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Behind the Decks with Aldo Vanucci: A Track-by-Track Journey Ahead of Campo Sancho 2024

Kono Vidovic April 5, 2024 89 3 5

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Hey music lovers and festival wanderers! It’s that enchanting time of the year again when we embrace the rhythms that move us, the beats that define us, and the melodies that transport us to realms beyond our wildest dreams. In the radiant glow of the upcoming Campo Sancho festival this July, a gem of an event known for its big heart and vibrant spirit, we’re beyond excited to spotlight a story that intertwines music, life, and the magic of vinyl. Enter the world of Aldo Vanucci, a seasoned DJ, master selector, and former record store guru, who’s set to join the illustrious lineup of this much-loved festival. With headliners like the legendary Laurent Garnier, Norman Jay, and Crazy P’s Danielle Moore lighting up the stage, Campo Sancho promises to be a sanctuary of sound and soul for its seventh edition.

Aldo Vanucci at Campo Sancho track talk

But before Aldo takes to the decks to weave his auditory magic, we’ve invited him to share a unique narrative, a journey through ten tracks that have not only shaped his musical identity but have also left a lasting imprint on his life. From the very first record that sparked his passion to the anthems that have fueled his illustrious career, this track talk is more than a playlist; it’s a window into the soul of a true musical storyteller.

So, as we gear up for the unforgettable experience that Campo Sancho guarantees, let’s dive deep with Aldo Vanucci into the stories behind the sounds. This isn’t just about the music; it’s about celebrating the milestones, memories, and melodies that chart the course of a life lived in harmony with the beat. Join us on this melodious odyssey, and let’s get in tune with the festival spirit that brings us all together under the banner of rhythm, joy, and community.

1. Music From Saturday Night Fever Played By The Discos

The first record I owned was bought for me by my Step mum Ann while on holiday in Brighton in 1977, it was a remake of the Saturday Night Fever album by some kind of house band, on the same day my slightly older brother Sean was bought a similar remake of the Star Wars album, interesting that I went on to dj and he became a sci fi film geek.

2. King Of The Wild Frontier – Adam & The Ants

In 1980 my brother Sean had a Saturday job in a butchers, and one day he came home with a copied tape of Adam & The Ants second album and thus started a lifelong obsession with one of the most creative, interesting pop stars I’ve ever known. The following year we got bought tickets for the Prince Charming Revue when it was in Brighton, my first ever concert, by then we knew all the songs from his first three albums, and I can still quote some today. When I was twelve, I impressed Julie Gosling in my class by knowing all the words to the ant rap, crazy times.

3. The Youth Of Today – Musical Youth 

The first album I ever bought for myself was the album of Musical Youth who were huge off their cover of Pass The Kutchie by The Mighty Diamonds. I was unaware that the whole album was reggae riffs stolen and replayed but I just enjoyed it for what it was and figured that as I liked Pass The Dutchie and Youth Of Today, I’d like the rest. I often wonder if Dennis came back with the apple pie!

4. Object Of My Desire – Starpoint

1985 I wasn’t as clued up as I later became about music, and the previous year I had replied to Gurvinder – who sat next to me in Maths – that I was into Jazz Funk because I fancied her and wanted to sound cool. I didn’t know what it was but had overheard my brothers mates talking about it. My older brother Sean was a bit of a soul boy, and I heard a lot of tunes likes this coming out of his room. It came in handy years later at blues parties when I had to prove my knowledge as a DJ One downside of just copying my brother was at school some kid sneered “f**king soul boy” at me because I had borrowed a belt off my brother ( without asking ) and he threatened to beat me up if he saw me after school. Ha! 

5. I Want Her – Keith Sweat

I was at a birthday party in Stratford upstairs in a pub and they had two DJs, one playing eighties soul and rare groove and one playing this kind of thing. I had no idea it was called New Jack Swing, but one guy was doing some impressive moves which I was determined to learn. I apologise to Charles who lived downstairs from me at the time as he would have heard me playing this song on repeat and trying to master the running man. 

6. Beat Dis – Bomb The Bass

In 1987 I’d started going to the Ilford Palais, where you mostly heard soul tunes by the likes of SOS Band, Cameo, Luther Vandross etc. A year later and everything changed massively. When I was young my mum had a 7” of a track called Bionic Santa by Chris Hill which was an early cut n paste comedy record, I thought it was amazing. In 1988 there was an explosion of similar tracks made for nightclubs, when I first heard Beat Dis, I ran to the booth to look at the record then soon bought it from Our Price in East Ham High Street, to say this era defined my musical journey is no understatement.

7. Right Back To You – Ten City

In the same year I heard this track in a club and had to try and remember the melody and lyrics so I could sing it to the staff at Sgt Peppers in East Ham ( where a few years later I started working ), I went in and sang “I lied to you” but luckily Donna told me it was Right Back To You by Ten City , but also informed me it was an import. I didn’t know what that meant then. Turns out it would cost £7 for the single rather than £3.50 for the usual British 12”. To put into perspective, I was on £10 a day as a Saturday boy at the time. Their follow up track That’s The Way Love Is I know all the words to and years later got an Australian band to record a cover for a small label I ran. Fact! 

8. Promised Land – Joe Smooth

I first heard this at Hollywood’s in Romford where I worked as a glass collector, I remember buying it from Our Price in East Ham on its UK release. The perfect blend of gospel and soul on the vocals, the house production – which was the in thing – and the positive uplifting message means that each time I play this, and I regularly do, I feel all warm inside. I don’t even mind the Style Council cover.

9. Blame It On The Bassline – Norman Cook

In 1989 while playing Yie Ar Kung Fu on the MSX games console and listening to Capital radio I heard another cut n paste track, but this one was based around the Jacksons Blame It On The Boogie. All I knew was that description and that the presenter said it was by “the guy from the Housemartins.” It took me a few weeks to find and thus started a lifelong obsession with Norman Cook. I have an obsessive mind and love for vinyl, so bought every record he made, every song he remixed, every sample he used and when I could find them, every song he played in his dj sets. The fairy tale ending was, I got to co- write a song with him for his greatest hits and supply many a sample for him in the future.

10. The Sound Of Eden – Shades Of Rhythm

By 1991 I was pretty much out every Friday and Saturday at clubs and a few raves. I can’t recall where I first heard this but around this time I started working in Sgt Peppers in East Ham where Alex Sardinha taught me so much about the industry and music. It was mainly a soul and rare groove shop but did sell dance music as well. I was like a kid in a candy shop for years. This track still stands up today and I recently played it when I warmed up for Gok Wan and the place lit up. I was a slow starter when it came to producing and I absolutely tip my hat to pioneers like these. 

Campo Sancho 2024 line up


And there you have it, folks, the ten tracks that not only made Aldo Vanucci but also left an indelible mark on his incredible journey through music. Each song, a chapter; each beat, a memory. As we look forward to witnessing Aldo spin his magic at Campo Sancho, let’s not forget that this festival is more than just a gathering; it’s a celebration of life, music, and community.

A big thank you to Aldo (follow him) for sharing his journey with us and to all of you for tuning in. Let’s make this year’s Campo Sancho unforgettable. Grab your tickets here, pack your dancing shoes, and join us in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for an experience that promises not just amazing tunes but a connection that resonates with the very core of who we are. See you at Campo Sancho, where the magic happens under the stars and the music takes us home. Don’t miss Aldo Vanucci’s set, it’s going to be epic!

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