[Interview] Touch Sensitive

I had a chance to swap back and forth a few questions with Aussie mysterious wonder kid, Touch Sensitive this past week, hoping to learn more about his emulating elusiveness. Turns out he’s quite a cool cat, humble, and has a passion for music that is truly breathtaking.  With massive releases such as ‘Real Talk’ & ‘Pizza Guy’, Touch Sensitive has enjoyed his time on the top of the beatport charts, but now its time dive into the deep end, and learn a little more about the man behind the music.

Interview & Media After the Jump

First and foremost, what can we get cha to drink?
Espresso Martini x two or three.

Where do your roots reside? How has that influenced you musically?
My dad is Italian and my mum is Australian, but she thinks she’s Italian. So obviously I like all things that are Italian. I remember when my dad brought home the Black Box record and I thought he was the coolest dad in the world, ever. He used to wake me up in the morning by turning on the music video program Rage. So there was always music on in the house, and he paid for my brother and I to have music lessons — I had a rich musical upbringing in terms of what they listened to and them encouraging me to do music.

What is the chronological journey of your music history?
For the last six years I’ve been playing in Van She and doing all the Van She Tech stuff, working with other australian artists as well as doing session bass stuff (some I’m proud of, some I’m not!). Before that I studied music at university, played bass in a cover band in which myself and my friend would play Crydamoure, Riviera and Blackjack records in between the sets — we used to do a live version of the Dimitri from Paris Night at the Playboy Mansion album from start to finish. Fun days!

Who are your biggest influences to date?
So many to mention but for starters I guess Mauro Malavasi, Lindsay Buckingham, Hubert Eaves III, Paul Johnson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Daniele Patucchi. I’m also very into notes and the way they’re put together, it could be a country song but if it gives me goosebumps then I like it and will listen to it over and over again, like the verses in the Olivia Newton John song ‘Strangers Touch’. I’m also a big Barry Gibb fan.

What studio gear do you use as opposed to when you DJ?
In the studio I use Dave Smith Instruments, NI Machine, Memorymoog, MPC3000, The UAD Plugs with the Apollo, and the Ursa Major Space Station.

Would you rather play a festival or in a more intimate setting? Any shows to date that were specifically awesome you’d care to elaborate on?
I’m yet to play at a festival as Touch Sensitive, I guess I’ll be able to make that call once I’ve done both, but from experience I think they’d have to be two different shows — some things may work better at a festival as opposed to a small room. The first live show I did was supporting Bicep at a Future Classic party in Sydney and that for me has been the best so far.

You’ve already had massive tracks this year ‘real talk’ with fellow aussie Anna Lunoe, and ‘pizza guy’. What can we expect in the future?
I am working on new stuff, in between answering these questions! I like the idea of doing different tempos, so the next one will most likely have a faster A side and a slower B side. A side is for disco, B side is for the bedroom.

Are you excited for your move out the LA?
Yes!!!!!! First thing I’m doing is buying a 1982 Eldorado Biarritz, then a Prophet 5 followed by In-N-Out Burger.

Thanks for taking the time to rap out with us, we’ve very excited to see what you have up your sleeve in the future!