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40 Questions: Avision

40 Questions: Avision

Anthony Cardinale’s New York roots have birthed a passion for club music that has seen him hustle endlessly in the studio, bringing productions under his Avision guise.

Labels such as Knee Deep In Sound, Ellum, We Are The Brave, Drumcode and Suara have released his tracks, and as a DJ he has played to crowds at Space, Pacha, Time Warp, and Elrow.

This month we welcome him back to Soundspace to take on our 40 Questions, where he mentions his love for pizza, fake cops in Miami, 2 girls 1 cup, and Michael Gandolfini.

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

I’ve just been at home in my studio putting in work with everything going on in the world. Here and there I get outside and throw around a baseball.

02. What year were you born?

1993.

03. Do you have a nickname?

A-Cards.

04. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

My studio or wood-fired oven.

05. How would you describe yourself?

Funny (sometimes), creative, and passionate.

06. Worst experience as a DJ?

I flew to Toronto, Canada when there was an ice storm and there ended up being only 4 people at the gig. Then my return flight got cancelled the next day.

07. Best experience as a DJ?

Playing in Spain for the first time last summer was the best so far for me. I got to play in a really old castle, go to Ibiza for the first time, and experience the culture of the country.

08. Favourite record label?

Salsoul.

09. What’s your biggest weakness?

Pizza.

10. First record you ever paid for?

Audioslave’s (self-titled) first album.

11. What’s your morning routine?

Get up, make an espresso, hit the studio.

12. Your dream collaboration?

Allen Stone, my favorite artist at the moment.

13. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

I regularly groom my hairy back.

14. Who’s your biggest inspiration?

My dad.

15. Ever smoked?

Yes.

16. Ever done drugs?

No.

17. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My studio, which my dad helped me build.

18. And the best gift you’ve ever given?

On my birthday each year I make pizza for everyone at my house.

19. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been to?

Carini, Sicily. It’s where my grandparents grew up.

20. And one place you want to visit?

The Amalfi Coast in Italy.

21. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?

Victor Calderone. Seeing him do his extended sets in NYC changed everything for me.

22. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

Neapolitan Pizzeria owner, or a baseball analyst.

23. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Flipping hamburgers at Five Guys.

24. Favourite record right now?

Mark Broom vs. Robert Royale – Catch Me (Edit).

25. And the best record ever made?

Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall.

26. One thing you couldn’t live without?

Pizza.

27. Your favourite food?

Pizza.

28. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I ate a dog biscuit by accident once because it looked like an Oreo.

29. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Michael Gandolfini.

30. What’s something you’re passionate about?

Pizza and making music.

31. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Space Terrace (Miami) or Stereo, Montreal.

32. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

BPM Festival in Costa Rica.

33. Craziest story of being on the road?

First time I ever went to Miami I was only 18, and I went to a pool party to network with a few DJ’s. Little did I know the door man was an undercover cop, so he took away my fake I.D. I explained my situation and that I wasn’t trying to drink, so I asked him how much does he want for me to get my I.D back/into the party. $175 did the job, and everything was smooth afterwards.

34. Weirdest request as a DJ?

I haven’t gotten too many yet, but a guy asked me to play Diplo’s new track at an after hours last weekend.

35. If you had one superpower what would it be?

To see the future.

36. Late sleeper or early riser?

A bit of both.

37. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

2 Girls 1 Cup.

38. The top thing on your bucket list?

To be as successful as I can be.

39. Most memorable moment of your life so far?

I think playing my first time with Carl Cox, and having my girlfriend, family, and best friends there with me to see it. I have quite a few amazing memories. One isn’t enough!

40. Will you ever be done with music?

I could never see myself stopping with music. I constantly think of different music to write, I eventually would love to get into scoring.

Avision’s Feelin’ You EP is out now on Mindshake.