“Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form,” Barry White once quipped. It’s tough to disagree with that sentiment. After all, what other sound is so steeped in canons purpose-built to emanate feel-good vibes? What other sound is exquisitely colouristic, powerfully kinetic and consummately unpretentious? Last Sunday, Dicky Trisco, one of the best at it, took his charms to Tanjong Beach Club and treated an assuredly grateful crowd to some sultry, limb-unlocking grooves. The in-demand DJ-producer wields a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips – and crates – and in this chat with us, he opens up about the things take that make his musical journey a continually fun and fulfilling one.
Hey Dicky Trisco! Thanks for your time. How has the tour been treating you?
Hey, nice to meet you! Well, it got off to a weird start as I was stuck in snowstorms in Scotland with the airports on shut-down. Finally, after two days in limbo, I got the only plane out of Edinburgh but had to change my route. So, in the end it took around three days to get to Beijing. I arrived at 2am and started playing in the club at 3am with my suitcase and all. But I got there!!! And it was a great party at Dada with my good friends Yeti. A few hours later, I was on my way to Seoul to play with the amazing Disco Experience posse. I have been playing with them for five years now. They are a great crew.
“I watch closely for those moments when people set themselves free and something gets let loose inside. I never tire of that sensation.”
What’s got you excited about Singapore?
I love Tanjong Beach Club. It has a really great relaxed vibe. And an amazing location on the beach there. And after some great food and long cold drinks, you can dance barefoot in the sand. What’s not to like? But I am particularly happy about this one because all my Singapore friends are heading down and I also get to finally play with local DJ legend Brendon Perera of Zouk fame. It’s going to be great music and top vibes all day long. I can’t wait!
Take us back to the beginning: What drew you to disco?
Disco was the music that grabbed me most as a teenager. I liked the way it brought people out of themselves on the dance floor. It made them feel free. Then it led me into the whole acid house scene, which I got stuck right into. But my love for disco has always remained. I think the fact that, in its early and purest form, its expression of openness and unity added to a certain decadence, is something very close to my heart and who I am as a person.
What are three of your top disco records and why?
After being in the game this long, what still gets you excited about a party?
Music and parties are all about people. And I love people. I talk quite a lot. And I love watching people, and most of all I love the responsibility and buzz of making them dance. I watch closely for those moments when people set themselves free and something gets let loose inside. I never tire of that sensation. Music brings people together. AMEN to that.
Are you working on any new releases? What can the people expect?
Yes, I’m always working on releases. I run quite a few labels. That is how I spend my time when I am not travelling, DJing or drinking gin & tonics. I just had a release out on a Brazilian label called Barefoot Beats with my friend Joutro Mundo from Rio. I have a remix coming out on house imprint Home Taping very soon as well. And I have some original disco productions coming up on File Under Disco. So lots to do!
Lastly, what are your hopes for dance music in 2018?
That it brings people together and sets them free. Even if for just a short time, we all need that release on our lives. Music certainly saved my life.