Agents Of Time is the project of Andrea Di Ceglie, Fedele Ladisa and Luigi Tutolo. A revered threeman live act, DJs, masters of their sound in the studio and founders of the Obscura record label.
Since starting their journey together as Agents Of Time, the three Italians have combined their talents and shared influences to become a globally indemand dance act, releasing on a number of leading labels along the way. A muchloved debut 12” on Correspondent in 2014, ‘Polina’, marked them out as an exciting new name in the realm of emotional, melodic techno and kickstarted their touring career.
A hardwareheavy, improvisational live set spanning house, techno and acid is at the heart of what they do. The three members perform around a square table, facing each other, translating a symbiotic energy through the machines and communicating through instinct and gesture. A complex, unique and unpredictable dance between human minds and analog equipment that invariably creates moments of magic. Their live set was partly inspired by an expert of the craft in Mathew Jonson, and it is telling of Agents Of Time’s success that they now count Jonson as a collaborator. ‘Repeating Patterns, Numbers and Letters’, Agents Of Time’s first studio collaboration with Jonson came out in March 2019, following live shows together at Rex Club (Paris) and Movement Festival (Torino).
Agents Of Time’s DJ set, for which the three members alternate to form a duo, allows them to express the same vision through a more eclectic medium. The adventurous spirit and heady sound palette is channeled into house, techno and more obscure selections.
Their work in the studio is a freeflowing ritual, an extension of what they do on stage. ‘Spread The Word’, their debut album came out Stem Records in 2014 and was followed by hit EPs for Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio, their own label Obscura and Curle Recordings. A relationship with Tale Of Us and multiple appearances at Afterlife events has also led to Agents Of Time signing to Afterlife with the stunning ‘Dream Vision’ EP and ‘Paradigm’ on the Realm Of Consciousness compilation.
Perhaps the purest form of Agents Of Time’s music belongs to their own label Obscura. They inaugurated the label with the hypnotic, bassline wizardry of ‘Day One’ and in 2018 followed up with ‘Ordinary Cosmic Dance’. The label, which began as (and continues to be) a party series, has also provided a platform for likeminded artists through a doublevinyl compilation, and counts luminaries such as The Hacker, Antigone and Francois X amongst its roster.
The Agents Of Time are taking careful steps and showing themselves to be gifted, versatile performers with each one. Whether on record, on stage or at an Obscura event, count on a highquality output, finely balanced between experimentation and a straight dancefloor vibe.
The Agents of Time trio on February 2021 became a duo after Fedele Ladisa left the project to pursue a solo career. Andrea Di Ceglie and Luigi Tutolo will continue under the Agents of Time name.
Andrea and Luigi announced the news via social media. “Fedele has decided to undertake a solo career to explore new musical frontiers,” they said. “A few years ago we embarked on the Obscura project as a lab to experiment and test new genres and styles. Fedele will take over Obscura; he’ll be the sole manager of the label.”
The lads added: “It has been a group decision that we have not taken lightly. The three of us agree it is the right decision with the hope it will bring great results to all of us. It is now time to continue this journey.”