DJ Master of Ribongia a.k.a. Antonio Rosselli Del Turco grew up in Florence, Italy and has recently relocated to Sydney, Australia. I came across his music when I found his project Idea Idea – featuring Lanie Lane (they were on the Sydney Band Video-Mix-Tape a week or so back). His jams are super fun and bouncy! Two things I love in music! I’m looking forward to catching him live soon when he ventures this way. If you’re in Sydney this weekend (Fri Oct 7) go see MoR at the Kings Cross Hotel.

Tell me a little bit about yourself. You’re originally from Italy right?
Yep, that’s right. I’m a dirty wog! [laughs]. I was born in Florence and lived there until I was about 20. After a short period in Berlin I moved to London, then I came to Sydney. My mum is Aussie so things where a little easier than what most immigrants have to face when they get here.

What can you tell me about Italian culture and music?
Wow where do i start? I’ll keep it relative to what I do. Italians are individualists. Extremely talented, everyone is doing their own thing. Musically there’s a huge club scene but unfortunately it’s dominated by house music witch I’m not huge on. There some pretty cool underground net labels.

What was your first exposure to music?
Growing up my dad would play music in the house really loud. At the time he was into Dire Straits, The Police and he always had a soft spot for Tina Turner.

What inspires you to make music?
Hmm, good question… maybe in the beginning it was a form of escapism but then it became somewhere in between an ongoing challenge and duty. Sometimes I think that if I was born fortunate enough to be able to make music that it is my duty to create things for others to enjoy.

Have you studied music or art formally?
I played drums for about 15 years. I was pretty serious about it. I had several teachers over the years. I also did a jazz ensemble course at the Conservatorium. Back at home I got a diploma in visual arts.

Why did you choose to relocate to Sydney and how has it influenced the music you create?
I was in London working in a bar for very little money when I decided that I was not going to live like this forever and I was going to do something I loved on a daily basis. I found out about a course in audio engineering but I could not afford it in London. Having an Australian passport I decided to look into Sydney. I did a medical trial and three days later I booked a flight to Sydney.

Once I got here one of my first jobs was bar-tending in place called Soup Plus. It was a tiny and dodgy Jazz bar on George Street in the city. That place rocked! I was surrounded by music five nights a week. Some of the most talented musicians performed there. It was heaven. That place inspired me so much.

Has being in Sydney been conducive to you writing music?
For some reason I always felt more motivated when I was away from home. I wonder if it could’ve been anywhere in the world or if Sydney pushes me to be productive.

What is one of your all-time favourite cities for music and what is it about the music from that place you love?
It’s a bit of cliché but I’d have to say Berlin. It’s a hub for Creatives from all around the world. There’s a buzz in the air that’s hard to describe. What I loved about it when I was there is that you could turn into a lane way and get involved with a block party, chat to someone at a bar and get invited in a jam session.

What’s one of your favourite sounds and why?
The cowbell! [laughs] …nah, I’d have to say when sub-bass is used well it’s a pretty good feeling. Up there with sex!

How do you go about finding and collecting new sounds?
Sampling is an art form and I respect it. When possible, I used to stay away from it. I’ve always thought that if I started sampling riffs, chord progressions and melodies I would jeopardize my own learning experience when writing. When I could, I tried to work on my own ideas with what instruments or synths I have available. Now days I don’t mind the odd sampling. I find it’s a great way to tune your ears.

In a recent interview you commented “I wanna stop noticing what’s going on around me and focus on what my guts tell me to play and record” was there anything in particular that made you come to this realisation?
As a producer you always try to stay fresh and in tune with what’s new and cutting edge. Recently I realized that the only way to really stand out is to just follow your instinct and with a lot of writing slowly sculpt your own sound.

What do you hope people feel from your music?
What the intention of the tune was. I’d like to be able to navigate them to whatever emotional state I’ve decided on. I’m big fan of euphoria though.

Tell me about the funnest live show you’ve ever played?
It has to be High n Dry Festival in 2009.

I’ve read that your music has been used for a few national TV campaigns, which ones are they and what do you consider before allowing your music to be featured in such things?
Campaigns = 1 / 2 / 3 – Like religion would’ve funded the arts in Renaissance Florence in the 14th century, media and advertising are feeding thousands of Creatives all over the world – from graphic designers to film makers, from musicians to writers. When you get offered such opportunities you ask yourself if it’s right or not. The reality is that it’s not easy to make cash out of music so you gotta just go with it. Saying that, I will always look into what the ad is for and make sure I’m not signing up to some unethical cause.

Tell me about the projects you’re currently working on.
I’m focusing on my own stuff at the moment. I’m starting to work on a new concept album as well as doing remixes for Australian and international acts.

the Meters – Same Old Thing (MoR tribute) by masterofribongia
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*Art/Photo Credit: 1 / 2 / 3 – Matt Taylor