Albert first got his start in electronic music thanks to a roommate at the University of Santa Barbara, California. “I started playing with loops and playing on a mini controller. I was obsessed with Deadmau5 and experimented with fidget house, which was all the rage.”
As part of his Italian minor, Albert traveled to Bologna, Italy which helped him move away from the explosion of EDM and into underground sounds during his visit to Berlin. There, he felt so in tune with the city’s musical culture that he moved to the German capital immediately after graduating to pursue a career in music. He dabbled in the art of crate digging, a tool for a DJ trying to get away from sonic saturation by having the rarest vinyl records on tap. Albert discovered a natural flair for spotting European gems and West Coast 90s and early millennium rave music. “It was kind of the pinnacle of good music coming out of California, in my opinion.”
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“I was digging; you can find what interests you that isn’t influenced by what’s new, but just what sounds good to your ears. And then you can go deeper and deeper into that. rabbit hole, and you’ll start forming a style that’s [also] not influenced by what’s new and what works for your ears, and that’s when my production started to get good.”
Albert looked and felt great after COVID-19; he hit the bike to his studio every day and stretched it regularly, finally finding stability in the nighttime career. Gene on Earth’s studio capacity was at its peak and their DJing, both digital and vinyl, was flawless. His label, Limousine Dream, lobbied and collaborated with artists around the world. In three years, the label released five EPs, a full album and launched a series of compilations entitled “The Sound of Limo”. Albert’s studio production course, Nug-Net, was also about to be dropped.
But too many online yoga classes ended up tearing cartilage in Albert’s knee last year, requiring surgery followed by a five-month hiatus from touring. “I didn’t go to the studio anymore because it wasn’t near my house and taxis were too expensive. I ended up not being able to walk for nine months.”