Featured KRK User Antillas
Luca Moretti, more popularly known as Antillas, is a renowned producer and DJ with a long history of remixing and producing music for an array of acclaimed artists, including Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Markus Schulz, Clannad, Simply Red, and Snap!, among others.
For more than 20 years now, this broad-spectrum producer has been involved in multiple facets of the music industry and has worked on projects with artists from all genres. It was not until 2002 that Luca Moretti became Antillas, and when he did, his whole world changed for the better. After releasing the mind-blowing main version of Tiesto's single "Just Be" in 2004, Antillas achieved international awareness and soared to the top of the charts. Combined, he has sold more than half a million singles over the span of his career thus far, and that number will only continue to grow as he prepares to release his debut solo album in the upcoming months.
Antillas boasts an impressive amount of worldwide single chart hits and has gained placement on a variety of Top 10 hit lists among most of the popular download sites. He receives full support from a number of A-list recording artists, including Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Axwell, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, W&W, Gareth Emery, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Avicii, and more. His latest, updated version of "Damaged," which the artist originally released in 2003, features Tasmanian vocalist Fiora and skyrocketed to the top of the charts shortly after its release in February 2012, remaining there for weeks. The dance floor jam received widespread support from some of the world’s top DJs.
When laying down tracks in the studio, Antillas depends on gear from KRK, specifically the company's VXT6 Active Studio Monitor and KNS 8400 studio headphones, because of the equipments’ exceptional technology and innovative design. Antillas particularly appreciates the outstanding consistency of sound quality that the VXT6 monitors offer.
"The monitors are extremely level with higher frequencies, and are equally impressive in mid and low frequencies, even when they're not perfectly positioned or coupled with a subwoofer," says Antillas. "I can even get the raw sound in some frequencies, which is perfect for spotting mistakes and fixing bothering resonance, which, especially in my genre where one needs to work on not only the depth of the low frequency but the transient of the mid frequency, is crucial."
In his latest mixing sessions, Antillas has become increasingly fond of the KNS 8400 studio headphones as well and often switches back and forth between them and the VXT6 monitors. He values the accurate frequency response and good stereo quality that the headphones provide. The KNS 8400s also help Antillas take some of the load off the demands of his incredibly busy, ever-changing work schedule. "The headphones are incredibly comfortable and lightweight, so I can wear them for several hours without having them take a toll on my ears or leave marks on my head," he says. "They respond wonderfully to higher volumes and are also easily foldable to pack and go, which is perfect, because their intelligent technology lets me work the way I want both in the studio and on the road."
Today, Antillas stays busy, hosting his weekly one-hour show on Sirius XM—Electric Area, "A-List Podcast," which airs on Sundays as part of Armin Van Buuren's "A State of Sundays" show. He is also releasing several singles and compilations as well as collaborating with Fiora, Christian Burns, Chris Madin among others, as he prepares to drop his debut solo album, yet-to-be named, via Armada in the upcoming months.
"I really hope that the album reflects all of my different sides as a producer, artist and man," he says. "I love traveling, talking to different people, taking in different sights and life habits, and observing and learning from everything that makes us unique, yet at the same time, better, richer people. I think the same applies to music. So, to reflect this, many of the album tracks are the result of collaborations with artists from all over the world, who each bring their own backgrounds to the music. I really like how electronic dance music can express a wide range of feelings and moods, yet stay true to its roots, and I hope that comes across in every track."
Antillas is set to release his own label, I.H.U. Records, under Armada in the upcoming winter months. The label will focus on the trance, electro, and progressive genres, especially from emerging artists.