In the beginning, DJs were faceless human jukeboxes that played at the whim of their audience. When dance culture boomed DJs became superstars, and fame and ego replaced love of the music.
Luciano represents a third way: he is both a single-minded artist completely devoted to music, and a performer whose charisma is an intrinsic part of his global appeal. Luciano fuses art and fame like no other DJ. As a result the humble, Swiss-Chilean DJ, producer and boss of Cadenza Records is one of the biggest stars of the global electronic music scene.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Santiago, Luciano fell under the spell of Detroit heroes like Juan Atkins and Model 500. Determined to share his passion for techno, he spun records in clubs where disgruntled rock fans stubbed out cigarettes on his vinyl. Undaunted, the teenage DJ continued, gradually winning a loyal following and pushing dance music to new heights in Chile. Not only DJ’ing but also promoting Sense Club and Encuentros Con La Technocultura in Santiago de Chile in the company of many pioneers of the Latin American Electronic Music Scene: Senor Coconut AKA Atom Heart, Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack & brother Adrian Schopf, Washington Miranda, Argenix Brito, Micron and more. By his early 20’s his DJ career was blossoming and his love of music had brought him fame. Most DJs would stop there but Luciano’s outstanding characteristic is his refusal to rest on his laurels. “In life always you have an easy way and a complex way,” he says. “The complex way has more rewards.” and true to his words he forged ahead and moved to Europe
Determined to push himself to new heights and on a new continent , he gradually invaded the inner reaches of electronic culture, thanks in part to South American associations like Ricardo Villalobos and Dandy Jack, but ultimately finding and refining his own unique sound and style, a combination of irresistible, mind-altering blend of barebones techno and hot-blooded Latin rhythms.
Starting with a string of outstanding EPs, remixes and special projects on acclaimed imprints such as Perlon, Peacefrog, Poker Flat, M_nus, Desolat, and Cocoon, Luciano founded Cadenza Records in 2003, a label that’s become synonymous with pushing the boundaries of the Dance scene with its iconic, one of a kind style and image thanks to a widely recognized and devoted group of artists and producers following in the steps of their charismatic leader.
Over the last ten plus years Cadenza Records has more than accomplished its ambitions: A space for music to grow, rise and blossom and grow it has to become one of the most respected electronic labels on the planet staking claim to over 100 high quality hand picked releases, featuring a robust and creative group of artists led by Luciano’s example, spawning off incubator sub label Cadenza Lab as well as Basaec a 2014 incarnation, showcasing Luciano’s first productions as Luciæn dating back to his late teens. Luciano’s work isn’t exclusive to Cadenza and has been busy remixing as well with releases on Hot Creations, Ibadan and Atlantic Jaxx in the last calendar year alone and is now making plans for a new musical journey, the first of its kind, preserving the Origins of music.
Ranking as one of today’s most influential and ground breaking world traveling DJs and Performers, key events helped propel him to current stardom. His move back to Europe in 2000 laid the foundation for sowing his roots in Europe’s key dance music sub-cultures. Success bred further successes as he started a residency at Weetamix in Geneva in 2000 but only a year later joined the Cocoon team in Amnesia Ibiza. Appearances in front of crowds of 1.2million at Love Parade in Berlin and and 200,000 at Love Parade in Santiago 2006 were key defining moments.
Luciano vaulted himself into the the annals of Ibiza dance history in 2006 by forming a partnership with Circoloco at Ibiza’s most notorious underground club DC-10 over a 3 year residency until the venue was temporarily closed by the authorities. After debuting his futuristic multimedia show ‘Æther Live’ in 2009 to successful reviews, Luciano went on to re-ignite Ibiza’s underground nightlife with a free event at the Ushuaïa beach bar which soon turned into the biggest party of the summer. Luciano’s own brands of parties began in 2010 with ‘Vagabundos’ spawned at his Sunday residency at Pacha and ‘Luciano & Friends’ born on the beach at Ushuaïa. ‘Vagabundos’, a concept marrying a whimsical upbeat musical atmosphere with funky pre-war hobo themed attire depicting Luciano and his entourage as colorfully dressed partying “Vagabundos” became the hit of the summer. ‘Luciano & Friends’ gained significant traction during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the newly opened Ushuaïa Hotel which had morphed from a tiny beach bar into a hotel conglomerate and megaclub.
During the summer of 2014, the Origins party at Amnesia rocked the island. While 2015 saw Luciano reincarnate Vagabundos from a 2-year hiatus to a temporary home at Space, the Vagabundos have returned home to Pacha for 7 selected Fridays this summer running from May 20 through to September 16th. Meanwhile Luciano & Friends have resided at the beautiful open-air Destino for the past two summers on selected Thursdays and plans to maintain the tradition in 2016.
This forward thinking innovator has brought his own eclectic and truly unique blend of Electronic Music and passionate Latin grooves to crowds all over the planet, taking the stage at all the most renowned clubs in Ibiza, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Roma, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and all points in between.
Beside his musical commitments, Luciano together with his wife Francisca and his sister Amélie have founded the charity ‘One Coin For Life’ with donations from the Electronic Music industry, it aims at raising cultural awareness and collecting funds to help communities around the world preserve their cultures and traditions. Its first venture included building schools for the children of the Arhuaco and Kogi tribes in Colombia, while upcoming projects will focus on financing the Vipingo Village in Kenya.