Nic Fanciulli - Rise Of The Fan
Friday, 14 March 2008
Nic Fanciulli commenced a musical incarnation being influenced by the likes of the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses. Then he started playing drums by chance and was hanging out at his girlfriend’s record store.
“I actually started working there on Saturdays as I was getting into electronic music – but that wasn’t until I was 15 or 16,” he says. “Then I got influenced by Carl Cox, Shades of Rhythm and Laurent Garnier. It was really then that I pursued it and started growing up around it.”
His success though, seems completely unrelated to his age, which is mid-twentysomething. With a number of releases on some big labels under his belt, he is also credited with working on a Tiefschwarz remix which received a Grammy nomination. Then last year he spent a considerable amount of time working with partner in crime Andy Chatterley on the i-Panik album.
“That took about six months because we were doing other stuff in between – remixes of UNKLE and other things,” he says. “We actually released it digitally and online in November last year and now we’re going to remix it and re-release another version of it with hand-picked people like James Lavelle and Joel Mull.”
Fanciulli’s attitude to his music is care-free.
“I have come from a background of appreciating every kind of music,” he says. “I even did a drum n bass remix recently; I love artists from Adam Beyer to Booka Shade – anything from house to techno and in between. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t play something from Francois K or Laurent Garnier. It’s the same reason we put the i-Panik album out online. We thought ‘People are going to pirate it anyway’, so we just got it out there and got some of the best feedback ever. Magazines, who are traditionally against reviewing online media, caught onto it and gave it some great play.”
“For me, it’s always been about doing stuff and getting better at it – getting as good as possible. I think that when I recall people like Inland Knights and Swag and recall their ability to crossover, I think to myself, ‘This is what I want to be doing’. Tech house stuff that Jeff Mills and John Tejada are playing – it’s all coming out more and more. Even Larry Hird records – anything amazing and deep is really getting play right now.”
And he’s psyched about getting back here.
“The last time I came out I did a big show; this time it’s smaller club gigs which I love as well,” he says. “Clubs give me the feeling that I can play for five hours and not worry about pleasing everyone, simply because you cover so much ground. I’m going to see how far I can push it obviously; we’re going to have all the remixes done before I get down there too, so they’ll get their first play in Australia.”
WHO: Nic Fanciulli
WHAT: Plays Renaissance Masters at Space / Club Club at Chinese Laundry
WHEN: Thursday 20 March / Saturday 22
MORE: sweetchilli.com.au / jammusic.com.au