London, Britain (UK)
On a quest for soulfulness and sound!
The history of the Bizarre Magnet project has followed the proverbial long and winding road to get to this exciting launchpad point in 2011. Fueled by a life-long friendship and a shared love of all things Electro, courtesy of a well-informed musical identity, cross-fertilised across Buenos Aires, London, Chicago and Melbourne. Bizarre Magnet is made up of Luciano, a classically-trained pianist and restlessly creative sound and graphic designer and musical explorer, residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Claudio, a wandering spirit with a curious, hungry mind for beats, big vintage synth sounds and all things funky, an adoptive Londoner, in the UK since 2001.
Luciano & Claudio started on their journey dating back to their first stints at amateur DJing back in the late 80s. Over the years, and across geographies, with each of them independently pursuing a path of increasing professionalism and a loving dedication to growing their production skills whilst remaining very aware and in tune with new music, the Bizarre Magnet concept became a shared and growingly serious ambition and a pet dream project for these lifelong friends to collaborate on. In 2011, technology, skills, ambition, momentum and opportunity finally slotted into place, coming together in order to make Bizarre Magnet a reality.
Influenced by way too many artists to do them justice here, and with a love for the crossover between music and technology, dating back to the first seminal synth-pop and post-punk, New Wave acts of the eighties (Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, New Order, Eurythmics, Pet Shop Boys, A-Ha, The Human League, Giorgio Moroder, OMD, Visage, Imagination, Camouflage, Alphaville, Soft Cell, Ultravox, Yazoo, Erasure, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Yellow Magic Orchestra/Ryuichi Sakamoto and many, many others), marinated together in a heady cocktail mix that also included classic funk, disco, reggae, soul and jazz, progressive, symphonic electronic and rock music (Genesis, Pink Floyd, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre) and a bevy of Argentinian and English rock and pop bands, followed by classic Chicago House, the Madchester wave, Detroit and Berlin Techno, anthemic Trance, the Balearic scene, French and Italo-house, nu-jazz and chillout/downtempo music, as well as the rise of the 'big-name' DJs and the proliferation of crossover Electro artists, producers, DJs and bands (a widely eclectic set ranging from Moby to Metronomy, by way of Air, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Deadmau5, Stuart Price, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, M83, Royskopp, Mylo, Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, La Roux, Ellie Goulding, Bat for Lashes, Bjork, Altocamet, Ladytron, Leandro Fresco, Cerati, Melero, Leo Garcia, Capri, The Junior Boys, The Juan MacLean, Groove Armada, Sasha, John Digweed, Diego Ro-K, Ocio, Datarock, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Zucker, Carlos Alfonsin, Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Seaman, Massive Attack, Portishead, Radiohead, Danny Tenaglia, Tom Middleton, Gilles Peterson, Chris Coco, Joey Negro, Roger Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Riva Starr, The Rapture, Goldfrapp, Hercules & Love Affair, Alan Braxe, Ludovic Navarre, MSTRKRFT, Isolee, Rex the Dog, Alex Gopher, Heartbreak, Little Dragon, Daft Punk, The Whip, Ulrich Schnauss, Glass Candy, Aeroplane, Retro/Grade, Hurts, Foals, Justice, Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco, New Young Pony Club, Fujiya & Miyagi, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Retro/Grade, Mr. Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, DJ Hell, Alex Metric, Booka Shade, Space Ranger, Sebastien Tellier, Gorillaz, Jamiroquai, Chromeo Francois K, Rinocerose, Mark Ronson, Cassius, Blue States, Fake Blood, Penguin Prison, Passion Pit, Juri Hulkkonen, The Knife, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Vitalic, Felix Da Housecat, Yeasayer, Trentemoller, Banco de Gaia, MGMT and a whole constellation of others to make this coherent or faithful in any way), Bizarre Magnet are very much here to stay, as we forge a path into carving our own dancefloor-friendly sound with a nod to the classics...and so far, so good.
The best part is...our musical journey has only just started! Stay tuned for more!