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Italian producer, Taster Peter, fresh off his LFO Shit EP release on Crosstown Rebels’s imprint Rebellion, mixes our latest Lovecast and stops in for a quick chat.
With releases on Truesoul, Suara, Highgrade, and his own label Extravaganza, Taster Peter is ahead of the game. His tracks have garnered the attention of many influential players in the biz, including Sven Väth, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Danny Tenaglia, and of course Damian Lazarus.
We would say Taster Peter is a hot up-and-comer but it seems he’s already solidified himself into the fabric of the underground techno realm, so instead we’ll just say Taster Peter is hot!
Check out the latest Lovecast episode from Taster Peter and learn more about the artist in the interview below.
Lovecast Episode 142 – Taster Peter
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Interview with Taster Peter
How did you first get introduced to underground dance music? What’s the most challenging part of becoming a full-time artist?
I’m a big fan of electronic music since I was a teenager, my first love was in 1995 for Chemical Brother’s Exit Planet Dust Album, at that time they were really underground…damn I still remember those beats, they totally stole my heart!
When I was 14, I went to a concert and I felt shocked about how big electronic music could be… I went to a few punk rock and hardcore concerts before and it was good, but that slap at the chemical’s concert was unique!
The most challenging part of being a full-time artist? mmm, nothing…I just love what I do, I could stay 24h 7 days a week in my studio and I would never get bored
What has been the most exciting turning point of your career so far?
Definitely in the last years I signed few records on amazing labels owned by true legends…first of them, for sure it’s this EP on Crosstown Rebels’ Rebellion. This label for me has always been so legendary, it’s such an honor to be on board, and I really hope that it will be a good turning point of my career as well!
The other one probably was when I signed ‘Set Your Noise’ with Adam Beyer’s label Truesoul, that release was on fire!
And last but not at least: my EP on Traum ‘Pelikans’ from the last summer, captured the attention from the guys at Ultra Music who asked me to be part of the Ultra Publishing family alongside some real legends of electronic music!
What city do you call home? How does where you live influence your music? If we were visiting your hometown, what clubs and/or parties would we want to check out? What about restaurants?
Livorno is my home, I am very attached to it, I also lived in other cities throughout my life, like London and Florence for years, but I always missed my hometown so much.
Here it is where it all started, from the time with the band ‘Tasters’, where I played the drums for around 10 years, until the early DJ sets around the city.
Livorno is a city full of artistic influences and it’s the Italian city with the most active bands today…it’s a 100% rocking town!
I would suggest you to visit first the ancient Fortresses in the area of Medici’s Port, it’s a really cool place to go, also I host a party there called LIQVID, where you dance to good techno music surrounded by ancient high walls… it’s amazing!
About the restaurants I would suggest to go to try the ‘Torta’ and ‘Cacciucco’ which are the 2 specialities from the city, and there are many places around which are doing this food in an incredible way. Just have a walk into the ancient ‘Venezia’ district and you will find a lot of great places to go.
What advice would you give to an aspiring producer trying to make their mark on the world?
I think the most important thing is believing deeply in what you’re doing, even if you’ve had some disappointments in your career. With the constant hard-work, sooner or later something good will happen for sure.
What’s on the horizon for Taster Peter in 2016 and beyond?
Well, I will continue producing music and gigging around…I have few gigs in Italy and Ibiza this summer, and I’m just back from Sonar in Barcelona where I hosted my label showcase with few great artists.
On the releases side I have an upcoming record on my label Extravaganza with a remix from the mighty Charlotte De Witte, and there are a few other things which are still being discussed, so I can’t say anything more at the moment!
ahhh too many…really don’t know ahahahaah
I don’t have a real ‘dream’ label… I think that if I’ll continue to put everything into making good music with all my heart, sooner or later I will be on board of all those record label that I have always considered amazing.
Name one track that has been lighting up dance floors for you…
Laurent Garnier – The Man With Red Face … ALWAYS!
Tell us about your mix…
With this mix I wanted to showcase my last release on Rebellion… so I based the track listing around those songs. My mixes are always just a product of what I am listening to at that time, and this one is quite acid, sexy and groovy.
Drink of choice…
A good Margarita is unbeatable!