Everyone loves a story of humble beginnings–one where you can make it to the top in a big city without the need of nepotism. Layton Giordani is no different.
A New Yorker at heart, Layton has played in some of NYC’s hottest nightclubs, such as Pacha, Space, and the ever-popular Output in Brooklyn, where he was a resident DJ. The techno diplomat is on a world tour having reached international hubs, such as Amsterdam, London, Florence, and Sydney. You can find him on Beatport where he has three spots on the Top Ten techno list. His latest Drumcode track “Live Again”, in collarbation with the legendary Danny Tenaglia, is currently No. 1. Did we mention he is only 24? Noiseporn welcomes Layton Giodani:
How do you feel New York shaped you as an artist?
New York has been a huge influence throughout my life, and I think it has some of the best clubs in the USA. It has such a vibrant scene, from the clubs to the music on offer. Back when I was a teenager people like Danny Tenaglia were those I looked up to and still do now. I first got into house, and then techno but I still love Hip Hop!
Most techno DJs hail from Europe–do you ever notice a difference in style?
I think everywhere has different styles. I’d like to say Europeans have more of a heavy style but then again so many play around the world so they adapt to the environment. Now a days it’s more or less all the same. Being from New York I was heavily inspired to tribal house / techno.
Three of your tracks are in Beatport’s “Top Ten Techno.” Did you ever think that would happen, especially considering you’re only 24?
No! I dream for things like this to happen and to see it happen so fast is unreal. I’m beyond grateful to my mentor Adam and good friend Danny Tenaglia. All my older peers really help me so much!
How did the collaboration between you and Danny Tenagila come about for your new Drumcode EP?
Well originally the idea came about when I had just moved into my flat in Amsterdam. Then I really wanted to do something special with it and I just took a shot in the dark and figure to ask Danny if he wanted to do something together! He has been an idol of mine throughout my teenage years and still is to this day, so this was such a special release for me, and I cannot thank him enough for the support he has given me.
You have two Drumcode episodes on Adam Beyer’s podcast. How much have those increased your popularity?
Drumcode radio has a massive reach so it doesn’t hurt to showcase my sound there. It’s just another powerful outlet that Adam has that really pushes all of us.
Describe your DJ setup.
So right now I’m using 4 CDJ’s along with the Xone 92 mixer. I also use a delay and reverb pedal by boss. I’m highly considering the change though to something different. I feel there’s more I can do. I can see a change happening very soon.
You recently had your first appearance at Awakenings Festivals. How did that feel?
Incredible. Really not much more I can say. I think that when you play Awakenings it’s really a milestone in your career. The production of every event is out of this world and the whole team running the event are awesome. It felt like so much hard work and determination over the years had paid off when I got to play on that stage.
How’s touring going? Are you getting used to it and being on the road all the time?
Yes, its getting easier as time goes on. I’ve grown accustomed to airport’s and hotels. You get to meet amazing people and take in the world. Of course at times it may get a bit lonely but it’s the small price to pay to be an international DJ!
What’s left for 2017?
For now, I am working on new music, but nothing I can announce at the moment and then have my gig at Output this Thursday. It’s a very special one for me, as I has a residency at Output, and to be heading to my home city and headlining – I am so excited.
What words of advice can you give to young producers/DJs?
Get out there, meet everyone and get some face time in! It really does help you get to where you want. Emailing people when you do not know them will be hard to generate a reply. People need to know you as a person. Find a way you like to produce and stick to it – you need your own sound and style, do not emulate anyone else. It’s great to take inspiration, but don’t copy. Be original, work hard, and never ever give up. It takes time, but anything that is worth doing will not happen overnight.
You can find Layton at Brooklyn’s Output this Thursday.