Enzo Siragusa lives and breathes rave culture. The London-based DJ is responsible for one of the capital’s biggest party brands, Fuse, and we’re truly honoured to have him as the next guest on our next size? sessions (20:20) Mix.
Ahead of his mix, we caught up with Enzo to learn a little more about the man himself, his musical influences, and of course, we’ve asked him about footwear too.
Carry on scrolling to read the interview and check out the mix!
Introduce yourself and your shoe size
“I’m Enzo Siragusa and I’m a size 8.”
What would you say your style/genre is?
“My genre is house and my style is probably more minimal/deep, however, I play all shades of house music. I am a DJ!”
What are you best known for?
“I’m best known for my labels and events: Fuse London & Infuse.”
What is your track of the year so far?
“There are too many to choose from, but I’d have to say Rich NxT’s “Other Side” forthcoming on his album is sick. It’s one of the best tracks I’ve heard in a long time. It will be out in September I think.”
Do you have an interesting fact about yourself, or any hobbies outside of music?
“I haven’t had much time for hobbies outside music, collecting and playing records was always my hobby. Touring, producing and a lot of raving has consumed the last 20-odd years. However, I’ve got 2 young kids now so a little less raving these days and more of being a dad, which I love. DJing is still my main hobby to this day!”
When did you start getting into music and where did it all stem from?
“It all started around 1991 / 1992. I was about 14, the UK rave scene was booting off and my young and impressional mind discovered partying and records. I started buying vinyl, and the rest is history.”
What / who inspired your sound today? Can you tell us how your sound has evolved?
“In the early days, it was all the big raves like Dreamscape, Universe – DJs like Grooverider, Carl Cox, Slipmatt, Ellis Dee who were playing the big events.
As I got deeper into the music and the rave scene, jungle was also evolving from the early rave stuff and I found producers like LTJ Bukem and Photek had the biggest impact on me.
At the same time, I was listening to a lot of house music, which was also evolving into sub-genres during the ’90s. I loved it all, whether it was progressive, deep or US house, I bought all sorts of music. I think you can hear all of it in my sound now.”
Which up and coming artists can you recommend us to keep an eye out for in 2020?
“Lots of exciting artists we are working with at Fuse: Michael James, Litmus, Fabe, Rich NxT, Seb Zito, Rossko, KOKO, Chris Stussy, East End Dubs, Paolo Rocco – the list goes on and on. It’s an exciting time for our labels and sound.”
How are you adapting to music in isolation so far?
“It’s a tough time for everyone but I’ve tried to take some positives and enjoy the headspace these last few weeks.
The first track on the mix is one of mine. It’s very different from my normal productions. This isolation time has allowed me to explore a different sound and make music I wouldn’t normally make. I simply haven’t had time to spend in the studio with such a hectic schedule for a good few years now. I’m missing playing records though. I’ve always said, ‘I play people, not records’. I’m missing the energy of the rave.”
Can we expect something exciting from you once this is over? releases? parties? etc.
“All of the above. I can’t wait to play and rave as hard as I can.”
Can you remember buying your first pair of trainers, if so what were they?
“I remember my mum and dad buying me a pair of Hi-Techs in the ’80s. They were my prized possession at the time until I saw my mate wearing Nike Air Max.”
What is the latest pair of trainers you have and what do you like about them?
“I love a classic original pair of adidas Originals; they are timeless.”
In your opinion what are the comfiest trainers to wear to rave or gig? Your best dancing shoes…
“Without a doubt Nike Air Max 90 EZ in Black. I’ve got a few pairs but can’t find them anymore. They are my go-to trainer for my all night long sets. I’ve stopped wearing them for other events to preserve them. The product code is AO1745-001. If I ever find them again, I’ll buy all of Nike’s stock.”
What is your all-time signature pair? – the pair you wear relentlessly?
“Any adidas Originals mid and high top skateboarding trainers. They’re classics!”
We were also lucky to catch Enzo in WHP a few months back. give it a watch below.