One humid day in Hatfield, amidst throngs of festival-goers and nine stages we caught up with London-based Severino. Fresh from back to back gigs in London, we managed to sneak in some quick Q’s with Sev before took to the Eastern Electrics VIP stage. Read on to find out his favourite London hangouts, his ideal summer playlist and the not so basic “basics” that define his style.
You made the move from Italy to London at a young age – why was London an important place for you to start your career?
Sev: I needed to move from Italy cause otherwise I wouldn’t be happy with my passion and career … [of being a]…DJ; I was 26 years old. London has always been the capital for any kind of music.
What are some of your fave hangouts in London?
Sev: French House in Soho is full of characters …Southbank is always lovely. Duckie night at RVT, Bagel bakery in Brick Lane … LOL and the veggie place in Portobello (Grain shop).
You seamlessly blend; Afro, Disco and electro in your sets – what keeps you inspired?
Sev: I grew up with that genre , I used to listen pirate radios in Italy when i was 12 where they were playing only that kind of music.
How does your set differ from a night at horse meat disco to a festival like EE?
Sev : Not so much different, I mean if I'm booked as Severino maybe yeah, more modern … house to techno to disco I guess.
With an increased amount of festivals and events, what do you look for when saying “yes” to gigs?
Sev: They can always been full of surprises and interesting people, the kids nowadays are so cool and open minded, which is great!
What's on your ideal summer playlist?
Sev: Chill stuff, jazz, bossanova, soul, but also some great house stuff too . It depends, Michael Jackson”I can't help it”(Todd Terje edit) is totally summery.
What are some of your essential sounds for festivals ?
Sev: Strings of Life! Some percussive stuff too like Jingo by Candido.
What's your favourite city to play in?
Sev: A very difficult question, hmm too many from London to Tel Aviv to NYC to Stockholm to Berlin to Paris!
And the best place to unwind?
Sev: French House in Soho.
And lastly, How would you describe your off-duty style, what are some of your go-to labels ?
A bit basic, Sunspel for nice cotton t-shirts and Sweatshirts and Ralph Lauren for jeans, Levis too.
Words by Tyler Kenny