Today’s My City sees us travelling to Barcelona to catch up with house DJ and producer, Davide Squillace. The Catalan capital is his current home, even if it is actually only his third home, and is a city famous for it’s Cathedrals, beaches and shopping. With upcoming shows across the pond, Davide takes us to some of his favourite places in the city and gives us a little insight to why they are his places of choice.
Known for his infectious house beats and energetic DJ sets, Davide has made a huge name for himself among the inner circles of house and techno. So to further understand how his time in Barcelona has effected his career and music, let’s delve into the hidden gems of the Catalan capital with this influential musician.
Where’s the best place for a first date?
Probably in the beautiful gardens of Montjuic. The smell, view and the birds singing would definitely help you to get into the romantic mood.
Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?
I don’t think there is really a place where I feel like I can fully chill. But I do know that when I sweep my garden of the autumn leaves it helps to clear my head, because you physically clear a mess made of dozens of leafs on the ground and eventually you clean the whole thing.
Where serves the best breakfast?
The old patisserie Escribà on Las Ramblas. They have the best pastries around! The owner has been experimenting with them for a long time, so now he's very good at it.
Where is your favourite place to have a quiet drink?
Recently I’ve been going to Hotel Omm. It's quite glamorous - unusual for Barcelona - with some nice unintrusive ambient music in the background, perfect for a good chat.
Where is your favourite place to have a messier night?
Probably Macarena. I know there are bigger clubs in Barcelona, but there’s something special about this little place in the Gothic area of the city.
How would you describe your city’s style?
It's a city with lots of great architecture and latino flavour, yet it's missing the glamour that it once had. But all of the hidden parks make up for that, if you are able to escape frequently from the city.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I have to admit that I do not shop in Barcelona very often. The only places I go to are Santa Eulalia and The Outpost. I found also this little place called Om with really interesting underground designers
What song sums up your city?
That would have to be "Besame Mucho”. I know I should have chosen a Catalan song but this song reminds me of the first time I moved here and when I started to wonder around and get to know the place.
Catch Davide play Friday 18th December at Fire London for Tribal Sessions