Eternal Love: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
As Eternal Love, cheeky chappies Fede and Edo are injecting that bit of extra joy into their output that we’re all in need of.
The Milanese duo’s digging endeavours aren’t confined to one sound or style, you’ll find them scouring dusty crates for everything from lovers rock and jazz to Italian dream house and rock music.
If they had to put a label on what they play though, they’d term it as SOUL music in all its different shapes and forms.
They’ve been gathering a healthy following across Europe and beyond through their tasteful sets and lighthearted approach, this year they’ve hit the UK, Belgium, Spain and South America, to name a few, but up next you’ll find them closer to home at Polifonic Festival. The Polifonic link extends to curation too, the guys are also involved with an upcoming VA release, put together with the help of Yu Su, Lipelis and Benedek… Keep your eyes peeled for that.
On the topic of releases, while Fede and Edo may have spent a lot of time digging and selecting, more recently they’ve been putting time into production. This August will see the release of their debut EP via firm favourites Planet Trip – trust us this one is a perfect soundtrack for summer.
Now, the pair tell us they tend to opt for the more “home listening” side of their collections when it comes to mixes and radio shows, but on this occasion they’re going against the grain with a mix of the kind pop sounds you can expect to hear them playing this summer.
Made up of Balearic, disco, house and all that good stuff to make you move, their ‘Shine A Light On’ mix is soulful, sun-soaked and best accompanied, as the boys tell us, with a nice glass of cold white wine. Crack open a nice bottle and get stuck in…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Ciao! We are Fede and Edo from Milano, stupidly known as Eternal Love.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
It is quite difficult to describe our sound! We are often asked about this, but it is always a complicated question. Primarily because we are both into different and varied genres of music. This is also reflected in our mixes and DJ sets where we like to range between different eras and styles. And that also makes it very difficult and expensive to buy records. We buy everything from reggae to rock to house, jazz, disco tropical stuff etc. We often imagine how much easier would be to be more like “single-genre” DJs … but also much less exciting, I guess.
We like to describe the music we play as SOUL music, in all its variations and transformations.
Where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded at Fede’s place on a very hot Milanese afternoon.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Usually when we are asked for a mix we like to stay away from the club environment. We try to separate a lot what we play at a gig from what we love to come up with on a radio show or mix.
For this mix, we did the opposite! We exactly tried to bring a sort of “best of” the music that is accompanying our summer dates. A mix of house, balearic sounds, disco and other random music that makes us move and smile. It’s a mix that tries not to take itself too seriously (how music should be!) without a spasmodic search for the unknown track necessarily (there are a couple of classics that always work on dancefloor). For these reasons probably the ideal setting would be a beach with a nice sound system topped with some good, cold white wine.
What should we be wearing?
Probably a cheesy Hawaiian shirt and of course no shoes!
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
The perfect place to record a mix is the place that makes you feel most comfortable! Also the type of equipment obviously depends on what you are used to. We usually record at home, dim lights, some incense, a few beers to be looser and… mix is done.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Many current favourites! For sure a very unknown (at least for us!) housey remix of a classic by Roberto Carlos – Se Voce Pensa. Then, also Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – You Can’t Beat It, a classic not classic from 2012, one of the first ever records bought by Fede back in the days, which we are recently spinning a lot.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
This is a difficult question because we both listen to a lot of mixes, but we would say the Red Light Radio guest mix from DJ Vegetable!
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
This question is also difficult! Surely it would be so cool to play with one of our all-time idols: Marcellus Pittman. It would definitely be a dangerous one though as we would probably get easily drunk together, messing around on transitions but at least spreading out beautiful music! From the past, it would be super cool to play with some old school Italian dj’s, Flavio Vecchi for example! Although technically he would make us look so bad… they were all really skilled DJs!
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
We both used to have very shitty mixers and cheap turntables. Edo bought the first set-up in exchange of some very low-quality hashish during his second year of high school and Fede bought a behringer mixer and a pair of cheap reloop turntables delivering pizza.
Now we’ve a common setup at Fede’s Place composed of 2 Technics 1210 MK2, 2 Xdjs 700, an E&S DJR 200, 2 Klipsch Heresy 1st serie, Jolida JD202 Amplifier and a Serendeepity hand-made Delay.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
It always depends on the kind of mix you are doing or the kind of party you are playing. But we both agree that the first half an hour is always the most important to set the vibe and turn up the energy. If you do a good first half an hour the rest in easier… so I guess the first one!
What were the first and last records you bought?
We both don’t remember the first record ahhaha. It was too long ago! The last record, very last one (it just landed today at my place) is a very cool Italian house record. It is called “The Tube – Thinking Of”. The cool track is the “Happy Mix”. We will definitely play it in the upcoming summer gigs!
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Shrimp tacos with some spicy sauce!
If it was an animal what would it be?
A beach stray dog, the ones you find on beaches of Sri Lanka for example. A bit fat and old but super good mood.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Alix Jacques Colé Colé Band – Tessa’s Theme Jlux. Looks easy to mix but never gets in time! It’s a nightmare hahaha. Though it’s also beautiful so in the end who cares if it goes in a little crooked.
Upcoming in the world of …
Many exciting summer gigs, our record on Planet Trip and the release of a various EP which we curated on Polifonic Label alongside Lipelis, Yu Su and Benedek! So excited about that one.
Eternal Love play at Polifonic Festival (28-31 July).