[INTERVIEW] UP CLOSE WITH GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI

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JULY 17, 2013

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GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI (WE OWN THE NITE NYC)

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1.      How would you describe Magenta from your debut solo album GO?

Well it’s quite different indeed. Music has changed a lot in the past few years and I have grown as well, testing different ways and being influenced from new sounds but still keeping my identity intact. My signature sound is clearly there, there’s no doubt on this, but my goal this time was to make something that could be good for both, radio and clubs with just one version. I didn’t want to make a club mix and a radio/album edit. For this reason there are a lot of vocal tracks but also some very powerful instrumental to make the dance floor upside-down.

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2.      Four years went into Magenta, how would you describe the journey to complete the album? What inspired your work?

Not exactly, I didn’t spent 4 years for making Magenta, actually it took me 15 months. After the release of my first album in 2009 I’ve been busy with a lot of remixes including Paul van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila and many more. I’ve been working on the special Vandit EP release for the 10 years of the label, I have launched my radio show GO ON AIR and I have released its first compilation. Then finally I’ve got to work on the album which was a long journey anyway.

The cool thing of working on a project for a long time is that I can put in it all the experiences I had around the globe and actually each track on the album tells a little part of my life from the past 15 months.

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3.      If you could shed light on  working with Ferry Corsten and Aly & Fila, Eric Lumiere, Audrey Gallagher, Linnea Schossow, Lo-Fi Sugar?

It was great with each one of them. Of course I’m very proud and honored for the chance I had to work with a legend like Ferry is but I loved to work with all of them. There’s always a lot to learn when collaborating with other people and this is why I’m always looking forward to new collaborations.

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4.      How was ‘Love Will Bring It All Around’ chosen as the lead single?

Simply because it’s my favorite track of the album. It’s a track that really touches me as it represent the real world. It’s the perfect match between my music and Eric’s deep lyrics giving to life the dark-to-light journey we both wanted to have on this track. I would also suggest to check out the “Crossover Mix” of this track which is only available on iTunes as a bonus track, I’m really in love with it. So it was just a personal choice at the end of the day.

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5.      With so many emerging talents, who would work with and why?

From the new upcomers I would definitely be interested in working with Andrew Rawyel, Maarten de Jong and Chris Schweizer. I met all of them and they are super nice guys and of course I love their musical style. They are growing so fast and doing so well and by the time I will have a collaboration they won’t be upcoming producers anymore 🙂

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6.      How would you describe your technique and style now versus 2001 when you were discovered by Paul Van Dyk?

In terms of techniques, honestly I use the same way to work as before and pretty much the same equipment. I’m a kind of old school guy and I definitely prefer hardware over to software if you ask me. In terms of style, well as I said above music evolved a lot and also my style is quite different but I keep my signature alive because I always want people to be able to say …”yes this is Giuseppe” when hearing a track of mine.

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7.      How did you start producing/DJing? At what age?

I’m from classical music education started around the age of 5 and I became and EDM lover in the late 90’s thanks to few trance productions from that time. My favorite one and probably the one that “brought me here” is “William Orbit – Adagio For Strings”. I have started producing music back in 1998 but professionally speaking my career started in 2001 thanks to my very first project called NU NRG and our first track “Dreamland”.

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8.      With Electronic music blowing up in the United States, do you have plans to tour the US in the future?

Of course I always have plans for the States. I just played in Philly, New York and Fresno a month/few weeks ago and it was massive. Looking forward to coming back very soon, but first let’s go for some European festival for the summer season.

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9.      What’s on your current playlist?

Since i’m not really a DJ but a live act I actually play my music only, or at least music that comes out of my studio as it has to be prepared in a different way to match my live setup. So if you ask me for my actual playlist i must say check out Magenta.

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MAGENTA is available thru Black Hole Recordings, here: http://bit.ly/10RSwvH

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www.giuseppeottaviani.com
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