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I was born in Massa, Italy. music was just a hobby for me until I began studying the piano at the age of fourteen. Shortly afterwards I got together with small musical groups, such as L'Inchiesta, Fathima E I Pronipoti, I Sangrin, playing the keyboards. My first professional experience arrived with the group Santarosa and, together with them, I recorded a single, Souvenir, that sold 200.000 copies in Italy. the record was produced by Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari who was my great friend at the time. After this experience, I continued playing keyboards with other groups, among which I Vicini Di Casa and Taxi. It was with Taxi that collaboration with Zucchero grew stronger and we played together for a couple of years. In 1983 I produced a dance single entitled Don't Cry Tonight suitable for my voice, and I chose the stage name of Savage. Note that, throughout my career, I have used two different professional names : Robyx as a producer, and Savage as an artist. I suppose you didn't start your musical career playing Italo disco? No, as I said above, I started with Italian music. Were you inspired by some artists to make Italo disco? For example, High-energy music existed before Italo-disco, one could say that Italo is the child of High-energy in some way (a logical continuation of disco music). You know who Bobby Orlando and Patrick Cowley are. Did they have some influence on you ? Of course they influenced me. as you state Italo disco is an evolution of High-energy. I think our style is a medley between the High-energy's sound and the Italian melodies. The year 1983 is far away from us now. Your first single was Don't Cry Tonight. How did you compose this song ? I was in a blue, sad moment of my life. the melody went out from the deep of my soul. It was written in five minutes. By the way, you have chosen the name of Savage for yourself. Why Savage ? I took inspiration from a very famous comic : Doc Savage. Italo disco is a very nice and strong music. Your song Don't Cry Tonight in an example of a beautiful, soft song, a very good song for our heart and soul, for our thoughts. Italo disco in general is the most beautiful music in the world, don't you think so? Yes, I agree. Many thanks for you compliments. Please Roberto, could you tell me if you had any special feeling when you made your Italo songs? I could bet you did since all your songs sound incredibly beautiful, strong, and harmonical. When I listen to your songs released in the 80's such as Radio, Only You, Love Is Death, A Love Again etc. I could cry of happines ! Your songs makes me incredibly happy and I know they have positive influence on all my friends who listen Italo disco as well. My songs are made to make people have fun and to enjoy themselves, however there's always an autobiographical side to the song with a message I like to transmit.

Italo disco doesn't exist anymore, unfortunately, in the way of 80's. Before I ask you about your work in the 90's, I would like to stay a little bit longer in the 80's. As a producer or a songwriter, you did make songs for many other artists, etc. Tell me something about this side of your work. I remember a song entitled Magic Carillon by Rose, in the 1983. Am I right ? This song was simply great. There was also Kamillo and Buenas Noches etc. In 1983 I made the first single for my group Taxi, entitled To Miami. The record became a local success (it was released only in central Italy) and it paved the way for another piece : Angelica by Joey Moon. After these first experiences, I was contacted by two DJs and, together with them, I produced Incantation by Gang. This record, a cover of a Mike Oldfield song, worked out well in Italy and it was the beginning of a collaboration with Discomagic, which distributed it and was to become my partner in the future. In October-November 1983, I produced four other records : Buenas Noches by Kamillo, Starman by Claudio Mingardi, Magic Carillon by Rose and, finally, my turning point: the song Don't Cry Tonight by Savage. Since 1990, after Savage, I have been dedicating most of my time to my career as a producer and, under the name Robyx, I have signed the successes by Ice MC, Pianonegro, Double You, Corona and actually Alexia. Did you have some contact with other Italo composers and producers ? For example Mauro Farina or Giancarlo Pasquini (alias Aleph), or Fred Ventura ? Please, tell me something more ? I know Mauro Farina very well. He is a great professional person. Also Fred Ventura is a friend. We did several tours together in Poland and USSR. You used to work together with the great Ivana Spagna. What do you think of her as a disco star in the 80's ? By the way, I saw her perfomance at the San Remo 2000 Festival. Her song was great, but don't you think her position on the final results was unfairly bad ? I think she sung the best song of this festival ! Ivana Spagna is a great singer and also a good songwriter. She co-wrote some text of the Corona's songs that I coproduced. The first time I met her, she was the singer of a local dance band (around 1980/81) and I was the keybord player of a group called Taxi. I was on stage in a club here in Italy and she was there to listen to me and my band. I know you like all your songs in the beautiful career you had in the 80's, but is there any special one for you and why ? I'm a romantic person. I always feel a little bit nostalgic thinking back on everything that happened. I love all of them in the same way. Of course, if I have to choose one, it's Don't Cry Tonight. So, now we could talk about the 90's and your fantastic work in the last decade. I clearly remember 1994. when I first heard your song Don't You Want Me. (You know Roberto, in 1994 the war was in my city and all over Croatia. But your songs, previously and during that period, represented a big help for me. While I was listening to your songs, I thought less about the war. When rockets were falling on the city, I put my walkman's headphones on my ears with Italo disco and I was listening and listening... This

was a terrible experience but I survived with the big help of you and the other Italo-disco songs. Thank you for that, really). This song was huge success in many European countries, wasn't it ? At that time, many "old" Italo artists had released their own new songs, for example Miko Mission with I Can Fly, Tom Hooker with Runaway, Ken Laszlo with Tonight Remix, or Den Harrow with You And The Sunshine...) You are right : war is a very bad experience and I'm very sad that it happened here in Europe, in your country. I'm very proud to know that I gave you a little help with my music and your words make me feel more important as human been. In your opinion, what are the differences between Italodisco music in the 80's and the one released in the 90's ? Italo disco was done with the heart, the music of 90's was done for business. Your musical career in the 90's is characterized by production for the other artists. The most popular of them is Alexia. Please tell me more about your work in the 90's ? In 1990 I met Double You by chance, and a fruitful collaboration began. It led to the single Please Don't Go. Also on this occasion, my intuition proved right when I launched a style : "Covermania", later followed by many others in Europe. Following its release, Please Don't Go became an instant hit, being one of those songs that climbs charts without the help of any particular promotion. In 1993 I inaugurated an unending series of successes, such as those by Ice MC and Corona. The first hit was The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona. In this piece I confined myself to giving some suggestions to the producer Francesco Bontempi, and it was only from the second single (Baby Baby) onwards that I became a very important part of the project, making mixes and cooperating actively in the creation of all the songs. With other new records by Ice MC, Think About The Way and It's A Rainy Day, I worked on finding new sounds. The famous sounds of the kick drum and the movement of bass, that were to characterize Eurodance, were used for the first time in these songs. In a few years, I saw myself catapulted among the most important producers, selling more than six million singles and two million albums all over the world, with Ice MC and Corona. What are the plans for the future as far as your artists are concerned ? I already terminated to work with Ice MC, Corona, Double You. The artists are always the same : every time they have success they start to create problems and at that stage I prefer to stop and start to work with a new name. No plans for Alexia ... Just wait and see ! Why did you decide to produce for other artists exclusively, with no more production just for yourself, for Savage ? So many songs in my head... Too much ideas for one artist only ! Roberto, in your opinion, and according to your experience, what does a song need to be good and successful ? A catchy melody, easy to remember. What kind of commitment and dedication does a producer need to make a record which his has the feeling it will become a big hit?

Lots ! For example, the recording of the new album by Alexia began in September 1998 and went on until july 1999: that's nearly a year ! After that, there are: photo shoots, videos dance steps for the shows, interviews, promotion with radios, televisions and so on ... Now, could you tell me something about the studio equipment you use for creating your great songs ? I know, many readers of my magazine would like to know. The mixer is a Soundcraft 3200 (36 x 32). I record vocals and guitars on Protools and I sequence the keyboards with Logic Platinum. My computer is a Mac 9600. All samples comes through various Akai but I also use Roland JV, modules by EMU and KORG. I like to use vintage analogic keyboards, like Roland Juno 106 or Super Jupiter and also drum machines like Roland 909 and 808. Something about your studios ? My studio is located in the ground floor of the house where also my offices are located. I have a big room for the main studio plus a medium one for the vocals. The studio is located in Massa, near the centre, four kilometers from the sea. Could you describe a typical working day for you ? Jogging in the morning (I did New York Marathon last year), then a couple of hours in the office. Studio time in the afternoon and sometimes during the night. I never work on Saturday and Sunday. Do you have enough spare time? Yes, especially right now. I'll be travelling a lot in the next period. Roberto, two years ago many European artists came back, releasing their old songs again in new versions : the Germans Modern Talking and Bad Boys Blue for example, or as well the great Italian Radiorama with Aliens 2000 or Miko Mission with How Old Are You 2000. But nothing from Savage ! Please, tell me why ? To be honest I should like to do a new record, instead of remixing old things. we'll see in the future. By the way, what do you think about German disco scene, back in the 80's and today ? I think the Germans have a lot of things in common with the Italian producers. They did a similar music during the 80's and 90's. I remember a group called Maxx that copied me and my Ice MC. The same question about the Italian disco scene. Are you interested in Mauro Farina's work for the SAIFAM Publishing Group ? What do you think about his work ? It's a good and professional producer. I don't remember to have never copied him in any way. OK Roberto, it was a great pleasure for me to write these questions for you. Can we expect something from Savage in the near future? I really don't know, but I would like. Just wait and see!



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Monica Valerie Stucchi (born ) in Milan, singer, best known as Valerie Dore. She start fame during the mid 1980s as part of the Italo disco and became influence for many European disco. Stucchi worked as graphic and was an hobbiest singer when she was discovered at 20 age by the famous italo producer Roberto Gasparini. At that moment she was a singer in a group where Bruno Guaitamacchi was banjo's leader. They was called "Watermalon string band" and played Blue Grass in underground's pub at Milan. Monica Stucchi chose the Artist name "Valerie Dore" and became to work with Nicolosi for her first song, "The Night", that was part of the slowly and sweet style of Italo Disco, after called "romantic dance". Monica Stucchi and her song became an unexpected success and touch hit in the European charts and sold over 1,500,000 copies. In 1980s years Valerie Dore was an eccentric stage Artist, with an impressive looks and moviment; her "new romantic look" became as a new style look for lots girls in Germany, French and Swisse. In 1984, the important music's Italo newspaper "Sorrisi e Canzoni", give to her a prestigious prize as one of the best new Artist of the year. Second song, "Get Closer" , shared identical arrangements with "The Night". "Get Closer" also made it to the European Top 10. Valerie Dore's third single "It's So Easy" was her third consecutive top 10 hit in Italy and Switzerland. In 1985, in Italy, she won the tv show "Azzurro" in a group with some other international artists. In 1985 Valerie Dore chose to change staff because in studio they did her some terrible abuse and because she doesn't like to have again so similar sound. In winter 1985, in an old castle near Milano, in Carimate, Monica Stucchi started to recorder an LP with a new group: Simona Zanini (lyrics) and Marco Tansini (music). The result of this new partnership was the first sound of its kind in all the world: traditional celtic sound join with disco/pop. They made an concept album ( 10 songs not only disco dance, but also pop and some with emotional soul like new age) dealing with the legends of King Arthur. "The Legend" is considered to be the best Italo Disco album and one of the best to be released in the 1980s. With romantic-synth sound and a new seductive little bit dark but sweet , enriched with live instruments and Celtic folklore elements, it was a very refined album. The first single to be released "Lancelot" (Italy hit 9) confirm Valerie Dore as an Artist absolutely original in Disco contest. Lancelot is the most commercial song of the LP. Its follow-up "King Arthur" was a moderate hit outside Italy and chose , from RAI, as signature tune of the best of Italian Hit parade music's tv show called "Discoring". "Magic Rain" and "Bow and Arrow" were radio hits. The sword inside the heart is an excellent du-

et made with Stefano Fossati. Monica Stucchi is the first Artist in the world who join storical sounds and look at the usually "futuristic" discoteque's style. After her, lots singer and Dj became to using storical sound in their works. Every stage expression of Valerie was so full of eccentric romantic feeling that some journalist became to call her as "Queen of the new romantic italo dance style"; now Monica rest in the musical story as the great iconic of that particular 1980's style. In 1986 she was n째6 in an "Sorrisi e canzoni" public preference list of the best italian female artists. In 1987 Valerie Dore left also her producer Roberto Gasparini for tipical money's problem; started an legal action to him who she won. For an new interesting proposal, she was called from KP Schleinitz and Ralph P. Ruppert. She went in London only with her young love.

In 1988, in London, Valerie Dore recorded "Wrong Direction". Monica Stucchi produced it by herself with her future husband, Mauro Zavagli, in their new disco label "MZM PRODUCTION", MauroZavagliMonica. Realized in studio by Ralph Ruppert and playied from some great musicians like Nick Beegs from Kajagoogo and Marck Price, the record made it to number 23 in Italy, not more because, unexpected, Valerie Dore choose to stop all promotion publisced by EMI ITALIA and stopped all new pubblication in every other part of the world. "Wrong Direction", written by Dave Libby, is an early example of energic music and is considered to be Dore's best song and one of the most underrated songs of the 1980s. For give normal and wormer chances at her life, she chose to do an temporary stop at her frenetic Star business as Valerie Dore. in 1989 chose to get married and then left Italy for to know the really poor world. New directions In 1990-91, Monica and his husband were in Madagascar where casually started an collaboration with an local group,

for to record a new LP in caraibic style. But, after some contact with some big Italian discografic of very important international label companies, she understood that, for that time, her new dance sound was too much out of the Italian business mentality; naturally she was in the right direction because, in two or three years, has became the revolution dance style of caraibic and latino americano. In 1992 the Zyx label released Dore's The Legend retitled The Best of Valerie Dore with bonus tracks the extended versions of her dance hits "The Night", "Get Closer" and "It's So Easy", plus two remixes of "The Night" done by DJ Oliver Momm. The year of the other While Valerie Dore was far from the world music, 16 years, some singer in the world use and abuse the Artist name of Monica Stucchi. None ask her,in anytime, some permission for do all of the thinks that they did with her famous artist's name. She didn't know nothing about nothing. It's for all of this abuses that there are lots wrong version of Valerie Dore's Biography, with little and very big falsity. These are some of the abuse: -In 1993 Valerie joined the French euro disco group Excess which made new housetechno versions of her biggest hits "The Night" and "Get Closer". The project was unsuccessful. -In 1998 a new version of "The Night" was released. Dore was offered several one-off shows in night clubs because of a new interest in Italo Disco in the new millennium.

"Radio 24" ... because she was smoking from 16 years. She wanted try to istigate more persons was possible in do this right choice. She is the first Artist in the world who has did an reality secretaly. In 2007 she recorded two single that choose to stoped, as every contact in music world, for don't leave her lovely father during his sick agony. Meanwhile, in her little home studio, she doesn't leave music and has composed lot's new song. Now, at the end of 2009, she is preparring a new pubblications.note Her album "The best of Valerie Dore" was rereleased in 2001. German electronic band Scooter covered "The Night" which became a huge dance hit in 2003. Electronic group Recall also made a version of "The Night". With five million of her singles and albums sold, Dore's name featured prominently in compilations that included her work.

Valerie Dore's RETURN - November 2006 : the really Valerie Dore returned, unexpected, in one Italian compilation with a new song "How do I get to Mars?". Unexpected she showed herself in an really inmoust personal web site (at the moment only in italian languages) who moved big interest round the world. In 2007 , for 5 month, she did the first serious therapeutic Italian radio reality for to stop smoke sigarettes, in best

Swedish recording act Sally Shapiro cites Valerie Dore as one of the biggest influences in her music, an update of the italo disco style with electro-techno production styling. A promo poster for Valerie Dore's Get Closer appears tacked to the wall in Shapiro's video for "Jackie-Jackie (Spend This Winter With Me)". French house artist Play Paul sampled "Get Closer" in his house music tracks, "Spaced Out I" and "Spaced Out II".






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Paul Mazzolini (stage name Gazebo), is an Italian musician. He was born in Lebanon, the son of an Italian diplomat and an American singer. According to legend, he learned to play the guitar aged 10 to impress a German girl in his class. As a rather cosmopolitan teenager Gazebo began a career in a variety of jazz, rock and punk bands before signing with Baby Records. His footnote in charts history is his 1983 release I Like Chopin (popular opinion notwithstanding,the piano motif herein is not a Chopin composition), which topped continental European and Asian charts for weeks. The follow-up song Lunatic and the eponymous album also entered the Top 20 across the globe. After deep hiberna-

tion throughout the 90' the spacecraft is gently approaching planet Earth ... EXTENDED: Gazebo whose real name is Paul Mazzolini was born in Beyrouth on February 18th 1960. He was brought up travelling around the world with his parents, gathering from different cultures. His father, Francesco, was an old fashion italian diplomatic and taught Paul five of the eight languages he knew. His mother, Sonia, was a singer and gave him her inner talent for music. Paul settled down in Italy in 1975, got his graduation three years later and went off to London where he put up various bands and decided to make music for a living.

Back in Rome in 1981 he meets Paolo Micioni, a DJ who decides to produce him. His first single is "Masterpiece" and the 12" version becomes rapidly a big hit in the European and Asian dance scenes. In 1983 Paul signes with Baby Records and releases his first album called "Gazebo". Included is a song that is going to be a smash hit wordwide selling more than ten million singles : the song is called "I like Chopin" it reaches the first position in the charts of many countries including : Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Belgium,Canada, Japan, Portugal, Hong-Kong, Korea, Singapour, Turkey and tops ten in many other countries including U.K. Wins the

"1983 Top European Chart Act" award by prestigious British magazine "Music Week" The second album "Telephone Mama" is released in 1984 and though the style of the songs is drammatically different from the first album it is a best seller in most of the territories were it is released. Wins "La Vela d'Oro" as best selling artist in Italy. 1985 is quite an unlucky year as Paul has to join the army .... He puts up Lunatic S.r.l , a production company and a recording complex where he will work on all his new projects. The same year he releases "Univision" the first album of the new era completely owned by Lunatic.

1988 "Rainbow Tales" the first album recorded at the Lunatic complex is also the first step in Paul's new musical direction, a link towards his musical origins in the progressive pop scene of the seventies co-produced by Denis Haines of "Gary Numan Band" fame. 1989 "Sweet Life" is the first album entirely written, produced and engineered by Paul himself, this album includes a special version of a song Paul had co-wrote for Ryan Paris and that became at the time a smash hit worldwide: "Dolce Vita" 1990 Birth of "Cresus Enterprises S.n.c" . The company's goals is to integrate Lunatic by developing the publishing and the distribution of the products in Italy. The label "Lunatic Records" gets officially distributed by BMG Ariola. 1991 He produces "First" by "The Tycoons" The same year he produces "Summit" by Dino Kappa. In 1992 Lunatic Records releases "Scenes from the news Broadcast". Which is up to now his last official album. The same year he produces "A Choir in Heaven" by Kammerton. First production with Ardit Gjebrea, the song "Jon" wins the Tirana Song Festival in a crucial political moment for Albania. The song becomes an anthem for the suffering Albanians bound to leave their county in search of basics for survivor. 1994 "Portrait" - a compilation album with all his hits. 1996 Produces "Projekt Jon" one of his favourite albums ever. 1997 From the merging of Lunatic S.r.l and

Cresus Enterprises S.n.c birth of Softworks Snc, a new company with a big catalog and a great structure. The same year he produces "Viewpoint" a compilation album with songs which have never been released or created as singles but have a special meaning in his "viewpoint". 1998 In co operation with Sandro Nasonte and his "Remix" distribution company he brings up a certain number of labels specialised in the dance, techno, underground and rave areas which will be seminal for the Roman dance scene. Labels like "Mystic","Oneiric" and "Sysmo" and Djs like A.Prezioso, Lory D and Undertour. 1999 Softworks' official labels are "SWR" for the pop and rock productions, "Lunatic" for dance and "The Ark" for the world music projects. 2000 SWR releases "Portrait & Viewpoint" a double CD with all the essentials. 2004 Produces Ardit Gjebrea's solo album "Jakujam" Of course he's been involved in numerous projects and productions during the nineties and still is working as a producer, arranger, song writer and studio manager. He is currently touring and making concerts on a regular basis around the world. 2006 Softworks makes new digital distribution agreements and will soon be online with it's catalog. Also a ... the new single "Tears For Galileo" is finally released in prospect of a brand new album.

2009 release from the 80's pop legend. Special edition includes his huge classics "I Like Chopin", "Masterpiece" ( Both From Stephen Chow’s CJ7) , "Telephone Mama" and "La Dolce Vita"! Includes 15 track bonus disc with several remixes. 32 tracks

Gazebo The Musician and Man Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Italian musician Gazebo. Gazebo is a living legend among fans of “Italo-disco” and he has a following in many places throughout the world. Americans are beginning to discover what Europeans have known for over two decades. Gazebo is a multi-talented musician and a force to be reckoned with.

ended up with my first single Masterpiece in 1982. KRS: “Masterpiece” is one of my favorite Gazebo songs. Gazebo is an interesting stage name. Tell everyone how you came to be known as Gazebo and where you got the name. It’s an interesting story. PM: Well, the studio where we recorded Masterpiece was in a basement of a theatre where they were playing an adaptation of the movie Gazebo the one with Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds … I used the word in the lyrics (a rap part in the extended version) and decided to use it as a stage name first because I couldn’t use my name, the Italian DJs (my first target) where quite provincial at the time and anything that was produced in Italy would have sounded less appealing and second because it sounds great!

Gazebo’s new CD “The Syndrone” is available HERE. Gazebo music is available on i-tunes and amazon as well. KRS: Paul, your song, I Like Chopin sold more than 10 million copies in the ’80s and it is still going strong. Many people are familiar with and love your work. For those who aren’t yet aware of you, I’m going to ask you to introduce yourself in your own words. Who is Gazebo? PM: Well, my real name is Paul Mazzolini, I’m Italian (from father) and have had the luck of being raised in many different countries in American and French schools, I speak and think in 5 different languages . LOL I was into music since I learned my first Beatles and Bob Dylan songs at around 8 or 9 .. But got into taking it seriously in France at around 13 when I started studying classical guitar … After playing in different bands throughout genres of music and after my two years of living in London from 79 to 81 I started doing some recordings and

KRS: I Like Chopin was such a huge hit. You have sung it countless times over the years. Do you ever tire of singing it? PM: Not really, the melody is so simple and complex at the same time you can’t sing it if you’re not concentrated …But if I do get tired I let the audience sing it for (with) me. KRS: Your new CD, “The Syndrone” is beautiful on so many levels. It includes some of the classics as a lot of new material. Could you tell us the meaning of “The Syndrone”? PM: It’s a new word I made up using, Sydrome, Syndone, Synthesizer and Dro-

ne. Basically a new expression for blues or Baudelaire’s spleen… A 21st century human condition of melancholy, uncertainty for the future struggling between worries for the environment and for the recession. KRS: That’s very creative, Paul. I’m sure you’ve had many musical influences. Who do you like to listen to when you’re in the mood for music? PM: According to the moods .. That would be : Debussy, Peter Gabriel, The Beatles, Ultravox and some good rock’nroll from the seventies .. I also like the progressive scene and the new wave stuff. Many ideas come from ethnic music though…There is so much to discover from tradition. KRS: Yes, there certainly is. Your mother was an American singer, what type of music did she sing and did she have any impact on your love of music and decision to pursue a career in music? PM: LOL my mother was into the 50s stuff like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin etc… She didn’t influence my musical taste which started from where she stopped (the Beatles) but she encouraged me a lot and gave me the tools to improve…We did have a meeting point though at a certain period… That was Miles Davis Bitches Brew! KRS: Great song! I know that your dad who was an Italian Diplomat passed away but your mother is still living. How did your parents react to your initial success as a musician? PM: My dad passed away in 1995 … He was not very convinced in the beginning because he wanted me to be a diplomat like him but when he realized the achievements he got very very proud I remember a party in Athens where I was the surprise guest in the embassy, he

didn’t know it either and when he saw all his colleagues asking me an autograph he couldn’t believe it! LOL KRS: LOL..I’m sure that must have been a very proud moment for your dad! You lived in many places when you were growing up. Where are some of the places you’ve lived and how did your experiences of living in various cultures affect you as a person and an artist? PM: From Jordan to Denmark, France, Ex Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Italy…It was quite an experience to move form Amman to Copenhagen .. We had to leave because of the war between Israel and the neighbor Arab countries, I clearly remember the bombs falling on Amman airport that wasn’t far from where we lived … I remember the days after, destruction and despair .. And then all of a sudden the snowy joyful Xmas in Denmark, a totally different civilization, the American school with kids from everywhere, my best friend was half Danish and half Shrilankan (Ceylon at the time) … These contrast and these differences are part of my cultural background and are the basics to my sensibility both as an artist and a human being situation. KRS: What an incongruence for the mind to go from that traumatic experience to a living situation which was the the polar opposite! What was your life like as a child and a teenager? Were you happy, sad, lonely, rebellious? What was it like to be you? What was it like to be the child of your parents? PM: I’ve always been a reactive kid, ready for new adventures, rebellious but with moderation. LOL KRS: Tell me, Paul…how did you get your first recording contract, and how did that feel? PM: The DJ Paolo Micioni decided to produce Masterpiece and after being turned down by nearly all the labels in Italy it felt like a relief… I was so happy of just getting the song out!

le. I stopped cause I had to go to the army and there I got time to think on how to spend my money LOL I was lucky enough to decide to buy a house and invest in a recording studio .. Wise decision. KRS: It certainly was. Have you had the opportunity of performing in America yet? If so, tell us about it, please. Is it a goal of yours? We would love to have you here. PM: I was very close to make an agreement with a major at the time but unfortunately my label dropped the offer so basically I’ve never been officially released in the States! Although I won the Top European Chart Act award by Music Week for 1983 and sold multi platinum in Japan and S.E Asian territories! I came to Los Angeles for a show in a club in the mid nineties and the place was sold out … Amazingly, but unfortunately that was the only opportunity…Useless to say I’d love to come again with my band this time and check it out. KRS: There is a very beautiful song on your new CD, The Syndrone called Man at the Window. There is an interesting story behind how you came to write this song. Would you share that with everyone? PM: Pope John Paul II was in his final days, and I was really surprised to see him appear on his usual window on S.Peter’s Square in that state. He could hardly move, the pain was evident he couldn’t even speak yet he wanted to communicate something to the world .. His body didn’t help him so he slapped the transparent lectern with a punch … This really touched me, the man wanted to say something to all of us, he knew the cameras from all over the world were focusing on him .. His power was infinite at that precise moment … Definitely one of the biggest media men from the last century. His unsuccessful moving attempt is what I call syndrone.

KRS: I bet! You were quite young when you made it. How did your life change after your first big hit?

KRS: You are a very sensitive man, Paul. You’ve written so many wonderful songs. Which one are you most proud of and why?

PM: I’ve been quite lucky to make it that big that it kept me busy for 3 or 4 years, traveling around for either promotion or concerts, it didn’t give me the time to spend the money and change my lifesty-

PM: The Man On The Window is so intense with vibrating live, real instruments, it’s the soul song, Masterpiece on the other hand was so synthetic yet so typical in the description of a human

state .. It’s the mind song. KRS: Describe your process of songwriting. How did you learn your craft? Do you write music or lyrics first? What advice would you give to struggling songwriters? PM: Normally the idea, the concept of the song comes out as the first notes start to make sense … The development of the lyrics comes after. I can’t give other advice than to listen, listen and listen. KRS: If you hadn’t become a musician, what would you likely be doing professionally today, Paul? PM: No idea LOL!! Maybe a literature teacher (although I’m really bad at teaching, my patience threshold is very low LOL) KRS: LOL..Describe a typical day in the life of Paul Mazzolini. What type of work are you doing when you aren’t working with your own music? PM: I prepare breakfast for my family, once they¹re out I’ll normally check out my mail and then head to my studio where I work till lunch. Then it’s either gym in the afternoon or more studio .. On weekends I try to keep away from work and when I don’t have gigs I like to go out in. Tuscany for a nice walk unless there are Formula 1 races .. Which is my only little sin! LOL KRS: Thank you for allowing everyone to peep inside your fascinating mind and life, Paul. It’s been a pleasure. PM: I enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone for buying my CD’s and supporting me.

Rimini L' altro modo studio's discotheque Rimini, the early seventies: Mr. Guerrino Galli and Mr. Bevitori take over L' atro mondo, a location owned by the amati-family. Situated at the most famous Italian coast !!! Soon it will appear to be a favorite place to be, a source of inspiration in it's field...... The discotheque they created presented many national and international concerts, and great performances of Italian artist, high standard fashion shows, special elections etc... etc.... In 1981, the 7th of February, l' atro mondo started with really a new sensation: a totally new futuristic structure with 4 dance floors of which one can arise ! Under the latter is hidden an impressive spaceship. Two robots are moving round, frightening the spectators with their looks and computer-voices. The use of color laser lights. Programmed with science fiction music. All this, accompanied by lots of other light and smoke effects provided such a huge sensation, that they rightfully changed the name in l' atro mondo studios and it soon became the most famous discotheque in the whole Europe !! The crew decided to start a group called "the creatures". It's performing each night ever since they started to publish records of which "believe in yourself" became gold !! They produced films like "jocks" (1984) / "una donna da scorpire" (1987) featuring singer Antonello Difino and the wonderful Marina Suma!! As you can see : l' atro mondo studios always heads for the future ! What will bring the future ??? L' altro modo studio's discotheque Miramare di rimini Via flaminia 358 Italy


Mike Mareen was born in Berlin and grew up in L체neburg, Germany. He gathered his first musical experience as a drummer for the band "Cementery Institution", including shows at the legendary Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. Eager for travel he went around the world looking for his own musical style. Among other things he stayed for several years in America as a vocalist for various American groups. Returned home, he took acting and piano lessons in order to enlarge his artistic skill. Through his extravagant live show he became overnight one of the most wanted live show acts in Europe. In 1982 he founded Night 'n' Day Records, his own record label. The major goal was - and is - to help young artists gain a foothold in the music business. In 1984/85 Mike realized "Dance Control" publish 1985 a co-production with

Chris Evans-Ironside called "Dancing In The Dark", which became a N째 1 hit in 27 countries around the world. Sold out show events, e.g. in Mexico City in front of an audience of 50.000 are a evidence for this. .In 1986, "Love Spy" was his final breakthrough by which Mike Mareen established himself in the international music business as the "Italo-Disco-King". Until that time no other artist from "old Germany" had managed to unite more than 3.000 fans at his place of arrival (Mexico). By this time all artists performing this musical style were compared to Mike Mareen. He is one of the few European artists who has been present for weeks with various songs in the American Billboard Charts. International sucess also resulted from working as a producer with famous artists such as Roberto Blanco, ... DJ's Project, ... UK ... and Shipra.

In 1987 Mike succeeded in having another charthit with his single "Agent Of Liberty" which is a long runner in various radio trailers until now. This success led to the release of the 12" LP "Let's Start Now" at the close of the year 1988, which became a standard at the dance clubs across Europe. The beginning of 1988 saw the release of the single "Stand Up". Caused by the major success of Mike Mareen's dance music, a remix of all his classic hits was released in 1991, on request of numerous DJ's of well-known dance clubs. Mike Mareen allowed himself a pause for inspiration, but in 2004 he's back now with his new album "Darkness and Light" - best remakes of his greatest hits and many brand new songs produced with his friends Chris EvansIronside and Holly Post, the famous DJProducer-Crew "Da Freaks" and other.

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Silver Pozzoli is an Italian italo-disco singer who was popular in the 1980's.His real name is Silvio Pozzoli. He recorded also singles under pseudonyms, for instance "Club House", under which he released several disco and italo-house records such as I'm A Man Medley Yeke Yeke in 1987.He recorded a lot of singles during the 80's, among them Around My Dream, Step By Step, Mad Desire...Silver Pozzoli's first single to be released during the 90's was Sing Sing Sing Along, out in 1992, released in Germany under ZYX.The follow-up single Around My

Dream was released in 1993 in Italy, re-released in 2000 in the dance classics collection. It was written by Pegoraro, Bozzetti, Bais, produced by Stefano Scalera. Mixed by Mario Flores.Then came the eurodance single Don't Forget Me, released in 1994 in Italy under PL, licensed in Germany under ZYX.In 2005, Hot Steppaz remixed Around My Dream. The single was released in Germany under Dance Street label. (


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Fred Ventura name is synonym for Italo Disco! This is big success and credit to your work. Fred, how you managed to maintain great quality of your music work from 1984 until today? I think I had my high and low like any other artist, good and bad records are part of any artist career. It's not been easy but I've tried to remain free from big contracts and very long working relationship, freedom means a lot and I think I've also paied a big price for my freedom....and quality is very much related to freedom to experiment and have pleasure making music.... How would you describe your music life? Perhaps as a journey? Or hobby, adventure...? A very adventurous endless journey with a hobby spirit..

Your Italo Disco career started in 1984 with the song 'Zeit'. You sang in German language partly. Isnt' that a little bit unual for start of career. What was your inspiration while you were writing the song's lyrics and what is the meaning of the song? I was very much influenced by german music at the time and Falco “Der Kommissar� was one of my favourite songs in 1982, I know that was a crazy idea but my producers loved the idea and we decided to do it anyway even if knew that was going to be difficult to promote in the italians radios... 'Zeit' was your first song under name Fred Ventura, but earlier you you had project 'Flexx' and the song 'You'll Never Change (Theme From Flexyball)'. What is 'Flexyball'? Movie? Could you tell us a little bit more about it? It was just a fantasy we had in the studio when we were recording the track in october 1983, there is no movie and no soundtrack, just a funny idea.... Let's go to your beginning. Fred, where you were born and can you tell us more about yourself, before your music career? I'm born in Milan 16/07/1962, I went to school like any ordinary guy in my street, I've tried to go at the university but I was so interested in music and not too much in getting a degree, I followed my instinct, no music schools or singing lessons, just a big passion for music that gave me the energy to start playing drums and then singing in various bands in the Milan area 'till 1982, then I starded writing on my own and I met Roberto Turatti... Your real name is Federico Di Bonaventura and probably picking up the artistic name wasn't hard for you ;-) How you choose your artistic name?

I just worked around my real name, not so hard to find it but I had to do it, my real name is a little too long.... When you discover your love to music, especially to Italo Disco music? My love for music starded when I was 12 but my interest in dance music started late, I was 18....Italo was something still to happen....and I was considered part of something I didn't really know, I was more into european electronic dance music, like almost everybody involved in the scene, then we all managed to give an italian touch to our productions... Can you describe your feelings and tell us your thoughts after you made your first success? I never had such a big success that changed my life, I felt I was very lucky to be able to make records and earn money out of my music but I never felt to be part of something exclusive, music is my oxygene.... Fred, who was or were your inspiration(s)? A lot of different music and artists, not only dance music even if I felt a natural need to make danceable music, but my biggest influences were Joy Division, New Order, Giorgio Moroder, Bobby O, The Human League, Patrick Cowley, Kraftwerk, D.a.f, Etienne Daho..... Recently we marked out the 25th anniversary of Patrick Cowley's death. In your opinion, what kind of music he would make today if he could be alive? I am asking this because he is with no doubt a guy who made strong roots for future (italo) disco music. It's too difficult to answer, he made great music in the space of few years and he didn't have the time to make the wrong steps that many producers made after 1985 when the sounds changed and the bpms went too high.... It's time to ask you about your cooperation with Roberto Turatti and Miki Chieregato. How you met them and tell us please about your work with them? I met Roberto Turatti in the basement of the original Disco Magic office in may 1983, we started collaborating and we become good friends too, our working relationship lasted 2 years, then somebody else took my place in their plans.... You sang the song 'Bodyheat' by Fockewulf 190. Did you know this is someone else song? Can you tell more about this please? Turatti asked me to write a melody and lyrics for the Fokewulf track, they didn't like the original version, I simply wrote it and sing it in few hours, nothing else, it was very easy to do it and now I love the track more than ever...

After successfull work with Turatti-Chieregato you started your work with Mauro Farina and Giuliano Crivellente, producers who are considered to be Godfathers of Italo Disco. Tell us please about your work with them? I don't consider this period of my career an happy one, I didn't like the way Farina & Crivellente were dealing with my songs, they were trying to make my songs sounds like any other Time record but it was almost impossible to do it, I think that apart from “Wind Of Change”, the rest of the tracks we made together sounds relly boring and one dimensional now, a sort of hybrid....Goodfathers sometime make mistakes too...Did they brought you to Time Records or you met Giacomo Maiolini earlier? It was Giacomo that brought me to Time records..... You have worked with them several years in a row and made many great songs. Every single song was great success. It's amazing how lots of creative energy you all had in yourself. From where you were pulling out that energy? For you personally, who or what was your inspiration and still is? As I told you, even if we were succesfull with our tracks I don't have many things to say about those years, we were working hard but dance music was taking the wrong road, it was too commercial, too fast and made for japanese aerobic sessions.... There is so many questions about your Italo Disco career. It is difficult to ask you everything, of course, so please, could you tell us things that are important and we didn't mentioned so far?! I'm lucky to be still active and making music because many other italo artists had to give up 20 years ago, I must thanks all my fans very very much.... May I ask you if you could tell us who is your best Italo Disco artist(s)? Probably it's hard to say, because there are many great artists ;-) Maybe you could tell one name or two in particular and if you could explain your choice? I'm going to answer with my all time favourite Italo playlist: GAZNEVADA: I.C. LOVE AFFAIR (ITALIAN RECORDS) 1983 ATELIER FOLIE: NO RHYME, NO REASON (WEA) 1983 LA BIONDA: I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER (BABY) 1980 KLEIN & M.B.O.: DIRTY TALK (ZANZA) 1982 KANO: ANOTHER LIFE (FULL TIME) 1983 MIKO MISSION: HOW OLD ARE YOU? (BLOW UP) 1984 GAZEBO: MASTERPIECE (BABY) 1982 CASCO: CYBERNETIC LOVE (HOUSE OF MUSIC) 1983 'LECTRIC WORKERS: ROBOT IS SYSTEMATIC (DISCO MAGIC) 1982 KOTO: JAPANESE WAR GAME (MEMORY) 1983 ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK: PROBLEMS D'AMOUR

(FUZZDANCE)1983 FUTURE STATE: FUTURE STATE (EYES) 1983 EASY GOING: FEAR (BANANA) 1979 STYLOO: PRETTY FACE (DISCO MAGIC) 1983 PETER RICHARD: WALKING IN THE NEON (FULL TIME) 1983 So many concerts are behind you, even those overseas, particulary in Mexico, lots of italo fans there. Did you like to go to playing live perfomances? Yes, I love it, especially in Holland, Poland and Mexico were my true fans are still supporting me... At the end of the 80s Italo Disco started to fade and many Italo Disco producers found far East and particulary Japan as their new and big interest. You went on the other side. It was more 'house' music. How come you choose that way? As I told you already, when Italo disco became High Energy for japanese I felt it was time to quit as an artist, I went ahead as a songwriter and Chicago house music was happening in the european clubs, it was the only real alternative to the boring fast bpm tracks. 'Eurobeat' for Japanese market is very popular and hooked very strong there. Do you regret why you didn't choose that way, or partly had business there? Honestly, it's a bit difficult to imagine you making songs with lots of BPM's.... No regrets..... Tell us please more about that 'house' period and the most important projects you made) The most important projects were my personal labels Evolution records and Free Zone records with 12” maxy singles as Grey Area, Love Nation, Visions Factory, Active.... In the 90s or 2000's, not sure, you started to work with some great deejays as Alden Tyrell and I-F are. They are both great and had playing great music. Very impressive is your work with them on Live in Stubnitz. Tell us about your work with them, how you met each other etc.? We respected eachother work and we decided to collaborate, it's a very simple attitude that is making musicians interplay with eachother....We met during one of my many dutch excursions tanx to some common friends.... Very impressive is your work with Jupiter Black and you made excellent song 'Hold Me'. How you met him and please tell us about him and that project as much details as you can? I don't know a lot about them, we never met but I really THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S WEBSITE: WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM (2008)








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REAL NAME'S : Alessandra Gatti...Nick name's: "Mirka" Her career as a singer began very early in her life. When she was just 9 years old she was the “official” soloist of the parish in her small town. The curate at the time was a real innovator; two or three times a year he would organise a sort of show he called a “recital” which involved all the youngsters in the small community. Mirka, with her penetrating voice that enthralled old and young, became the small “star” of the village. She was extremely shy in front of the microphone - she would sing holding it but looking at the floor… she just could not look at the public. In 1986 she met Dave Rodgers who asked her to work with him on the Eurobeat productions of his group: Aleph. Domino started off as a vocalist in the chorus for the pieces “Fly to Me” and “Fire on the Moon.” Dave Rodgers understood the extent of young Mirka’s talent and straight away decided that her stage name would be DOMINO. He started writing pieces suitable for her which resulted in “FEVER,” the first piece sung by Domino distributed by the record company “DiscoMagic.” Domino remembers when she first stepped inside the recording room in Dave’s recording studio… He had all the lights switched off because she was so embarrassed. Over the years she learnt to relax and give her best without blushing! Dave Rodgers and Domino began collaborating by working with various record companies some of which were: Disco Magic Severo Lombardoni, S.a.i.f.a.m. - Mauro Farina and Giuliano Crivellente, Time Records - Giacomo Maiolini and Flea - Tony Verona. At the end of 1989 Dave Rodgers and Domino, after having worked with the said record companies decided to break free from them completely; and in 1990 they decided to set up their own record label together with the unparalleled Alberto Contini: ABeatC. This lead to an adventurous collaboration with the newly established independent Japanese record label AVEX headed by Tom Yoda and Max Matsuura. This is when Domino was able to express herself without limits and give the best of herself both as a singer and as an author and composer. This led to her first hit: “Tora Tora Tora” from an idea by Andrea Leonardi (Bratt Sinclaire) who was then actively collaborating with ABeatC. “Tora Tora Tora” became a springboard for success when the winner of many awards, MAX, decided to sing it in Japanese. It was the first of many hits by the artists. Domino’s first album was re-

leased in 1994, with the title “TORA TORA TORA”. She began working with various Japanese pop groups such as: ELT for whom she sang the cover song of “FEEL MY HEART” and ALFEE meets DANCE where she sang “FUNKY DOG”, “PROMISE”, “BABY COME BACK”. On August 29th, 1994 Domino and Annerley Gordon accompanied by Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON’s historical guitarist) and performed before 50,000 people in the Tokyo Dome at the AVEX RAVE, singing the song “HOT LOVE & EMOTION”. Many artists from all parts of the world also performed that same evening: The Prodigy, Bananarama, 2Unlimited, Cappella, m.c.A.T., John Robinson, and many others. Domino was enthralled by Japanese culture; she read, consulted and studied an incredible number of books: history, customs, fashions, design, work etiquette, psychology, anything that concerned her “second homeland”. She began a Japanese language course that she was unable to finish due to lack of time, but her teacher did say that she had a remarkable Japanese pronunciation. This led to the idea of singing in Japanese. With Alberto Contini and Dave Rodgers she decided to write Eurobeat songs in Japanese; the lyrics were written with AKIKO KOZATO (an opera teacher living in Milan). Before Domino, no-one had thought of singing such a “fast” musical genre, in Japanese. One summer afternoon, while she was playing with her beloved son Federico, she was inspired to write her first song entirely in Japanese: “Spinning Like a Top”. With determination and great passion, Domino, Akiko and Sandro Oliva concentrated on the creation and production of other songs with the artist’s same bizarre, different style: the songs that Domino likes most are certainly “Play With the Numbers” played as a cover by Japanese pop groups and “I Wanna Dance” used to advertise the “7-ELEVEN” chain of supermarkets. Domino’s many hits have crowned her the “Queen of the Land of the Rising Sun” Her collaboration with Jennifer Batten led to the creation and production of “Woa, Woa, Woa.” The song “POPTEEN” was written and produced for a monthly adolescent magazine, and was quite successful. Domino performs on stage in Tokyo discotheques, but also in: Sapporo, Kyoto, Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Osaka…where she performs every year in February as a guest and artist at the “OSAKA AUTOMESSE,”

in front of an audience who are lovers of anything that is connected to the world of cars. In 1999 AVEX organised a grand event at the “Fuji Speed” circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji with the participation of Japanese pop singers and Eurobeat artists. Domino promoted the hits: “Gotcha!” created purposefully for the mascot of Fuji TV television channel – also remixed by “Y.& Co.” - and “Para Para Paradise” really successful amongst lovers of “Para Para.” Many songs written and sung by Domino appear in various video games: Including Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, ParaPara Paradise and IIDX. In 2000 AVEX decided to propose the soundtracks of the most popular Disney cartoons in a Eurobeat version; ABeatC was the record label chosen for this complicated job. The first song, “MICKEY MOUSE MARCH” sung by Domino, climbed to the top of Japan’s official hit parade only a few weeks after its release. In 2001 Domino received the prestigious prize “The Japan Gold Disc Award” for “MICKEY MOUSE MARCH”, as the

best song of the year representing the compilation “Super Eurobeat Vol. 120”. Domino sang other Disney songs as a soloist and in duets with Dave Rodgers and Lolita. In 2000 her second record was released, titled “DOMINO,” which included all the hits of the previous two years. In the meanwhile Domino and her friend/collaborator Sandro Oliva created the duo “GO GO GIRLS” i.e. Domino and Lolita. This resulted in songs such as “One Night in Arabia” and “My Sweet Banana” - which are real successes for lovers of Eurobeat. In 2006, due to misunderstandings with Dave Rodgers, Domino and Sandro left the AbeatC team and set up their own record label, “GOGO’S MUSIC” with which they are still working and creating pieces studied purposefully for each individual artist. Domino is now a full-fledged producer! Until now Domino has sung 2500 songs, either as a soloist or as a vocalist and it is not over …she has worked hard to get to where she is today…

interesting but what intrigues me also very much is that, if you were his fan in 1987, then you must be a fan of Italo Disco music also!? If that is true please could you tell me some thoughts on Italo Disco from your perspective? Ok…What Dave said is true! I was a great fan of him … I always followed him everywhere because I loved to hear him singing. I started working with him in 1985, as a back vocalist, also because my voice as a soloist was not suited to the music of the ‘80s… When I started at 16, I loved Italian Disco music, I grew up with this kind of music, I remember I adored RAF and his song “Self Control”, and the amazing SPAGNA with “Easy Lady”, Radiorama, Aleph, Sophie, ….

Interview by Zeljko Vujkovic & Mark Knight

Zeljko: Hi Domino. I would like to say big thanx for this interview! It is my great pleassure especially you are the second female singer I am interviewing. The first one was Alexia in 2000. Welcome to my „The World of Italo Disco Interviews®“! Thank you, it is a privilege for me! Zeljko: Your music career is reachfull and I think we should start from the late 80's. But first, can you tell me who is Alessandra Mirka Gatti, since early years of your life? My real name is Alessandra Gatti. Mirka is a nickname given to me by my father. What can I say… music has been in my blood since I was little, I used to sing all the time, all kind of music, even at school, where I was continuously punished by my teacher. My mother asked our parish priest to please let me sing in the church choir; I sang in my first concert as a soloist when I was 9, it was a musical organised (by the parish priest) in the village. Music was in my blood, and still is. I could not live without it! My star sign is Scorpio with a Capricorn ascendant (practically a “rock”)…. I live in Mantova (a small city in northern Italy) with the Great LOVE OF MY LIFE: my son Federico who is 13 years old; He is a Fantastic mix between me and his father Dave Rodgers! The son of my dreams. . Zeljko: You have started with the work with Giancarlo Pasquini alias Aleph / Dave Rodgers in 1987, according to my information. You were his fan (he said that) and that is very

I think it was a revolution in the Italian way of making music. Even today in discotheques, pubs, etc…. wherever youngsters or adults go, this type of music has made a huge comeback! P. Lion with “Happy Children”, and also Spagna, Raff,…. Everyone is having a great time!!!!! Zeljko: Before we start to talk about your career with Giancarlo, I would like to ask you about „Asia Records“ (you were back vocal on their projects: „Eskimo“, „Superlove“). The owners of „Asia Records“ as part of „SAIFAM“ are Mauro Farina and Guiliano Crivellente. Since I am huge fan of them and I have interviewed Mauro Farina few years ago, please could you tell me how you started to work with them, how you met them etc.? I met Farina and Crivellente for the first time when Aleph made “Fire on the moon”. I did the spoken intro and the back vocals, and until Dave worked with them I stayed and did some choral work, but nothing more than that. Farina was a great singer and a “special” writer. I was fascinated by his way of switching from the songs he sang to those he was writing and then to artists he was organising in the studio … Crivellente was nice and creative. I was very shy, when I walked into the studio they would really try to make me feel comfortable. Ah… lovely memories … Zeljko: Is that the real beginning of your music career or it will come later? Well, let’s say it was the start of my career.. Zeljko: How you started to work with Giancarlo? At the beginning as back vocal? As I said earlier, I started working with Giancarlo in 1985, as a back vocalist, because my voice as a soloist was not suited to the music of the ‘80s ; I suffered a lot because I couldn’t understand what was wrong with my voice; I

remember that whenever an experienced girl used to sing in the studio I would watch her for hours in silence, concentrating on her performance … Mark: What attracted you to the supereurobeat style of music? Eurobeat has really pleasant melodies and lyrics that are easy to listen to … I think that this was the reason why I was attracted to this type of music; I think that eurobeat, produced for the Japanese market, could also work very well in Europe, perhaps with some minor adjustments like softening the “beat” for example… My Italian friends who listen to what I do first told me I was crazy, but then I catch them humming some Eurobeat song … The most “popular” is: “MY SWEET BANANA”.. Zeljko: The crucial moment in your career, in my opinion, was when you decided to take the name Domino in 1988. Is that correct and I wonder how you choose that name? Then you recorded song „Fever“ for Discomagic label?

you have any limitation in creative work and I also would like to know did you need to ask Giancarlo for approval for most of your ideas or you had free hands? Let’s say I didn’t have a specific role. I was free to do everything I could; from chorals to public relations and even graphics,…the first few years were really difficult because Giancarlo sometimes had to work until dawn to keep Avex happy, we worked hard, but we had incredible rewards. If I had to do it all again, I would do it the same, if not better and more. Talking about my way of singing, I had to keep precise rules, I had to change the timbre of my voice, from very “warm” and “soul” tones to tones that were “slight and pungent”; this was the request of the Japanese market; but as a songwriter and composer, there were no limits! Everything I write goes through the suggestions and opinions of Alberto Contini, I like it this way. He is a great producer, author and editor, who has never limited my work in any way, but is continuously giving me good advices. He was the one who suggested that I try to write Eurobeat songs; Giancarlo was then in charge of the final production

Yes, the crucial moment at the beginning of my career was when I sang “Fever” for Discomagic. Giancarlo choose for me the name Domino; At that time the Pet Shop Boys were singing “ Domino Dancing” and both Giancarlo and I used to sing it often; this is how he gave me my Domino stage name … Nice! I addition I’m rather “complicate” just like the domino game …

of the song.

Zeljko: After that you and Giancarlo established „A. Beat C. Records“ and became more popular and hugely successful in Japan? The label AbeatC was created from an idea of Giancarlo’s, by Alberto Contini and me … and, yes, it was successful!

Zeljko: One of your aliases was „Bella Model“ („Don't Touch Me“, „I Can't Stand It“)! I am not wondering why you took that alias because you look so wonderful J Have you been working as model before? Italy, especially Milano, is the world's centre of fashion so it wouldn't be anything strange to see you on fashion stage! No, I have never worked as a model, but regarding the choice of “aliases” I wasn’t the one who decided.

Zeljko: What was your responsibility in „A. Beat C.“? Did

Zeljko: In your opinion what is the secret of Eurobeat success in Japan? I think that part of the “Eurobeat” secret comes from “natural” melodies, immediately remembered and that can be straightforward associated to a cartoon …

Zeljko: During all those years for „A. Beat C.“ you made lots of songs under various aliases and, I guess, the dearest alias for you is Domino. Could you tell me which song(s) is for you best and why and which alias (excluding Domino)? You know, there is a small part of me, of my life in each one of my songs… sometimes Domino, sometimes Alias… I can only live you the choice of my best … Zeljko: As for me, among many of your songs very interesting song name is Mickey Mouse March. How you made that song and got idea for the name? Mickey Mouse March is a very famous song edited by Walt Disney, in 1999 Avex bought the distribution rights for Japan for the Disney trademark and suggested we re-write some famous songs in Eurobeat style. We accepted and the first song was Mickey Mouse March; Alberto Contini and Giancarlo asked me to sing it. So I sang and they did the rest. Mark: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share with your fans? What are Dominos music plans for this year? Zeljko: And does it including Gaincarlo? Also what could you tell us about rumours with „SCP“ and „Delta Records“? I have a number of projects that I can’t mention right now because they are still in the experimental phase, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise… I’m sorry but everything is Top Secret for now! As regards “SCP” I am on excellent terms with the entire team and I have been friends with Stefano (Castagna) for a long time, we also worked together on some projects, Stefano has been able to create a really special team of work! I have great respect for “Delta Records”, but I have never thought of working with them because as a Team I think they are complete.

sters together in a group and it helps them enjoy themselves in the company of others. Think about a typical day in the life of a Japanese youngster,“very tough” schools that aims to create great Brains but often seems to neglects the human relations aspects, than computers-internet chatscyber games and comic strips! Anyone instinctively can question himself: Why shouldn’t a dance like “Para Para” work? I like seeing how these youngsters manage to move well together when they are dancing, I have also learned a few steps, but believe me, it’s really complicate! I prefer learning Japanese …. Mark: Do you feel that the production company Avex Trax releases each super eurobeat cd a bit too close together? What are your thoughts on this ? I feel that they are churning them out a bit too quickly and people would feel that not very much feeling is going into the songs. Speed production has very little to do with quality...BUT, can you remember Mozart ? In one day he composed most beautiful songs… so what can I say? And you , what can you say? Mark: What city does Domino live in and what would an average day for you consist of? The wonderland of Mantova is a mixture of ancestral traditional roots in the spicy modern world, where quality of life is twice as good as elsewhere, just think: nice people, great friends, and gorgeous food from the first cappuccino… not talking about the architecture… in such a paradise working seems just twice as difficult as elsewhere!!... This is why I need 12 hours to work, 10 hours of sleep, and all the rest is jam packed in a couple of hours. I think my fans are getting the best part…

Mark: In what way or style do you think Eurobeat music will evolve in the future? Zeljko: Eurobeat songs are becoming slower (less bpm's) these days. This is significant I guess. I don’t think it is significant that there are less “bpms” these days; I rather think that in order for the Eurobeat style to evolve there must be love, writers, composers and producers who believe more and more in what they are doing.

Mark & Zeljko: Do you have any message for your fans Domino? I would like to thank all my fans for supporting me all these years: Your suggestions are very important in order to maintain an exceptional level of quality for future Eurobeat productions … Just think: when you hear one of my songs it will contain a small part of each of you! You are Fantastic!

Zeljko: What do you think about „Para Para“ dance and do you know how to dance it? It is something totally different what we used to see in dance stlyes!? The “Para Para” phenomenon is just incredible… The first time I saw a group of Japanese youngsters doing it, I thought they were using sign language, but then I realised that it was not the case. I think that the reason behind the success of “Para Para” is that it’s a dance that joins young-

Mark & Zeljko: Thank you very much Domino for this interview!!! We wish you all the best in your music career as well as in private life. Ciao. You most welcome and I’m very much thank you for your warm wishes! SAYONARAA! THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S WEBSITE: WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM (2005)

EDDY HUNTINGTON Hi Guys! I'm Eddy Huntington; Italo-Pop Pioneer and International Sex Symbol. I was born in Australia where I beat Kylie Minogue in a talent contest before either of us where famous. Of course, there were no hard feelings about this, in fact it only increased the Sexual Tension between us. Kylie inspired my master piece Bang Bang Baby. Anyway, a few years later, I moved to the UK to fulfil my dream (To become a Euro Pop Megastar). I decided to locate myself in the town of Hartlepool. A vibrant, afflu-

ent town on the beautiful North East Coast. It didn't take long for the world to discover Me. After only a few years I had changed the face of Polish Pop Music. My signature tune (and debut single), USSR (1986) is globally renowned as one of the most influential songs in the history of Italo-Pop. It has featured on countless Disco Compilations and is still played today across Europe. My other singles are listed below (In Order of Release) : Meet My Friend (1987) Up & Down (1987) Bang Bang Baby (1988)

May Day (1988) Physical Attraction (1989) Hey Senorita (1990) I have now retired from the Italo-Pop Career and have settled down as a Primary School teacher. I have the pleasure of teaching young children in the local school of Eldon grove. Officially, I have hung up my Stilettos and Hammer and Sickle Flag but never say never. There's still plenty of Italo-Pop running through my veins.

THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S, 2004 WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM Who is Eddy Huntington ? Eddy is the artist who had the fortune to meet good producers and work with some exciting people. I was born Edward Huntington, in the UK, but Eddy is what friends call me and is a common short version of Edward. The only difference is, in the UK it is more usual to spell it Eddie! Something about your start in singing career ? I had a kind of telephone and video audition with Baby records and was then played the music to USSR over the phone. I flew to Milano to record it and then everything started to happen. The record was released without a contract and so, I very quickly agreed a contract with Esquire (Baby) for further work.

Who was your producer ? How you meet him ? Turatti and Chieregato were the producers of all of the early stuff, and I was introduced to them in the recording studio at the time of recording USSR. The lyrics of most of the songs were written by Tom Hooker, who of course was the original American in Milan. All of them are fantastic people and I still have a great deal of regard for Roberto Turatti! Where did you record your songs ? In which studio ? The songs were recorded in Milano initially at Baby Studio, but then at Hole

Studios (Turatti's own studio). Eddy, can you describe me how you made your first song USSR ? I was extremely lucky to have USSR as my first song. It was a dream come true. I loved Italo music and other Eurobeat sounds (Disco, HINRG, Modern Talking etc.). USSR was, as I explained played in demo form over the phone to me. I loved it instantly and recorded it within the week. The next I knew, it was in the Italian charts and I never even knew it had been released !! The song USSR was a mega success in whole Europe. Many people who don't follow Italo disco music know for Eddy Huntington and USSR. What is the reason of this great success in your opinion ? The song is a classic piece of Italo Disco and probably the truest to this style. The money was also spent on making a video and ensuring massive promotion. I appeared on TV in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and on video in many others, I flowed the Festival Bar trail in Italy and toured Italy and Portugal with some shows in Germany. If anything I spent too much time on this one song and never got around to promoting UP and Down, as I was still promoting USSR. You made one album ? Something about it please ? The album was made due to pressure from the Japanese market. Meet my Friend was a big success in the far east and incidentally my only UK release. It was also a big Dance hit in the USA. Anyway the album was made with a fantastic combination of Italo and Eurobeat styles. I like both, but I know that some people prefer one style or the other. I think that all the songs had potential, but the one which I feel crosses both styles is MayDay, and proved to be the biggest allround success. The track God is Love was originally Inshallah, but it was felt that iot may offend some people, so we made it more general and open to all Gods.

You have great songs Eddy. What is your favorite ? Is it maybe USSR or Hey Senorita or maybe Physical Attraction ? For me personally all your songs are great and you have a marvellous voice ! By the way USSR for me has something very special inside it. It's more deeply. My favourite changes constantly, but I have to say there are probably 3, USSR because it was and is a classic, Hey Senorita because I like singing it live and MayDay, because I remember working hard in the studio with the team on this one. A little bit more about USSR. I remember year when you released it and one very favorite German magazine published song words with your picture. We didn't have lots of chance to see photos of our dearest italo disco artists. Bravo magazine were very kind to me at the time and we had lots of interviews and photos including a time when they came to London to photograph me at home. This was excellent because Bravo is so well distributed and allows fans allover the world to see Italo and other artists. I loved reading it too to find out about Den and all of my friends in Italy as well as some of the artists in Germany that I had worked with. Eddy do you have any video spot released ? USSR was on video, but not available to buy now. I was also on a video called Highway to Freedom, by Farenheit 104. After that there was a video made for Formel Eins in Germany for UP and Down (but this was horrible) the rest

are just TV appearances (including one rare one for the Italo Boot Mix with JD Jaber, Joe Yellow etc). Can you tell me more about Italo disco music in the 80's ? That period was so great for me as fan, I guess you, as an artist, had also great time ? Please describe me a bit more that time ? Working on Festival Bar brought me close to many Italo stars and I worked with Den Harrow and Tom Hooker every week. I also got to meet Tracey Spencer, Spagna, Sandy Marton, Righera, Baltimora and many many others. Most of them were really friendly and we often ate or drank together before or after the shows. I also worked with lots of Brits and German stars too who were very nice, including Erasure, Sam Fox, OFF. You had lots of concerts and perfomances I guess ? Did you travel a lot ? Only

true to our ears and give these new tunes a good listen to, they still have more to offer me than the other Dance music around (Trance, Techno and worse still rap!). Keep the balance but don't shut out the new or the music may just dry up.

They too are usually very busy. This makes it nearly impossible to maintain quality friendships, though I do still have numbers to call as and when I or they get the time. Who is your favourite Italo disco artist and what is your favourite Italo song ? Again I have lots. Here goes: Den Harrow : Future Brain and Mad Desire (original version), Lou Sern : Swiss Boy (Tom Hooker), JD Jaber : Don't wake me up, Ken Laszlo : Tonight, Spagna : Easy Lady (all classics and all still very good). Did you wish to work with someone else in that time ?I once asked Turatti to write a song like Boys Boys Boys (musically) and he was not impressed, but no I was always very happy with my production team.

in Europe or ... ? Recently you had concert in The Hague with George Aaron ? Tell me please more about that concert? I have performed in many countries and have loved nothing more than live shows. The feeling is electric. The Hague was the first for many years and I was very nervous. The crowd were fantastic and I met some great people and made some good friends. The fans of Italo are a dedicated bunch, who really know there stuff, I remain very impressed! Eddy do you have any more contact with others italo disco artists ? I have an extremely busy life, as I teach full time and DJ and perform again.

Eddy, in your opinion differences between italo music in the 80's and 90's ? For example Mauro Farina & Factory Team works today very hard for European market mostly, Giancarlo Pasquini (Aleph) is still very good producer for Asian market (Japan especially) but songs today are much more faster (more bpm's) than in the 80's. Roberto Zanetti (Savage) said to me next: "Iitalo disco was done with the heart, the music of 90s was done for business" What do you think as artist not producer ? Things change and evolve. I think there is a very good new crop of songs, but they will never recapture the full Italo feel because it is not the 80's and we are all a little bit older. Memories can make things even bigger and better than they were. I feel that we should be

Did you watch work of others Italo artists then and today ? In the UK it is harder to hear the sounds of Italo music, but with the advent of the internet it has become possible again. I am eternally grateful and enjoy all of the Italo stuff again! The artists I work with are always charming and I love to watch them perform too ! You have your very own web page. Many others artists has web pages also but made by professional web designers. You made your own by yourself so i guess you like computers and Internet ? You are very often guest on I Venti DAzzurro's message board so it's very nice you have time for all fans of italo music. I think this is great and I wish others italo artists could be like you ? I mustn't take full credit for this. It was friends who told me that sites existed and nagged me to make one of my own. I don't want to make a professional site as this is not personal enough and I enjoy the personal touch. The Iventi board has been a great source of fun and information and I check it regularly. Music from Germany was very similiar to italo music, we all have the same name for that both music, no metter is music coming from Italy or Germany ? Did you follow Germany's disco scene and what is your opinon about it ? I'm pleased you said so. I agree totally and have loved both ! ZYX in particular has been a very good label for both countries and has embraced it all under the name of Italo. What are you doing today ? Did you have thoughts about your comeback ? As I said, I am teaching in a primary school (my class are aged 9 and 10) and I DJ in small clubs and I have taken so-

me bookings for shows. I have made some initial contacts with producers about re recording, but will wait to see if I can find time to fit it all in. I like all of it and don't want to give any of it up !

of a great worldwide music scene. Thanks to everyone who has ever bought or listened to and enjoyed an Eddy Huntington song. I hope to be recording again soon. Keep music live and spread the word that Italo is alive and well!

Am I right if I say you were a model ? Are you still modelling ? I modelled when I was 18 and 19 and then again briefly with my son when he was born for Dad and child publicity. I am now too old and not really interested as I prefer my other hobbies. Eddy please say some words for me, for all of us who loves Italo from the bottom of our hearts, we are living for Italo, Italo helps me and helps others to feel so great on this world, the world of Italo disco ? The fans of Italo are the best. They have

been and still are true to the music and feel deeply about it. I hope I have played some small part in your appreciation of it and am proud to have been a part

OK Eddy, I want to say you big thanx for this interview, you are a great Italo star. Your music and songs are so great, and I am so happy I had the chance to speak with you on this way. I can't describe you how happy I am because this interview and it will be in my collection of interview's Thank you for allowing me this opportunity!! Eddy Huntington



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Ken Laszlo The little genius Ken Laszlo (born as Gianni Laszlo Coraini, 1954) is an Italo Disco singer who became famous in the 1980s Ken Laszlo interested in music since childhood and like many other children of his generation sings in churches in Mantua with his angelic voice. To develop his talent, the young genius learns to play the flute, saxophone and drums by himself.

The great adventure of show business by Ken Lazslo began in earnest in 1984 when he went to France to record his first success. Arriving in Paris, the singer goes straight to the recording studios and records his singles. From 1984 to 1986, the artist creates a multitude of videos and has accumulated a series of successes in the Top 50. Across Europe he plays "Hey, hey guy" composed by the great Sandro Oliva, "Do not Cry" and "Tonight" and remains on the lips of many people. His success goes beyond European borders and comes to Asia and Latin America. In fact, the public and conquer other continents, Ken Laszlo began a world tour through Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexi-

nyms. Some of his songs will be signed DJ NRG, Jim Gordon and Alvin, John Coraini or Ricky Maltese or Ken Hunter. In any case, the most popular nickname remains bound to Ric Fellini film's famous play "Welcome to Rimini. In the 1990s several of its best-of album is in stores, including "Lo mejor Ken Laszlo" 1994, "The Best Of Ken Laszlo" in 1997. 1998 saw the release of the mini-album "Ken Laszlo EP and the album" Dr Ken & Mr Laszlo. “During his career, despite the faint boom of dance music, the Italian is still very active and has increased its collaborations while giving numerous concerts throughout Europe and abroad.

Over the years, he will also learn to play bass guitar from a big Italian bassist. Then he attended the Academy of Music where he will be crowned with a diploma. At the age of 15 years, the young artist already scums scenes of discos and clubs in Lombardy. He joined a youth group from Mantova and began to turn in many cities in interpreting famous songs.

co, Venezuela, Brazil, the United States and various countries of Europe.

In 2003, he developed a project with Max Persona and Gianfranco Bortolotti.

Later, he will leave with other groups in different parts of Europe where it will be noticed by the big bosses of record companies.

All his albums have sold over a million copies and in 1986 his name appears in the book Top of gold like Madonna, Sting and other big names in music.

In 2008, he collaborated with Fiorenzo Deleg, Carlo Cantini Farrington and Alan for the making of the album with eleven tracks "Future is Now" includes new versions of "Hey Hey Guy" and "Tonight."

The start for Ken Laszlo happens in 1984 when he received many offers of cooperation from various music companies including major French Scorpio Music.

The artist and his many pseudonyms: In the late 1980s, Ken Laszlo went in the euro beat scene where he published many records under various pseudo-


My collection of Italo Disco interviews would not be good without this interview, an interview with the legend and, probably, the best male vocalist in Italo music, Ken Laszlo. Do I need to introduce Ken Laszlo before you start to read an interview? I don't think so ;-) I just would like to say that today is one of my happiest day because I have Ken Laszlo interview in my collection and during my correspodancing with Ken in the last couple of months I have to say that he is very kind and friendly guy. Ken Laszlo released new album recently and after many years we are able to have his new, fresh, songs. Hope you will enjoy the interview, I surely did ;-) -----Ken Laszlo is one of the everlasting names in Italo Disco and Eurobeat music. How do you feel about that? Happy to hear you think my voice will go down in history! ...Ha ha! I can just say one thing: I think I'm lucky because the world's full of talented artists that few people know.I was always wondering how you came to choose your artistical name Ken Laszlo - particularly as Laszlo is a Hungarian name and you are Italian. The fact that I'm Italian wasn't a limitation to the choice of the name. I chose that name because it sounded good: we thought it was nice and the production liked it. There was a point of reference, however: Victor "Laszlo" is the Czechoslovakian husband of Ilsa (Ingrind Bergam), co-protagonist with Humphrey Bogart in well-known Casablanca. In this film, Laszlo is a "clandestine" stalked by the Nazis trying to get away with his wife to the States. Clandestinity was the principal point for

my name. An excellent parallel to the recurrent situation for singers like me, who gave their voce to a great number of songs for the emerging Italo disco productions. Who could have been considered clandestine more than us? Can you tell us please your real name and where you were born? - if possible, more about your life when you were a child! My name is Gianni Coraini with one "R" instead of two, as many think. All my fans know my real name. When I was a child, I sang in the church choir of a small village just outside my city, Mantova. People say I sang in tune with

an angelic tone. Later when I was in my teens I had my first experience with a band. At 15 I was ready to perform in ballrooms: I used to have four concerts a week at the time. It was way too much and yet an essential training. I had much practice and little theory. I learned how to play the flute, the sax and of course the keyboards. I noticed I could achieve remarkable results even being self-taught. I tried for the bass guitar going out with one of the best bass players still around, Fiorenzo DelegĂ . He's a great friend and co-producer and co-author of my latest CD "Future is now" that can be found on the internet and in stores. We spent a lifetime together. Anyway, I've always had a great limit trying to play instruments with strings: I can't stand my finger-tips getting sore and so I quit. Then I spent some time, you'll sure surprised, deepening my singing technique with another

great friend of mine and great singer, Alan Farrington. He's co-producer and co-author of my latest CD too. And finally I started seeing a kid who was much younger than me and yet a real genius in composition and arrangement: he taught me the secrets of creating melodic lines. He's a great musician and producer of "Future is now", too. That having been said, mostly I grew up performing around stages. The real gym is the crowd. On stage you can develop bodily communication, other than musical communication. But that's another matter... You are not just an artist who has a marvellous voice, but also one who is very musically educated. Can you tell us how it all started? Thanks for your compliment! I like you considering me musically welleducated. I didn't attend any music school. People say that but it's just a legend. I'm self-taught and everything started as I said before. I have never denied those rumors because I couldn't. That's right! It might sound nonsense but I've never had the chance of deciding anything about Ken Laszlo because I didn't own the name. Unbelievable! It's one of the most incredible facts that people can't imagine. Ken Laszlo is the most representative name of Italo disco for his songs and for his voice but the person who owns that voice and sang those songs is mysterious and reserved. And it's not his nature! watch video Your first Italo Disco song is one of the greatest italo songs ever and it is 'Hey Hey Guy' from 1984. Can you tell us how you met Sandro Oliva and then Gino Caria who worked with you on this one and other songs? Sandro Oliva and Gino Caria were my first fellows, but not the only protagonists of that success. Nobody's ever said this before. The real creator of the team was an exceptional musician as to cleverness, instinct and creativity: Claudio Cattafesta, unforgotten and late la-

mented guitarist. People need to be friends to do magical things. Claudio and Gino were great co-producers and co-authors too; they passed away too early. For personal reasons that I'm not allowed to reveal, Claudio Cattafesta didn't appear. I don't mean to understate the work of the other authors, because they were important too, indeed! That's the thing nobody's ever said before. I hope you are in a situation to tell us the real truth about the composers who wrote 'Hey Hey Guy' and solve one of the mysteries in Italo Disco. Apparently it is true that Sandro Oliva wrote the song (it's written on the record cover), but I have information from a very reliable source (which I'm not allowed to disclose), that says the names of the real composers are still a mystery. Who are they!? They are the team I mentioned before. I can't and I don't want to say why it was only Sandro Oliva and later Gino Caria the ones who were credited as the real composers.

pleasantness. From the melodic line that you find yourself singing the next day to the right word in the right place.. and also the typical Italo dance sound. watch video Ken, your next song, which also became a huge hit, is 'Tonight'. Can you tell us more about this song please? I always say that Hey Hey Guy is the exploit and Tonight is the confirmation. I'm very fond of those two songs.

The voices on the telephone from the beginning of ‘Hey Hey Guy’ belong to you and to Mark Tower (as Sandro Oliva said in the interview). Some fans consider these words a little bit provocative. Can you tell me how you or someone else decided to put these words in to a song? I would also like to hear your opinion about the whole song from your perspective! We thought that the dialogue thing was a good idea. It was ambiguous or ambivalent. Actually I think lyrics can be exploited in any way. The most innocent song may hide unintentional allusions. Hey Hey Guy was a great song musically and stilistically. Hey Hey Guy' was a huge success throughout the world and has probably been the most frequently played song from Memory Records. What is the secret of this incredible success in your opinion? The secret for every song is in his

Do you think that the non-vocal sounds are more important than the vocals in Italo Disco music? No, I don't. I think the non-vocal sounds just complete the vocals in the Italo disco, unless we're talking about an instrumental or songs with vocal bits

that are just repeated throughout the song: in this particular case vocals are as important as the non-vocals. Ken Laszlo is the artist who stayed undiscovered for many years. On the opposite side, some artists or projects became well known thanks to strong coverage in the media, especially in magazines, but you were, and still are the NAME in italo/eurobeat music. Why is that you stayed in the shadow? I did for the reasons I told you before: I

wasn't the one who could decide what to say about me. It's complicated: I'll try to be brief, but I'll have to go backward in time! At the beginning, Ken Laszlo was just a name linked to a hit. It was "normal" that the person you saw performing wasn't the one who actually sang the song (in Italo disco productions

at the time I became Ken Laszlo, I mean). Other singers with a nice voice went through this. I was a "clandestine" singer; sure, one of the most wanted by the producers, but they paid me just for my voice. I couldn't pretend to be an artist, I couldn't pretend a contract. They would have never let me sing if I did! It was completely natural! Their main purpose was selling records. There was no need to control the artist: arranging gigs and promotions with a good-looking substitute was much better! You'll agree it was completely nonsense! Then again, it didn't go that way for Hey Hey Guy: it was such a great hit they couldn't risk to defeat it with a substitute. They needed the real Ken Laszlo, the actual singer, to go on but I had to live with specific conditions. Are you a private person? Almost two years ago in Mantova there was an italo party, and I was there and only heard you were there too, but many people didn't know that you were around.... What is the reason you didn't introduce your self to the fans. Every single fan would be so happy and delighted to meet you. I couldn't stay due to a previous commitment, so nothing in particular! I'm not a shy person: I really had to go away. Can you tell who Mark Tower is (his real name) and something about him please? He is also one of those italo disco artists we know little or almost nothing about. He was asked to collect ideas about Hey Hey Guy's lyric. Then it was tweaked when I got there. I never knew what kind of relationship he had with the production. I met him when I was recording Hey Hey Guy. Is it true that you haven't done many concerts, and if true, why? - there were other italo artists, who were, if I may say, at concerts all time ;-) That's not right! When I was very famous I performed everywhere and I was a very appreciated television guest. I

used to hit the headlines of the most important magazines. Then this exciting success stopped with the third single "Don't Cry". "Don't Cry" didn't climb the charts like "Hey Hey Guy" and "Tonight". The name "Ken Laszlo" got victimized by the disagreements between the French and the Italian production. They couldn't sell out the name to the French. The Italian production didn't accept the offer and it was hard to find a new balance to go on. I couldn't personally buy the right to use the name because there was a new offer by Mauro Farina. Anyway, you need to wait for better times: I started singing on payment. Very sad indeed! You worked with Mauro Farina and Giuliano Crivellente for many years now and still do. How did you meet them? Do you get on well together and have you been satisfied with your work with them? By the way, Mauro is my favorite producer ;-) I see your point. Mauro Farina e Giuliano Crivellente are great productors concerning the merchandising but I'm not satisfied, if I have to think about the ten

Guy! I had never been able to express my opinion about the songs. I was Ken Laszlo, and yet I wasn't! I think I've made myself clear. You made some great songs with Jenny. Can you tell us more about her, who she is, and the songs you made with her? 'What A Lonely Night' is the great one, then 'Whatever Love' (recently we heard a eurobeat version, released for Asia Records) etc. No answer, no comment! Ask the productors... How did you get into singing Eurobeat songs? I can't see how I could have refused: it's always a question of good songs or bad songs. The new style augured well as to sales and the production adapted. I wasn't involved into choosing the songs and my proceeds on sales were relative, so... You and Gino Caria are the two of the best vocalists in eurobeat. What does this mean to you? Nothing in particular. The strength of the Dance genre has never been the vocal ability of the singers. Gino and I have never had contenders but I don't think it's very significant. Do you know the exact number of italo disco and eurobeat songs you have sang so far? ;-) I don't know! Do you? Which song(s) could you say are your best and could you give us an explanation? The first three are the most inspired and beautiful.

years spent under their "art direction". They were they one who decided about Ken Laszlo, while I wasn't allowed to because the conditions didn't change. I couldn't decide due to the famous deal I told you. It's clear that I've never liked this thing but I could either live with it or give up the adventure started with Hey Hey

Do you like italo disco and eurobeat music? I would say you do, because you probably couldn't remain for so long in these music styles.... Or are you perhaps a bit tired and that's the reason you are going in a different direction these days? I'm not tired of the music that made me famous. I like all music when it's nice. I'm going to the right direction so I'm

offering nice music and, if I may say so, intelligent. To me music is very important. At last, when I got to be master of my artistic destiny buying "my" name, I had this strong desire of offering different songs! My last work transmits this but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna sing anymore Italo disco songs or Eurobeat songs... or rather, I'll finally be singing Italo disco and Eurobeat songs that are mine and not of other people. People may like it or may not like it.

tic depth: not better, just different. I want to get artistic satisfaction from what I do. If my fans love my voice, I can't see how they could possibly dislike my new music. Not only would I like to be Italo disco Ken Laszlo, but also Poprock Ken Laszlo. If my fans are fond of Hey hey guy, Tonight or Mary Ann, those songs belong to the past. You can't live in the past: Here and Now, Flower and Butterfly, Free Man, The Line are my present because Music is freedom. Any way I am going to sing new Italo

with my friends, ha ha.... I know every Italo disco artist and producers but I'm not close to anybody except my first Team and the present one. I paint (go see my paintings on, I compose and read a lot, I meditate. I usually cover 30 km a day by bike, 15 km running and 5 km walking. I sing! I go out with real friends and musicians. I live! I couldn't possibly discuss everything about you in your musical life, but if I didn't ask you something that is very important, could you please tell me? Here and now is very important! It's important the concept of love! In your career since the 80s, you were working on at least a couple of songs with producers, who are among the best in italo disco and eurobeat music, and they marked that period. In your opinion, what is common to all of them? They have in common a strong opportunism. It's up to you to decide if it's either criticizable or praiseworthy. Is it possible to share with us the happiest moment in your italo disco career? I've had many happy moments. The happier was when for the first time I could check my popularity observing the reactions of my fans.

At this point of my career the important thing is to make good music that I like. I hope other people will too.

Disco and Eurobeat songs, just not only that music genre. I'm not just an Italo disco singer.

Lately we can hear something new in your music, with a move from italo to eurobeat. While you’re still producing quality music, I would say you are turning your music in to a style, which italo fans are not used to hearing from you. I would really like to know why you made that decision! At last I realize things I like, or at least things I decide if I like. Of course I'm also talking about new Italo and Eurobeat songs. Songs with a different artis-

Did you, and do you still have close friends amongst italo disco artists and producers? If so, can you please tell us something about it?! I would also like to know how you are all spending your free time out of the studio, where you have been going, what you do to relax, and have fun, etc. I think every italo fan finds it interesting to know what their beloved artists are doing after work in the studio, and what they do to relax. I could tell you how I am spending time

Now, an opposite question ;-) Can you share with us the worst moment in your italo disco career? We would like to hear your explanation of course. The worst moment was when I couldn't buy my name. Do you have message for your fans? Yes I do: open your ears and especially your heart when you listen to my music . . . Ciao!!! Thank you so much Ken for this interview. I wish you all the best in your music career ahead and to enjoy yourself a lot! THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S, 2008 WEBSITE: WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM




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CLARA MORONI, the one and only! I met her for the first time on I Venti D'Azzurro party in Mantova, on May 6th 2006. One of my dreams come true. In this interview you won't find any "technical" details about her music and songs, for that please visit Pol Campos' site, a site dedicated to her, to the Godess of italo disco music. My intension in this interview was to find out about her as a person. Her answers are short but still I belive you will get a little insight to Clara Moroni. Hope you will enjoy. Thank you Clara for giving me the opportunity to have an interview with you and to add this interview to mine others. You are, no doubt, one of the stars I have been waiting for long long time. Can you tell me in few words who is Clara Moroni? Clara is a very simple girl. She likes music. She likes travelling. She likes people. She received a gift..her voice When we had chat on I Venti party in Mantova, you suprised me with the fact that your father was born in Croatia, in town of Rijeka. Can you tell me something more? I am curios about that of course My grandfather was the chief of the Rijeka Railway station. Almost at the end of the war, as they were Italian, they had to runaway to avoid to be killed by the Tito army. My father was a little kid but he remembered his mother's fear about the legendary Foibe, unfortunately now we know that it was not a legend. How often have you been in Croatia? ? You mentioned you have been in Dalmatia? I came once long time ago, we travelled along the coast towards south. We reached almost Albania. I liked very much islands like Pag and Mljet. Also Dubrovnik was awesome. When I heard about the bombing of Dubrovnik my heart cried. What I felt when I met you at the party that you are very nice and warm person and friendly. Can you tell me do you

have lots of friends? Or just few who are special to you and you to them? I know a lot of people, but you can count my real friends on one hand. Friends are important in our lifes and family of course. Do you hesitate to ask your friends or any member of your family for an advice regarding music career? Or you think the best advice you can get from yourself? Actually, I've never asked a friend or else any advice about my career. I prefer ask them advice about love Clara, you started to sing very early, as a little girl. Did you have any idea then that singing will be your life occupation? No, I studied as Dental technician! But my first love for the Sex Pistols made me look for a band to sing with. That was the beginning of everything. Singing is beautiful God's gift, someone would say. Have you studied singing somewhere? To improve skills? Yes, I studied for 7 years with a famous Italian opera singer Ms Floriani Cavalli. She was also the teacher of Antonella Ruggero (ex Matia Bazar) I studied Breathing technique and lirica. At the beginning you were present in various kinds of music. Did you like those kinds of music or it was only a part of the way on the bridge who will lead you across to the music kind you like? Unfortunately I love all the musical genres. I get bored easily, so I cannot see myself stuck on one genre. One night in the 80's in the disco club you met two guys, Giacomo Maiolini (the owner of Time Records) and Domenico Ricchini (Joe Yellow). They were your beginning with Italo Disco. Tell me little bit more please? They knocked on the dressing room door and they asked to talk to me. They offered me to sing songs for Time records. I said ÂŤWhy not?Âť I went to Mauro Farina studio and I sung

over Love At First Sight by Joe Yellow. That was the beginning. I felt like «Cool!» What was the next step? When you met Mauro Farina and Giuliano Crivellente? As I said above, I met them the first day i ever recorded an italo disco tune at the Factory Sound studio (now SAIFAM) Can you tell me about your work with Mauro and Giuliano? They both have been considered as Italo Disco godfathers. And they are! Of course they are! I learned a lot from Mauro. I learned the use of the voice in Dance music and how to create background vocals on a song. That has been an incredible studio training that I also used in other projects. Have you been familiar with Italo Disco music at the start? No, I was completely out of that world What do you think about Italo Disco music and their influence on people? Your impressions please. I think that Italians have a big problem: Recognize their values and improve their image. Think about how mistreated is art in Italy. Italians created one of the biggets Pop style of the 80's, but they did not recognize it or protect it. Neil Tennant (Pet shop boys) used to come to Discomagic to get new vinyls every month. I think that italo Disco influenced also some british pop band that became huge after. Clara, have you had thoughts in the 80's that Italo is the end of the way on that bridge I mentioned above or just a part on your way ahead? I'm still walking on that bridge...hope it will never end Clara, I have read on Pol Campos' site dedicated to you what other italo disco legends said about you, all the best of course, and Fred Ventura said: „We know eachother since 20 years and we always had a friendly and nice relationship, not easy in music bussiness“. What I would like to know, how easy or hard is to build up good friendship in

music buessiness? I met a lot of peole in the music biz, few of them became my friends. It is as hard as in normal life. It's only a question of feelings. You sang so many italo songs. Do you have any song who is special for you, for some reason? I really liked Help me by Mela You have been singing for the most best producers in Italo music, Eurobeat.... Earlier mentioned M&G, Fred Ventura, Lauren Gelmetti, Giancarlo Pasquini, Roberto Zanetti.... Can you tell me something about them? (in short of course because I know you don't have much time to answer long) They are all good person and great professinal. We had fun sometimes working together. What can i teel you. I've never had bad experiences. Do you remember any interesting or funny moment while you were working with some of the producers you would like to share with me and others? I can't rememeber any now..sorry What do you think about Eurobeat music? We are all witness of huge popularity in Japan. Have you been there? Yes i toured many times in Japan, I'm actually very much in love with that country and their food. I'm happy that Italians music got big in such an astonishing and futuristic country. That's the proof that «Italians do it better» Can you tell me difference between singing italo disco music and eurobeat? Is it harder to sing eurobeat or...? Yes. It is much harder to sing so fast. Only the best survive! What's your favorite Eurobeat song you sang? Killing my love and Hey hey by Curman, is he Croatian? Yes he is! You had duet, among others, with Domino (Alessandra Gatti). I had an interview with her and met her aslo on I

Venti party. She is a great woman too! So, did you enjoyed more to work with another woman or guy? Actually there is no much female italo singers. Guys were always in advantage situation, right? She's very nice, It's better to have few female singer, less competitions! We are rare and precious like diamonds! Can you tell me something about your music life after Italo Disco and Eurobeat? My point is on Ten Worlds album and on your label Ten Records. Tell me please about your reasons to make something different then before? As I said before, i like and I need to explore any kind of music. I like Rock. I like dance. I like what i like! What's next Clara? Plans, goal, new songs.... Holidays!!! Any message for the end, for your fans?

I love you all, folks! Thanks for your support and your affection. Without you I would be nothing! Thank you very much for this interview! And thank you for letting me enjoy your heavenly voice for more than 20 years. As I wrote below the picture of me and you from the I venti party, you are my italo Godess!? And I think not only mine. Hope we will meet one day again. Thanks to you and sorry for the long waiting...being lazy and very busy does not go together!

Un bacio. Clara.


Born and raised in New York City, the ItalienAmerican Linda Jo Rizzo’s dream to be in the limelight started with a fashion modeling career that took her to Milan, Italy. Just for fun Linda started performing and recording with CBS and Baby Records. She did concerts and TV shows with known artists such as Pupo, Umberto Tozzi and Adriano Celetano. Moving on to Lisbon, Portugal, Linda was named “Model of the Year” by the top fashion magazine, “Mulher d’ Hoje”. After her fashion career, Linda returned to NY to finish her studies in Nutrition. She then ran her own business for several years as a nutritional consultant and speaker for a large vitamin company in San Francisco. Shortly after, Linda met Bobby Orlando (Pet Shop Boys, Divine) in NY and joined his disco girl group, “The Flirts”. Their top ten disco hit, “Passion” brought Linda in the 80’s to Germany, followed by further chart hits such as, “Calling All Boys, Danger, and Helpless”. After touring with the Flirts, Linda went solo in 1985. Her energetic, sicilian temperament together with her NY flair earned her a reputation as singer and entertainer. Linda has released and produced over 20 records and CD’s with some known producers as Fancy (Slice Me Nice, Lady of Ice) Glen P. Stone (Mandy Winter’s “Julian”) Joe Kleindienst (Saragossa Band) Mino Siciliano (La Bouche) and La Bionda (Vamos a la Playa, One For You-One For Me). In the 80’s Linda toured Europe in most of the top disco clubs such as the famous “Star Club” in Hamburg. The 90’s brought Linda to great Gala stages with top orchetras such as Ambros Seelos, Hugo Strasser and Hazy Osterwald. Today Linda thrills her audiences whether accompanied by a piano, trio, quartet or big band. Although disco music brought Linda to Europe, she has developed a well rounded repertoire from standards and swing to soul and pop rock. 2009 marks her 10th year as pop star guest in the world renowned Oktoberfest Tent “Hippodrom” where she gets 4,000 people dancing in the aisles every night!


Linda Jo Rizzo is one of the last few remaining professional American entertainers in the European music scene. Through the years she has shared the stage with prominent stars such as, George McCrea, Carl Douglas, Jurgen Drews, Waterloo & Robinson, Bonnie Tyler, Albano, The Platters, Percy Sledge, Dieter Bohlen, Trini Lopez, Haddaway, Weather Girls, Roland Kaiser, Heino, CC Catch, and many more!!!!!


Interview with Linda Jo Rizzo Thank you very much for this interview. You were born in the USA, but your roots are from Italy. Would you tell us more about it please? I was born and raised in New York City. All of my grandparents were born in Sicily so I grew up very Italian. Went to school and studied in New York. Your name, Linda Jo Rizzo, sounds very nice, and melodically almost. Can you tell us if this your real name or your artistic name? My real name is Linda Jo Rizzo. I never had to change it because it was already different. How did you decide to start your career as a singer? Were you doing something else at the time? You were a model, is that right? I worked as a model 3 years in Milan, Italy and 2 years in Lisbon, Portugal. After fulfilling my modeling dreams I went back to NY and went to college to study nutrition. I ran my own nutrition business for 5 years before I started to sing professionally. It happend by chance. When and how did you meet Bobby Orlando? What was Bobby O like? I met Bobby at a dinner in NY together with some old music producers that I had worked with in Milan while I was modeling. They told me I had nice a nice voice and that he should try me out in the studio. We started working together right away. He was a fast and energetic worker. He did not waste time.

One of the interesting things with Bobby Orlando was that after he had success with some artists, he had problems with them, and those problems were taken to court. The exact situation was with Divine) and the Pet Shop Boys . Can you tell us your thoughts about this please? I loved working with Bobby but as it often happened in the earlier days of one’s career, our contracts were not very generous for the artists. After all costs of production, management, choreographers and studios were taken, there was very little left for us. What can you tell us about The Flirts? We have information that you sang all The Flirts' songs, but still we need confirmation from you? I am sorry to say that I cannot even remember all of the titles that I recorded with Bobby. I worked a lot in the studio for him and was paid for my recordings. Some of the songs were used for the Flirts, some for other groups. That is how we worked because not all the members of the groups that were being produced were good enough for recording. Where are you in this list of names that performed in The Flirts? Are you Christina, and if you are, why that name?

1982 '10C a Dance': Andrea, Rebecca & Holly 1983 'Born To Flirt': Christina, Debby, Holly 1984 'Made In America': Debby, Christy, Christina 1985 'Blondie’s Brunettes & Redheads': Tricia, Debby, Christina 1986 'Questions Of The Heart': Geri, Christina, Debby The only album where I appear on the cover in a photo is 'Born To Flirt' 1983. After that I remained in Europe after our tour in 1984-5 and started my own career. Since the members of the group were changeable it did not matter who was replaced or who was on the cover. It was important 1 redhead, 1 blond and 1 brunette. We were a created concept that worked beautifully. I did not stay in contact with any of other girls after I left the group. What were your relations with the girls from The Flirts like? Not very good. I wanted a professional career and they were not as serious as I was about the hard work involved in a singing career.

Which song by The Flirts is your best one and why? I liked 'Jukebox', 'Helpless' and of course 'Passion'. Most of songs by The Flirts are happy and energetic. I'm interested in the song 'Helpless'. It's the story about a girl that was left by boyfriend and she feels helpless. While singing, did you feel the lyrics of this song in a personal way (if you have had experience described in this song)? Not at that time but I did have an experience like that song many years later.

all names. That was more than 23 years ago!! Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Kenya, Tunisia, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Holland, and of course I remember Karlovac!

so I can't really say much. She was nice, friendly and cute.

What happened to The Flirts at the end - why did you stop? I stopped to go solo. It was my dream and it was very hard do work with 2 girls all the time.

When and why did you decide to leave the USA and go to Germany? For the tour of 1984 with the Flirts.

What kind of music were you listening to while being a member of The Flirts? I loved the soul disco sound of the late 70's and early 80's. I was also a big fan of commercial pop rock.

Did you have any other part in creating songs, other than singing? I guess Bobby Orlando didn't want to have influences from anyone than himself? You are right. I often helped with the lyrics but Bobby always had his name on the rights. He was very particular about that. I guess you and The Flirts had many performances in clubs across USA or...? USA, Canada, Europe. Who created choreography for The Flirts? We had few different choreographers in NYC. In which European countries did you have concerts with The Flirts, and in which one solo show? Linda, do you remember perhaps, your show in Croatia (it was Yugoslavia then) in one small city, called Karlovac? I am asking you this because this city is my hometown, and I remember when you were here, and not only in my city, but in the club, which was the building where I live today ;-) I would not be surprised if you don't remember of course. Oh God I can't even begin to remember

Have you met any other of Bobby O's artists like Divine or the Pet Shop Boys? I knew Divine, Ronnie Grifith and some other US artists of his. Have you met other High Energy performers like Patrick Cowley, Sylvester, and Paul Parker and did you have concerts with some of them? I worked with lots of top stars but I only have contact with George McCrea who did 'Rock Me Baby'. If you look at my website you will read some names of the stars I worked with. Do you still have contact with Bobby Orlando? Did you know that he released new album a few years ago?! No I haven't seen him since 1985. Tell us something about Roni Griffith? I only met her once in the studio in 1983

Who's behind Miss Kimberly and the Girlie name? Don't know.

What is the big difference in your life, having moved from the USA to Germany? Yeah, but we were so busy with touring I really did not realize that I was in another country. In Germany, you were working with Fancy! How did you meet him, and how did you start your cooperation with him, and could you also compare him with Bobby O? I met Fancy at a concert we were doing together in Saarbrucken. He told me he was looking to produce a girl alone and asked if I were interested. It took a while to get together but we worked great together, I enjoyed his way of working much more than Bobby O. I wrote my own texts, did my own backup singing, and had much more to say about my songs and production. He is great. Your first song for Fancy was 'Fly Me High'. Am I right? Can you tell more about it please? 'Fly Me High' was a real quick song. I did not like it too much but EMI took it right away. My favorite was 'You're My First You're My Last'. We did records for 4 years. There are very rare video clips of The Flirts, but what about videos from your solo career - 'Heartflash', 'Fly Me High', 'You're My First', 'Just One Word', 'I've Got The Night', 'Perfect Love' - do they exist, and if not - why? I do not unfortunately have professional videos of my songs because they did not go into the hit parade and record com-

panies do not invest in videos unless the song becomes a hit. That's how ZYX records worked.

se a Wiesn hit and I did. At the moment I am writing but not in any production yet.

Did you meet Grant Miller perhaps one of the artists that Fancy produced? Fancy was a friend with Divine, and he introduced Grant to Divine. I wonder, were you somewhere around in that time? Grant and I spent a lot of time together. He was a great person.

Do you have concerts nowadays, and what do you sing there? Of course I still do my concerts. I have 3 different show that I offer. One is of course the 80's style where I sing half playback and do all my songs, Flirts and various hits from the 80's. Then I have my Gala shows where I work with 5 - 7 men bands live on stage and bring a mix of pop and evergreens with entertain-

You and Fancy together sang the song 'How Do I Feel' from his album 'Strip Down' in 2000. This was your first disco song after many years, am I right? How come you waited so long to sing again? Fancy and I had not worked together for a while. We were just busy with our separate careers and then we thought to do something again.

What about today, are you working on something particular? I produced 'The Best Of Linda Jo Rizzo' in 1999 with a collection of my songs. In Dec. 2006 I produced a CD for my restaurant with 17 songs from the best artists that performed for me. I have 2 originals numbers on CD. Then in the summer of 2007 I produced a CD for the Hippodrome at the Oktoberfest. I have been performing there every year since 1999 so the owner asked me to compo-

What kind of music do you sing in your restaurant? In 'Piazza Linda' I do mostly jazz, swing and soft soul because we cannot do the music with a high volume like in a concert. What kind of music do you like to sing and listen to the most, nowadays? I love the commercial rock of the late 60's and early 70's. It's the music I grew up with and it brings back such great memories. What do you enjoy doing the most now? Since I lead very busy and stressful life with very little time for me I just really enjoy relaxing, reading, going out for a nice dinner and when possible lay on a beach and just listen to the waves go in and out. That is heaven for me.

Did you sing any backing vocals on Fancy's production songs, and if so in which one? I did but I honestly do not remember which ones. We did a lot of things together in the 80's and 90's but again that was a long time ago. Have you been singing under some other names? I did one project under name Jo Jo Rizzo in the 90's, another project in Switzerland which I cannot reveal the name of and of course some phantom recordings for Bobby Orlando. I do not know though for whom they were used.

my tiramisu recipes and of course some of our pastas.

ment. In the last few days I have developed also into standards and swing and have done shows also in this direction. Do you know about any new Italo disco songs from the last few years? No. How come you are running a restaurant nowadays - is it due to your Italian roots? My 2 great loves were always performing and cooking. My dad is cook so I learned a lot about good food when I was young. My restaurant is a live music so we have dinner and live music every night. That makes it interesting. What is the best food there (just in case that we decide to visit it :) )? We are famous for our antipasto plate,

At to finish, do you have any message for your fans? I am just thankful to all of them after so many years they still listen to my music. It is a beautiful feeling to know that I have brought happiness to others. That is what I feel on stage. It is a giving thing for me and very fulfilling. My fans should always keep music in their heart and soul. It cures lots of things. Thank you all for being a part of my life and career. Thank you very much for this interview. You're a true High Energy and Italo Disco legend with a gorgeous voice!!!

Giancarlo Pasquini Dave Rodgers is an Italian songwriter, composer, and producer. He started production with the band Aleph. Since then, he has collaborated with artists from around the world and has produced several multi-platinum albums. Rodgers has been honored by the Japanese music industry for selling more than 30 millions albums. He is the owner of Rodgers Studio and A-Beat C Productions. Considered by many to be the "Godfather of Eurobeat", he has written and produced songs for J-Pop artists such as Namie Amuro, V6 (these songs include Ultraman Tiga's opening theme TAKE ME HIGHER) and MAX, which proved to help introduce some of the Japanese music fans to the style of eurobeat. Many songs produced by Dave Rodgers have become massive hits, such as "Space Boy" by Dave Rodgers himself, "Go Go Money" by Neo, "Original Sin" by Powerful T. He has recently released a new CD under the name Dave Rodgers, called Blow Your Mind. The music on this CD has a more Rock feel to it, as opposed to his previous Eurobeat songs. Dave was born the 21 of feburary 1963 in Italy but he immediately became a worlds citizien, thanks to his love for music that will bring him almost everywhere in this World. He traveled and lived through United States, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe, and all these experiences slowly formed his personality and his creativity, turning him in an Artist capable of creating a music which knows no boundaries and varying from Dance to Eurobeat, from Pop to Rock. He started in the band Aleph and had his first Europe-

an success back in the late eighties. Their single "Fly To Me" charted in the Top Ten in many territories. Around that time Dave began a long-term collaboration with Japanese label Avex (1990).This cooperation will reach the unbelievable record of more than 30 million copies sold, thanks also to a genre he developed in 1st person, called Eurobeat. A highlight of his career was his 1994 collaboration, in the studio and on stage, with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's guitarist) for the Japanese boy band V6 which led to several multiplatinum hit singles. Only recently Dave discovered and produced Nuage, a promising young Italian singer, whose de-

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but single garnered a great response. Dave has also experimented musically by inviting Kiko Loureiro from the Brasilian power metal band Angra, Dave Lombardo etc., to participate in some special productions for Japan. After several year of different experiences all around the world, Dave come back to Italy, with the new project "Blow your Mind", an extraordinary album full of wonderful and meaningful songs. The new album was recorded in part in Los Angeles at Westlake Audio Studios with contributions from such prestigious musicians as Gregg Bissonette (drums), Matt Laug (drums), Kevin Ricard (percussions), Tony Levin (bass), Michael Landau (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Johnny 5 (guitar), Brian Ice/ Fabrizio Rizzolo and Stefano Brandoni. Additional work was done at Daves own state-of-the-art studio in Mantova, Italy thus giving the music a subtle mix of American bravado and European class. In this new project, anticipated from the single "Just another brick on my wall", Dave re-approaches pop-Rock atmospheres and gives his career a new turn, composing an album in total freedom and getting close to the style of some of his most inspiring influences, like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel and Quincy Jones. ......

THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM (2008) Thank you Dave for this interview, this is really an honor for me! For me too!!! I hope to satisfy your questions!! Aleph or Dave Rodgers! What's the name you like more? :-) Both names are names put big influence firstly on Italo Disco music, in the 80's and then on Eurobeat of the 90's and 2000's. Both names, because Aleph was the name of my first band that make me remembering so many nights spending to work together to create my first songs. Now I'm Dave, the man I believe to be! The man that I know "almost" very well.Before we move further with music questions, could you introduce yourself in few words please? I believe in my work, first of all because music is my life and secondly cause music takes me from the early days of my life and I think she'll never leave me!! Never!! How you decided to make and play italo disco music and did you have anyone who inspired you? And to not forget, how you choose name Aleph? And later Dave Rodgers? I've never decided to make italo disco music or to become an Italian disco artist, I simply started like a real artist in the 80's to write, sing and produce the music I liked. I was ever attracted by David Bowie, Genesis, Quincy Jones and many others. If you could remember, the name Dave Rodgers appeared for the first time, like a member of Aleph, in the second single called Fly to me. Your first song was «In Your Eyes» released for Caravel label in 1984, if I'm right? Could you tell me how you made that song? It was a song we used to play during our live the middle of different pop rock songs...One day, a deejay, from a famous local disco "Caravel" called Antonio Caranci asked

to us to produce our own song for his label. Then came "Fly To Me" released for Italo Heat label. Dave could you tell me something about people you were working with on these two songs. Who are they and what's their contribution to the italo disco music? "Fly to me" was my real first song!!!! I always remembered nights and nights spending to create this track! There was a lot of energy....a lot of passion and patience shared with the other members of Aleph. I can't forget of this period a man called Luigi Raimondi!! I

remembered that we spent one month to create Fly to me, days and nights, nights and days. I felt responsible to create this kind of sound with the help of Luigi. After these songs you made "Fly To Me", your first song released for the famous and legendary Time Records. Not that you only started to work for Time but you also started to work with legends of italo disco music, Mauro Farina and Guiliano Crivellente, the cofounders of Time Records together with Giacomo Maiolini. What can you tell me about them, about your first impression in Time, about "Fly To Me"? I was very young and not so much clever in that period of my life... Anyway I had a mid-good time with them. I wonder, what did you know about

Time Records before you sign an agreement with them? I've ever known that Maiolini had a Ferrari and I hoped, one day, to have a Ferrari too working for him. After "Fly To Me" came "Fire On The Moon", "I'm In Danger", "Big Brother", all singles, and then was the time for an album "Black Out"! After these many new songs. What an amazing discography!!! "Fire On The Moon" was sold in more than 100.000 copies. Comment of that period? Woa!!!! I've never known about 100.000 copies of Fire on the moon!!! I have to call immediately Time Records!!!! I know very well about 30 millions copies of my records sold in Japan in the 90's but I've never known about 100.000 copies of Fire on the moon! Woa!! You made great success with Time and you became one of the legend of italo disco. The next logical step was to move further with your own label. But first tell me when you started to think about leaving Time. Is there was any other reason of leaving except "art" reason? You've already said "logical step ". The only reason was to be independent and to be responsible of all my actions. In fact I can say that my success was in the 90's more than 80's. I played in front of 50.000 people at the Tokyo Dome , I received some important awards in Japan , I sold million copies of cd produced by myself , what can I say more... During your italo disco era and in Time, could you tell me some other names you were working with? I remembered some song composed and produced with Federico "Fred Ventura" in my studio. I had a very good time with him. What do you think about Italo Disco era? How you would describe italo and in your opinion what is the most precious thing in italo disco music and what put a mark on it. I didn't like to put labels on my kind of music. My will is to create good music

and to give something to the people, make them remembering their positive doesn't matter, the important thing that I have to say is: “I was with them in that's moment". Your favorite italo disco song from your production is? And why? Fly to me, because it was the first and Fire on the moon because it help me to find my way to Japan.

you have to accelerate vocal in studio after recording. Is that true and if so, that's mean that's all is in "technological hands"? It's absolutely wrong, I don't need any "technological hands" cause I work only with professional artist. If you only could see one of my or my artists, concerts, you could hear with your own ears that's true. I don't know about

) Eurobeat music is so fast that the only way to dance it is "parapara style" where you can see the dancers move a little bit the body but move a lot hands and arms. It's a kind of "mission impossible" but anyway it's not easy to do that. I cannot do that :o) To be honest I can't recognize differen-

A. Beat C. is your first own label? What is mean A. Beat C.? Could you tell me about the beginning, the history of A. Beat C.? "Your Body Lies" by Norma Sheffield was the first song. A Beat C is a fantasy phrase and this label was created because I wanted to be independent by starting a new adventure with Alberto Contini, as mentioned before. Yes, it was and I remembered with a lot of pleasure that moment. The "speed" of songs, bpm's, increased a lot in songs then in italo of the 80's! Evolution is natural process so in music we have evolution as well. Do you think that super eurobeat music was logical step after italo disco of the 80's? Couldn't you go in some other direction? I think the direction I chose was the right one, in fact the market rewarded me. Honestly, now I preferred to keep low bpm, in fact in the new album of Nuage, you can find songs with a 135 bpm. Dave, tell me in chronological order, in short, the history of super eurobeat music you were making and still making for Asian market? What is different in eurobeat at the beginning of the 90's and today? Super eurobeat music started silently but then it exploded with all its excitement. I always remember the first years when I discovered for the first time what means a life full of concerts, interviews, covers, fans, success. Dave, what is confusing for me a bit, the eurobeat music is so fast and I can't understand how anyone can sing so fast, following the music. In my opinion

what the other labels do. Also, I was thinking then at the beginning of the eurobeat how anyone can dance on so fast music, sometimes sounds hysterical :-) I can't say I wasn't so surprise when I saw first video clip with single dancer and moving mostly with hands! Do you know how to dance on the euorbeat? :-) If I should dance it seems to me as an impossible mission :-

ce between eurobeat music and parapara music. Could you explain it to me? In fact there is no any difference between them. Dave in your opinion where the supereurobeat music today is and where will it be heading or what way is it evolving? Today Super eurobeat is looking for something fresh. My staff and I are wor-

king for that and I'll let you know as soon as possible the evolution even though I hope you could hear it before I tell you. It seems to me that you are a God to Asian music fans? :-)) On your concerts we can see dozens of thousands of fans!!! Yes, they call me "king of the kingu", anytime I go to Japan I recharge my battery because my fans give me the energy I need. Am I wrong if I say your most favorite music instrument is guitar!? In one of your songs, as guitarist played a woman who was Michael Jackson's guitarist if I’m right. This is really interesting and I wonder how hard was to get her to play? I guess musicians like

I've worked with Alberto Contini since 1990 and I believe he is a wonderful person professionally and humanly, in fact we're still working together without any problems. Domino is your wife! Could you tell me something about her? How you met her and how you began to work together on your songs? Domino was my wife. She was one of my fans that's why we met. Domino is the name of your studio as well? In that studio you made and still are making legendary eurobeat songs. On your site we can see the studio. You must be pride on the studio?

you explain in few words your feelings about your songs and what are you experiencing in the process of making songs, till the final product? I confirmed what I said in that moment...I can say I built something very important and I hope to have given to my audience almost the best I could. Another statement from you "I'm first of all an artist. And not a merchant." Dave, what is the force who's pushing you forward in creating songs? Money, you said, isn't but making songs is your job so it's in your interest to sell records as more as you can? The force that push me creating songs is the possibility to express myself through out the music. I know I didn't ask you many things, I only scratched the surface of your music life and career. Do you wish to say something what is really important and I didn't ask you? I repeat that music was, is and will be a part of me and of my life!!!

her ask for lots of money for playing? Yes guitar is one of my favorite instruments especially when I can have some guitarists as Jannifer Batten, KiKo, Steve Lukather and so on. Yes, surely, if you want to work with professionals artist you need to spend a lot of money. At the end of the last year (2003) I had an interview with one Croatian producer Denis Curman. He told me all the best about you, his work with you, and about two other your co-workers, Alberto Contini and Andrea Leonardi. What could you tell me about these guys?

Domino was the name we used to call one of my three studios, where we produced a lot of big tracks. Starting from 2000 I changed the name of my studios: the main studio once called "Sound and Vision" is now "A", the second studio once called "Domino" is now "B" and the third called "Attic" is now "C" Could you tell me what's your favorite’s names in your eurobeat production? Nuage, Manuel and Lolita "The songs I wrote are all part of me." This is your statement you said in the 90's for Japanese Beat Freak Magazine. We all know what's that mean but could

Dave, I could talk with you days and nights about your music, about italo, about eurobeat but I know you don't have much of free time. I appreciate very much you took some of your precious time for me and for this interview. So far I made interviews with many italo disco legends and all the time I was thinking and wished to have interview with you because you are big part of italo disco music who's the most precious thing I have at the moment in my life. You as a person and your vocal left big mark on italo music and later on eurobeat. I can't say anything more than BIG thanx! Thanks to you, it was a pleasure and I hope to see you soon! Best regards, sincerely yours Dave Rodgers

Ivana Spagna was born December 16 1956 in Valeggio Borghetto sul Mincio in the province of Verona. An early age has shown his talent for music by participating in competitions small songbirds of the province. Over the years his passion for music grows: study piano and already in 1971 published his first 45 rpm single "Mamy Blue". The song will have a good success and will be sung by Dalida and Johnny Dorelli, translated and sold abroad. The following year, affects another 45 laps, called "Ari Ari." In subsequent years, until 1982, Ivana Spagna you lose some 'tracks, in reality these are the years of his Gavetta where he worked as backing vocalist for major artists like Ornella Vanoni, Sergio Endrigo and Paul Young. As she writes songs for Boney M, Spencer Tracy, Baby's Gang and Advance. He also writes jingles for TV commercials in England. In the meantime, he performs in clubs in northern Italy with his brother George

(Theo). In the period 1983-1985 Ivana Spagna writes and sings for the duo of "Fun Fun". Affects two individuals with the pseudonym of Ivonne K and one with the name of art Mirage. E 'il 1986, the year of the boom. The name of art is simply Ivana, the look is aggressive and punk, the sounds and style are openly dance: with the single, sung in English, "Easy Lady" comes the success and reputation, starting from France and then climb the charts all over Europe. The song sold about 2 million copies. In United States receives the silver Telegatto to "Vote the Voice", as the revelation of the year and the Disco Green "Festivalbar", as the best couple. The following year, leaving his first album titled "Dedicated to the moon" that sell over 500 thousand copies. The single "Call Me" reached the top ranking in the European Union (first time for an Italian) passing the likes of Madonna

and Michael Jackson. "Call me" enters the Top 75 remaining English for 12 weeks and reaching the second position. In 1988 Ivana consolidated its success with the second album: "You are my energy", dedicated to his father Theodore, who died the same year. "I want to be your wife" and "Every girl and boy" are once again big successes. Worthy of note is "March 10, 1959", last song the album, written and sung in favor of the Tibetan people, for which Ivana Spagna will undertake in the years to follow. After a period of time following the end of a story of love, he moved to Los Angeles which produces new work, with new style and new sounds. Leaves so in 1991 the third album, titled "No way out". A tour in the States to allow Ivana to become known by the American public and to consolidate its success overseas. Also in U.S. influence, affect Ivana in

1993, "Matter of time" where, even if the dance is not made by, dominated by ballads. This is a turning point in the career of Ivana Spagna: it is a confirmation "Ivana & Ivana - Greatest Hits," published in the same year, which closes an important chapter in the artistic life of the singer.

songs in Italian even if there are refrains in Spanish as "Mi amor" and in English as in "Messages of love", a sign that something is changing. "Mi amor" is chosen as a single in summer 2000 and produced a video clip with the applicant Calissano Paul. Ivana in the same year he performs a unique interpretation of "Bridge over trouble water" by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel during an evening organized by Channel 5 for the beatification of Pope John XXIII.

In 1994 Ivana lends his voice to sing "The circle of life", the Italian version of "Circle of Life" (written and sung by Elton John), main theme of the soundtrack for the animated film "The Lion King", one of most successful home grandu Disney. Since its debut is the first time that Ivana Ivana makes known to the general public's beautiful voice in her native language: through emotions forward who knows the song but also the interpretation of Ivana, the result is excellent. Next year marks the transition defined in the Italian language: Ivana takes part in the Sanremo Festival with the beautiful "People like us" and square in the third. Exit then "We are in two", his first album entirely in English. Even in 1996, Ivana is at the Festival di Sanremo: the song "And I think of you" ranks fourth. At the same time the album comes out "lone wolves" who performs in a week, 100,000 copies sold. Ivana Wins "Top San Remo", takes part in Festivalbar and becomes the absolute

Third album in three years, leaving in 1997 "indivisible." Among the special report from the album is the track ghost "Mercedes Benz", cover of the famous song by Janis Joplin, and collaboration for the realization of your great musicians. In 1998 the Festival of Sanremo with "And that will never be" Ivana is only twelfth place, but the album "And never will be - My most beautiful songs," which contains the greatest successes in Italian and five unpublished including Song in the race at the Festival, more than 100,000 copies sold. Won the fourth gold telegatto to "Vote the Voice" as the best female performer also sings "Mother Teresa", song written by Marcello Marrocco in homage to Mother Teresa of Calcutta recently disappeared, and two songs "So fly" and " song of Kengah "that are part of the soundtrack of the animated Italian movie" La gabbianella and the Cat "by Enzo D'Alò. In 1999 Ivana sings in duet with Mario Lavezzi "Without chains", written by Mogol and Lavezzi. Contributing to Annalisa Minetti "One more time" in collaboration with his brother Theo, and included in the "something more".

protagonist of summer: the Telegatto then won the "Voice Vote" as best female performer.

New Participation in the Festival di Sanremo 2000 edition with the song "By Your Name" from the album with "Tomorrow." The album only contains

In 2001 comes the album cover of "Our Song" in which, with the help of maestro Peppe Vessicchio, Ivana reinterprets the songs that have marked the history of Italian music, from "theorem" to "The caress of the night" from "Eloise" to "La donna cannon." That same year Ivana was approached to sing the anthem of the football team of Chievo, neopromosso Series A: "A world Chievoverona in yellow and

blue." During the charity event "Trenta ore per la vita" Ivana is awarded as the winner of the "Disco for the summer 2001". In 2002 Ivana leaves Sony Music up to the new label "B & G Entertainment." Return to sing in English presenting the single "Never say you love me." After a summer full of commitments to promote the individual, leaving the new album "Woman", which contains 8 songs in English, 2 in Spanish and 1 in French. Also in 2002 comes in bookstores the first book written by the singer: "Briciola, a history of neglect," an animal fable for children, but also for adults. The following year Ivana Spagna is awarded the "Premio Internazionale

Literature Ostia Mare", in the literature for children. In 2006 participates in Sanremo with the song "We can not change." Later released on disc "Diary Board - I want to lie down to the Sun", reprint of the cd "Diary Edge" (2005) with the addition of three new songs, including the song presented at the Festival. Subsequently, Ivana is among the protagonists of the reality tv show (RaiDue) "Music Farm" which won the third place. In 2006, Ivana also celebrates 20 years of his musical career and was rewarded with the Golden Disk career for his successes and OVER TEN MILLION RECORDS SOLD. In June 2007 Ivana Malta has recorded a song with Ron and a Maltese singer, Tristan B, entitled You raise me up (original by Brian Kennedy and Secret Garden with some cover from the Westlife Josh Groban), released in the summer only on I -tunes. In the same month also comes out in stores (not to be enough in the standings) the review of the composition of the 60 eyes of green, made in collaboration with the rap group of Zeta Clan. Sing along with Loredana Bertè, al Festi-

of the festival sanremo duetto is again the next night. The two artists in the studio recording the song which is published as a CD single in June. In July 2008 in Switzerland leaves "Dancing on the beach", single, done in collaboration with the Swiss DJ Robb Cole and remixed by Davide Riva, by which Ivana returned once again to dance music. In the third week of July, the individual comes to the position # 7 of the Swiss DJ Chart, ranking Swiss dedicated to house music and dance, showing after 12 years in the top 50 from Switzerland with the album "Lonely Wolves", the return the name of Ivana in a foreign chart. The piece was also launched in Germany and the Scandinavian countries and is expected to brief its distribution in other European countries and South America.

val di Sanremo 2008, on the evening of duets, the song "Music and Words." proving a success and an excellent rating by the public and critics: the fact is the most awaited moment of the festival audience and the record of four minutes in the peak of performance ratings. For the first time in the history

Friday 5 December 2008 she was given at the University of Rome, the honorary degree in science of communications. On 20 February 2009, is expected to release mini album LOLA AND ANGELINA PROJECT which saw the collabora-

tion of Ivana Spagna (Angiolina second name Ivana Spagna) and Loredana Bertè (Lola so called sister Mia Martini). On 15 February 2009, during the transmission Those that football, the two singers have previewed the charming and enthralling song goes however, interpreted almost entirely by Ivana Spagna, but which stand out in the gritty end of operations Bertè Loredana and her chorister ever, Aida Cooper.


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Stefano Zandri, aka Den Harrow (chosen for its ironic similarity with the word "money") (June 4, 1962, Nova Milanese) is an Italian singer. In 1983 Den Harrow has the chance to meet Enrique Iglesias and take advantage of her engagement in the production of his first album: "To Meet Me." 45 The scale of the British charts, reaching the second place. A good third place in the Den Harrow would achieve with his second single "A Taste Of Love," which won the Italian market, greek and Spanish, as well as the United Kingdom. The following year, 1984 is to be remembered as a historic three gold and one million copies sold: released the new album of Den Harrow, destined to become an anthem for the entire decade Italian. Needless to add that 45 in question is "Mad Desire". In

1985 Den Harrow churns out his first album: "Overpower" that inspired the hit single "Future Brain" that allows him to win Festivalbar editions of The Voice and Vote of the year 1985. The 1986 is the year instead of three other hits: "Catch The Fox", "Charleston" and "Bad Boy", which in total earn half a million copies sold, a gold record in France and the Grammys "Eight Walht" silver (for the second best singer in Europe). To this must be added to achieve three Top Five in our country. In 1987 Den Harrow

unable to complete a new album called "Day By Day" and to extract two singles that will have happened: "Born To Love", which allows him to win the Festivalbar '87 and "Do not Break My Heart" , a song with which Den Harrow enter the Top Five in Italy, Gracia, Germany and Banelux, with the latter song also earned a new gold record in France and platinum in Canada. During the following year Den Harrow remains in the standings in Germany and England for twelve months, winning a Grammy again, surpassing even Michael Jackson in the charts and reaching a new gold record. At the end of the decade, Den Harrow churns out a new album: "Lies." BMG Ariola German dell'ellepĂŹ enthu-

siastic and so decided to purchase the rights, paying 6 million marks. Furthermore, the same year, 1989, Den Harrow accepts the role of protagonist in his first film, also becoming the spokesperson for Coca-Cola and Adidas. In 1992 Den Harrow has the ability always to Germany to sign an exclusive with Polydor. This will lead to work abroad and to produce a new album, "All I Want Is You", with the production of Jennifer Rush and Natalie Cole. The album reaches Germany in fourth place and sold 800,000 copies. The following year, again thanks to the production of Natalie Cole, Den Harrow gives birth to a fifth album, "Real Big Love," which won him an eighth place in the chart UK, also

songs. The project joined George Aaron, Kano and P. Lion and the disc should be out in the autumn, mostly in Baltimore. Participate in the 2006 edition of the reality show The Italian island of the famous, first as a reserve, then as a competitor. He retired after one month and ten days to become the character in 2006, awarded by the news strip of gold with the tapir and a gondola, and Simona Ventura Reserve Best of all editions of the 'Island of the Famous. " 2006-2007-2008 Europe Tour Italy, among the most significant stages there are 60,000 people at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, and 30,000 in the city Messico.durante this period becomes spokesperson for numerous companies including clothing and jewelry, Mamaquevo (Hello Spank ) Donky, and new joys.

entering the top ten in Germany. This is followed by a tour of 40 stages, with the accompaniment of the American & WOMAC WOMAC. Finally in 1995 Den Harrow returned to Italy and goes to work on two chunks: "I Need A Lover" and "Tomorrow Is Another Day." The two individuals are supported by a strong advertising campaign that sees Den Harrow guest at the "Maurizio Costanzo Show" to "Happy Sunday," a "is not 'La Rai", a "Super Jerry Scott and more in" The King of Night ". Following Den Harrow Harrow on the stage of Festivalbar dates in three different stages. Between '96 and '97 Den Harrow is working on a new tour: "European Tour Strip and the music is Clearance, which takes place in

Italy from February to April in Europe and continues until 8 June. He then moved to California to make the series "Sunset Beach", after "Bay Watch". In 1997, then released a CD for the DIV tag called "Back From The Future". The album contains new versions of the hits of rearranged Den Harrow. Between 1998 and 1999 Den Harrow is also a regular guest of the television program "Meteora." It also starts a new tour of 60 stages. In 2000, however, Den Harrow, driven by the enormous success of the revival of 80, becomes the creator and producer of the "80s All Stars Project, which aims to bring together the greatest singers of Dance Italy 80 with the aim to publish an album of new

2009 he released across Europe on new work by Den Harrow, the best one (the Legend 1982-2009) with a new single (take me away), a DVD interview about career Den, and his first calendar, which presents den with a statuesque body .. soon, little time for reflection ... .. but mostly den, feels the need to join with the humanitarian protection of civilian Cinisello Balsamo (Mi), for the tragedy that strikes the Abruzzo, and well 3 months, with the Department of the paratroopers, he went to the field of Navenby, field managed by lightning (Den is a paratrooper in the grant, with the rank of sergeant, active in 32 launches, and a mission in Lebanon, 81-82). In spring-summer 2009, 30 dates in Italy, Den moved from Milan to Rome, where he now lives. 2010. Many news '... a new single, and a timetable to finish Den feat Pitty Gold designs and manufactures its first line of jewelry, that from January 2010 will be' sold in all the jewelers in Italy, as a skull logo, against ... the injustice ... 'adventure continues ... ..

Den Harrow project was popular in the second half of 1980s charting high not only in Italy but also in many other European countries especially in Germany with hits like Future Brain, Bad Boy, Don’t Break My Heart, Day by Day , Catch the Fox all from the first two albums Overpower and Day by Day. The name “Den Harrow” was invented by the producers of the project, which according to them is based on the Italian word “Denaro” (money) and a joke about the italian proverb “with money (Den Harrow) you can make money (denaro)”. It is believed that “Den Harrow” has sold over 4 million records world-wide. Revealing the Truth After years of continued fame and popularity, the fans of Den Harrow were faced with an unbelievable news, it was revealed both by the frontman of Den Harrow Stefano Zandri and the producers that they had been hiding the truth from their millions of fans. It was disclosed that Stefano Zandri did not actually sing his own songs; he was essentially a character who lip-synched to vocals produced by a number of other Italo singers. And since they did not consider Zandri’s name and origin to be trendy enough, the producers R. Turatti and M. Chieregato had decided to invent a fictitious English based last name Manuel Stefano Carry as well as U.S. based birth place Boston Massachusetts, U.S. by concealing Stefano’s true Italian origins to be able to market him more easily in the English speaking world. *1+ Most of the songs for Den Harrow project were sung by an American vocalist Tom Hooker Beecher (aka Thomas Barbey, who was residing in Italy during the Italo-Disco era), including Europe-wide hit singles “Don’t Break My Heart”, “Bad Boy”, “Catch the Fox”, and “Future Brain”. During an interview Hooker explains why it was decided to be done

this way: “There was a small problem, however. He couldn’t sing. So the solution was to never let him sing, or to put his voice so low in the mix that it was non existent. He started as an image. He would work on his costumes and clothes and someone else would sing on the records. The truth is, vision is a more developed sense in humans than hearing. People tend to buy and listen what they like to see.” Also according to Tom Hooker, in the very beginning Chuck Rolando’s voice was used in the singles “To Meet Me” and “A Taste of Love”. Later on, Silver Pozzoli was chosen to do the single “Mad Desire”; however, Hooker also produced the vocals for the album releases of “Mad Desire”. Even though, Tom Hooker continued co-writing tracks for Den Harrow project, producers felt to bring in another vocalist into the studio with a higher voice than that of Hooker’s for the 1988 album called Lies. According to Tom Hooker; however, Stefano Zandri has sung on his 1991 single Ocean.*2+

Currently, Stefano Zandri continues to do live performances, especially in eastern Europe, still under the name Den Harrow, allegedly claiming that he has learned to sing himself. In 1997 Stefano Zandri moved to California to take part in the TV serial Sunset Beach. In 2005 hosted the TV show “Radio HARROW” on the satellite TV channel “Match Music”. In 2006 Stefano Zandri took part in a reality show: “L’isola dei famosi” on Rai Due, a channel of Italian public television. In 2007 Stefano Zandri released a new song “FEDEN - Lo so”, written and sung by him and his wife, only available on his web site that reportedly sold already 16.000 copies, he he is also planning to sell his autobiographical book entitled “Segreti e bugie” (Secrets and Lies) also available on his website.

THANKS TO: ZELJKO VUJKOVIC’S WWW.ITALO-INTERVIEWS.COM (2005) Grant Miller is well know artist from the 80's, who's performed German's Italo music. I have been arrange an interview with him several months ago. Due some circumstances interview won't be available for some time, and unforunately the big question is will ever be, so I decided to introduce Grant with story filled with some facts I have found out about him, through my conversation with him and with his best fried Shane Lear. I want to say BIG thanx to Shane sharing with me many nice things about Grant.

Grant today lives in Indianapolis, who's 12th largest city in USA in the state of the Indiana. It is near where Grant grew up and where his family resides. He was born in hospital in Marion, Indiana, in the same hospital where James Dean was born. “ I’ve been living in U.S.A. for six years now. I was in Hollywood, Los Angeles for four years and here in Indiana the last two years where I am near my whole family.“ Grant except his parents has one brother and one sister. „Going back to 1983, after High School, I traveled U.S.A. with a band, and then performed on cruise ships for seven months in a singing/dancing cabaret-

type show. Then I decided to not only sing, but also to act. New York City was my next destination and I started studying acting for film/tv, as well as Broadway“. When he was 18 years old he performed in Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Grant's disco story began in 1984 in Europe, to be exact in Italy. How he came in Italy? „Within two years, my show business journey brought me to Europe with a Broadway tour of the music SHOWBOAT. We traveled all over Europe, appearing in many of the most famous opera houses, and I LOVED it and I knew I was there to stay.

a great place to make dance music and that was my dream...and destination! So, I cashed in my return plane ticket after SHOWBOAT ended. The rest of the cast flew back to New York from Palermo, Sicily. But I took the first train (California train) to Munich! In Munich I turned out right away where the music industry people would go out to (clubs, restaurants, bistros, etc.) and that's where I entered into the beginning of my "Italo Dance Music" career. I came to Germany with Ciro, a friend that I met in Palermo, wo had been a successful fashion model in Southern Italy, and wanted to break into modeling in Germany. So, we were on a predestined mission to conquer Germany as two foreigners who didn't speak a word of the German language. He also opened the doors for me at the modeling agencies. But, he had to convince me first that I could do it. I had never thought of doing modeling, too. Sure enough, an agent signed both of us on“. Grant made huge modelling success and he did, among others, runaway show with model Eva Herzigova in Milan. This was only one among many shows. On the shows he met, of course, many famous people from fashion world, for example Donatella Versace. They became, I could freely say, good friends and he will make some nice favores to her and her family in the coming years. She asked Grant to sing at several of her dinner parties and he once serenaded her children. After years of modelling Grant became in 2001 the face of „Nivea" in 35 countries in Europe. As we could see earlier Grant had interest, not only in modelling, but in singing as well. „Munich seemed to have a certain magic for us...and suddenly we found ourselves (Grant and Ciro) among the STARS...literally!“ „ I'll never forget the night I was at a dinner party where non-other than "Divine" himself was there! We started talking and spent hours getting to know each other. He immediately invited me I had always heard about Munich being

to come to the music studio the next day, where he was working on a new catchy dance production with a producer I had never heard of in the U.S....someone called FANCY!?! Divine introduced me to Fancy and arranged for me to audition for him the next day. Fancy (or Tess) gave me a cassette of a song called "Colder Than Ice" and he told me to learn it by the next day! I was terrified and excited at the same time. So, the next day I met him in his long white Mercedes limousine. He popped the tape into the stereo and said, "Okay Sing". I guess he liked what he heard because that song became my first hit single, a cover version of one of Fancy's songs. Tess arranged an elaborate photo session for the cover and within 10 DAYS of that meeting at the restaurant, my first record was stacked in the windows of every record store in Germany. It was the autumn of 1985, and the soring beat of "Colder Than Ice" and "Red For Love" was pounding through the discos of Europe“. After this great success, Grant Miller and Fancy continued to release one hit for another, many fantastic songs have been released: „California Train“, „Wings Of Love“, „I Am Alive Tonight“, „ Lost In Paradise“ just to mention a few. Grant became hugely popular and many fans could enjoy his voice and Fancy's production. Probably many of you will be suprised with fact that Divine's song „Give It Up“ was written especially for Divine and dedicated to Grant Miller! No matter Grant Miller released many singles he never released an album. For some time, between italo fans, there is roumours that he has an album afterall, called „The One“. Grant said he has absolutely no idea about that. Perhaps somebody took it upon themselves to compile his songs and release it as that album. Who knows!? One for sure is, Grant has no official album. Turns out that Grant has some old video of him performing a few different songs.

One is of him singing with a group he was in during the early 90's. In that footage, he sings a song about Madonna and he's a huge fan of hers. Grant has other singing experience like: - he was sang back-up for American country music star Barbara Mandrell - he represented the United States at The Baltic Song Festival in 1988 - he sang a duet of "That's What Friends Are For" with Bonnie Tyler at a German benefit concert - he formed a group called „Blue Vanity“ and topped German dance chart with "Her Name is Just Madonna", written about Madonna and once more we could see how he adore Madonna. And that's not all from Grant, including his movie roles, he was a regular on American soap "Guiding Light" for over a year. It seems that Grant put together in a great way his singing and acting gifts what provided him satisfaction with his work and life. And also Grant is trained tap dancer. Perhaps Grant owe his career and voice to his mother because she can sang too. One day he suprised her by arranging for her to record two songs in a studio with Fancy. She sang two Carpenter's songs. Grant is popular friend among his friends, and I can freely share, with all of you for the end of this little story about Grant Miller, a few words from his best friend Shane who told me one nice little story who describe Grant on the best way: „Here in the U.S., nobody knows his music or his success in Europe and he never mentions it to most people. He doesn't brag or think that he's something special. But he treats his friends like they are special. He's really supportive and hilarious. One day he fell asleep on the couch at Kari's house and I went in to wake him up because it was getting late. Suddennly he opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling and started speaking in German like he was possessed by the devil or something! I thought something was really wrong with him and at the same time I was

kind of scared. And then suddenly he starts laughing because it was all a big joke!“ GRANT MILLER: „I send a big “hello” and “hug”to ALL of my fans who have been loyal after all of these years“

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Hooker was born in Greenwich (Connecticut) and was brought to Europe when he was six months old. At the age of ten, started his musical career as a drummer. At 13, he created his first band. At 15, he first appeared in public in a concert as a drummer/singer was at 15.


He studied languages in Switzerland. In 1980, he moved to Italy, where he was discovered by Italian producers. His first hit was Flip Over and We Can Start It All Over Again, which background music was pop rock. He had his first success in 1985 with Looking for Love, which started to be a real song. Den Harrow's voice He also gave his voice for the first Den Harrow hits (such as Future Brain), co-wrote many of his songs (under the name of T. Beecher), and was given the credits for background vocals. Later years In 1988, since the disappearance of Italo Disco, he moved to photography & changed his stint to Pop/Ballad with his single No More Heaven. His last single was Run Away, which was a commercial failure. In 1995, despite the downfall of his singing career, Hooker disappeared from the music scene & returned to Los Angeles and he changed his name to Thomas Barbey. After marrying, he began a brilliant career as a "visual artist", running photographs and figurative designs. He is currently a popular artist, who exhibited with success in galleries in many countries.July Tom Hooker (his real name is said to be Thomas Beecher Hooker) was born on November, 18th 1959 in Greenwich

(Connecticut). He started his musical carreer as a drummer. He studied languages in Switzerland and was discovered by Italian producers. He had his first success in 1985 with Looking for Love. He also gave his voice for the first Den Harrow hits (such as Future Brain), co-wrote many of his songs (under the name of T. Beecher), and was given the credits for background vocals. In the mid 90s Tom Hooker disappeared from the music scene and he changed name so after that period no one really knows anything about him. Zeljko : Dear Tom, thank you very much for this opportunity you gave me. Can you tell me who is Tom Hooker ? Tom Hooker : I was born in the U.S. was brought to Europe when I was 6 months old. I lived in Milan, Dusseldorf and for the most part Geneva and Santa Barbara. I speak fluent French, Italian and English. Where and when did you have your first music experience ? I started playing the drums at 10. My first band was at 13. My first concert as a drummer/singer was at 15. Please Tom tell me in more details your start in Italo music ? Who helped you to start your great career ? Tell me the names? The first guy was Gianni Naso. He was president of the Association Italiana of Disc Jockeys. He liked Flip Over and I got signed in 1980 because of him, but I didn't even know him. A cassette was sent to him through a publisher in Milan. I was in recording studios a lot as a drummer and produced my own record as a singer/songwiter. Your first song was Looking For Love, released for Baby Records. Your impressions please ? Looking for Love was my first song as Tom Hooker with the Turatti/ Chieregato team. I had previously done Future Brain and a whole album for Den Harrow the previous year. Looking For Love was huge in Italy because Claudio Cecchetto liked it. He had a very important TV show at that time. You had great songs, Looking For Love, Feeling Okay., Atlantis, Help Me, ... to mention a few. Also you were not only a singer but also a songwriter and producer. Tell me about this side of your work? Which song is your favorite ? I always liked USSR for Eddie Huntington. We wrote it, Miki and I in one afternoon. Most of the songwriting was with Miki Chieregato. Turatti was more of a public relations guy. He would then "sell" the song to Freddy, the Head of the

company. No matter how good a song was, if Freddy didn't like it, it would never be released. Therefore, Turatti was very important for the team, even though he didn't know how to play any instrument. I wrote so many songs with so many people under different names. I also wrote with Novecento. Dora Carofiglio/Nicolosi has a beautiful voice. I've written over a 100 songs that came out. My favorite songs are songs you probably wouldn't know. I liked Talk With Your Body. I released it with Full Time in 1981. I liked Love is Life with Elastic Band in 1995. As I know you have one album behind you, it’s Bad Reputation, tell me a little bit about that album ?

Freddy Naggiar the head of Baby Records, was a clever millionaire who always respected me as a good lyricist. He was a business man. Albert One was a nice Italian guy who understood good dance songs because he was a DJ but unfortunately had a heavy accent when he sang in English. It didn't bother any Europeans but it bothered me because I am American. He was limited to the European and Japanese markets because of this. Gazebo spoke good English and Giombini wrote beautiful melodies.

Tom, I have one information, which

To Meet Me and a Taste Of Love was Chuck Rolando's voice. He had a contract with Durium and had to stop. Then came Silvio Pozzuoli from Dream. He sang Mad Desire the single's version. Although a very talented singer, his English wasn't very good. I remember in Mad Desire. He sang "Ear I Ham" instead of "Here I am". Freddy bought my 00000000000contract from Merak at the time and bought the whole Den Harrow project with his money, and I sang Future Brain. I don't think Den (his real name is Stefano Zandri) ever came to the studio. Future Brain was a huge hit in 1985. We had to do the album. I re-sang Mad Desire for the album. It wasn't any better than Silvio's but we wanted some continuity. It couldn't go from fluent English to an Italian accent. Too many people in Germany and Scandinavia can speak English. Then came Bad Boy and all the rest of the hits.

came from one famous Italian female singer. I don’t know is it true or just a rumor but I heard that Den Harrow actually doesn’t exist as singer. Den Harrow is you! Please can you tell me what is the truth?

After two Albums of good hits, and making money, I wanted Don't Break My Heart to be a Tom Hooker song because I felt close to it. I also felt, Freddy was not pushing me because of the money machine of Den Harrow in Germany and France. We got another singer from England who had a much higher voice than mine. I can't remember his name. I still co-wrote the songs. The Album was Lies. I think, this was the end of Den Harrow's run. It was not at all what it used to be. Maybe it was the songs, maybe it was the different voice. Who really knows...

Did you have wish to work with someone else and you didn’t have chance? Yes. Trevor Horn maybe.

I've done quite a few albums you don't know of. Plus two albums under the name Den Harrow. Bad Reputation was an album that came out too late. Nearly a year after Looking For Love. This was ridiculous ! The album had some good songs. No More Heaven was a ballad. I don't remember all the songs. I don't even have a copy ! I did another rock album in L.A. in 1995 with a band called Chameleon. Two, with Elastic Band. And two other pop albums under the name Tom Hooker. Tom could you describe for me and for others fans of Italo disco music that time, the gold era of Italo disco in the mid 80’s through your eyes ? It was a lot of fun, I made money, I had cars and girls. I knew all the famous people in Italy at the time. I am so much happier now, though. I am married and incognito in California. I finally understand the value of "true" things in life. I really love my wife today. Then, like many people who don't even admit it, I was in love with myself. Like many famous people, I had a huge ego. Your publishing label was Baby Records. For the same label worked Eddy Huntington, Den Harrow, Albert One and Gazebo. Are you were happy with the work for that label ?

the records. The truth is, vision is a more developed sense in humans than hearing. People tend to buy and listen what they like to see. I have never officially told this to anyone but this is the exact truth in chronological order:

Saying that Den Harrow doesn't exist as a singer is incorrect. He was very popular amongst the very young girls. From 12 to 15. Den Harrow became a brand name like Coca Cola. This is was the music business. There was a small problem. He couldn't sing. So the solution was to never let him sing, or to put his voice so low in the mix that it was non existant. He started as an image. He would work on his costumes and clothes and someone else would sing on

After Den Harrow left Baby Records, the records sales were small numbers. I think he sang on Ocean. He continues to make records that don't really sell to do his live shows because it's easy money. Basically, he still has a name. It's human, he wants a nice car and all that

stuff. It's a shame he can't really sing, because he makes a good star. Everybody wants to make money. When I had the success of Looking For Love, my old record company called Full Time, released an unauthorised album with demos and tried to pass it as the new Tom Hooker album. This album was called Only One. This really ruined my career at that time. The distributors who bought it after the success of Looking For Love were taken aback with this crappy album that came out way before Bad Reputation. It sold crap but was easy money and ruined it for the real one, of course. But hey, you see it as music Zeljko. As a professional, I saw it as a business.

rite and which artist ? I always liked Gazebo for the melody and the piano. I also liked the earlier Kano but it sounded more American than Italo. To be honest, I never really was a great fan of Italian Dance Music. I was working and living in Italy and I liked all the music that wasn't Italian. I liked Pino Daniele because he sounded American. I really don't like the 90's house made in Italy. I always liked to sing ballads in my shows. You have to know how to sing a slow song. Italo disco fans have not chance so often to see their favorite artists in the

Did you have a good time in the studios while you were recording your great songs ?

Tom I guess you had concerts ? Describe me please atmosphere on it.

Tom which italo disco song is your favo-

Yes. I met most of them at shows. We came from different teams from all over the country. I think there was a bit of a rivalry more than a community. The plan was to get in the charts and sell records. There was only one number one spot and we would fight for it. It was like a sport. On the beginning of listening Italo music I thought that Italo is popular only in a few countries in Europe but today I know that Italo was and still is very popular in whole world - South America, Australia, Asia, USA, Europe of course. What do you think about it ? That's great. I don't listen to it. My whole life I've been listening to different music at different times. If there was a radio station in L.A. that played Italo Dance, I would listen to it for memories and enjoy it more now than I did then. I would probably get nostalgic.

We would sometimes work until 5 in the morning. Finally, we would say, OK, let's go home now. Going into the studio was like walking into an office for me.

This was a very easy thing for me. After years and years of performing, I really perfected my craft. I became an entertainer. Sometimes people would go crazy. Italy doesn't have enough live concerts for dance music. I was one of the rare exceptions with a handful of people who could sing live at the time. Dora of Novecento, Ivana Spagna, the voice of The Creatures (Bruno Kassar)" Maybe one day. There was an Irish guy called Malcolm who could sing. Also Linda Westley and Glenn White of Kano. We would always meet in the studio for backing vocals in English. We were the "respected" singers. Most of the rest were images or phonies. I always did shows and the agents liked me because they would always get paid because I was real. I sang live. Many other artists were in playback.

about italo music and about they creators as one community. Did you, creators of Italo music, have chance to meet each other ?

As I know your last song was Runaway from year 1994. Am I right ? How you made this song ?

newspaper, magazines because italo was never so successful in Europe except in the mid of the 80’s. I remember that I saw your photo in German magazine Bravo. This was really great. In your opinion why italo never made huge success as today house music doing ? I did another album called Elastic Band in the 90's it was covers made dance style. A song is important. The house stuff is a bit hard to listen to. It's for the energy and to dance to. I don't go dancing anymore. I listen to different music. I think as long as people are enjoying it, it has it's purpose. I don't listen to Heavy Metal or Rap, but I'm sure there is some good stuff out there. Many italo fans and I personal thinks

I'm not proud of that song. I don't like it at all. It was done very quickly with no record company. I did a song that I liked very much. It's called Love Is Life and it was called "Elastic Band". It was a good song with not much push. It's very melodic and catchy. Try and check it out. What was going on after that song and that year ? Elastic Band. I released an album with Baby Records. Do you wish to contact and to see someone who was working with you in the 80’s ? You told me in your first mail that you disappeared from music scene. Why ? Is any special reason for that ? I'm retired and I'm rich. I know it may sound strange to you but I was also doing it for the money. It was just a job. A very fun one at times. I don't need to

sing or release albums for a personal gratification. I play tennis and golf and sell my art. However I would like to contact Turatti and Chieregato to know how they are doing. Do you surf today on the web and watch other italo people work ? No. Sorry. Tom, Italo concerts still exists and recently was one big concert in The Hague, Netherlands (with Eddy, Albert One, P. Lion, and Fred Ventura). Are you ready and have wished to have concert after so many years here in Europe ? I am 100% sure many people would like to ask you to be their guest on concert ?

listen to Classical music, too. Do you have any message for Italo fans all around the world that admire and respect and love your work with the same passion then and today ? The best thing in life is love and the secret to happiness is wanting what you already have. At the end I want to thank you so much Tom you contacted me and you gave me chance to speak with you on this way. I wish you all the best further. Your fan Zeljko Thanks for being a fan. Tom Hooker

I live kind of far away and I don't really need the money. Why are they doing it ? What are you doing today? You have very interesting job as I could see on your web site. Tell me more about it please? I'm retired. I do my baby art. I am going to do a Calendar and I'm selling posters and showing in art galleries. What kind of music you are listening today? I listen to New Age, Classical, Oldies, Jazz, pretty much everything except, Italo, Metal and Rap. Do you watch new Italian disco production ? For example work of Mauro Farina (Orlando, Morgana, Radiorama...) ? Nope. Italo disco music making me so "sunny" and I have the feeling that every time and that is non-stop, when I am listening Italo is summer. What is the feeling listening Italo in sunny and warm Santa Monica in California ? Santa Monica is warm and sunny and I listen to Sarah Brightman and Emma Shapplin. Life is interesting because there are so many different things. Some people like green, others like blue. I

hits and part of the new coming album, he performed also some cover from other artists. I remember we loved to perform a particular song that was Music by Joe Walsh (Eagles). After that experience with Tom we moved with another manager, and we didn't have opportunity to work with other Italo Disco artists. However in the same show where Tom was part of, there was another big name at that time, actually he was the big star of the shows and his name is Sterling Saint Jacques, do you remember him ? The black guy with "blue eyes". But at difference from Tom he couldn't sing so we faked playing while he was going in playback. His hit at that time was Mamalou. I still like the Italo disco and as for Tom, if I listen to some of those tunes it brings me immediately back in time and I have to say "what a time !!!"

March 2004 i had chance to talk with Gabriele Baldazzi who was the drummer of Tom Hooker. He was very kind to me and agreed to tell me a bit about his work with Tom Hooker, how he met him and some other interesting stuff. What he told me you can read below. I met Tom in 1983. Our tour manager, Bruno Gaggiotti, had a pretty good reputation at that time and he was in charge to put together couple of successful shows with well-known names in the industry, to go around the Italian peninsula and islands. I saw Tom in Italian TV couple of time before but I had never paid attention to his songs honestly, especially because he used to arrive on TV stages and perform his song with his roller skates (that was his business card !). In the band we had a good structure with drums, keyboards, guitar, bass and sax. We had two background voices plus two more background voices/dancers for Tom's number. Beside the concerts we used to find each other on the road or for dinners after shows, Tom was always pretty noisy and full of energy even after the shows. We loved to work with Tom because he used to perform live, no playback what so ever. During the show he used to play guitar and percussion also. A part his most famous

To these days in L.A. where I live now, I have the XM radio in my car that would be the satellite radio and I get most of the disco tunes from Europe every day, I recognize the Italian "touch" all the time and I love it. I can tell you that we had a lot of fun going around the beautiful Italian territory doing what we loved most and meet people and eat incredible food.Âť

Paola & Chiara is an Italian band, founded in 1996 by sisters songwriters, musicians and producers Paola e Chiara Iezzi. The first statement of Paola & Chiara is dated 1997 when they won the Sanremo Festival in the category "New Proposals" with a song they composed, arranged, played (both test themselves on guitar) and interpreted under the title "Best Friends ". After the success of their debut album, They call us girls, becoming a mostly acoustic sound, with strong Celtic influences and the confirmation came from San Remo "For you," and after a second album, historic day, more oriented towards sound more genuinely rock in the spring of 2000, released their most successful single, "Vamos a bailar (Esta vida nueva)", released around the world, translated into English and Spanish, and remixed in various ways. The song had been excluded from the selections for the Festival of Sanremo 2000. After the release of Greatest Hits, containing unpublished Sanremo ballad, "My way", and another new single, "Fatality", which picks up sound more cool features that Blu titled long playing (come after the eclectic Festival, led by the title track, "Festival" and "Kama Sutra", a song with a flirtatious text accompanied by a video clip in which the two sisters appeared briefly topless that was not censored by the TV musical), the duo has finished collaboration with the record company Sony Music and has created the independent label Trepertre, distributed by Universal Music until 2009 and from 2010 by Carousel Records. The most recent album is Win the Game, released in November 2007, made almost entirely in English (except a couple of texts in Italian and the closing song in Hebrew). During their career they sang in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Hebrew.

Paola & Chiara Lezzi

The beginning The sisters Paola (Milan, March 30, 1974) and Chiara (Milan, 27 February 1973) *1+ Iezzi, for some adolescents, are passionate about music. The first impact with the world of professional music, people in 1994, when they appear as extras in the video shot for "People" by Laura Pausini. However, the moment that marks the lives of the girls was when, during a performance at the local human Bolgia in Milan, their group, Elefunky, he was noticed by Claudio Cecchetto, looking for a backing band for the 883. Impressed by their talents, Cecchetto offers a contract to two young girls. Paola and Chiara participating so, as the singers, the manufacture of 883 of the album titled The woman's dream & the great nightmare, appear in the video for "S Factor", "Years", "Music," "A song 'Love, "" Radio to 1000 watts "and travel throughout Italy during the tour of 883, following the release of the album. On completion of this experience, Paola and Chiara groped decide to undertake an independent career. Between 1993 and 1995, Clare has also been a member of the group Smaila Umberto, who was performing in the TV show Good Sunday, led by Gerry Scotti and Gabriella Carlucci. 1996-1997: The debut at the Sanremo Festival and the first album At the end of 1996 Paola & Chiara involved with the song On the road in San Remo Giovani, obtaining the right to participate in the Sanremo Festival 1997, in "Young / New Proposals." With the song Best Friends, Paola & Chiara are placed first in their class. After the festival Sanremo released their first album, entitled We call girls, where the atmosphere is largely focused on rock rhythms. On June 18, 1997 will be performing on stage dell'History World Tour Michael Jackson as one of the support groups. During the summer of 1997, Paola & Chiara perform Festival-

bar and A record for the summer with the song Beautiful, dedicated to their friend suffering from anorexia. At year end, the soundtrack from Disney's Hercules, with the song you go or not. The following year, the sisters are back in Milan to San Remo with you, that will be included in the re-release the album with another brand new girls we call you to go or not. 1998-1999: The return from the Big Day and the Festival of Sanremo Historic In 1998, they released their second album, historic day, driven by the single "You can not say no." Compared to the previous album, this new work is more eclectic, with an insert of various rock songs, while not forgetting pop songs, with sounds that recall those of Irish music (as in the song "Soldiers"). That same year, the group had participated for the second time in the Sanremo Festival, this time in the category variously called the 'Big' or 'Samples', by virtue of the victory the previous year and the abundance of sales, with the song " For you, "but that is inserted only in the reprint call us girls, which also contains a remix of the title track and the soundtrack of the Disney animated film, Hercules (which also involved his colleague and friend Alex Baroni and a ' other young emerging Barbara Cola), entitled I go or not. Historic day, however, even without the boost that would come from the presence of the San Remo song for you, get a lower response than the first album. Between 1998 and 1999, Paola & Chiara have some programs on the MTV music network, including 90's I know, a program dedicated to the best video of the nineties. 2000-2001: Vamos a bailar, turning the sexy and successful The big breakthrough came in the summer of 2000, when the album Television (800,000 copies sold in Europe), driven by the single "Vamos a bailar (Esta vida

nueva)" in the wake of a turning sexy and more mature, which winks mainly to a more unconventional and provocative costumes: the album leaves much closer to the rock sound to a dance quite soft. The single was also published abroad, achieving good success in Japan, Scandinavia, Central Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland) and in the gay circles in Britain. The second single is Amoremidai, melancholic pop ballad, while in the winter of 2001, released their third single, which is a remix of one of the top tracks on the disc, Viva el amor!, The soundtrack of the 2001 Gay Pride Italy . In May of that year, the album is reissued Television, at the exit of the fourth single, a funky remix of "Until the End", a song that, in the original version of the album, looks like a piece of ice pop Teutonic rock. In the new version of the album, which features a new cover and a new booklet, and a different tracklisting, the songs "Until the End" and "stronger than you" are completely rearranged, some are added bonus tracks and the international version of the video of "Vamos a bailar (Esta vida nueva)" and a couple of songs in Spanish, in lieu of or in parallel with the respective versions in Italian. 2002-2003: Festival and Kamasutra In the summer of 2002, the new album, Festival, the result of months of studio work after a long period abroad, including the United States, Argentina and Brazil, driven by the hit single represented by the title track, "Festival ". The single is accompanied by a video shot on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and magical land issue, which inspired the song and most of the album (which also generate more experimental sound than the typical duo, such as bossa nova or salsa and merengue). In the fall of that year, released the second single, made up of the opening piece of work, "Hey!", A song from the acoustic sounds and latin. In the video of the song, the

two sisters to turn their new look, assuming the guise of two modern women-bullfighter conveniences in a Gothic-Latin. After that, in early 2003, is passed by radio to the song "I die for you", during the summer of that year released "Kamasutra", the third and final single from the Festival. The song, released in version "Rebel Dance Remix" (more rock, very different from that contained in the album, purely pop), is accompanied by a video, self-produced by two artists and directed by Tommaso Pellicci. In August 2003, the video is the subject of numerous articles in newspapers and magazines, in which it was announced that the two singers will appear in nude scenes and the video is defined by Chiara as an "extreme provocation" in anticipation of the video is common frames, the web portal Virgilio. Initially, the video for its erotic content (although much less than originally announced, limited to a few scenes where the two sisters appear topless), and consistent with the policy of advance issued by web is not broadcast by the music channels, but only on the Internet, although present in a limited edition of the album itself, which also contains other extra material. Italian music television channels in visible light it is initially sent a censored version. On the video, participates as a guest star Rosalinda Celentano. *2+ In 2005, the inclusion of video on the DVD of the two sisters Milan Video Collection 1997-2005 Moige because of the protest, the Italian Parents Movement. The Ombudsman for Children welcomes the grievances of the movement, since the DVD there is no notice on the content. *Citation needed+ After the protests, Sony decided to include a warning on the cover on the presence of images not suitable for children 14 years *3+, but subsequently, the product is back for sale without limitation. *4+

2005-2006: Blue, My Way and the release of their first Greatest Hits In the summer of 2004 they released the fifth album, Blue, Blue containing individual and more @ sea, sounding decidedly eighties. Among the songs also include "Diana", dedicated to Lady Diana. The album, however, does not obtain the consent and it is hoped a sales flop. After finding a decent radio for the title track Blue, the second single, @ sea more, is not even accompanied by a video, while the release of third single, Disco DJ's, is blocked at the last minute. In 2005, Paola & Chiara return to Sanremo, with the ballad "My way", but are eliminated in the first round. Even before the Festival, the controversy had arisen following the discovery of the existence of a file on the Internet 30, containing a passage that anticipated and made known the song selected for the festival, in total violation of official rules. To coincide with the Festival released their first greatest hits album, containing their biggest hits, the more the Sanremo song (which peaked at # 10 on the official Italian) and the unreleased second single, released the following summer, fate, who continues easy listening speech opened with the album Blue 2006-2007: Nothing At All: Paola Chiara sings without After a period of silence, in January 2007, Clare publishes a solo single entitled Nothing at All, already previously distributed through iTunes, which is part of the proceeds went to the association Raising Malawi for orphans of Malawi. The song has achieved a good success on iTunes, has reached the first week of sale, location, number 20 of the Top 100 downloads, and the No. 2 position in the Dance Charts for download. The

CD single "Nothing At All" came at # 2 on the official Italian, behind only "Windows in the Skies" by U2. The vinyl "Nothing At All Remixed" has instead reached the summit in the iTunes dance chart. On 2 April the same year he leads a program In Bed With Chiara, an introduction to the Confessions Tour, and a summary of the career of Madonna. The program was broadcast by the music channel Music Box.

On February 28, 2008, a duet with Pearl Jam, at the Sanremo Festival in 2008, the song's last film together, made up of Pearl Jam and Giampiero Artegiani. They later took part in an episode of ... Never say, just in fiction comic sensuality to the court, in a broadcast on Italy, where the sisters have played the hero Jean Claude. Their song "Viva el amor!" became the official symbol of the pro-

2007-2008: Win the Game and the opening of an independent label On November 16, 2007 publish Win the Game, the seventh album of their career, the first product through their independent label, Trepertre. The album consists of only 2 songs in Italian, however, that the corresponding English version. The album has been anticipated since the release of "Second Life" (released as an EP June 22, 2007) and "Change page" (published Oct. 26, whose output is broadcast on 14 September). Both individuals have achieved good sales results, especially to another page. During the second half of 2007 to interpret the symbol Morning Deejay called Italy, a program led by Linus e Nicola Savino, broadcast on Radio Deejay.

gram. The third and final single from the Game Win was "Vanity & Pride," released to radio April 18, 2008 and in stores June 20, 2008, limited edition. On 12 August 2008 duet with Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick during the

event and friends. In October of 2008 are responsible for the soundtrack of the play lend me a tie? written by and starring Fabrizio Lopresti *5+. 2009: The single solo di Paola and the tribute to Michael Jackson

and white in which the singer plays various characters: a widow, a man, a bride, a clown and if there stessa.Il video in English and Italian and was filmed by the director and photographer Paolo Santambrogio, who also shot the cover and the entire photo album. Alone the song reached the top position in R & B chart and the iTunes SME / nielsen (independent labels).

Paola and Chiara perform a dance In May 2009, the song Viva el amor! (Versione Italiana) is the soundtrack of the movie House On The Clouds by Branko Schmidt. In June 2009, the song Vamos A Bailar (Esta Vida Nueva) is elected summer hit of the last 20 years *6+.

during the show "Friends of Abruzzo." On 16 January 2009 was released Alone, the solo project of Paolo consisting of a five song EP, including the single fact Alone, the corresponding Italian version titled I Pardon me, two remixes of the song and the cover of Wrapped Around Your Finger by The Police. The song is accompanied by a video clip in black

On 21 June 2009 the two sisters took part in the mega concert "Friends of Abruzzo", created by Laura Pausini on behalf of victims of the earthquake in Italy in April 2009. The concert was held at the San Siro stadium in Milan, where there were more than 40 female artists of Italian music. On July 7, 2009, the two artists have been guest of Total Request Live, where they paid homage to Michael Jackson

singing a medley of his hits. On September 9, 2009, published Ep Emotions, which reaches a few hours in the first position of the iTunes charts. The EP, available only for the digital market, contains the song in the official version, some remixes and a tribute to Michael Jackson. A few days later, on September 24, 2009, the two artists released a new EP, containing remixes of the song Emotions, titled "Can You Feel It. 2010: Summer rain and the new album On February 9, 2010, the two artists were awarded Giacinto Facchetti, both for career and deserves to be light for their efforts in social work. In February 2010, Tracy has participated in the play-& Antonyms Ostinati Music, a tribute to Fabrizio De Andrè, organized by the non-profit organization La Stravaganza. The proceeds went to support the proposed rehabilitation activities free association. On February 19, 2010, three years later, Clare publishes a version of Ep Nothing At All, entitled Walking On The Moon, with a new cover and a tracklist unique. On 15 May of that year started the 2010 summer tour. On June 1, 2010 on their official website appeared a few seconds preview of the new single Summer Rains, which anticipate a new solo album for release in autumn 2010. The single was released on iTunes July 6, 2010, accompanied by a video directed by Gaetano Morbioli.

... about i Venti d' Azzurro.

1986... what a year for Italo Music! A lot of people became aware of the fact that the most beautiful synthesizer dancemusic came from Italy! Wonderful melodies and catchy songs pressed on vinyl with recordlabels that would become famous during the years.. However, the original Italo-Dance wasn't just suddenly there, it developed during the early eighties. Because of the activities of distributing-companies like 'il Discotto', 'Non Stop Dance' and 'Disco Magic', the whole world got to know Gary Low, Martinelli, Hipnosis, Koto, Ryan Paris, Savage, P.Lion, and soon after many, many more! As a group of fans we spotted so many songs as collector-items or as good radio music at that time. But for us it was still a freaky hobby instead of a business. 1984 and 1985 where very important years for a lot of record-companies, producers, artists and labels to establish themselves and to expand. In Spain, Germany, Scandinavia and The Netherlands and many other countries Italo-Dance became important for discotheques, clubs and soon after for radiostations and charts. In The Netherlands, Marcello wanted to get to know the people behind this kind of music a little better. So from the very start of Italo Dance he wrote to Italy... And not just once: he frequently sent his charts (MB Dance-charts) and he also visited the companies and artists. He wanted to go on with that activity on a more regular base and so Marcello decided to found "i Venti d' Azzurro", the one and only Italo-Fanclub in the world, on the first of Januari 1986. In Europe the sales of Italo-Dance record went down because of the new entrance of House Music. But in Japan it was quite the opposite! The market became stronger and stronger there. Hi-NRG music still rules in a lot of clubs and compilationalbums are sold by thousands at a time in "the land of the rising sun"! As a fanclub for all kinds of italian (dance-)music, we print release-news, charts, label-info and fan-news; We promote Italo -dance through our radio-shows and organize parties with Italian artists; We work together with Italian artists and producers by writing and even singing songs (as NRG-boys, Marc B.); We have our own label, "i Venti d' Azzurro Records"; We import and distribute records and CD's to shops and fans all over the world.... etc.etc.etc. What will the future bring us ?? We can't say but we hope to improve on each territory (like this new and improved challenge on the Internet), of course, and expect the Italians to continue creating wonderful music!

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Alberto Carpani aka Albert One, was artistically born in the late 70's and 80 first as a musician and then as a disc jockey. The profession takes him to the best club and national, and then accompany him to the forefront of the then nascent private Italian radio.

meet evenings and tours around the world to hear "some music" is still a pleasure. E 'out there and a new single' the project of a new production record, almost certainly by the end of the year.

E 'at the beginning of the 80 that the site of a major Italian radio networks, with the agreement of colleagues, friends, or rather, the idea to undertake the activities' label. First production, then a track designed in on 'the same and it' just happened. From here onwards, 'a continuous series of recordings that regularly climb the charts all over the world. At the end of 1990 the crisis of the dance made in Italy led him to himself, together with professional dj who never abandons the production of record, often anonymous, to house tracks that are always "work." In early 2000 a sudden return of the spaghetti dance and promptly Albert One will be seeking in the market, riding the wave of a couple of really sensational success. Perhaps many do not know who is hiding behind several successful ..., sometimes unsuccessfully, Albert One. Now, not 'hibernate, just scroll down the pages of show business abroad, to


Koto is an Italian synth pop group that originally consisted of Anfrando Maiola and Stefano Cundari, later with the Dutch composer Michiel van der Kuy too. Their most popular songs were "Chinese revenge", "Visitors", "Dragon's Legend", "Japanese wargame" and "Jabdah", released in 1983-1988. Koto is often associated with a genre of music called "Spacesynth", a music style streamed from Space Disco.

History Anfrando Maiola and Stefano Cundari helped to form Memory Records, an Italian record company which specialised in mainly Italo Disco releases. Koto's "Chinese Revenge" was the first record to be released on the Memory label. It sold over 10,000 copies in Italy alone. Both artists also helped to write, mix, and produce for a range of other artists signed to the Memory Records label, including "Challenger" and "Happy Song" for the band Baby's Gang. Stefano Cundari is also known for his participation in the group "Hipnosis" from 1982-1987. Following their successful debut with "Chinese Revenge" both Maiola and Cundari helped remix the Vangelis track "Pulstar" for Hipnosis. Their remix of Pulstar reportedly sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. By 1986 the mood of the record buying public was starting to change. House Music was becoming increasingly popular, and the demand for Italo Disco tracks appeared to be in decline. Memory Records, along with other Italo record companies of the time, started to suffer financially. Although attempts were made to respond to the changes by releasing House Music and Eurobeat tracks, the change was not successful and Memory Records went out of business. In 1989, the German record label ZYX Music bought the rights to the entire Memory Records catalog, including the "Koto" name and recordings. They then brought in Dutch record producer Michiel van der Kuy from Laserdance to re-record and remix

some of the old Koto tracks (CD:Masterpieces). He then released several other albums under the alias "Koto" in which he remixed science fiction movie themes and other songs, like "Koto Plays Synthesizer World Hits" and "Koto Plays ScienceFiction Movie Themes". In the '90's he realized some good singles: "Minoan war", "Acknowledge", "Mind machine". Michiel van der Kuy is still a member of the group Laserdance and producer for the likes of Alice DeeJay. In recent years, Anfrando Maiola won back the rights to the "Koto" name and continues to produce music under this name. His latest tracks were: "Koto Is Still Alive" (2001), "Blow The Whistle" (2003) and the video "Mix 2008" with Michiel van der Kuy.

music and voices are not the most important part of my music, it's more for commercial reasons that we put them into the music. I began as a drummer at 18 years than i learned also piano and synths, made some concerts and piano bar, in the '82 I began to make records, the rest you know. Who is Koto ? And where did you take your name ? Koto is me. We took this name from a sound of the keyboards. Each synthesizer has a special sound called KOTO and we liked it. The voice we can hear, for example in Jabdah, is it yours or ...? The voice of Jabdah was recorded in studio, by a speaker and then elaborated with effects.


Koto is one of the synonymous for instrumental Italo disco music ! In your songs there is more music, less voices as we can hear. Why is it so ? I'm specialized in instrumental

Is there any person who has influence on you and your music (maybe Jean Michele Jarre :-) ) ? FUNKY and JAZZ-ROCK were my preferred sounds, and I learned very much from Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham. And I was influenced from all good music of the '80s.

Anfrando, I have one, I should say, delicate question for you. As first on your web site we can see you have 6 songs but we all knows for many others, under your name and with Michel Van Der Kuy production. In your other web interview I noticed you were refusing, in some way, to answer questions about your music and Van Der Kuy. Please, can you explain to me and to others what happend in past ? Dear Zeljko, at the moment I prefer not explain particular facts of this story maybe in future when it will be the right moment, you and each other will be informed.

M.v.d.Kuy released it under Koto with my arrangements he only copy it. My standard question for all artists is, who is your best italo artist and which song? This question has point only if you listen italo disco music, some artists like Tom Hooker said to me that he doesn't like italo ! In the past I surely listened to italo disco music and I really like the voice of Tom Hooker, I also

If you can tell me something about your co-operation with some other artists ? I didn't co-operate with other artists, I made re-makes of Vangelis ex. Pulstar '83 published with Hipnosis and also this title,

What musician need to make successful song ? If we know this we all make successful music, unfortunately the music world is like a lottery sometimes you'll win other not. Today we barely hear instrumental songs. Why is that so ? Because, unfortunately they have lower sales, and last but not least they are more difficult to produce.

You are great virtuous man on the synthisizer. Tell me something about your machines ? My instruments were TR 808BASS LINE-SEQUENCER MC 500 ROLAND, OBERHEIM-KORG LAMBDA and today i'm using VIRUS-NORDLEAD-SUPERNOVA (drums-sampler akay 3200-air base 99). Also something about your Studio. Your Studio probaly looks like ''pure space'' :-) ? Now, my studio is not so "pure space" as you could believe, it's professional as I need it for my work, and all the "space" touch comes from my head.

success ? It's impossible to fix a certain time it always take very long time, some days I'm more creative some others less, this is normal. But I always felt immediately when I had a very good idea, even if this is not a guarantee for success.

like Self Control and Dolce Vita but my preferred italian artist is Vasco Rossi with Vita Spericolata. Visitors, Chinese Revenage, Jabdah etc. Each song is real masterpiece, but Visitors made so big success. Your favorite song (s) and what do you think why Visitors was the most popular ? My favourite is of course Visitors because it was the most popular song and the most catchy. How many hours do you need to make good song ? Can you recognize in start which song will be

Did you have concerts ? Would you like to have more and are you ready to have more ? I did certainly many concerts in Europe, but not recently, but Ii would be really happy to make new concerts in future. Also something about video clip (s) you have ? I think it's really pitty we, italo disco fans, couldn't enjoy in many italo disco clips. You must know that video clip's is made when a song is already in the charts, and so my video was produced in Munich for Formel Eins in 1986 for Jabdah, but anyway we're working on something at present it'll be a surprise. Something about italo disco music from your perspectives, what do you think about it etc. ?

Unfortunately I'm not really informed on the recent italo dance music scene, and so I won't give some opinion. I only think that italo dance of the '80's was a mile stone for the music scene of these years and therefore I think some song will return. New Koto is almost here. Can you tell me more about it especially when you decided to make new Koto the original. Was it sunny or rainy day, were you happy in that moment :-) and what is your plans for today and in close future and beyond ? It was a stormy day and I was not very happy in this period, no, I was really very angry when I decided STOP..... KOTO IS STILL ALIVE and so I worked hardly, I met the guys of TMMC and we decided to co-operate for the new KOTO release. In their studio I work with Beppe Barilli - Alex Nocera - Gigi Montanini and their team. We hope to make many good productions together. At the moment i'm not able to give you more infos. I have read you will keep italo disco sound in some of your new songs. Is that possible ? I am asking you this because it seems to me that many producers promised old sound in new songs but then nothing. I have feeling that new technology is responsibile in some way for that. You can't make old sound with new technology. Am I wrong or right ? What do you think about this ? You're 100% right it's really very

difficult making old sounds with the technology of today, this is also the reason why someone pomise but at the end they don't succeed. The problem is that the artist must be creative but he must be also commercial and satisfy request from the record companies. But I try to make music as I always made but I'm convinced that artists, market and audience must accept that everything has going on also sounds

and technologies. What do you think about today's disco scene in Europe (Eurodance) ? Do you have time to see what other italo disco producers making ? I repeat I'm not really up to date for what regards the today's disco scene, also because I'm very busy with the KOTO STILL ALIVE project. Can you tell me something personal about you, if you have something interesting to share with us? Maybe you could be interested in some info about myself : I was

born in 1954 in Parma (Italy) Aquarius, married with Martina a German, unfortunately without children but with a dog named Jessi. OK I think this is everything I can tell you. Internet for me is great thing. For you ? Will be expanding of your web site ? Certainly, Internet is at the moment my greatest way to promote the KOTO project and my web site is supposed to be re-created very new and interesting. OK Anfrando, I can't tell you how happy I am because this interview. I wish you all the best with your music, I know one thing, I and many others enjoyed a lot in your music, still enjoying and will enjoy till the end of our lives :-) Thank you very much you gave such a great happy to me and to many people and for the end your message to italo disco fans ? Well, Zeljko, many thanks for you interest, you made very true and intersting questions, and I tried to answer as well as I can. a great C I A O TO ALL ITALO DISCO FANS and thanks for your fidelity to the real KOTO, I hope to satisfy you all. ANFRANDO MAIOLA

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