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40 Questions: Layton Giordani

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Amsterdam-based producer Layton Giordani returns to Adam Beyer’s Drumcode imprint next month, bringing a project beyond anything the young talent has tried before. Since his Drumcode debut of Rivington last year, techno enthusiasts have been standing tall for more from Giordani.

With the wait now over, we caught up with Layton as he takes on our The Big 40, explaining his love for music from childhood, smashing laptops and flying through hurricanes, read on.

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

I am at my family’s house in New York on vacation, making music on my laptop in my old bedroom!

02. What year were you born?


03. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

Hmm, I’d probably have to say my 2 surfboards and fairly new skateboard in the garage.

04. Worst experience as a DJ?

Definitely the time I was playing at Output and dropped my laptop before getting ready for my set. Cracked the whole screen! I don’t play with my laptop, but I always just bring it in case I forget a track or something on a USB. Yeah that was a bad night.

05. Best experience as a DJ?

Playing my first Drumcode Festival! Was pretty amazing to feel so much love from the crowd, one of the best memories thus far.

06. Favourite record label?


07. House or Techno?

Well why not both, as I grew up on house music and that evolved into techno.

08. First record you ever paid for?

The first record I actually bought was my own production.

09. Studio or DJ booth?

DJ Booth.

10. Your dream collaboration?

Hmm, I would have to say Danny Tenaglia.

11. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

I sometimes suffer from severe anxiety, thankfully loud music cures that.

12. Cats or dogs?

Dogs, I have two.

13. Ever smoked?

Yeah, but not a fan of cigarettes.

14. Ever done drugs?

Yes, yes I have.

15. Ever stole?

Sadly yes, I think we all have at least once in life.

16. Busy city, or quiet beach?

I grew up in New York, but basically live on the beach during summer, so I’d say the beach.

17. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?

Danny Tenaglia at Pacha. I still remember to this day when he dropped Music Is The Answer, classic!

18. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

I honestly ask myself that every day. I grew up doing music through school, and went into it full time. So I couldn’t imagine what else I would be doing.

19. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Being bar back for a busy bar in New York, I hated it!

20. Favourite record right now?

Ilario Alicante – Virgo Storm.

21. Favourite record of all time?

Ouch, that’s a hard one. Too many to choose from but at the moment I have been reliving Bookashade – Charlotte (Dubfire Remix).

22. One thing you couldn’t live without?

My laptop.

23. Favourite food?

Sweet potato fries.

24. Movies or books?


25. Vinyl or CDJs?


26. Favourite country to travel to?

Netherlands, that’s why I moved there.

27. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Output, Brooklyn.

28. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

Right now, TomorrowWorld, but something special in the summer is coming up and I have a pretty good feeling that it will be the one to take the top spot.

29. Craziest story of being on the road?

Probably being trapped in Texas for nearly 2 days because of a hurricane. Then when I was on the plane journey home, we flew over the eye of it. Pretty crazy sight.

30. Weirdest request as a DJ?

When this stranger asked me to play Reggaeton music.

31. Coke or Pepsi?

Neither really, not a big soda guy. But Coke if I had to.

32. If you had one super power what would it be?

To be immortal.

33. Late sleeper or early riser?

Late sleeper.

34. Favourite fruit?


35. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

Probably that video that shows you what its like to be on mushrooms – its trippy!

36. Shower or bath?


37. The top thing on your bucket list?

Visit the Pyramids in Egypt.

38. PlayStation or Xbox?


39. Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have two Australian Shepherds.

40. Anything to add?

That was pretty fun! Some very good questions! I hope that this helps some people feel like that have got to know me a little better ;-) Thanks for having me!