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Ascion was born in Naples in 1988. After finishing his studies in multimedia design he relocated to Berlin where he lives and produces music today. His first releases showed up in 2008 and after years of experimenting and searching over the last couple of years he has formed his own unique sound and style of Techno. In his productions as well as in his live sets he is not afraid to break the rules and his tracks fuses different sounds and emotions which could be defined as dark and mental but still focusing on music which is best experienced in a club environment.

With releases on such respectable labels as Repitch, Modularz, 3TH, Black Sun Records, Violet Poison he has proven to be an artist who should be followed closely. Apart from his solo projects he has a collaboration with D.Carbone, a joint project D.A.S. D.A. with D. Carbone, Shapednoise, AnD and was a part of Asma together with Max_M.

He is a busy man and not only works hard in the studio but takes care of three record labels. REPITCH recordings and Cosmo Rhythmatic with the collaboration of D.Carbone and Shapednoise, 3TH records with D.Carbone and Lucindo. The sound they’re pushing has it’s roots in Industrial, Noise and Techno music but with their own signature. Over the years they have released such artists as: Mike Parker, Sleeparchive, Mika Vainio, Franck Vigroux, Violet Poison, Stave, AnD, Black Rain, Gaja and their own tracks .

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– Can You please tell us about Your musical journey, from the beginning to where You are now?

It is and has been a constant evolution. When I started to experiment with music I was very young, I don’t even remember the exact age. In early 2000’s I started to dig into computers and gradually got into digital audio workstations because of my previous passion for music. In the beginning I had quite an abstract approach, being just intuitive and trying things out, I am still like that but with more awareness and experience. The first tracks that I produced were when the minimal-techno was the main trend, especially in Naples, it was a period of transition, to me as well as to the music scene. I evolved my tracks with more powerful and elaborate textures embracing different styles of electronic music.

My music is a reflection of myself, of what I like to reproduce and the period that I am living in. Throughout the years of my research, I learned, experimented, shared a heard a lot of music, so I understand which tracks are for me and which aren’t. I like this kind of development and there is still time to go further.

– Moving to Berlin from Naples must have been a big change for You, now looking back, how do You feel about it?

I feel good about it. Probably you know that Berlin and Naples are two completely different cities. Berlin is less chaotic and the rhythm of life is different. Simply, I feel more relaxed doing my thing here, this helps my brain to get into the creative process. I left Naples after high school to study Multimedia Design in Urbino, a city in the center-north of Italy, sharing an apartment with D. Carbone and basically just making music everyday. Naples is my city, my background, my family is there, I can go there whenever I want to and I don’t feel detached or something like that but it is not the right place for my kind of life and work right now.

– How do You stay creative and inspired to produce Your own music? Is there any particular sound or mood that You search in music?

I let myself to be carried away by feelings, not just a particular one. There are always different excitements which can be transmitted through sound like tension, anxiety, happiness, ecstasy, etc. and in some cases all of them can melt into one.

Basically I love to create. When a certain frequency or sound alters me, through that moment I think it works and I dig into it. I do the same for the music I like to listen or play out, I am often looking for certain emotional frequencies, that give or leave you something. I don’t care about the genre so much, I get inspired from non-electronic music elements sometimes. I care about why a track is there for, what it transmits and if the rhythm or the sound takes me away.

I am not happy about the global music standardization, we often hear stuff with no soul, no funk, just basic stuff or re-reproduction of something mundane, tiring. I think people sometimes deserve to experience variety of sounds in an aesthetic and sometimes eclectic way.

I still don’t know how to classify the mood that I transmit through my own material, I think it depends on the person who listens to it.  I am happy if my fusion of frequencies makes someone feel something.

– Your music could not be easily categorized and has evolved over the years but is still maintaining the signature sound of Ascion, is it something that You try to achieve or it just happens naturally?

It happens naturally. If I obtain just a great sound but that doesn’t sound coming straight from my mind or is too similar to something that bores me I will process it endlessly until I feel good with it, or I will just abandon it. I can’t do it differently and I’ve never thought to establish my own signature sound even though friends and people tell me that I have my created my own sound over the years. I was just doing my thing. I want to continue to evolve and experiment, it is not in my nature to be stuck to one thing or certain genre.

– Is there anything in particular that You want the listener to take away from Your music?

I want people to get lost in the rhythm and atmosphere, to just to let it go. They are free to decide what to take from that.

– Being a graphical designer and music producer, how do You see the relation between music and visuals?

I’ve always seen them going very well together. The reproduction of sound in form has always interested me. Musical topics have been pictured in images and art ever since. Think about it, we can have endless visual representation of musical elements, visualizing a sound as a single line or as a spectrum full of colors, figures and to imitate its wave effects. It is just up to our imagination how to interpret it. With computer graphics we have a lot of possibilities to make it possible, I try to experiment with my own labels, making artworks that in some way can relate to the music on the release, in my opinion, in that moment.  There is of course some music which doesn’t need any artwork or deserves it to be total blank.

– You’re running 3 different labels with D. Carbone, Shapednoise and Lucindo, what were the biggest challenges that You had to overcome and things that You have learned through that experience?

Everyday we learn more and more about running the label, I think we will never stop to learn. Working in team is nice and motivating but not always easy because all of us have different projects on the side at the same time. So far things have evolved quite interestingly, we are satisfied with what we have achieved, releasing great artists and often receiving excellent feedback. Releasing decent music is our biggest task.

Lately I have learned how to manage the time I have. Having three record labels, we have three times more schedules, deadlines, plans, artworks and so on to take care of. We are passionate about it so I can only look at it positively.

– What do You think about the scene of Techno today as it grew in popularity massively over the last couple of years, what do You think about the future?

Living the digital-era it is normal that electronic music is over-viewed and much more accessible. Somehow the cheesy enthusiasm can be felt and as a result there is some styles of Techno that may seem more catchy for the masses thus becoming more and more popular. I see that for most of the people, everything they get seems to be “bomb”, it is weird and it is not so authentic. In the future, I can see Techno being played in even more huge arenas for popular acts, meanwhile somewhere there will still be those unforgettable music moments inside smaller sweated venues. I hope and guess that there will  still be variety on a wider scale since Techno is made of layers.

– Do You believe that You are on a certain mission in terms of Your life and the music You make?

I don’t often tell that to myself but I can say that my mission is to provide original musical and visual entertainment, with passion, being myself.

– Who are the artists/labels who inspires You and keeps Your interest in music?

All over the map there are artists and labels that in a way have inspired me. I am not making a long list right now but simply a great example is Brian Eno, a brilliant figure who is a vast source of inspiration.

– What are Your own and Your labels plans for the future?

We already got an interesting 2016 schedule for the labels. Very soon we will release the second Lucindo EP on 3TH records, then a massive D.A.S. D.A. EP (Ascion, D. Carbone, Shapednoise, AnD) on Repitch recordings. Then after Vainio & Vigroux’s album on Cosmo rhythmatic we will have another huge project which I cannot announce yet. Repitch will turn five next year, so probably something will be happening. I have some solo releases planned, Deep Sound Channel is one of the labels that I am involved with right now. Releases with D. Carbone is on the way as well! I have lots of ideas and projects in mind. I can say that I should release more of my own stuff, I made plenty of music that has never been shown or heard by anyone, maybe now is the time to let the stuff out.