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Drop The Lime - The Curse Of The Lime

Author: Angus Thompson
Monday, 31 March 2008
3d’s Angus Thompson finds out there’s more to Drop The Lime than simply music. Much more.

According to folklore, 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson claimed to have made a deal with the devil, selling his soul at a crossroads for unrivalled musical ability. For Luca Venezia, aka Drop The Lime, it happened in his NYC apartment, waking up beneath a dark shadow looming over him, speaking to him. A series of repeated phenomena akin to sleep terrors, including poltergeist showerheads turning on and off and dreams of immortality, Venezia found sinister solace in.

Run a YouTube search of Venezia’s core musical persona Drop The Lime and you will witness a possessed rag-doll figure, writhing tormentedly behind his laptop and a heavy-laden mixing platter of knobs and dials, summoning all sounds of demonic chaos like some mad sorcerer. Enter Curses!, Drop The Lime’s unfettered Mr. Hyde.

“It’s a feeling of comfort but also of nervousness and jealousy – as if I want to become that shadow,” he explains. “As a teenager, when going to raves for the first time I’d hear a certain style of music…and I wanted to become that sound; I wanted to create that style and I wanted to be that.”

The revival of older schools of dance music under the awkward guise ‘nu rave’ admittedly opened a lot of doors for elementary crusader Drop The Lime, giving Venezia room to experiment, recently creating his psychopathic doppelganger.

“Curses! is more of a side project: an alter-ego which is darker and more possessed by the sound,” he says. “Almost as if I have no control over what the music is, as if it’s the music taking over. Curses! is more like the evil Count of a haunted mansion.”

Following his career’s schizophrenic turning point, Venezia is unleashing Curses! as part of his Drop The Lime tour to Australia this April.

“I’m going to be doing a hybrid set where I’ll basically transform into Curses! at the end of the set: begin with Drop The Lime material and then morph into this real spooky kind-of B-movie horror style set…haunted house music,” he says.

Now 25, Venezia matured alongside the early rave movement, eventually substituting his soul-pop obsession for a pair of turntables. It was here, Venezia confesses, he started to fashion his whole self into the things he loved and, consequently, desired to become.

His teenage love affair with raving flowered like any others’: cult-like collectivism; thousands of people in the same room, on the same wavelength, where, as Venezia adorns, “everyone is feeling that same vibration”.

Luca’s ability to solidify something as transient as sound is, perhaps, not as hard to grasp when perceived as the packaged experience that rave hurls you into. Consider the song Bella off Drop The Lime’s sophomore album We Never Sleep, as a crazed Venezia interrogates the listener over and over, screaming “Whassyourpercent!-” The engorged, meaty reverberations of Luca’s sets land you in an excited mess of old school jungle coupled with the distorted grit of French-style electro often drowning the performance in a murky stew of indiscriminate noise.

These days Venezia is more concerned with stripping down on production and injecting a soulful human touch into a previously mutilated soundscape.

“But,” he assures me, “it’s still going to feel over-the-top.”

WHO: Drop The Lime
WHAT: Plays Sounds on Sunday / Starfuckers
WHEN: Sunday 6 April / Saturday 12