Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of artists about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is producer/performer Christiano Crisci (a.k.a. Clap! Clap!).
Read on to find out about his last live set before lockdown, the release of his Liquid Portraits album and what he’s been up to in quarantine.
When and where was your last live performance?
Cristiano Crisci: It was around the end of January, close to Bari in Italy, for Putignano’s Carnival.
How did it go?
It was the first party of the carnival, so it was amazing! So much energy! I had very good energy with the crowd!
What was your mindset going into it? Where had you played previously?
I have a very long relationship with live shows. I’ve been to Japan several times, India, the Middle East, Russia and USA. My mindset is to establish a feeling with the crowd [at] first, then to push all my best vibes into the performance!
Did any tracks, in particular, go over especially well during that gig?
Yes, I remember that “Viarejo,” “Mandragora” and “Southern Dub” really smashed that night!
What is your best memory from that gig?
It was the people who didn’t want to stop dancing. They asked for more and more and more, so I started improvising a DJ set after the live show. We all danced till 5 am and it was so good!
Everyone can’t wait for clubs and festivals to begin again. What do you miss most about performing? How are you keeping your skills sharp?
Yes, me too. Can’t wait. I miss festivals and clubs so much. I miss the sub and low frequencies shooting [me at] the face at very high volume levels!! Miss that bass punch! I always jam and record at home, every single day of my life. Nothing has changed in this aspect!
What have you been working on during the lockdown? How can fans support you right now?
I’ve been working on new music, and I’ve done a few mixes. The best news for fans is that the new album, Liquid Portraits, has just been released. So they can support the project by checking it out at Bandcamp.
Any last words on your last gig?
Yes, it was amazing and I really hope to have more shows like that as soon as possible!