Wasback, the rising Italian big-room star finally released his highly anticipated single, “Cathedral”. The track has already seen early support from some of the biggest artists in the industry and as a 20-year-old, Alessandro looks to continue making a name for himself with new releases. In our interview, DJ Wasback talks about his single, what it means to represent the country of Italy and what he has planned in the next couple of months moving forward.
Exclusive DJ Wasback Interview
*This interview was edited for clarity*
How does it feel to have Cathedral available to the public?
Well, I have been super excited about this release because I’ve been working on “Cathedral” for almost a year. The first version was completely different and we decided to make it a bit more ethnic to make it a good fit for Kshmr’s label.
Are you getting the feedback you hoped for?
I think the support on this one has been absolutely insane. Two weeks before its release the track was being supported by all of the big DJ’s that I’ve always admired such as Hardwell, Tiësto, Afrojack, W&W and many more. Also, the reaction from my fans and Dharma fans was totally crazy, I received so many messages from people about the track.
Wasback x JETFIRE x REGGIO – Cathedral (Official Audio)
You also have another single coming out on the 19th – is there anything that we could expect with that?
Correct! I can’t say too much about this one yet but it’s something I’ve been working on a lot too. It features vocals from Daimy Lotus and she’s done an amazing job on the song.
How does it feel to represent Italy as a music artist? Italy is one of my favorite spots in Europe. Visiting Positano was a dream come true!
I’m really proud of my country. I think it’s important to keep EDM alive in Italy because there are still a lot of people out there that enjoy this type of music so I’m happy to be able to keep doing that. Hopefully one day I can be an artist that gets to go out and represent my country.
What sort of impact has the country had on your music and yourself as a person?
In Italy at the moment, EDM is not the most popular genre by any means. The people that do listen to it seem to really be enjoying my latest release so it’s nice to make an impact in that way. In my hometown, a lot of young guys follow me and my music. Some of them didn’t even realize that we were from the same city. When they discovered this, they were really happy and excited with what I was doing.
Has it been a strength or weakness to have grown up within Italian lines chasing a musical career?
Well, it hasn’t been so easy to be honest because at the beginning no one helped me. It was hard, especially when it came to sending out demos and interacting and working with singers as well as other producers. After a few years, I started to meet a lot more people and made contacts in the industry, which has helped hugely and now things are a little easier.
Who have been some of your musical inspirations growing up?
David Guetta, he’s like a hero to me! I’ve been following him since I started making music and he’s probably the reason I started producing in the first place! I still remember, a few years ago I was listening to some of his songs and I was thinking “why can’t I try to make something too?” Then I began producing tracks of my own and they were pretty good. I’m still not where I want to be as a producer but who knows, maybe one day I’ll get the opportunity to collaborate with David Guetta!
Do you have anything planned for the next several months? Any new music? Any touring?
I have a few releases coming out on some good labels in the EDM scene over the coming months and will also have some shows to look forward to.
Is there anything that you would like to add for the passionate music listeners in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the USA?
Yes, I can’t wait to come to the USA and party with you guys!