Beppe Loda and Schaltkreis Wassermann

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Beppe Loda was the godfather DJ of the Italian Cosmic/Afro scene.

Once in the long gone times of mySpace Beppe Loda contacted me and we had an interesting written conversation. I post it here for historic reasons.

Later Beppe invited Stella and me (in our Schaltkreis Wassermann space-rock period) to play with him at Synch Festival in Athens in 2009.

Beppe LodaBeppe Loda:
WHEN I PLAYED YOUR RECORDS IN TYPHOON DISCO (ITALY) PEOPLE WERE GOING CRAZY AND A LOT OF THEM ASKED ME WHICH TRACK IT WAS. ALSO TODAY SOME PEOPLE AROUND ITALY WRITE ME ABOUT YOUR TRACKS AND I SEND THEM YOUR WEB SITE.

PJ Wassermann:
Great! Which of our tracks do you or did you play?

Beppe Loda:
3 TRACKS BUT “LUX” WAS ONE OF MY GREAT HITS AS A DJ. I USUALLY MIXED IT AFTER A VERY GOOD TRACK OF “DOM UM ROMAO – AMOR AND JACUMA“. MIXING TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TRACKS IN THE 80’S WAS SUCH AN INTERESTING SOUND.

PJ Wassermann:
We didn’t know about the Italian Cosmic and Afro scene until only a couple of years ago when DJ Alex Gloor (Basel/NYC) told us about it.

Beppe Loda:
IN THE 80’S THERE WAS ONLY THE “AFRO MOVEMENT“ AND ONLY TODAY OUTSIDE OF ITALY PEOPLE CALL IT “COSMIC” OR “AFRO/COSMIC”.

PJ Wassermann:
Why is it called “Afro”? It’s not really African, I think.

Beppe Loda:
ACTUALLY THAT MOVEMENT REVOLVES AROUND AFRICAN , BRAZILIAN , FUNK , SOUL , FUSION , JAZZ, ETHNIC MUSIC, LOTS OF SOLO PERCUSSIONS ETC.. ETC…

ALL THIS MUSIC HAS ITS ROOTS IN AFRICAN MUSIC (DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY).

BUT IN TYPHOON I PLAYED ALSO A LOT OF ELECTRONIC, INDUSTRIAL , NEW WAVE , POP , EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, BUT ONLY THE FIRST HOUR OF MY DJ SET.

SOMETIMES I TRIED TO MIX SOME DIFFERENT KINDS OF MUSIC INCLUDING SOME TRACKS OF ELECTRONIC E INDUSTRIAL MUSIC.
BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW MANY SEQUENCER OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC SEEM LIKE A TRIBAL RHYTHM OF AFRICA.

IT’S CLEAR THAT INDUSTRIAL MUSIC IS THE TRIBALISM OF CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY.

IN THE 80’S IN ITALY EVERYWHERE IN THE RADIO OR IN COMMERCIAL DISCOS YOU COULD ONLY LISTEN TO ITALO DISCO AND NEW ROMANTIC (FROM ENGLAND) AND WE WERE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

ONLY TWO DJ’S IN ITALY HAD REALLY PLAYED ELECTRONIC , INDUSTRIAL ECC… BUT ONLY ONE WAS ABLE TO DO LIVE THAT VERY STRANGE MIXING.
BEPPE LODA AT TYPHOON!!!

IN THAT AGE IT WAS A VERY GOOD NEW IDEA, THIS DRASTIC SWAP OF BPM IN THE TRACK (as Schaltkreis Wassermann did with “GOGOGO”) BUT AFTER YOU IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS LOTS OF MUSICIANS USED THAT GREAT IDEA.
I’M JUST NOW WRITING THIS TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU WERE INTO THE FUTURE.

I’M SO CURIOUS TO LISTEN TO YOUR NEW TRACKS! AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR ALBUM ON VINYL AND YOUR MAXI AGAIN. IS IT POSSIBLE ?
You will get these as a gift from us.

WITH YOUR SIGNATURE AS WELL ?
I WILL KEEP THOSE AS MUCH AS MY CHILDREN !
SUCH A PLEASURE! THANKS A LOT!

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