We grew up in Bologna, one hour’s drive from Rimini which was the capital of dance music in the late 80s and 90s. The vibe was amazing; music, parties and fashion people from all over the world looking for inspiration. We didn’t know that other places weren’t the same, but we were on par with London, New York, you name it! It was second nature for us.
Italo Disco and Italo House
represented us; the attitude, the happy feeling, the over the top Italian pride, the typical Italian way of doing something good with minimum resources. We used to drive to Riccione on Saturdays and as soon as you got off the highway there was a parking lot where DJs from all over Europe would exchange and sell records, a bit of a real life discogs. You’d drive home, put the needle on and get inspired. The people who did this are funky, we groove a little bit more than others because we breathed that music.
A lot of those Italo records where recorded at Fonoprint
by Celso Valli
and Maurizo Biancani
. The studio was in the centre of town and you’d meet them at 4 in the bar round the corner. We listened to their stories and if you where lucky you could have a preview in the car. We weren’t that lucky, but we were there!
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Here are our top Italo records.
Alexander Robtnik – Problemes D’Amour
Gaz Nevada – I.C. Love Affair
2AKano – Can’t Hold You Back
Jimmy Ross – First True Love Affair
Tullio De Piscopo – Stop Bajon