This Saturday July 14 at Le Bain, Drop The Lime (a.k.a. Luca Venezia) celebrates the release of his new album Enter The Night with The Night People. From the Rave to the Blues, DTL is going to take us on a tour of his baroque Nightime Fantasy. We had Blu Jemz of Night People meet up with the Darkest Knight of New York Clubland for a Standard Q&A.
Drop The Lime
Blu Jemz: Why did you want to do the New York record release with Night People at The Standard?
Drop The Lime: Le Bain is by far my favorite club in Manhattan. It captures the NY passion and lust with one of the most mesmerizing views of the city. The vibe and attitude of my album, Enter The Night, matches the same energy that Night People bring to a party. And I found it only appropriate to celebrate its release with some great friends and DJs.
Everyone is a little surprised (to say the least) that you strayed from dance music for your debut and went with a harder rock sound. How long have you known that this was the way you wanted your debut to sound?
I have been creeping in this direction for many years ever since picking the guitar back up for songs like Shake Baby Shake and Hot As Hell. I just wasn’t ready to commit 100% until a recent trip down to New Orleans which inspired me in a dark and mystical way. I will still continue with the club sound though, complimenting the blues infused dance music. In October, Ultra will release an Enter The Night Versions, which is me remixing the album in a more DJ appropriate fashion.
How do you think or hope all the legions of sweaty, raving, Trouble & Bass fans will receive your album?
So far the reception has been incredible. I am lucky to have such a loyal and supportive fan base. This is something I always remember with whatever music I create. Never forget your peers and supporters and always stick to your guns.
Drop The Lime’s Bandit Blues
When and why did you move to Berlin? How did that time affect Drop The Lime?
I met a Parisian girl living in Berlin, and stayed while on tour in 2005 as an aspiring DJ. I was mixing genres and playing more experimental electronic music. The nightlife there had a huge impact on me, and I was inspired to incorporate a clubbier, techno and house sound into the DTL vibe. This helped mold and shape the backbone for what I do now as a DJ.
How did working with Holy Ghost! happen?
We went to High School and College together. Small world. NY is a tiny place when it comes to music. We may make different styles, but we both share the same attitude and passion for it, so it is only inevitable we collaborate from time to time.
Do you have any new Curses! material coming? Or any other stuff you wanna mention?
I definitely do. I am currently finishing up an album of new Curses! material which will unleash early next year.
Curses’The Deep End (Holy Ghost! Day School remix)
Anytime I’m out on the town with you were always the last to leave the party, but then you’re always up in the studio the next morning working. When do you sleep?
No sleep for the wicked.
Elvis or Cash?
What’s your favorite guitar + amp set up?
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman. Always and forever. VoxAC30.
How has your life been affected by the popularity of the True Blood and Twilight series?
Another major Night People tune was last summer’s monster Sex Sax. What do you like to mix that into and out of when you play out?
I was mixing it with Ten Snake forever. Now the new blend is rolling it out into some classic rockabilly edits I’ve done.
This Saturday July 14, Le Bain celebrates the release of Enter The Night, the new album by Drop The Lime (Ultra Records). Featuring Drop The Lime and The Night People: Blu Jemz, Lloydski and Eli Escobar.
Listen to Enter The Night (People), Drop The Lime’s exclusive DJ mix for Le Bain.