Abstract Travels _ Interview with Claudio PRC
What are your thoughts on the escapist nature of music?
This is one of the powers of music, the part that excites me the most and which most of my works are based on. When I start to make music I always try to create the flow of sounds that let me escape from the reality that surrounds me, I like to create and take refuge in other worlds through abstract travels, I need it and it makes me feel good. It’s the same with the music I listen to and when I play as a DJ. I think it’s the most important and purest aspects of music, just think of the ancient shamans or the use of music in religion, We have always had the need to escape and music has always been the best way to do it.
“The only journey is the one within.” (Rainer Maria Rilke) Would you agree or disagree? And why?
I fully agree. I have developed a project, which is the album Inner State, on this theory. The journey within us is crucial, the inner evolution of man in his journey in this life is what will characterize the evolution of what is outside of us, and evolution is growth and development. Evolution must take place within us by means of the journey into our deepest inner, if we want the same to happen outside. This is the only one that matters.
What has been your best gig to play to date and why?
I really have fond memories of several gigs that I have played in recent years, it is difficult to choose because each of them was unique and unrepeatable. But if I have to choose, I would have to say that the best were Eleven in Tokyo and Boom Festival in Portugal, both in 2012 for my album tour. In both cases, I was able to fully express my emotions and feelings and there was a strong and unexpected response from the public, we become one entity and let ourselves be lead by the music and the magic atmosphere, I could look straight into the eyes of the people and I could give and receive those feelings that I have always tried and have never been able to find anywhere else. I felt really excited, the energy was palpable. It’s difficult to explain something without having lived it, I can just say that in those times I felt really alive, everything made sense.
When playing a gig, do you respond to the reactions of the crowd or do you have a set planned out in your head beforehand?
Before going to play a gig I always prepare something first, it will be the basis for my DJ sets and I change it according to the reactions of the crowd. I think a DJ must make people feel good, nothing can be fully prepared, I always leave my set open to many possibilities.