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CODE Guest Playlist: The Magician
The Magician -- also known as Stephano Fasano -- is no newcomer to the music scene.
Fasano was formerly a member of nu-disco duo Aeroplane, which he formed with fellow Belgian Vito de Luca in 2007. Since departing in 2010, the Brussels native has conjured up a following with a series of strong and funky house releases, as well as his popular "Magic Tape" mix tapes. His breakout single "Sunlight" climbed into the top 10 on the U.K. and Belgian charts last year, and his remixes of Clean Bandit's Grammy Award-winning single "Rather Be" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" have become familiar club staples.
In light of his growing profile, Billboard caught up with Fasano to get a sense for the music that has sound tracked his story. The Belgian artist happily obliged with a chronological Guest Playlist ranging from early influences to contemporaries and up-and-comers.
Jacno - "Rectangle"
Fasano: "I discovered this from a 1978 French TV advert for milk chocolate. I loved that chocolate and the music when I was a child. My grandmother bought me the 7-inch at that time. I still have it. It's probably my first ever record."
My Mine - "Hypnotic Tango"
Fasano: "Mixing all started for me when I received two turntables, a mixer and a disco record collection from my uncle in 1988. The record collection was mostly disco from the late 70s but there were some more obscure Italian records from the early '80s like this one. I fell in love and from there I started to buy records (house and techno) to mix them together."
Daft Punk - "Da Funk"
Fasano: "This track was a big turn in my DJ career because I slowed down the BPM in my sets and started to inject original disco records. It also reminded of me the time I received my driving license. I had the biggest sound system in my car and there was always a competition with other bad boys. Once, I won a competition playing that track. Nobody knew it and I remember the faces of certain people. Epic."
Metro Area - "Miura"
Fasano: "This was probably the first disco revival (nu-disco) track. I've been inspired by them to get into old drum machines and vintage synth. It might be the best definition of the 2000s dance music decade."
Oliver Heldens - "Gecko"
Fasano: "This track is what happens when EDM takes control of the world of dance music. Suddenly, a house track is released and is played by all the big EDM DJ names. I'm really happy dance music took a new turn in 2014 because what Oliver Heldens (and other producers in that genre) do is my way. It's the future of house music. 'Future House'!"