BEHIND ADAPTION – HUNTER/GAME.

BEHIND ADAPTION – HUNTER/GAME.

What started off as a secret party organization ‘Just This’ ended up being one of Milan’s most respected techno duos. Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bartola are Hunter/Game. They started the Just This parties in 2010 in secret locations around the city, they made Milan a compulsory stop for anyone touring Europe in search of an electronic party with local acts like Mind Against and Tale Of Us and then later growing to massive events with DJs like Seth Troxler, Koze, Tennis, Dixon and more world renown names coming to play at their parties. Alongside the parties, Hunter/Game are producers by heart with releases on Innervisions, Rumours, Last Night on Earth, My Favourite Robot, Hot Creations and Diynamic, as well as starting up their own label “Just This” in 2015. Even after the worldwide success and international clubbing slots in clubs like Fabric, Warung and Output, Hunter/Game are still based in Milan and stay true to their local scene just as much as their international career.

Hello guys. Besides the fact that you have a new album, what are you up to at the moment?
We made a big step with this album. We’ve worked on it for years but we were never 100% sure so we always divided the tracks in different EPs. Finally with Adaptation everything came together so we can’t be happier to release it on Kompakt.
Now that the album is out – finally – we are touring with special visuals to deliver a real album show. On top of those visuals we also bring loads of analog gear and our visual/lights artist Veronika Maz.

Can you please share your vision and the story behind Adaptation?
We made this album in the summer and decided to retreat to a chalet in the Dolomite Alps, near a ski resort closed for the season. The deserted landscape really gave us the right inspiration to write music. The title idea came from the nature around us; wilderness has a profound impact on you and everyone can realize how human presence contaminate the nature as an adaptation.

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What is the story behind the album artwork? Is this a way to pay a tribute to Ikea shelves?
The cover was made by our graphic studio, Artiva Design.
We started working with them from the beginning. They prepared the Hunter/Game logo and we collaborated with them for many other artist projects. They now take care of the graphic side of things of our label Just This too, going from artwork to flyers for our events.
Their style goes perfectly with ours so we can really trust them and let them do their thing. With Adaptation we asked a multiple figure with the concept of an evolution inside so this impossible, M.C. Escher inspired figure came out. They had to combine three cubes to get that figure like a geometric adaptation.

You had releases on Innervisions, Last Night on Earth… How did you ended up on Kompakt?
We’ve always been fans of Kompakt. It’s one of the greatest labels for electronic music with artists like GusGus, Michael Meyer, Guy Boratto and many others. They also distribute our label Just This so we can say we feel at home with the guys.
We worked really hard to write tracks that both represent our sound as Kompakt’s and in the end it’s a great honour to be part of the label.

What differences do you see between Italian and German techno?
The Italian club scene is new and is growing right now.
The crowd is starting to better understand the rules and the culture behind the electronic music while in Germany, there’s a great heritage.
Italians are pretty emotional and art is always inspired by the environment around the artists; for example our music is always a product of the atmosphere that Milano has and we can say it’s definitely a melancholic city.

What is the story behind the album artwork? Is this a way to pay a tribute to Ikea shelves?
The cover was made by our graphic studio, Artiva Design.
We started working with them from the beginning. They prepared the Hunter/Game logo and we collaborated with them for many other artist projects. They now take care of the graphic side of things of our label Just This too, going from artwork to flyers for our events.
Their style goes perfectly with ours so we can really trust them and let them do their thing. With Adaptation we asked a multiple figure with the concept of an evolution inside so this impossible, M.C. Escher inspired figure came out. They had to combine three cubes to get that figure like a geometric adaptation.

You had releases on Innervisions, Last Night on Earth… How did you ended up on Kompakt?
We’ve always been fans of Kompakt. It’s one of the greatest labels for electronic music with artists like GusGus, Michael Meyer, Guy Boratto and many others. They also distribute our label Just This so we can say we feel at home with the guys.
We worked really hard to write tracks that both represent our sound as Kompakt’s and in the end it’s a great honour to be part of the label.

What differences do you see between Italian and German techno?
The Italian club scene is new and is growing right now.
The crowd is starting to better understand the rules and the culture behind the electronic music while in Germany, there’s a great heritage.
Italians are pretty emotional and art is always inspired by the environment around the artists; for example our music is always a product of the atmosphere that Milano has and we can say it’s definitely a melancholic city.