FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: The Cube Guys

Roberto Intrallazzi has been at the forefront of Italy’s scene since he began DJing andproducing in the late 80’s. This transitional period between decades helped the development of his trademark sound, a fusion between old school electro and house. The two initially met in 2000, when Luca Provera was still an up and coming producer fresh in the game. Possessing a deep understanding of both digital and analogical devices, he quickly became a studio work horse for many of Italy’s biggest players.The Cube Guys come from vastly different backgrounds, a key component that fosters their creative drive. With a constantly evolving sound, from House to Tech House styling. Roberto Intrallazzi and Luca Provera continue to offer dance music fans a true breath of fresh air.

What genre would you describe yourself as? Why? 

It’s not easy to describe the genre we play.. seems strange but we love to define it CUBED house music.. that basically includes House, Tech House and Tech. As usual we try to create a coherent musical journey through vibes and different ‘angles’ of House Music and considering we play 70/80% of the tracks we produce, it’s a real Cube Guys DJ set in full effect!

While starting in the music industry, who were your biggest influencers? Did they help you find your sound?

We were really inspired by 90’s and 00’s US tribal, starting from Miami’s Murk style, passing through Danny Tenaglia… that period had an enormous influence on the early days of The Cube Guys project back in 2005. Probably that underground style, that in Europe was almost undiscovered, really blew our ears away.


What was the moment you wanted to take the leap in this lifestyle?
(artist/event/set/song/etc..)

Every step we took, experience we did and song we produced has an important role in our ‘career’. Every conference, Miami Music Week, Ade or Midem bring new contacts and deals with artists and labels we always dream to be in touch.
It’s like a ‘puzzle’ you can personalize, depending on focus and vibes.. we learned to take influences from many different aspects of this ‘lifestyle’, even if it is an easy coffee time between studio sessions.

You’ve done quite a few original songs & remixes. Who do you want to work with in the future?

We love to enlarge relations and production experiences with artists and singers we always respected, this is a never-ending affair, but if we can choose a dream, would be great to share some studio hours with Pet Shop Boys, Molok.

Since you are a duo, how would you describe your relationship?

Based on friendship and love for the music before everything… business came later.

How would you describe your personalities on and off stage?

We never took things too serious, till the moment ‘has’ to be like this.
Our motto is simple and clear, really describe our way of living and workin.

’NEVER SERIOUS, ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL’

What’s your creative process like when making a new track?

Depending on how inspiration came out and came from, but usually we start with a simple and clear idea of a melody or a sample to recreate from an old tune. Our interpretation of the productive process is quite artisan sometimes, we don’t know if because we came from an old school philosophy, but is always prolific for us!

What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

Nothing planned, every set is 100% pure and improvised, of course we have folders of categorized genres and music, but what we create live, using 2 ‘not linked’ laptops with Traktors are fully LIVE!

What are currently your main challenges as a duo artist?

Continue to search for new music directions that could fits into the House style we had, in last years, especially when EDM was on the peak, we never changed our musical style, of course we did little adjustments, but if you go back to our music catalogue, everything fits… even if it’s 15 years old.

If you both had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?

A classic car collection!

What’s your favorite venue to play at? Why?

We love to play not huge venues, intimate small/medium rooms are best to create an emotional link with the crowd driven by music.

What’s your favorite city to explore while you’re on tour?

Recently we fell in love with Los Angeles.. we’ve been in Miami since 1995 many times and we saw that beautiful place change in the last 10 years… California has a different magic, different to describe but it’s unique.

What was your favorite show that you’ve played (past/recent)?

The Gay Pride in New York two years ago, at one of Piers in front of 10000 people. Really unbelievable experience!

You played our last “Look Out” event at Spybar. Tell us about the event! Did you enjoy visiting Chicago?

Spybar is an Iconic room, from years we dreamed of playing there, and when we got in, we felt the relevance that club has into the world House Music, Chicago is one of most crazy cities.. and crowd reactions were super!

If you were stuck in an elevator, what album/record would you have playing to keep you sane?

Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears

What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)

Been hardly supported by Fatboy Slim is one of proudest results we had from the beginning.
We always respected his wide and eclectic way of judging music and new producers and we are really glad about it.

What advice do you have for producers trying to make it in the music industry?

Make your own style, don’t lose time copy what already exists, but do your own game.

What’s coming up for you in terms of releases and remixes?

We are having massive reactions on our new single ‘Keep On Jumpin’ out now on every digital store, but last releases have unexpected responses and we also signed one of them on Sony Music Worldwide… but as we always say.. never stop producing new music! 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Love and Happiness, nothing more 🙂 🙂

Follow The Cube Guys HERE:

facebook.com/thecubeguys

beatport.com/artist/the-cube-guys

twitter.com/thecubeguys

youtube.com/user/proveraluca

residentadvisor.net/dj/thecubeguys

Check out their music below!

 

WRITTEN & CURATED BY MARIAH M. VAZQUEZ

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