ASOTFESTNL RECAP

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Hi everyone,
so….I am in full post-asot depression these days right after a spectacular weekend.

I know many of you have been celebrating ASOT750 in Utrecht just like me….Also, I am so glad I had the chance to party with you and see so many of my friends there.

The 4 floors were amazing and the lighting were just out of this world.
There was the MainStage, the 138 stage, I’m in a state of trance stage, and 15 years and counting stage.
Plus the Radio Dome where Armin and Ruben were broadcasting the event when not playing MainStage.

Unfortunately, as you might have heard, Paul van Dyk fell off the stage in the middle of his performance and has been taken to the hospital, my prayers and thoughts are still with him and his family waiting to know something more about his health conditions.
After the accident, Armin stated that in respect to Paul he would not have played his vinyl set to close the party.
Much respect to him for this decision.

So, if you are curious to know what happens during this huge party, let’s find here some pictures taken by a hell of a photographer, Maurizio Sutti, enjoy!!!

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You say Techno? …We say MOKA!!!

Ciao a tutti e buon 2016!!!
Spero che il vostro anno sia iniziato meravigliosamente bene!!

Il mio è iniziato con una bella dose di techno old school, che lasciatemelo dire, è decisamente un’ottima maniera di celebrare il 2016…
Facciamoci una chiacchierata con uno dei dj storici della techno italiana, Moka!!

J: Dall’inizio della tua carriera musicale ad oggi com’è cambiato il mondo della notte e la tua percezione del modo di divertirsi dei giovani ?

M: L’unico cambiamento che ho visto è l’età del pubblico che frequenta i pochi locali rimasti, negli anni 90 era raro trovare un quindicenne in pista, ora il sabato sera ha ereditato il pubblico delle mitiche domeniche pomeriggio.

J:Ti seguo da quando hai iniziato a mettere i dischi a La Scala, fino alla consacrazione all’Omen Frankfurt 🙂 ma tutte le volte che hai cambiato club è sempre stata una sfida, vedi Night&Day e Asylum, e lo stesso Omen un posto molto grande da riempire ma tu ci riuscivi sempre…hai mai avuto dubbi o timori in proposito?

M: Vedo che hai buona memoria. Di solito chi accetta le sfide, non ha mai dubbi, ha solo la consapevolezza che può perdere. Accettavo di suonare nei locali chiusi da tempo per mancanza di pubblico e con un sound non commerciale, nonostante tutto riuscivo a riempirli. La sfida con l’Omen Frankfurt fu la più ardua, nemmeno i miei fedelissimi ci credevano. Il locale, prima del mio arrivo, registrava di media di 20/30 presenze, per un locale con capienza di 5000 persone il fallimento era dietro l’angolo. Amministrai tutto, dalla pubblicità alla direzione, inaugurammo nel luglio del 1995. La serata inaugurale registrò oltre 6000 presenze, il resto è storia. Se in Veneto qualcuno parla di techno è perchè prima ha parlato dell’Asylum e del’Omen Frankfurt.

J: Cosa fai nel tempo libero?

M: Lo dedico interamente alla mia passione: la difesa degli Animali, tutti gli Animali.

J: Qual’è il collega che stimi di più nell’ambiente musicale?

M: Frank De Wulf, un autentico genio.

J: Nuovi progetti in arrivo?

M: Nulla di particolare. Ho creato Versus Management, una agenzia sempre alla continua ricerca di DJ talentuosi.

J: La tua maggiore fonte d’ispirazione?

M: L’umiltà.

J: Cosa ti piace di più della scena dance attuale e cosa di meno?

M: Devo essere sincero? Non posso vedere i dj che suonano con il traktor, con le chiavette. Il Vinile (non a caso sta tornando di brutto) rimane l’unica garanzia di tecnica per un dj, con il computer anche lo zio Pino può sentirsi un dj, rimane comunque una mia opinione. Per tutto il resto, i fenomeni c’erano negli anni 90 e ci sono anche adesso, cambiano le mode, ma quelli rimangono.

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Hello everyone and Happy 2016!!
I hope you’re starting the New Year in the most possible amazing way!
Mine..started with a fix of old school techno, which, I’d say was a pretty perfect way to celebrate 2016!!
Let’s have a good chat with one of the djs who wrote the history of techno music in Italy.

J: How do you think the world and people of the night have changed throughout the years since you started?

M: The only changing I’ve noticed is the age of the people attending the parties in the few clubs that are still working, back in the 90ies it was quite hard to find a 15 y.o. guy on the dance floor, now, on Saturdays’ we’ve plenty of young people, just like it was back then, on Sundays afternoon.

J: I’m following you since your beginning, when you were playing at a club called La Scala, to your professional celebration at the famous Omen Frankfurt 🙂 but everytime you have changed club it was like a challenge, just like The Night&Day one, and the Asylum, and even Omen that was such a huge place to fill with people, but you never failed, so I was wondering…were you ever doubtful or scared?

M: You remember it well, Usually who takes a challenge does not have doubts, but he knows he can fail too. I accepted to play in clubs that was closed for a few time due to a lack of audience and luckily I was able to succeed and the dancefloor was always packed.
The hardest challenge was with Omen Frankfurt, not even my fanbase thought it was possible to make it work there.
Before I came there, that club had about 20/30 people attending, and it was a huge place that could guest about 5000 people so the failure was around the corner. I’ve managed everything, from the promotion to the artistic direction,we opened in July ’95. The opening night counted more than 6000 people, and the rest is history.
If in the Venetian area someone talks about techno, it’s because of Asylum and Omen Frankfurt.

J: what do you do in your spare time?

M: I am extremely committed to my passion: the safeguard of animals, all animals.

J: Which is the colleague you esteem the most?

M: Frank De Wulf, un authentic genius.

J: Any new projects on the way?

M: Not really, but I created Versus Management, an agency always looking for talented djs.

J: what’s your source of inspiration?

M: Being humble.

J: what do you like the most about the dance scene and what you don’t?

M: If I am honest I can’t stand djs playing with traktor, with usb keys.
The vinyl, (coming back in fashion actually) is the only reliable technic for a dj, with a computer, anyone can be a dj…By the way, this is just my view.
We had big djs back in the 90ies and we have them today as well, times change but talent remains.

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ASOT Festival Utrecht…line up revealed

Hello there,
so we are slowly getting closer to ASOT festival in Utrecht, that will be held on Feb 27th in Jaarbeurs.
Now that the full line up has been revealed, I’ve already started to notice some comments about it, and as it always happen, there are people not completely satisfied….
What do you think? Happy with it or not?Which djs are you excited to see?

On my side, I’m pretty happy, and cannot wait to rave the night away together with my friends celebrating the 750th episode of A State Of Trance.
So, there is still time to book your flights and hotels but hurry up, be sure you won’t miss the event.

And as I am going to be there and will surely write some pieces about the party, even if you cannot be there, you will be fully updated, so …stay tuned!!

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Nicola Simionato…Semplicemente ESAGERATO!!!

Ciao a tutti, oggi vi parlo di un performer veramente ESAGERATO….Nicola Simionato, se non avete ancora sentito parlare di lui, ecco il link alla sua pagina Facebook ,dove potrete trovare tutti gli update per andare a vederlo esibirsi live nei locali più trendy d’Italia e non solo.

https://m.facebook.com/NSEsagerato/

Nicola è un ragazzo molto molto impegnato e con una vita frenetica, per questo, incontrarlo per l’intervista non è stato facile….Reduce da una spettacolare stagione ad Ibiza, sentite cosa ci ha raccontato…

J: Ciao Nicola, grazie per dedicare un pò di tempo al mio blog,mi racconti un pò com’è nata la tua passione per il canto ?

N: Ciao Jessica, sono davvero contento di poter partecipare a questo spazio nel tuo blog; la musica iniziò per me all’età di 5 anni, quando presi lezioni di pianoforte e canto dalla mia nonna materna, soprano di spicco per 20 anni del gruppo TEATRO LA FENICE di Venezia. Purtroppo, presi poi altre strade abbandonando la musica per dedicarmi allo sport… quando si è molto giovani si prendono spesso dei binari che non ci appartengono…le cause le conosciamo.

J: E la voglia di esibiriti come performer invece a quando risale?

N: La voglia di riscoprirmi artisticamente fu dettata da due avvenimenti: -la malattia e la morte della nonna,che mi ha fatto ritrovare la voglia di potermi riscoprire artisticamente,come se avessi ereditato improvvisamente il suo bagaglio artistico,musicale ed emotivo; -la voglia di affermarmi nel mondo della notte,dove già lavoravo da 5 anni,non più come strip man o cubista ma come un vero e proprio artista, cercando di riprendere in mano le doti canore,unite a costumi,sex appeal e carisma.

J: La prima esibizione sul palco te la ricordi? com’è stata?

N: La prima esibizione cantata me la ricordo benissimo, trash&chic al MOLO 5. Dove cantai un remix di SWEET DREAMS assieme a due ballerini professionisti…da quella volta capii che quella era la strada giusta.

J: Sei molto sicuro di te sul palco, ma ci sono mai stati momenti di “panico” prima di un’esibizione?

N: La sicurezza è arrivata con il tempo, non è stato facile, l’ho acquisita step by step man mano che gli eventi son cresciuti,sia per quantità che per qualità e responsabilità. Ora mi sento sicuro di me stesso, ma sento che c’è ancora molto da imparare.Diciamo che la tappa fondamentale per la mia carriera, ma anche della mia vita se così vogliamo dire, è stata la prima estate a Ibiza dove lavorai per il PACHA_FLOWER POWER come performer e voce ufficiale per tutta la stagione estiva 2013/14 più tour europeo.Esibirsi in prima persona, live, davanti a migliaia di persone,personaggi e dj internazionali nel locale più famoso al mondo, mi ha dato davvero tanto ed è stata ad ora l’esperienza più bella della mia vita artista e personale.Momenti di panico non ne ho mai avuti, ci sono stati dei problemi tecnici ma son sempre riuscito a saltare l’ostacolo cercando di non far mai capire al pubblico che qualcosa non andava.

J: Ci racconti un aneddoto divertente che ti accaduto durante una serata legato alla tua esibizione?

N:In realtà non ci son state delle cose in particolare o aneddoti durante serate.. perlomeno ora non ricordo.. però ti posso dire che spesso capitano delle situazioni e imprevisti davvero improvvisi e sta alla bravura dell’artista saper rimediare o improvvisare.Parecchie persone han cercato di mettermi il bastone tra le ruote,addirittura tagliendomi i fili del microfono o spezzandomi i cd con le basi delle esibizioni..ma alla fine sono sempre uscito alla grande!

J: L’esperienza Ibizenca…ogni estate la isla blanca è un punto di ritrovo per tutti i clubbers, e ovviamente per gli artisti, com’è iniziata quest’avventura e com’è andata la stagione appena passata?

N: La prima estate a Ibiza è stata sicuramente la più toccante ed importante proprio perché mi ha aperto un sacco di strade e ho avuto una visibilità internazionale notevole, il secondo anno son cambiati i club e le performances ma comunque c’è stata una continuità soprattutto a livello di immagine. Ci sono moltissimi progetti in atto…vedrete!

J: Nicola Simionato Esagerato..mi racconti da dov’è nato il nickname?

N: Per quanto riguarda il mio nome d’arte, ho sempre tenuto il mio nome e cognome con l’aggiunta dell’aggettivo ESAGERATO. In realtà, nacque al trash&chic quando SIMON B.I nel presentarmi mi dava sempre l’aggettivo ESAGERATO,proprio perché uscivo sempre con dei look stravaganti e a volte davvero notevoli ed appariscenti.ESAGERATO ci sta molto bene cmq anche con il mio carattere e carisma sul palco, a volte animale da palcoscenico ma allo stesso tempo anche teatrale ed elegante.ESAGERATO può aver molte sfumature…. ma lasciamo che resti un po’ da scoprire.

J: La one night Folies de Pigalle è un appuntamento mensile con il tuo pubblico, parlacene un pò…

N:LES FOLIES DE PIGALLE, ilparty di Giuliano Bavutti che fece la storia qualche tempo fa…da un paio di anni ritornato in auge ad alti livelli. Posso solo dire grazie a Giuliano, uno dei pochi art director che guardano ancora alla qualità del prodotto e non solo alla quantità e all’incasso … LES FOLIES DE PIGALLE è una serata completa, di alta qualità performativa e musicale.qui mi sento a casa mia, con il tempo ho imparato a farmi conoscere dal pubblico ed essere davvero apprezzato, grazie a Giuliano che ha sempre creduto in me dandomi lo spazio e la giusta visibilità.Ha saputo mantenere il vecchio stampo e pubblico delle folies inserendo i personaggi giusti senza stravolgere troppo il prodotto,sapendo quindi confermare la vecchia clientela ma portandone anche di nuova.

J:Com’è nata la collaborazione con Max Orian e il progetto Contamination?

N: La bellissima collaborazione con MAX ORIAN risale circa ad un anno fa durante i dinner show all’AMAMI DI TREVISO. C’è stato subito un feeling musicale, ho capito subito di aver a che fare con un professionista preparato e disponibile a poter collaborare. Contamination nasce dall’unione di più generi musicali,mai banali ma sempre molto ricercati,musica dal vivo e live vocale.E’ un prodotto di qualità, credo ad oggi il mio miglior progetto. Il progetto di cui vado più orgoglioso ed il BIGLIETTO DA VISITA PERSONALE,portato ad ibiza la scorsa estate e nei migliori club italiani.

J: Progetti attuali e futuri?

N: La stagione è iniziata parecchio bene,nonostante lo stallo dei locali… ma son contento di aver il giusto lavoro e tutti i progetti sono progetti di qualità.
Parallelamente sto finalmente lavorando su più fronti per cercare di finire quest’anno in bellezza, cioè uscire con il primo progetto discografico.Ci saranno parecchie novità in merito nei prossimi mesi, ma per scaramanzia preferisco far parlare i fatti quando sarà il momento.

Ringraziando Nicola per la disponibilità e cortesia, vi invito a seguirlo in una delle sue prossime esibizioni e poi fatemi sapere se anche voi siete d’accordo con noi…è veramente ESAGERATO 😉

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Let’s Embrace….this new album

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We could sense that something was about to be different in this new album right when Armin announced the release of it showing us the art work album cover by the renowned photographer,film and music video director Anton Corbjn.

“Don’t be a prisoner of your own style”….this is what Armin van Buuren always stated and honestly, on my side, I could not agree more, considering that the sound is always evolving as well as studio technologies so, obviously when you listen back to his old trance tunes like, “Love you more” and then compare it to, for instance,something more recent like “Brute” (two songs that I truly love) you can clearly hear and feel how the sound changed as the years went by….but that said, I sadly came to terms with the fact that nowadays mainstream dance music took over that trance beats I loved so much….or at least it seems to happen with all the artists that become so big in the industry.

Not saying trance is dead by the way, because we still have some good big trance artists who remain true to that sound; by the way if it is pure trance you are looking for, you ain’t gonna find a full trance album here.

When you listen to his sixth studio album you can clearly hear that Armin’s trance signature tho, but he moved forward and decided to “embrace” so many different genres….Must admit this is a huge work he released proving that he is able to renew his style keeping the trance vibe alive.

This album is full of great collaborations, such as Eric Vloeimans, Cimo Frankel, Kensigton, Hardwell and Cosmic Gate, who contribute to make it a precious jewel in the market.

The title track “Embrace” with the famous Dutch trumpeter Vloeimans’ solo is such a great intro to the album, (as we were used to in the previous Armin’s albums already )a very enjoyable and totally unexpected kind of tune, until that smooth jazz turns into cheesy elctro house at least.

“Another you”, feat. Mr.Probz, just reminds me of the past summer when Armin and Mr. Probz where performing it together everywhere, a full load of good and happy vibes,and a perfect follow up of “This is what it feels like”.

The collaboration with Hardwell for “Off the Hook” is exactly what I expected…a festival banger, something to make you jump, nothing very new nor exciting…

“Strong Ones” fet. Cimo Frankel is a totally uplifting tune and I love the lyrics as well.

“Heading up high” is going to be the fourth single of this album during the first months of 2016 and it really stucks in your head, thumbs up!!

“Embargo” with Cosmic Gate and “Old Skool” are made for the clubbers obviously and are the perfect tracks to put you in the party mood, especially “Old Skool”, it really gives you the feeling of being at an Armin’s gig….which makes me remind you that Mr.van Buuren announced a new Armin Only tour already, yay!!

“Make it right”, “Gotta Be love” and “Slisptream” will make it impossible for you to stand still without dancing and some of the other tunes,like “Freefall”(feat.Bully Songs) just remind me of that SHM sound I so loved at parties, good tunes but not very orginal…

The closing tune of the album “Looking for your name” is a very sweet song with a warm melody perfect to chill after all that dancing 🙂

When all is said and done, I can say I am very happy with this album, Armin is showing us he can basically play whatever it crosses his mind and making it huge, and now, just like my friend Fred said….le’ts wait for the remixes, i think something great is coming up about some of these tunes.

Waiting for Menno de Jong

Hello everyone, sorry for being away for quite a while but I had a very annoying flu last week that drained all my energy; luckily I have been better in time for an amazing Halloween party…but I will tell you about it later…

Now, the main event of this upcoming weekend: yes, Trance Gate 10th Birthday!!! I already wrote about it, but what about a little chat with Menno just before we can meet him at the party next Saturday? I bet you would love it, right?
So here for you, he took the time to stop by for a quick interview:

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J: Hi there Menno,how and when did you start making music?

M: It started when I was really young, my dad had a keyboard and I would try to play things I heard on the radio on there. Eventually I started to take piano lessons and when I made my way to high school I had a classmate who was making music in an MS-DOS computer programme called Fasttracker. It was a very primitive bit of software but a fun way to start learning!

J: What are you working on at the moment?

M: I’m working on a new vocal single as well as a new collab with my friend Adam Ellis. I’m also collaborating with my management to bring In Trance We Trust and Menno Solo events to various new locations around the world.

J: Did it ever happen something funny or weird with fans during your gig?

M: Nothing weird really ever happens with fans (fortunately everybody is always very cool), however plenty of weird things happens when touring. One day I was accidentally dropped off at the wrong terminal in India, and because the driver was gone I had to take a Rickshaw to the other terminal. Because the person driving it did not understand a lot of English (and how much of a hurry I was in) he stopped to help someone with car trouble on the way over. I had to explain with sign language my flight was departing in 40! minutes.. Fortunately we got on our way and I made it to the terminal / gate seconds before cutoff time. Thank god I checked in online!

J: What are the ups and down of traveling so much?

M: The ups: playing the music you love for amazing crowds and meeting cool new people as well as seeing new places. The down: jetlag and missing your friends and family at home..

J: How was your ADE experience this year?

M: It was amazing, we organised the first In Trance We Trust ADE party and it was packed. The vibe was also awesome. Can’t wait to bring it back next year!

Menno de Jong contacts:

web www.mennodejong.com
facebook www.facebook.com/mennodejong
twitter www.twitter.com/mennodejong

A chat with the Trance Queen…Emma Hewitt

Emma Hewitt doesn’t need any introduction, her very recognizable voice and distinctive style, made me fall for her the very first time I heard her singing; after so many big collaborations (Cosmic Gate, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin..to name a few) and the great success of her album Burn the Sky Down, she is now back with another stunning tune in cooperation with Mark Sixma,called “Restless Hearts”.

I am so excited to share this interview with you guys,she’s not only an amazing trance singer and song writer, not only a beautiful woman, but also a wonderful soul, so kind-hearted and down to earth, and I am feeling really blessed she made the time to support my blog!!

J: Hello Emma,
thank you for supporting my blog with this interview 🙂

E: Hey Jess, it’s my pleasure! 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂

J: I know you started to sing when you were really young, so would you tell me
how did it all start?

E: It was never really a conscious decision, I just always wanted to sing and
be involved with music in some way. I started singing in bands when I was
still in school. As soon as I finished school my brother and I were saving
to record demos and send them to anyone who would listen. Through this
process, and constant writing and learning, we went in and out of different
record and publishing deals, different managers, many moves to different
countries and a lot of trial and error before we came to where we are now,
in electronic music.

J: What is the difference between being in a band and being a trance singer ?

E: The songs are all still written in the same way, on an acoustic guitar or
piano. The main difference for me is the freedom to travel around the
world either alone or with one other person and perform. With a band there
was always 6 of us and a sound guy, so travel and shows actually became
quite expensive. I must say it was a lot of fun having so many other
people to bounce off though. I really enjoy both worlds to be honest.

J: What inspires you the most when you write your lyrics?

E: Always life. The stories of the people around me. My own emotions.
Songwriting is a very therapeutic exercise and for me allows me to express
emotions and nostalgia that I probably wouldn’t otherwise express.

J: What is the most emotional gigs you remember?

E: Most of them actually become emotional in some way. There is often so much
energy from the crowd and I am always trying to give as much energy as I
can back. I think perhaps for me, the first solo sets I did at some of the
big festivals were kind of a milestone for me, as for a while people told
me only djs could do that.

J: Who would you like to work with in the next future ?

E: Anyone who writes a fantastic song and has a great sound…and of course is
a good person too 🙂

J: in your album Burn the sky down (that I adore) there is also a cover from
Placebo, This Picture, can you tell me why did you choose that tune ? (I am
a huge Placebo fan too)

E: Oh you are? Awesome! I am a huge fan of 90’s rock and industrial music.
I grew up with this darker kind of music, so I wanted to give a nod to that
genre.

J: What are the ups and downs of your job?

E: The ups of course are probably too many to list. I get to do what is
absolutely my passion, for this I count myself very lucky. Seeing places
all over the world that I would never otherwise have the chance to visit is
a wonderful perk, meeting people and making friends from other countries,
the crowds and energy of the shows…
Perhaps the only downside, which I would never complain about still as I am
grateful to do what I do…but I would have to say it would be missing out
on spending time with family and friends. Also perhaps the instability and
not particularly belonging anywhere. But I am happy to continue being a
traveling gypsy as the goods far out way the negatives!!

J: Any new project on the way?

E: Many! I have quite a few new collaborations lined up and I am also looking
at releasing a solo ep or album early next year. I took some time out from
releasing music for a while to gather fresh inspiration. Now I am fully
inspired and writing like crazy! 🙂

J: How did success affected your life ?

E: I guess it is difficult for any of us to really gauge our own success or
see ourselves as successful. For me I am always looking to the next
project or the next thing I want to achieve. I wouldn’t consider myself
successful until I have achieved all I want to. And I think if I ever
achieve all I want to I will become stagnant…there is so much more I want
to do before I would say I have reached success though.

J: You travel a lot, what are the things you always carry with you?

E: Always my kindle…I read a lot on flights. Black mascara is always a
must…without it I look like I have no eyes…if I stand in front of a
white wall you can’t see me. I always have my TC Helicon voice live vocal
effects so that I can create delays and reverbs for my live vocals,
ultimate ears in ear monitors so I can hear myself onstage…My
laptop…some giant shoes so I can pretend I am taller onstage :):)

J: Do you have a lucky charm?
E: Not a lucky charm so much, but I do travel with a few crystals that fit in
my pockets for good vibes and protection.

J: Are you coming back to Italy any soon?

E: I truly hope so! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world to
visit!! I absolutely LOVE the people…and the food!!!! Fingers crossed I
get to visit soon!

Thanks again Emma, really loved you find the time in your extra busy schedule for this lovely chat, and hope to see you again very soon 🙂

Here you can find her latest masterpiece with Mark Sixma “Restless Hearts”

https://armind.lnk.to/MSEHRHearts

Emma Hewitt on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/emmahewittofficial?fref=ts

Emma Hewitt on Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/emmahewittofficial

Emma Hewitt on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/emhewitt

Back to my roots…with Marco Bellini

Deciding to open a blog about music, shows your willing to share your passion with whoever is on line, it’s just like sharing a piece of yourself, this blog, is dedicated to electronic music, and to all the artists who affect my musical taste; today’s interview is with an eclectic guy, Marco Bellini, a dear friend of mine and someone I would call a living legend for whoever was clubbing in Italy during the 90ies, but Marco is not only a dj, but much more as you will find out in a while, and personally, one of the artist I like the most and who guided my musical choices and taste since when I was a kid.

J: Marco, you’ve been such an iconic person when I was a teen ( and you still are) and you really affected my musical “education” ..as a kid in the club you used to tell me “you have a punk attitude, you must listen to punk rock” a suggestion that I followed..literally and I will always thank you for that!So, how did your style change from punk to the electronic music?

M: I started listening to music when I was very young (7/8 y.o.) all kind of rock during the early ’70ies (Bowie, Cooper, Iggy, Bolan) I felt that music deep inside in my unconscious and I grasped it while it got me shivering…I started understanding that a good tune, music in general would have satisfied most of my life.
I went through different stages, as my tastes in music were changing as the years went by,and so my sense of fashion changed with it: ’76/’78 hyppie style, ’79/’82 punk, ’82/’86 Dark/New Wave ’87/’89 Rock ‘n’ Roll L.A. ’90 House/Techno…if you love music you listen to a lot of stuff and when, in the 90ies the House music hit the climax, I didn’t think twice before jumping in it! I started listening to electronic music in the early ’80ies (Suicide, D.A.F., Nitzer Ebb, John Foxx, Kraftwerk…….) all bands who paved the way for all the future kind of electronic music genres.

J:Do you think being a dj changed lately?

M: Some time ago, who had a certain musical background, a vinyl collection and a true passione for the music had a chance to become a good dj, nowadays everyone can be a dj, more or less!
With the coming of new technologies (Traktor and sync button…) now mixing became easier ( but if a dj doesn’t need to care anymore about the beat matching because a device is doing it for him, where is the skill and the fun then??) and by the way, the main thing will always be the good taste and the good choices…

J: you’ve always been an eclectic artist, singer, musician, dj, model, performer, where did you take inspiration and passion?

M: From all the things I love,…from my world: music, cinema, books, comics, posters, cars, motorcycles,..in a word: ART!

J: What do you think about the taking over of EDM ?

M: Personally I don’t like it…maybe I am getting a bit old for that kind of music, it’s a sound that doesn’t touch me,…there is music I like and music I don’t….thanks God! And if it is true that music reflects the real essence of the human being, then everyone will get the music they deserve !!!

J: Can you tell me on what projects are you working on?

M: Lately I started building tunes again ( and I wasn’t doing it for years) and if I am honest I am really pumped about it…I wanna renew myself with some vinyl coming soon!

J: (Fan girl question) Romantic is my favorite tune of yours…will we ever see a follow up, or a new version?

M: Who knows, maybe yes…we remixed “Dirty” so releasing a remix of “Romantic” could be a good idea!

J: do you have more fun producing music or selecting tunes for the crowd in the clubs ?

M: An elating track you create in the studio gives me the same feeling of a super night in a club, they don’t always happen, obviously, but when it happens, you feel rewarded for all the job done! The studio and the club are the main ingredient of the picture!

J: How do you deal with social media?

M: Quite good, I’d say, I’m not a smartphone addicted, I check Facebook about 30 minutes daily more or less, you know, seeing all these young people always holding their phones…not for me, I am old school!

J: What would you say to young clubbers over there ?

M: I wish you have so much fun a s I did at your age!!!

Thank you Marco for taking the time and see you on the dance floor!!

Decidere di aprire un blog che tratta di musica, significa voler condividere la propria passione con chiunque sia on line, è un po’ come condividere una parte di se stessi,questo particolare blog è dedicato alla musica elettronica, e agli artisti che influenzano i miei gusti musicali, l’intervista di oggi è con un personaggio eclettico, Marco Bellini, un caro amico e quello che definirei una leggenda vivente per chi ha vissuto gli anni 90 nei clubs italiani,ma Marco non è solo un dj, ma molto altro…come scoprirete tra poco; e personalmente è uno degli artisti a cui sono più affezionata e che ha in qualche modo guidato le mie scelte e gusti in fatto di musica quando ero una ragazzina…

J: Sei stato un’icona di stile per me durante gli anni della mia adolescenza (e anche oggi) e hai avuto un’influenza importante nella mia “educazione” musicale…. da ragazzina in discoteca mi dicevi “tu sei sicuramente punk…devi ascoltare il punk ” 🙂 consiglio seguito alla lettera..e di questo ti ringrazierò sempre….
come sei passato dal punk alla musica elettronica ?

M: Iniziai da bambino (7/8 anni…) ad ascoltare/interessarmi di musica, tutto il rock primi ’70 (Bowie, Cooper, Iggy, Bolan…….)nel mio inconscio più profondo assorbivo come una spugna e sentivo dei brividi nella spina dorsale……iniziavo già a capire che una bella canzone, la musica in generale avrebbe soddisfatto gran parte della mia vita.
Le varie fasi della mia vita andavano sempre di pari passo con i gusti musicali del periodo e di conseguenza con i cambiamenti di look: ’76/’78 Hippie…….’79/’82 Punk…….’82/’86 Dark/New Wave………..’87/’89 Rock’n’Roll L.A………’90 House/Techno……se ami la musica ascolti un sacco di roba e quando, nel ’90, arrivò la grande piena del fiume “House” non ci pensai 2 volte a tuffarmi dentro!
Di musica elettronica ne ascoltavo già nei primi ’80 (Suicide, D.A.F., Nitzer Ebb, John Foxx, Kraftwerk…….), gruppi che spianavano la strada a tutta la musica elettronica futura…….

J: credi sia cambiata la figura, il ruolo, del dj ultimamente ?

M: Tempo fa, chi aveva un background musicale, una collezione di vinili ed un amore sviscerato x la musica poteva diventare un bravo DJ, adesso lo può fare chiunque, più o meno!
Con l’arrivo di nuove tecnologie (Traktor con sync….) è sicuramente più facile mixare (….ma se un DJ non si deve più preoccupare di cambiare i dischi manualmente a tempo perchè lo fà la macchina, allora il talento/divertimento dove stà ???) e cmq, quello che conta sarà sempre il buon gusto, le scelte musicali….

J: sei sempre stato un personaggio eclettico, cantante, musicista, dj, modello, performer, dove trovi entusiasmo e ispirazione?

M: Da tutte le cose che mi piacciono…….dal mio mondo: musica, cinema, libri, fumetti, posters, macchine, moto…….in una sola parola: ARTE!

J: cosa ne pensi del fenomeno dilagante che è diventato l’edm ?

M: A me personalmente non piace……forse stò diventando un pò vecchio x quel genere, un sound che non mi emoziona……..c’è musica che mi piace e musica che non mi piace, per fortuna!….e se la musica rispecchia la vera essenza dell’essere, allora ognuno avrà la musica che si merita!!!

J: a quali progetti stai lavorando?

M: Da qualche mese mi son rimesso a buttare giù tracce (…..cosa che non facevo da anni) e devo dire che mi stò gasando parecchio……..voglio reinventarmi con del vinile in uscita nel prossimo futuro!

J:(domanda da fan) Romantic resta una delle tue produzioni che preferisco… ci sarà un follow up, o una “rivisitazione” con un sound + attuale ?

M: Mah, chissà, anche si……. si era fatto un remix di “Dirty” per cui remixare “Romantic” potrebbe essere un’ idea!

J:ti diverti di + a produrre musica in studio o a selezionare le tracce nei clubs?

M: Una traccia esaltante che ti esce in studio è l’equivalente di una super serata in discoteca, non capitano sempre, ovviamente, ma quando succede ti senti ripagato di tutto il lavoro fatto! Studio e Club sono gli ingredienti del quadro generale!

J:il tuo rapporto con i social media?

M:Più che normale, direi……non sono un maniaco degli smartphones, FB lo vedo una mezzoretta al giorno, in media……vedere tutta questa gioventù alienata sempre con il cellulare in mano……..per me è diverso, io appartengo alla vecchia guardia!

J: cosa vorresti dire ai giovani clubbers?

M:Spero vi divertiate come mi sono divertito io quando avevo la vostra età!!!

Grazie Marco per il tuo tempo e ci vediamo in pista!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRANCE GATE!!!

Save this date: Saturday November 7th 2015 because the 10th anniversary of Trance Gate party will be celebrated.

10 years of the highest quality trance music brought to Italy thank to my friend, the amazing promoter and event organizer, Gianluca Ferrandu.

The 10th edition of this unique one night called Trance Gate started off last September 26th with Driftmoon (that we interviewed last month) and Re-Order.

This year we will see less parties, not the usual monthly event, but be sure that mr.Ferrandu will keep the quality at the maximum level, bringing us international trance djs from the biggest worldwide events.

And to celebrate this amazing goal, these first 10 years of big happenings, we find an extra special line up with 3 huge international artists:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

The warm up set will be hosted by ENDRY++
Sabato 7 novembre 2015 si celebreranno 10 anni di eventi targati Trance Gate,
10 anni di musica trance con i migliori djs al mondo in esclusiva italiana grazie al lavoro dell’amico promoter e organizzatore di eventi Gianluca Ferrandu.

La decima stagione della one night Trance Gate si è avviata il 26 Settembre scorso ospitando in consolle Driftmoon (che abbiamo intervistato) e ReOrder.

Quest’anno la festa non avrà più una cadenza mensile, verranno proposti meno eventi ma state pur certi che la qualitò delle line up resterà altissima, con ospiti internazionali provenienti dalle consolle dei principali eventi Trance del pianeta.

E per celebrare questo magnifico traguardo, questi primi 10 anni vedranno una line up d’eccezione con 3 grandissimi artisti:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

A fare gli onori di casa con il Warm Up set ci sarà ENDRY++

L’evento si terrà in Via Toffetti 75 a Milano dalle ore 23:00 in poi.
presso il Galimba’s
Space. La location è facilmente raggiungibile con ogni mezzo e si trova a pochi
minuti a piedi dalla Stazione Fs e metropolitana di Milano
Rogoredo.

Iscrivetevi all’evento ufficiale, in palio per i più
fortunati degli ingressi omaggio!
Prezzi
10 euro donna / 20 euro uomo con 1 drink incluso All
Night Long

Tessera Entes obbligatoria, tutti i possessori della
tessera Entes con la dicitura 2014/2015 possono presentarla all’ingresso.
Chi non è in possesso della tessera potrà ritirarla
alla cassa (costo 3 euro).

infoline 328 9650326
mail : trancegatemilano@gmail.com

TBA

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