Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is DJ Antonini and I love the Electronic Music Scene in Italy. I am a DJ at some of the local clubs, and since I am making lots of friends from other countries, I want to make this blog to explain more about what is going on in electronic music in Europe these days.
Although Italy may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of electronic music, there is a new generation of young, Italian musicians who are determined place the country in the forefront of the global music scene.
A quick glance of Italy’s music history will yield you to the discovery of a long list of dance music outliers. There is the godfather of disco, Giorgio Moroder and there is the industrial pioneer, Maurizo Bianchi. Of course, no list would be complete without Donato Dozzy and Marco Carola, two popular techno Djs in the country. However, these artists and musicians are still considered the exceptions instead of the rule in Italy, even with the advancements in technology and the Internet.
Unfortunately, as with the rest of Europe, Italy has seen an increase the number of clubs that have closed. When combined with a nonexistent funding for the arts and a national audience that is used to seeing popular international musicians, it has become very difficult for Italian artists in electronic music to be successful.
The Reemergence Of Electronic Music In Italy
Over the past few years, a subtle shift has been occurring in the country’s electronic music scene. There have been Club to Club festivals held in Turin, and during these festivals, it was not marquee names that were popular among the crowd like Thom Yorke or Jamie xx. Instead, it were the local acts that were popular like Ninos Du Brasil, trap futurists Gang of Ducks, abstract beatsmith Vaghe Stelle and trance music producer Lorenzo Senni.
Who Is Spearheading This Movement?
There are several Italian artists who have been credited with the country’s crashing of the underground for electronic music. Nicolo Fortuni and Nico Vascellari, a popular punk-art duo are helping to surge the underground electronic music scene.
The duo’s techno is batucada-influenced, and it was designed to give audiences quantised and clean club music. Vascellari also operates a club out of his personal studio located in Vittorio Veneto. The name of the club is Codalunga.
Although it was built originally for exhibits for the visual arts, it quickly became a platform where a new generation of underground musicians in the country could meet and exchange ideas. It has been described as being a platform that could inspire a collision of a range of different scenes, and musicians and artists will be able to come together in a way that is not only different but also inspiring. It was also designed to address the needs of artists in Italy who were going through difficult times as many doors were closing.
Keeping Up With Trends
Even though these measures may seem a little extreme by other musicians around the world, these measures are vital for Italian artists who are waiting for their country to finally catch up with the trends that are occurring on a global area in electronic music.
In an effort to make their profile internationally recognized, Club to Club has created merchandise that dons several hashtags. One of the hashtags is ‘The New Italian Wave’.
However, Italian artists want to emphasize that it is less of a scene, and more like a lifestyle or attitude. Gang of Ducks and other artists understand that the electronic music scene is not as big in Italy as it is in other parts of Europe like London.
This means that the artists do not have the same sound, but they each have an individual take on the music. They also understand that it will take more than fancy slogans in order for them to grow their customer base.
Italian artists are looking to do more than reinvent the wheel with electronic music. They are looking to create something completely new.