AFTER A STRING OF SUCCESFUL RELEASES ON INTEC, SUARA & SECOND STATE...WE CAUGHT UP WITH ANTHONY CARDINALE AKA AVISION ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, HIS STUDIO SETUP & A DREAM OF WORKING WITH THE LEGENDARY QUINCY JONES...
Hi Anthony thanks for taking the time to be with us at Virtus. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into Electronic Music?
Hey guys, my pleasure! I grew up listening to Electronic Music. My Dad was a singer/musician and used to sequence a lot of the early dance hits in the late 80’s, and 90s for his wedding band. So I’ve been a fan of Electronic Music as far as I can remember.
Being from New York, What’s the Techno scene like there?
Ah, New York, New York. The techno scene is great here. What I love about New York is that people here are always ready for a journey. A 2-hour set isn't heard of in New York, people love to go the distance and hear a 5-8 hour set. New York always gets down, they go for the “pots and pans” and for the harder sounding stuff.
We've seen you play on a lot of events in your home city with the likes of Carlo Lio and Victor Calderone and all over the states and Canada. Can we expect to see you heading over to Europe anytime soon?
Yes, the States are always fun. The plan is to head over to Europe for sure, we’re planning ADE right now in October and we’ll see what happens from there!
You have a very groovy yet driving Techno sound. Can you tell us what influences you when making a track?
I try to go in to the studio with a clear mind. The music that inspires me and always influences me is 70’s soul/disco, early 90’s techno, and jazz. I am a drummer, and throughout my school years I was always in Jazz band. I think that has inspired me to keep it groovy, and driving.
Having released on labels such as Second State, Suara and Intec, what would you say your most memorable release to date is and which one really kick started you career?
My most memorable release would have to be “Mind Of The Man” on Intec. When I first saw Carl playing it out it was such an amazing experience. The release that gave me a kick start I would say was “That’s My Sh*t” on Mark Broom’s Beardman label. That really grabbed a lot of attention from many DJ’s around the world.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Sheesh, this is hard. It would have to be one of my favourite producers of all time Quincy Jones, I don’t think the outcome would be techno, but Quincy has inspired me so much as a producer.
Can you run us through your studio setup and what your favourite bits of kit are? (VST/Hardware)
My studio process is pretty simple actually. I use Logic X as my DAW, I would say my favorite VST is Native Instruments Battery 4, and a lot of the new Roland Cloud synth's. I do have a few pieces of outboard gear, some of my favourites are my Nord Lead 2, Yamaha Dx7, Korg Ex8000, and my Korg monologue.
For any aspiring DJ/Producer, what one bit of advice would you give them?
The one bit of advice I would give is to be dedicated. Work hard, be positive, and worry about yourself, not what others are doing. I work on my craft daily and always try to better myself.
Can we expect any new releases from you in the near future?
YES! A lot of releases coming. Up next is an EP on Ben Sims’ Hardgroove label, then an EP for Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave, as well as some remixes. My release schedule is pretty full into next year.
Are there any producers right now you feel the world should be keeping an eye on?
One producer that I think that the world should keep an eye on is Nikola Gala, he’s been out for sometime and his releases are always amazing.
Anthony’s next release is his remix of Wigbert’s ‘Snapshot’ released on the 27th July on InMotion.