In Residence heads to a Roman club that's considered to be among the best and most beautiful in Italy.
In 2016, RA's In Residence series is celebrating club culture by throwing a month of parties at 12 of the world's best clubs. Clubs are the beating heart of dance music, and these are the venues that keep their local scenes thriving. Week-in, week-out, they open their doors to play the music we love.
As we settle in for a month at each of the clubs, we'll be running features that, through a combination of different media, aim to provide lasting documents of these iconic spaces.
Goa Club is one of Italy's best, longest-running and most beautiful clubs. Since 1996, it's been serving the people of Rome with a weekly programme of high-quality electronic music, set against a backdrop of exquisite interior design. It also pulls off a tricky double act: the club is known as both an excellent place to relax and an excellent place to dance.
Oct 13 RA In Residence, Goa Club, Rome feat. Silent Servant, Daniel Avery
Oct 14 RA In Residence, Goa Club, Rome feat. Jeff Mills, Neel
Oct 27 RA In Residence, Goa Club, Rome feat. Konstantin, Job Jobse
Oct 28 RA In Residence, Goa Club, Rome feat. Rhadoo, Domenico Rosa
- 01AddressVia Giuseppe Libetta, 13, 00154 Roma, Italy
- 02Club opened1996
- 03SoundsystemAudio Factory
- 04Dance floors1
- 06Resident DJsADIEL, DJ Red, Fabrizio Sala, Giancarlino, Marcolino, Silvie Loto
Besides the decor, the ambience and the history of the place, the most formidable aspect of Goa Club is its sound. "The music is really loud, the bass really fat. You have no escape," says Fabio Colicchi. It's true. Eight 18-inch subwoofers and eight top speakers encircle the dance floor, ensuring that revellers are cocooned in the system's rich, powerful emissions. A further two subs and tops serve the DJ booth, with five more tops for the upper nook and bar.
The system was custom built by Oreste Parmentola from Audio Factory, who doubles as Goa Club's in-house technician. Parmentola and Giancarlino's relationship is older than the club itself, and like so many of the crew, Parmentola has been around since the beginning. Parmentola has 25 years' experience behind him, and Audio Factory is now one of the most sought-after audio companies in the country. Giancarlino has been DJing for 30 years, so he knows exactly how to get the best out of the system. "The soundsystem has always been the first thing I personally check," Giancarlino says. "I spend a lot of time working on the sound." For him, it's all about "deep bass, power and pressure," while Parmentola describes the Goa Club system as "warm, clear and fascinating." The system's performance depends on the night and who's playing, though DJs are encouraged to push the limits.
Because of Goa Club's dynamic design, its broad music policy and polar impetus of being both a lounge and a club, the system is constantly being tweaked and improved. At peak time, the wooden floor is literally vibrating under foot. Head to the back of the club, however, and you can recline and chat freely with friends. Goa Club pulls this off with surprising ease.
So what's it actually like on the Goa Club dance floor? Giancarlino, Silvie Loto, Fabrizio Sala, ADIEL and DJ Red, the club's residents, emphatically answer that question with these mixes, showing that Goa Club is a hotbed for high-quality house and techno.