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The four-month search for BURN Residency's winner has ended

  • Words: Charlie Case | Photography: Marc Sethi
  • 23 November 2016

Spanning the globe and attracting entries from 26 countries, BURN Residency has spent the last few months searching for the best undiscovered talent in the DJing world. In its sixth year, over 9,000 aspiring DJs applied for the chance to receive €100,000 to help progress their career. The thousands of applicants were then whittled down to just one candidate from each country, before being sent on a three-week Bootcamp experience in Ibiza. There, competitors attended lectures, workshops and DJ master-classes and undertook numerous challenges, from which three finalists emerged and were handed a 10-week Ibiza residency to fight for the winning spot. BURN Residency’s mentor and judging panel, which included Philipp Straub, Carl Cox, UNER, John Digweed, and Dubfire were all on hand to lend their support and come to their final decision...

After impressing initially with his all-vinyl DJ set in the Italian qualifying rounds in May, 30-year-old Lollino embarked on an impressive run to become the winner of BURN Residency. “I started with vinyl because I love playing with it. When I started to DJ there were no computers or USBs, my only option was vinyl,” he explained.

Lollino’s journey began over 10 years ago in his home town of Torino. Having picked up DJing from friends, Lollino, real name Lorenzo Gianeri, went to the owner of local club Centralino on his 18th birthday and begged for the chance to play that night. While only given the undesirable morning slot of 7–8am, it kickstarted his love of DJing. “I never wanted to stop. I understood when I put my first vinyl on the deck that this was a special moment.”

 
 
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