The countdown to Electric Picnic is well and truly on, with less than 24 hours to go until the gates to Stradbally swing open for a weekend choc-full of music.

Ahead of EP 2017, we chatted to one of the acts playing the stellar line-up at the Casa Bacardi.

We grabbed German disco and deep funk innovator Tino Piontek aka Purple Disco Machine ahead of his set at Casa Bacardi tomorrow night - and the release of his debut album 'Soulmatic' on October 20th - to see what he has in store for us.

What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?

My father always played a lot of music in the house and I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock & pop records like Genesis and Phil Collins. I actually still enjoy listening to Phil now and again but this experience really got me into collecting vinyl and I soon developed a taste for Soul, Funk and Disco which has obviously stayed with me

When did you first realise you wanted a career in music?

As I collected more and more records and got deeper into the music I also started going clubbing and I could see that being a dance music DJ & producer could be a great career for me as a passionate music fan. It was then a question of learning the necessary skills.

In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.

Excited, nervous, energy.

What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?

Chic – Good Times. The perfect Disco record and that bassline has been the inspiration for a lot of classic Hip Hop and House music.

What’s your favourite venue to perform in?

I'm very lucky to play in amazing venues around the world but there is still something very special about the clubs in Ibiza, so I am going to say both Pacha and Hi Ibiza.


Whose career do you envy, and why?

I am actually really happy with my own career how it ​is right now but if I could get to the level of Daft Punk where you produce and play incredible club records that work across the world I would be even happier!

Vinyl or digital downloads?

Both. I still love collecting vinyl but digital files are my tools of trade.

Give your thoughts on Spotify in three words.

Music Listening Made Easy (Sorry that’s 4 words ;-)!!)

You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Change - The Glow of Love
Virgo - Virgo

Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.

That's a thought! Director could be Tarantino. He always has the best soundtracks in his movies and I could do that for him this time. And I'd play myself obviously :-)

You’ve been given €100,000 to spend, but only 1 hour to spend it. What do you buy?

I know it's boring but I'd invest it in bitcoins to double it over the next few years.

Tell us what you have in store for your set at Casa Bacardi?

A bunch of classic disco and house tracks and a few new unreleased albums tracks as well. So stay tuned!


Purple Disco Machine will be live on the CASA BACARDI stage at Electric Picnic from 8-10pm on Friday 1st September.