Some have already spent years in the shadows, waiting for the right moment - others have barely left their bedroom studios. Some aim for headlining festival stages, others aim for nothing in particular – but all of them have developed a sound with the potential to turn a lot of heads. With this feature we shine a light on some of the most interesting emerging new talents our tiny country has to offer.
The 22 year old 'Bruusseleir' Luca Pecoraro aka Todiefor might not be on your radar yet, but he will be soon – and he’s gonna hit hard. After years of building an audience for his bass heavy music on Soundcloud, he signed with Sony Music Belgium last month. Some say we’ve heard all there is to hear in the dubstep and drum&bass spectrum. Obviously, they haven’t heard the creativity and versatility of this young wolf yet.
Try to describe your music for people who don’t know you yet, in just three words.
"Warm / “Bass-y” / Evolving"
So, Luca, what’s your story? Where did you grow up? And which parties or clubs did you visit that influenced you?
"Well, originally I’m from Italy and Spain, but I was born and raised in Anderlecht, right next to the stadium! I started to go out when I was 15, going to electro and drum&bass nights, until dubstep came along. Seeing artists such as Skrillex, Rusko, Dirtyphonics, Noisia, Borgore and Diplo really influenced me. My favourite nights were FCKN Beat, Rock Me On Electro and Drumderground! At this time I was fascinated by DJs and curiosity got the best of me: I wanted to make those sounds myself. So I started making beats in my small bedroom!"
Do you roll with a crew? Or are you more productive as a solo artist?
"Todiefor is a solo project, I always prefer to work alone because I’m not a very good in a team. It's really weird because I do have a lot of friends who make music as well, like BLCKSPNKRS, R.O., Lektrique, Henri PFR, etc. However, there are some ‘virtual’ friends online who I occasionally collaborate with."
What has been your personal highlight in your career so far?
"Well, that’s a hard question. The moment that has meant the most for me so far is probably the day I met my manager, Max, who is also running Back In The Dayz. He was the first person that really believed in me. He has put a whole lot of work and time in me without asking anything in return. This really motivated me to aim high and work hard... It’s through him that I got to do an official remix on Sony Music (of that famous Indian ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’ track that went viral in the nineties, haha). Eventually, I signed with them and now I can’t wait to release all the tracks I’ve been working on! And on a less serious note, when my old track ‘Deez Nuts’ got 5 millions streams I was pretty happy too!"
What are the things you want to achieve in your career before you can die peacefully?
"Damn, that’s another tough question! I really would love to travel the entire world thanks to my music. I quit high school and never pursued higher education. I went all in on producing music and now, being able to live off my own music, is an incredible feeling! But, even though it might sound cliché, what’s most important is that my family – and especially my parents, who had to listen to their young son that he wants to give up everything in order to make weird noises on a computer – can be proud of me. That’s all what matters in the end, right?"
Small intermezzo: how did you choose that artists name?
"When I started my project four years ago, I wanted a name with a composition of letters and numbers. So I came up with ‘2D4’, which I quickly figured out was quite lame, so I changed it to ‘Todiefor’. Not a crazy story, but, whatever."
What’s your favorite production or remix you’ve ever made?
"I think that my favourite production I've made is an unreleased track that should be out in a couple of months on Sony. I'm so proud of this one because I managed an entirely different style, while keeping my own touch!"
Who are the producers you look up to for inspiration?
"I absolutely enjoy listening and being inspired by guys like Skrillex, Mr Carmack, Flume, Noisia, Whethan, Tchami, Apashe, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Getter and many, many more."
What are the next steps for you? Any special exclusive news you can tell us?
"Well, a couple of cool releases on Sony Music and some really great shows and festivals planned for later this year!"
*Pictures by Guillaume Kayacan.