INTERVIEW: Stefano Ranieri

Hailing from Italy, Stefano Ranieri has been producing and releasing music for around 15 years, with a sound very much rooted in – but not confined to –  soulful house. Over the years his tracks have been supported by Masters At Work, Anané, Carl Cox, Bob Sinclair and Nic Fanciulli, while his 2018 hit Less Talk was picked up by Defected for their legendary Miami album that year.

Landing 23 July on Nulu Electronic – the label of Anané – Risonanza perfectly reflects Ranieri’s history and the legacy he brings to his art. From the rhythmic acid kiss of 1942 to the laid-back Grace Jones inspired vibe of Saulè, Stefano explores house music in all its myriad forms across 15 distinct tracks.

Hi Stefano, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi guys, I have been good, thank you, I’m very happy to be here with you.

Can you tell us more about your latest single “Black Rain”?

“Black Rain” is a very special track, I have worked on it for a long time. I have found the right sounds after many experiments. I have been focused for long time on groove, bass and synth, I worked them in a complex way but without changing the starting point. A series of combinations led to this result. I am really satisfied with the sound that came out.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Black Rain” started about 10 years ago. There are tracks that I start and end in one or a few days, others like this one that take a much longer process to be completed. This period of Covid has brought me back to some old projects including “Black Rain” and I found the way to the final step.

Are you planning to release some kind of video for the track?

We are thinking about, this is the single that present my album “Risonanza”, an important piece of work for me that needs to be considered carefully and time by time. It will probably happen.

The single comes out of your new album Resonance – what’s the story behind the title?

The title means to share the desire to leave this period behind. The “Black Rain” represents the negativity that slips away from the sky and immediately returns to blue.

How was the recording and writing process?

On several occasions, I remember that after an evening in a club in my city I went to the studio to record Groove and Bass line. Then there were various steps but without too many convictions. The real turning point came last year, where he took over the project with some new synths.

What role does Italy play in your music?

I was lucky to fully experience the 90s. In Italy there was a time we were leaving the Club life and atmosphere from Monday to Sunday, it was our daily life. Each region had its own reference club and each city had many music workshops. There was a great deal of excitement in those years. The days spent in record shops listening to vinyls were beautiful, a way to compare and discuss. In the current time in Italy instead as well as everywhere, things have certainly changed. But I believe that when you work with passion and dedication you can get to create very beautiful situations. There are several realities where I still play and they deserve attention and respect for how they are working. Culture and passion always win.

How did you keep balancing your classic influences with modern twists?

I have never followed the hype, this in my opinion is the secret. I never get inspired from it. Making music for me is reflecting myself in your life, it is an intimate and personal thing. The definition of modern doesn’t make much sense to me.

Where did you find the inspiration for the music of this record?

There was no real inspiration. The journey of “Black Rain” is the synth in the break. It takes you and leaves you when it ends. It has a nice progression, but it remains balanced.

What else is happening in Stefano Ranieri’s world?

Many beautiful things. The album arriving at the end of July will be a great moment. Inside I have injected all the love I have for music and everything in between from Deep to Techno. Working with Nulu & Nulu Electronic is absolutely the coolest and most inspiring thing I do. You really breathe a lot of positive energy. Anané who runs the label is a point of reference and the biggest inspiration, the light that shines the  way for her people and her labels. Christian is absolutely a talent of nature in music between technical and artistic side. I feel I’m in the right place and the best team to give my best. This will be a great year and we have many projects in the timeline.

I embrace you and thank you for hosting me.

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