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Interview: Neverdogs on turning 20, their Bamboleo brand & more

Bamboleo and Neverdogs are having a sentimentally significant 2022 so far.

Interview: Neverdogs on turning 20, their Bamboleo brand & more

Italian duo Neverdogs have become somewhat iconic with underground music appreciators over the last two decades. Tommy Paone met Marco De Gregorio in the early 00s after spending the 90s pursuing individual music careers and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Ever since the turn of the Millenium, the internationally renowned brand of Neverdogs and now their beloved Bamboleo stable has been confidently bubbling up to its current commendable status. 

Becoming a nailed on people’s favourite, especially in London, Bamboleo and Neverdogs are having a sentimentally significant 2022 so far. 

In celebration of their upcoming 10-hour set for ’20 Years Of Neverdogs’ this weekend at London’s underground talisman, fabric, we caught up with Tommy and Marco to talk all things Neverdogs and Bamboleo:

Hey guys, thanks so much for joining us. Lets start with your upcoming fabric showcase to celebrate two decades of Neverdogs. What made you choose fabric, and how does it feel to be holding such a sentimental event in one of the worlds best-known clubbing institutions?

Hi everyone, greetings to our followers and thank you, Mr. Afterparty, for this interview. 

For some years now we have been thinking about “how” and “where” we will celebrate our 20th anniversary in London. We always thought of fabric. Since the birth of our brand Record Label / Showcase Bamboleo, we have had remarkable growth in a short period of time. Our journey started at 93 Feat East; we then moved to Village Underground and finally to fabric. Therefore it made complete sense to combine the Bamboleo Party and 20 Anni Neverdogs (20 Years of Neverdogs) on the same evening in this fantastic venue. 

Sentimental is definitely the right word, and for such a special occasion, we will be playing a 10-hour set, dropping many tracks that represent who we are. Our close friend, musician and collaborator of ours – for many years – will be playing live and will close the set presenting our remix made for the singer Maria Angeli’s album release: Anyhow.

You have an ever-growing following in London and many other cities globally, both as Neverdogs and with your Bamboleo brand. Did you ever imagine that you would reach this level of international notoriety when you began twenty years ago?

We believe that being a DJ and working with music goes beyond business and notoriety. It’s a passion that we have within us. It’s that fire that keeps us going from the very beginning. In turn, we worked hard, believed in ourselves and made our dream come true.

Tell us a bit about the ethos behind Bamboleo Records and its parties?

The atmosphere behind Bamboleo it’s a return to simplicity. It’s like going back to the real party where you get to enjoy a dynamic growing rhythm with electronic, minimal, techno and house sounds. It’s an environment where people feel good and listen to good music.

What other artists have an influential impact on your sound?

Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Daft Punk and Masters at Work, to name a few.

How much has your sound developed/changed since the early days of Neverdogs?

Even though we have evolved over the years, with the techno genres changing too – we have always maintained our personal imprint in our musical choice, a “Neverdogs Sound”.

What is it about electronic music that affects people in such a unique way?

Electronic music is a culture that goes beyond just “going to party”. True music lovers go to the club not only to listen to the artist they love and their amazing music but also to get together and share unforgettable moments. These are some of the reasons why this movement is so unique.

A lot of artists have certain tracks they love to close sets. What are yours and why?

We have a lot of tracks in our repertoire that we play at the end of our sets, depending on the situation. They are mainly original or edited classic old tracks or even recent tracks with voices and beautiful melodies that are memorable, catchy and soul-moving. Djuma Soundsystem – Les Djinns (Trentemoller Remix) or Depeche Mode – Get The Balance Right, for example.

If you could give yourself one piece of advice when you were first starting, what would it be?

To stay humble no matter what and never change who you are.

Lastly, what can you tell us about the future of Neverdogs & Bamboleo?

As for Neverdogs, we will soon be on Viva Music, Tamango (with a remix of Sydney Charles) and Snatch. We are also working on a two-track EP with Yaya with wAFF’s remix, and we will be playing at the Sunwaves Festival in Romania on April 30th. 

Bamboleo, on the other hand, will have its own showcase on June 15th in Barcelona during the Off Week at the GoBeach Club, with a respectable lineup: Yaya, De La Swing, Reelow, Matteo Gatti, Sebastian Ledher and Cosmin Horatiu. Nevertheless, there are many more exciting projects cooking in the pot & we will keep you all updated!

Join the duo at Bamboleo presents: ’20 Years Of Neverdogs’ this Sunday at fabrichttps://ra.co/events/1505406

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