records first start though? Tell us a bit about the roots of the label.
At the beginning Looney Moon was a party organiser crew (Fog launched it in 2004 in Turin and I joined in one year after). But we were always thinking of setting up a label to release our favourite music. Around 2008 we finally made it, and the founders were Fog, Nukleall (the Blacklite Records label manager and one of the live-acts at Sonica this year), Momo (one half of Ghost Signal project with Nukleall) and me. I still clearly remember each one of us putting around 1000 euro for making it real…
What do you look for in your live acts and DJs?
First thing…. we look at his/her music style. It must fit ours, but that doesn’t mean it must be the same, if you know what I mean. Second thing… he/she has to show a good sound quality or at least we have to feel that the artist can improve the quality pretty fast. Of course this is often a very difficult task to perform. For checking it I usually ask feedback from Dust or Mole because they are always interested in that and because of course I trust them 100 percent about this kind of things.
So going back to Sonica… It’s the only Italian psychedelic trance festival. What’s taken you so long to get here
You should be asking it to the Sonica organisers …hehe. I’m joking… I think it’s because the last Sonica edition in Italy was in 2009 and at that time we weren’t a worlwide known label as we are now. Maybe I wasn’t ready to properly fit in the Sonica lineup, which has always hosted the best artists of the psychedelic trance scene from all over the world and I like that attitude. Finally my right time to play here has come… It’s now.
And of course, we have to mention the fact that the location has now changed to a beautiful green forest space…
I’m so excited about this news. To be honest I was a little bit scared before about Sonica because in southern Italy in
august, weather could be an issue. But this new location is so beautiful and perfect also in case of super hot weather. It’s
amazingly shaped, full of trees and shadows, so I can’t ask more from a festival location .
And finally… Technology has democratized the music production process – so there’s a lot of output in terms of music production out there – which can be both good and bad… So as a label manager, what’s your message to up and coming producers?
Just one thing (and I’m not the only one label manager or producer who says so) – do what you feel. Don’t follow any
kind of fashion or “cool” style just because you think it’s easier or faster to make music in that direction or because you
think you can get more money in less time. Music must be a matter of passion so defintely you need to take your time
for growing it.