Dusty Kid Interview


DUSTY KID was born in the first half of the decade of the 80’s. As a new “enfant prodige” he immediately showed his natural attitude for the variegated “music world”. At 10, after just one year of private lessons of the basic notions of piano and violin, he was admitted directly to the 6° year of the piano course in the conservatory of his native city. DUSTY KID started to manipulate synthesizers, samplers and sequencers, and he realized that one passion was growing and growing: the ardor for arranging and producing his own compositions. He released his first single “I Found A Reason” at 19 on the English label Lowered Recordings. During 2004 that Dusty Kid creates the project Duoteque with DJ Andrea Ferlin and releases numerous EPs on Boxer Recordings and the tracks were immediately included in the DJ sets of some of the most important names, like Richie Hawtin, Tiefschwarz, Ricardo Villalobos, Domenic Eulberg, Sven Vath and Magda. After the Duoteque experience Paolo decides to take his own way and to release his own productions as DUSTY KID.

Arturia: How do you define yourself as an artist?

I do not consider myself an artist, I find the word artist way too big for what I do or what I am, I am simply a musician that really loves music and that takes music seriously :) How did you choose the name "Dusty Kid”?
When I was young I was spending lots of my days browsing tons of dusted records in a big room of a label I was working for. That was back in 2002 I think. The owner of the label gave me that name and I liked it

Arturia: How did you discover Arturia?

One of my best friends is really into technology and music and was always suggesting me things to try whether it was software or hardware. I still remember the day he came up with this big modular synth that didn’t even fit my computer screen and that was sounding so good. It was 2003 and the synth was the Modular V from Arturia!

Arturia: What is your live and studio set-up?

In my studio I have lots of vintage synthesizers, a computer, a pair of monitors and a 32 in/out audio card, that makes me working with all the stuff connected to it like a big modular setup.
For my gigs I have a very simple setup with a laptop, a midi controller, 2 ipads and an audio card. I love playing with machines but most of the ones I use are very delicate and not really good for touring. I brought my tr-909 twice in tour and twice it got broken. Also I hate traveling and traveling with lots of gears would turn my gigs into an exhausting mess if I consider the way flight companies treat your luggage, including the fact that they loose it easily!

Arturia: When are you using our products (studio, live)?

Only in studio at the moment, as I told you I have most of the replicas you made in original hardware (Arp 2600, MiniMg, Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and so on) but I can easily say I use 50/50 software and hardware and I have absolutely no complains about how they sounds. Ok, to be honest, nothing can beat my original Arp2600, I never ever heard another synth sounding like it, not even hardware. But for the rest of the synths I can really tell there is no difference between hardware or software, you can’t really tell. I think Mini-V sounds even better than my original Model D from ’79, I compared it couple of times and I was really shocked!

Arturia: What makes it different from others?

For instance, If you want a real Jupiter 8 or a Prophet 5 but you can’t afford the original hardware there is nothing better than a Jupiter V: cheap, no maintenance required, it never breaks, it's always ready to use, it can be on your laptop wherever you are, sounds great and you can even open multiple instances like having an entire orchestra of vintage synths playing for you. Not enough? :)
Also now it’s even better as they don’t need hardware key anymore !

Arturia: Do you have a favorite Arturia product? Why?

V Collection is a must have for sure if you like those beautiful instruments. And I’d love to try Arturia Origin in a near future, I think it’s a really interesting synth.

Arturia: What are your latest news?

My fourth album is ready and it should be out in late summer hopefully. I am really happy about it and I can’t really wait to have it out!