DTL drops the beat 

New York DJ/producer shakes off labels in favour of the ‘attitude and energy’ of any given track

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What: MTV's Lovefest with Drop the Lime

When: Friday, Oct. 9

Where: Garfinkel's

Luca Venezia (better known as Drop The Lime or DTL) first discovered the world of electronic music after accidentally stumbling across the local rave scene in New York.

"I've gotta blame going to raves, really, as the enabler. I've always been into music - I was playing guitar and singing - and then I went to my first rave and it just opened my mind up," DTL said during a quick break from the studio on Monday.

"It was a mystery to me. I didn't understand if (the DJ) was making the music that was making these people dance, or what was happening, but it was one person making thousands of people go crazy. Immediately, I became jealous and hungry and I wanted to be that person doing that same thing."

So he began playing around with a pair of turntables and belt drives, trying to mix and mash beats, scratching without a mixer.

"I didn't know what I was doing, I was experimenting," he recalled with a laugh.

But a young DTL used his four-track recorder to capture his earliest efforts and through that process launched himself into the learning process.

These days, he relies mainly on digital tracks from Serato, delving back into vinyl bins whenever he wants to feature something more unique.

"I enjoy some obscure vinyl - some weird things here and there - but I'm not like one of those passionate dudes that goes and spends $50 on a record because it was a first-pressing from the '70s."

Regardless of the form, Venezia simply loves music. He's also one of the few DJs out there these days that doesn't seem to be afraid of mixing genres.

While he started off in jungle and drum 'n' bass, and over the years, he has progressed to techno and house, today he finds he combines elements of all styles and genres to create music that will appeal to an array of party goers.

But it was still the genre he discovered at the beginning, on the New York rave scene, which was hugely influential on his style and sound.

"I think today, I'm still very influenced by the sound palate of drum 'n' bass - the bass pound, the build-ups, the tension, the use of empty space, creating this mysterious vibe, and I still use that, but I just appropriate it into more of a house tempo, because I always found that house music, like 125, 130 BPM, is a tempo that everyone loves to dance to."

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