As the brains behind the ever-thriving Lapsus Music Imprint, Supernova are the Italian duo who have been making waves for their infectious and distinguishable productions, with more than a decade’s worth of experience in the scene. Having consistently impressed with a rich catalogue of releases, Giacomo Godi and Emiliano Nencioni continue to go from strength to strength and their latest release, ‘The Prophet’ alongside Chus & Ceballos, ensures they end 2016 on a real high.
We were lucky to catch up with the guys as they talk us through life on the road, inspirations, favourite artists of the moment and what’s in store for 2017.
Electronic Groove: How did you originally meet and become Supernova?
Supernova: We are both from Florence and had some friends in common when we were around 20 years old. We met again at a party after many years in Florence. Emiliano was working on the official CD of his Sunday night party in Florence and asked to Giacomo to try to do it in his studio in Milan. We started working on the project and after a few days we both felt we would have worked together for many years. That was in 2002. The CD was released in 2003 called “After Beach” (like the Sunday party) and was the first album of a new duo called Supernova.
“We are really close friends since a long time with Chus & Ceballos and lately we are working closer than ever on many sides”
Electronic Groove: And you’ve had a lot going on with your label ‘Lapsus Recordings’ recently including a collab with Chus & Ceballos. How did this project come together?
Supernova: Yes, we are releasing a lot of our new stuff on Lapsus because it’s our house and we want to give it our imprint. We are really close friends since a long time with Chus & Ceballos and lately we are working closer than ever on many sides. We are releasing often on their label Stereo Productions and recently being part of their showcases around the world. When the guys proposed us to do a studio collaboration we were more then happy to welcome them in Florence for a couple of days and stay in the studio to work on some ideas we already had in place. After a few days “The Prophet” came out. We’ve played it during the whole summer, always getting great dance floor feedbacks. In September we told the guys that we wanted to release it on Lapsus Music and they were more then happy. And then… here we are.
Electronic Groove: Talk us through your studio set up. How do you like to produce and what gear you use?
Supernova: We use Ableton live as Production software and most of the time we use UAD plugs to mix and master the tracks, but always going through some analog summing mixers like API or Dangerous. We love to mix up vinyl samples with sounds pulled out from our hardware analog synths as the Prophet V, Minimoog Voyager, Juno 60 or Pro2 just to name a few.
Electronic Groove: How do you balance studio time and touring time?
Supernova: When we’re on tour we try to get inspired by what we live and play around the world; when we are in the studio we try to finalize everything and concentrate on research listening to our vinyl collection. Sometimes when we’re around and we have the opportunity to stay for a long time in the same city, it may happen to crank out some “bombs”.
Electronic Groove: What Djs and producers influence your sound would you say?
Supernova: Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Kerri Chandler and all the 90’s music from House to Techno we have played since the beginning of our DJ’s career.
Electronic Groove: What is your favorite track to play right now?
Electronic Groove: What does the rest of winter have in store for you?
Supernova: We have a new EP coming out on Lapsus Music in December, a track on Stereo Productions, the BPM sampler and an EP on Elrow Music in February. We are working on a lot of new stuff lately, so we are going to have some more upcoming releases very soon 🙂
“We are looking to keep finding the sound that best represents the synthesis of both musical backgrounds”
Electronic Groove: What the travel agenda looks like?
Supernova: Yes, we have some gigs booked in Italy, an Asia tour at the end of January, also USA and South America tours already planned on the calendar for first half of 2017, and last but not least a gig at the BPM Festival on January 12th.
Electronic Groove: What can we expect from Supernova and Lapsus Music for 2017?
Supernova: We are looking to keep finding the sound that best represents the synthesis of both musical backgrounds. The music that we are playing is having very good feedback around the world. As for Lapsus Music we are focusing on artists close to the Supernova sound. We just want to plan releases and artists that we feel really fit into the label. The family is getting more and more solid. This is what we gonna be focused on in 2017.
Supernova’s “The Prophet” is already available on Lapsus Music.