Profile: Marcelo Burlon

DJ, Video Director, Editor-At-Large, Brand Consultant, Stylist, PR, Events Manager and Blogger -  Marcelo Burlon is a force to be a reckoned with.

The Argentinian-born, Milan-based creative maverick discusses style and his diverse career…

(Photo credit: Marco Falcetta,Grooming Astor Hoxha)

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?

I’m in Argentina shooting Symphony of Buenos Aires (Marcelo is the mastermind behind Lab: Symphony of Milan and Symphony of Hong Kong for high end HK department store Lane Crawford) and I’ll throw a big party here at the Metropolitan Museum hosted by D Magazine, the coolest magazine in South America. I’m looking for sponsors to make Symphony of Sao Paulo, then in March I’ll do Symphony of Moscow.

I sing on an electro song which came out with Gomma Records so I will make the music video and work on a second track. I’m also doing the music for Missoni show and the Brazilian designer Pedro Lorenco.

You’re quite the multi-tasker but which role is your favourite?

I love music and DJing is the best job. I put all myself into it when I’m DJing - it’s like a drug, as in it’s something that I can’t stop doing. But I also like to organize events, specifically when there are big budgets and I can choose any artist I like.

Your Pink is Punk nights are legendary. Do any stand out in your mind and do you’ve plans to hold any in NYC?
We once did an incredible party with Raf Simons celebrating his Jil Sander show; Casey Spooner was DJing and Tilda Swinton danced till the end.
I’ve in mind to move to New York in a couple of years, but for now every three months I guest DJ at the Boom Boom Room and of course at Lady Fag’s Chelsea Room’s Clubbers Down Disco, playing with Miss Honey Dijon. Maybe one day I’ll start Pink is Punk in New York but for special occasions like Fashion Week.

What’s been the best party you’ve worked on?

There are so many. A lot of the Givenchy parties were super amazing, like the one with 2ManyDJs and the surprise birthday party for the model Mariacarla Boscono where Courtney Love sang and I played. Then there were others at the beginning of my career like Roisin Murphy singing at Gucci or Hercules & Love Affair performing at Donatella Versace’s house.

Who are listening to right now?

Many artists – I fell in love with the soundtrack of Pina (Pina Bausch’s documentary directed by Wim Wenders). I also like James Blake, Nicolas Jaar, Erykah Badu and my friend Devendra Banhart, along with unknown Argentinian folk musicians like Chango Spasiuk, Josè Larralde and Mercedes Sosa.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Yoga, horse riding in Patagonia, dinners with friends at home, traveling to Sao Paulo to see Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition, going to the Caribbean with my best friend and studying Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy.

How would you describe your style?

My teacher was Riccardo Tisci, so I learned so much from during the three years we’ve worked together. I’d say it’s a mix of street/techno/folk.

What’s your most prized personal possession?

A Louis Vuitton bomber from 1965 that Ricky (Tisci) gave me for Christmas in 1999.


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