Italian DJ and producer Gianluca Vacchi gained notoriety for posting viral videos of himself dancing. One of them caught the attention of Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin, who allowed Vacchi to become a breakout star and meme in the music video for 2017's "Mi Gente" (My People). With a higher profile across the globe, he has been shifting the focus to his music. Vacchi continues to embrace the Latin music scene, having recorded one of last year's World Cup anthems with another Colombian artist, Sebastián Yatra. Instead of a hitting midlife crisis, at 51-years-old, he's a social media sensation and at the peak of his burgeoning music career. Via email, Vacchi talked to us about his love for dancing, music and what's next.
AXS: How did you become such a big personality on social media?
Gianluca Vacchi: At the age of 45 I needed a change in my life. My professional career wasn’t challenging me anymore. I always loved to dance so I started to record videos of myself while dancing and uploaded them on Instagram. One of my videos got noticed and went viral. From that moment on things went really fast.
AXS: You're a standout in J Balvin's "Mi Gente" music video. How did you get involved with that?
GV: One time J Balvin sent me a message on Instagram and we started chatting. As soon as we met we became really close friends. He saw my dance videos and asked me if I would like to join the video of "Mi Gente" and of course I did. I love the track!
AXS: You always have so much high energy in your videos. What's your secret?
GV: I maintain a very healthy lifestyle. I love to workout and do this daily. From time to time I share some workout videos on my Instagram account to share the type of workouts I like to do with my followers. Being fit makes you feel powerful, strong and very energetic.
AXS: "Love" featuring Sebastián Yatra was one of the biggest World Cup anthems last year. How did that collaboration come together?
GV: It was the first track I released when I signed to Universal Music Latin. I think Sebastián is a great artist as well as a great person and I was very excited to work with him on this track.
GV: My family has Argentinian roots. I’ve always loved it, the vibe of Latin music. It’s happy, energetic and sexy. Latin music is amongst one of my favorite music genres. The rhythms of the songs are really catchy. It’s music you can dance to. And you all know I really love to dance!
AXS: Who are some other artists that you would like to collaborate with?
GV: Well there are a lot of great artists and musical friends I would like to collaborate with. But for now, I would say J Balvin and Dua Lipa. I love their styles and their personality.
AXS: Do you have any new music in the works that you can tell us about?
GV: In one of my videos you can see me dancing with MC Fioti. That’s all I can say for now… Besides that, there is a lot of new music lined up, but I can’t tell you anything about this just yet. Just keep an eye on my socials!
AXS: What do you love the most about making music?
GV: Making music truly became my passion. I spend a lot of time in the studio to work on new music. It’s a great feeling to be able to put all your creativity and feelings into something. And then, of course, playing a new track live for the first time: magic!
AXS: What's a goal you have for this year?
GV: Playing at Tomorrowland was one of my musical goals and this will happen this year. I also wanted a residency in Las Vegas, which I have right now, so that’s another goal I achieved. Next, to that, we’re working really hard on some amazing projects that I can’t wait to share the coming year.