Cycle2ADE is a charity cycle ride that aims to raise £100,000 to build a music school in Langa, Cape Town. The concept is that a handful of top DJs have chosen to cycle from the UK to Amsterdam to the Amsterdam Dance Event in order to highlight this initiative and thus achieve the targeted amount of money needed to build the school.
Chris Liebing is another DJ involved with the RA Cycle2ADE charity ride. Read our interview with him here
Some might remember Luciano visiting South Africa and touring the townships for Bridges For Music last year so this is a culmination of what was started back then.
Lucien Nicolet (AKA Luciano) has been actively involved in the dance music industry since the ripe old age of sixteen and today seen as one of the most influential names in electronic music.
The Chilean high-flyer and Cadenza Records boss has joined the Resident Advisor Cycle team for a leg of their #cycle2ADE campaign. IDM chatted to him about the journey.
How did you first hear about the RA #cycle2ADE?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: Through Bridges For Music, first of all. And then the great people at Resident Advisor contacted me about the project. It’s an amazing event, and considering the involvement of Resident Advisor, it’s even more special. Those guys do an amazing job already with all the music content and info they give on their website, and putting up this charity is outstanding. I’m sure it’s gonna have a huge impact and a lot of feedback and donations.
You have visited some of South Africa’s townships and experienced South African electronic music – what role do you think electronic music can play in poor communities?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: Music is a universal language and it has an incredible power: it connects people and brings people together. When I visited South Africa, I was overwhelmed by how much passion and love there is for music in those regions. Everybody knew the lyrics to the songs, everybody was dancing and having a great time!! And I was very impressed by their own local scene. It was really special for me.
As an ambassador for Bridges For Music, you have given some very valuable workshops. Did you have a mentor?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: To these days, some of my best friends who inspired me in the first place when I started DJing are my mentors, in a way: Ricardo Villalobos and Dandy Jack, in Chile, have always been a major influence to me.
Why has sharing your knowledge and experience become important to you?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: Because I feel we have a mission through music: we are blessed with this, being able to travel the world and speak to people with our music is fantastic. Over the years, the more I travel, the more I discover new places, and a lot of times I feel I have to connect with the people I meet. Unity is very important to me. Getting together, knowing new friends inspires me and enriches me hugely. Giving back some of my knowledge is the least I can do.
In 1993 you first got paid to DJ. Since then you have carved out a significant career. Tell us about your journey – how did music become your livelihood?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: It’s been sort of natural to be honest. I’ve always been very committed about making music. I guess true passion and a real love for what you do are gonna bring you where you want to, if you stay true to yourself. And I’ve always been very professional and focused. And driven. I started DJing in Chile, in Santiago’s rock clubs where people weren’t very happy to see me play. But then I started throwing parties there, until I moved back to Europe. It all comes from there.
Electronic music and clubbing is linked to excess and being carefree, do you think campaigns like #cycle2ADE are important to create a balance and positive change?
Cycle2ADE with Luciano: Very important. And I’ve always been very careful about the more socially conscious aspect of my career. This cycle2ADE event will be a cornerstone in our industry: it will open a lot of people’s eyes on the Bridges For Music campaigns thanks to Resident Advisor and all the DJs involved in the fundraising. I couldn’t be happier to promote this project myself, and I’m sure it will be an incredible success.