Italian DJ Ale De Tuglie has been making waves in the international music scene with his electrifying sets and dynamic performances. With a relatively short but intense career, De Tuglie has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Luciano, and Marcel Dettman, to name just a few.
As a core member of Marco Carola’s crew, De Tuglie has been a regular fixture at the renowned Music On events, playing in some of the world’s most iconic venues and festivals, from Ibiza to Dubai, London to Barcelona. This year, he’s set to take his talents to even greater heights, with a packed schedule that includes performances at Music On Festival in Amsterdam on May 6th, as well as other destinations across the globe.
In this exclusive interview, we sit down with Ale De Tuglie to discuss his musical journey, his inspirations and influences, and his plans for the future. Join us in this interview with Ale De Tuglie as we explore the world of one of Italy’s most exciting and innovative DJs, and discover what makes him one of the most sought-after talents in the game.
From Italy to the World: Ale De Tuglie on His Journey as a DJ and Musician: Our Interview
How did you first get into DJing, and who were some of your early influences?
I was 12 years old when I started DJing. My passion came from watching YouTube videos of the main DJs of the time, some still headlining today. Initially I had house parties where I and other DJ friends would take turns playing for our friends. Then, slowly, I got the chance to play warm-ups for the first few nights and then gained more and more space.
Can you tell us about a particularly memorable gig or experience that stands out to you from your DJing career?
Definitely, an experience that has stuck with me is Printworks in London, a really insane venue! I still remember being shocked when I walked in. It is enchanting. That place really stuck with me, from the location to the professionalism of the staff, the lights, the sound system, the grit of the dancefloor… EVERYTHING!
As a core member of Marco Carola’s crew, can you describe your relationship with Carola and the rest of the team?
I felt part of the family right away, I can say a real little brother. I feel at home with them and I work with happiness and serenity, which I think is crucial when you work in a group, and, especially for me being new, feeling comfortable helps a lot.
How did you come to play at the Music On party at Printworks London last year, and what was that experience like?
It is precisely the group I work with that gave me this opportunity to perform at their party at Printworks. Anyway, as I said before, Printworks is magical, I can’t find anything that I didn’t like about that place. It was also one of my first dates with Music On, so it was even more magical!
You’ve played at a variety of venues around the world, from intimate clubs to large festivals. Do you have a preference for one over the other, and why?
I can’t tell you what I prefer between more intimate clubs or festivals with large capacities. I like to perform on both occasions, but I can say that my DJ sets have different facets depending on club or festival.
You’ve shared the stage with some of the biggest names in techno and house music. Is there anyone in particular that you’ve learned a lot from, or whose sets have influenced you in a significant way?
I listen to and watch a lot of big names when I get the chance. Marco is definitely one of them. I like his technique and how he looks at the floor. I love especially his sets in clubs or intimate places.
Besides him, as a DJ I really like Joseph Capriati (especially his DJ sets at afterparties) and also Jamie Jones.
With productions, on the other hand, Traumer is one of my favorite producers ever.
How would you describe your musical style, and how has it evolved over time?
Mainly I play tech-house and minimal, but I don’t limit myself. When I play, I like to span. As I always say, if a record is cool, it’s just cool, regardless of the genre. I always try to be original in my DJ sets, never trite or obvious.
As for the evolution of my sound, over the years, I have slowly managed to express 100% the way I am in music as well, and that’s exactly what I wanted: to express myself, my character, my person, even in DJ sets.
How do you stay inspired and motivated as a DJ, and what keeps you passionate about the industry?
I love entertaining people, expressing myself, and communicating with the dancefloor. Since I started touring the world, I really enjoy facing different dancefloors. Beyond that, the thing that ties me so much to this job is the chance to see the world doing what I love. This is a priceless thing, definitely one of the best parts of this path.
Can you talk about your creative process when producing music, and how you approach creating new tracks?
Usually when I start a track, I either start with an idea and try to develop it as much as possible as I imagined it, or, when I don’t have an idea in mind, I like to experiment and see what comes out. I don’t really follow logic. Definitely, the mood of the day may influence a lot when I open Ableton.
How do you approach creating a set for a particular event or audience? Do you have a set routine, or do you adjust your style depending on the crowd?
I never prepare anything. During the week I search and select a lot of music which I then sort into my folders. Then when I get to the event, I make my evaluations based on the dancefloor, the location, whether it’s night, whether it’s day, based on the time, and I start from there. I never prepare anything. I look at the floor and figure out what to do.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects or collaborations that you’re excited about?
At the moment I have no upcoming projects or collaborations. Right now, I’m focusing on my DJ sets and working in the studio. I have two releases coming out soon, one on Futura and one on Whippin, and I’m working on a lot more music. Maybe some collaborations with artists I respect would be nice. We’ll see how things evolve.
Ale De Tuglie and his future
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ale De Tuglie for taking the time to speak with us and share his insights into the world of music on this interview. It’s been a true pleasure to delve into his creative process, influences, and journey that has brought him to where he is today.
With a talent and passion that is clearly evident in every aspect of his work, we have no doubt that Ale De Tuglie will continue to make his mark on the global music scene. Be sure to stay tuned for his upcoming releases, and catch him live at an event near you – we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Thanks again to Ale for sharing his story with us, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!