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Dino Lenny Socials

Interviewed by GBS and Naddy Dib  - October.31.2019

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Hi there, Dino Lenny here my real name is Dino Anthony Lanni. I was born in London but grew up in Italy. I moved back to the Uk in 1996. I live now between Chelsea and Cassino. I’m a proud father and a decent cook.


Q: Analog or Digital and why?

I don’t care really as long as it moves me. Let’s say.. Digilog.


Q: Favorite Club/Venue and why does it stand out from the rest?

I really enjoyed playing at Robert Johnson, for some reason it made me feel young and light again. I guess because it's got an 80's look. Fabric is also a favorite club of mine. I love playing there too, it’s my London club. I feel at home, so many memories.


Q: What was the driving force that got you into DJing/Producing and when?

My hometown Cassino was quite boring in those days, well actually it still is so I used to listen a lot to the Radio. I always thought that music would be the magic element in my life, and wanted to be part of it.  I tried this and I tried that, and I made a few mistakes but like Frank says 'I did it my way'.  I made my first record in 1991 called “Cocaine”it was quite big. Was fun getting here ;)


Q: If you were to have a superpower, what would it be and why?

When I was younger for obvious reasons I thought that being invisible would be really cool and handy ;). But now that I’m older I’d love to have the power to stop children suffering from starvation and disease, how age changes people huh?


Q: Favorite Dish?

Frittura di calamari e gamberi, and of course Mama’s meatballs.


Q: What’s your biggest fear while performing?

That somebody has gone through my USB keys without me knowing, replaced my music and inserted some cheesy stuff in the breakdowns. I hope I’m not inspiring any of my friends here. Turning up to a gig with just 3 vinyls and having to play 4 hours that is a nightmare I used to have quite often but that’s another story. I had to find a way to slip in this nightmare I used to have, doctor says it’s good for me. Sorry ;)


Q: 1 person you’d dream to have a coffee with?


Q: If you would have been given the chance to do a film score from the past, what movie would you choose and why?

I don’t know my favorite films had the perfect score anyway. It’s a lot of work and I don’t have all that time. I would probably just do an episode of the original Start Trek, I guess that still can be done, we should all do an episode. I mean all the electronic guys. Let’s start this!

Q: Recommend a Hidden Gem in your Home country

Montecassino Abbey.


Q: 3 Tracks that got you into electronic music

It’s hard for me to define what is purely electronic. Kraftwerk years before and then Marrs “Pump up The Volume” or "Beat Dis" by Bomb the Bass in the same era made me realize that electronic music together with a touch of soul was the way forward.  It was more about a period rather than a particular record. I could mention loads that are equally important.  

Q: Tell us about your upcoming releases and plans for this year.

I have just released new music on Cocoon, Diynamic and Ellum that I’m really proud of. A new track on my Fine Human records imprint is ready to go too. And of course “Doctor” on Crosstown Rebels out on the 1st of November

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most of your listeners don’t know.

I easily get bored, that’s why my records sound different from each other. I mostly make music to entertain myself.

Q: Last but not least, congrats on your Crosstown Rebels Release! It sounds pretty solid!

Could you tell us more about your production process behind it?I think this record is an example of what I just mentioned "electronic with a soul". The past few years I’ve been trying to write innovative and original music. It's my take on how music should sound like these days. Music has given me a lot and now it’s time to give something back. I owe a lot to music.  Doctor on "Crosstown Rebels" is just another crazy Dino Lenny record.


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Out on Crosstown Rebels on the 1st of November