In 1994, in a small Swiss village called Moehlin, a 13-year-old boy watched older kids play trance and techno records at a local youth centre. The young boy, fascinated by the sounds of the spinning vinyl, asked the teenagers if they could show him how to DJ. In that instant, Andrea Oliva set off on a path that 17 years later led him all the way to the front doors of Luciano's Cadenza label.
It was a journey that began in the most innocent of ways. After saving up for his first mixer and turntables, the young dreamer taught himself how to mix by playing with the only records that he could afford - 10 packs of rejected, forgotten 12-inches that he found in the bargain bin of his local record store.
By the time Andrea had built up a sizable collection of awful music, he knew how to DJ. It was only when he began working an after school job at a record distribution company aged 16, that he was able to update his record collection properly. With access to the most upfront promos and white labels from Europe and beyond, soon Andrea had secured bookings at Switzerland's top clubs. By the time he turned 17, he was a resident DJ at three of them - Terminus, Pravda, and Pacha Zurich.