Alex Smoke

Born in a small village in the heart of St Croix, Luciano aka Lucien-N-Luciano spends his first years in Switzerland, which he departs in the summer of 1988 to follow his mothers’ roots to Santiago, Chile. Not only the distance in miles, but the distance in music cultures between these two continents intrigues and seduces the twelve year old and soon he starts to play what was going to be his very first instrument and a critical influence in his muiscal career - the spanish Guitar.

Luciano used the guitar as a tool to learn the fundamentals of melody and rhythm, his self learnt skills were practiced in local bands. Surrounded by latin rhythms and rich melodies, he develops a strong curiosity for a diversity of music styles and soon after, in one of his trips back to Europe, experiences the machine sounds of techno as it made waves across Europe during the early years of rave culture and acid house movement.

Soon enough, he began to fusion both worlds thousands of miles apart and incorporate the sound into his own style. When a small electronic scene began to rise in Chile in 1994 and at the age of 16, Luciano and other Chilean friends, Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack aka Martin Schopf, Adrian Schopf organized and promoted several events in Chile. Due to the slow development of the scene in Santiago and the lack of elements that would support the scene such as music magazines and the appropriate clubs to play in, he decides to return to his native Switzerland in 2001 and expand and explore his fascination with electronic music and sound engineering.

A year after, Luciano begins to travel widely playing as a DJ and live act, and ever since one
can hear his melodies in clubs throughout the world. He has released on labels such as
Perlon, Klang, Transmat, Mental Groove, Max Ernst, Bruchstuecke and Peacefrog - not to
forget Cadenza, his own label. His project name Lucien-N-Luciano is used to portray the
slower downbeat productions while the productions under his own name Luciano are aimed
towards pleasure on the dancefloor.

Luciano’s music is widely appreciated because of its graceful melodies, love for detail and colorful patterns merging into an amazing rhythm one can enjoy at home or in a club. Rhythms rise and fall like a gentile tide of bubbly ocean, big string arrangements spread across vast expanses of air, while micro bursts of sound pop out from under the smooth, texturized grooves.

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