British progressive house and techno DJ Nic Fanciulli helps kick off the second leg of WMC month – call it Miami Music Week or Ultra Week if you want, but it all revolves around WMC – with a set Tuesday at SET to kick off a new residency to showcase his label, Saved Records. Fanciulli’s mesmerizing live shows – as well as his mixes for the renowned Renaissance and Global Underground labels – are quickly becoming the stuff of legend, the kind of performances fellow DJs don’t want to miss. Can’t make the SET show? Catch him at Nikki Beach on Wednesday and the Shelborne on Thursday.
What’s your musical mission in taking your Saved Records label to Miami?
For me, Miami is like my second home when I’m in America. It was one of the first places I really connected with when I first started touring, so bringing the Saved residency to SET was an easy choice. Musically it will be a lot of fun, as we are mainly doing Sundays, so the people that come out know what they’re expecting from me and the label guest.
What can we expect from your show?
The whole point of the Saved parties is to invite our friends to come and play. We have some amazing DJs playing, and there are no rules with the set times, so there are gonna be a few back-to-back sets.
How will it differ from your sets at Nikki Beach and Shine?
To be honest, I don’t really change my style for the clubs – I play more for the set times I’m given. But these are two great venues to play at.
What do you look for most from new artists for your label? A particular sound? Mood?
The whole thing, really. I like working with easygoing people that give you the vibe that they love what they’re doing. The records are the most important thing, but the vibe of the person is just as important. We release across the board musically, but the main point of the label is that it has to have a groove to the record.
How would you describe your own sound?
Confusing – I like all types of music and sometimes I get to play loads of styles. Like a few weeks back, I played Womb in Tokyo for seven hours and played ambient, dubstep, deep house all the way through to drum-‘n’-bass. Most of the time it’s house music, but when I see a gap to push the crowd, I will go for it.
What are some of the highlights of your residency at Space Miami?
I haven’t played at Space for three years. That was one of the best residencies I had – we really helped push the Terrace to what it has become today. I met some great friends, but it was time to move on.
What do you think of the split between WMC and Ultra?
I’m really not sure what to make of it. I’ve been going to WMC for 11 years, and this year we’ll see what happens. I really hope next year they join back up.