Junior Jack Recalls Last Gig Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Next up in our Last Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of artists about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic Vito Lucente, is better known by his musical alias Junior Jack.

The globetrotting Italian DJ/producer has a lengthy discography of dance floor heaters. He recently released “Klimax” with Pat BDS on their Adesso Music imprint. The sleek tech-house track features remixes a pair of forthcoming remixes from Darius Syrossian and Patrice Bäumel.

We connected with Lucente about his last DJ set before lockdown and what he’s been up to since clubs and festivals shut down due to the pandemic.

When and where was your last DJ gig?

It was at the end of last year in Ljubljana [Slovenia].

How did it go?

It was great with a good crowd into the music and looking to enjoy themselves.

What was your mindset going into it? Where had you played previously?

I was in a great frame of mind. I had been working in the studio on new tracks with Pat BDS and continuing to work on my dream plug-in project, so I had been busy and actually [had] not played for a while. So this was a perfect change of scenery.

Did any tracks, in particular, go over especially well during that gig?

I played our new track “Klimax” for one of the first times and the reaction was crazy. Makes the time spent in the studio feel worthwhile.

What is your best memory from that gig?

Appreciative crowd, great music and being with my girlfriend.

Everyone can’t wait for clubs and festivals to begin again. What do you miss most about DJing? How are you keeping your skills sharp?

I miss playing live as much as any DJ. It’s what we spend our weekends doing. But I am lucky I have a number of other projects I work on, as well as producing music and being A&R for my new label, Adesso Music, so I’m never sat still wondering what to do.

A lot of DJs have been doing livestreams and working on tracks. What have you been working on during the lockdown? How can fans support you right now?

Fans need to support the whole scene right now, not just me. I have been busy making music with Pat BDS as well as on my own, working on the Adesso Music label, working on my plug-in and also a virtual reality music project.

Any last words on your last gig?

Let’s hope it wasn’t my last ….

Thank you for your time. Stay safe and be well.

Thank you. You too.

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