HarderFaster asks: Mauro Picotto
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Submitted 29-08-07 16:08
Continuing our series of interviews where you the member are invited to call the shots and ask world leading DJs that all important question, we’re proud to bring Mauro Picotto.
As part of a select band of world class DJs over the past 15 or so years, Mauro has exported his Italian trance and more latterly techno across the airwaves via his reptilian based tracks like Iguana and Komodo while these days his world spanning Meganite promotion can be found regularly in the UK, Ibiza and Italy along with a host of guest appearances in many other countries and tracks like Pulsar and Evirbadi continue to rule the dancefloors.
You also have to take into account his work at the BXR imprint as A&R and in-house producer responsible for many a classic remix like that of Communication and Joyenergiser played and enjoyed across the harder spectrum. With the release of his new album Now And Then, maybe it’s time you got properly reacquainted with this Don of dance music.
Your music has gone a lot more 'underground' since your big chart tunes like Lizzard, Komodo, Lethal Industry etc. Why is that? Do you now dislike the trancier side of dance music?
My move from trance to a more underground sound came when I felt I was no longer getting emotion coming from trance productions. Today I can say the quality of music is getting better and I’m starting to enjoy quality melodies again.
Is it true those funny green headphones were custom made for you by Sony?
No they are custom made by a friend of mine.
Had you not got into production and DJing, what do you think you would liked to have done instead?
I’d probably be working with by brothers in our family business.
Premade percussion loops. Good or bad? If good, do you use them?
I have used them a lot in the past, but lately I prefer to create things from scratch.
Why don't you make hard/industrial techno anymore?
I felt the need of melody again so it was time to change.
Tell us how you developed your Meganite sound?
My sound is the result of a natural evolution I felt inside me.
Do you see yourself taking the Meganite brand into more countries?
Yes there are plans on exporting the Meganite sound into more countries around the world, including the Greek island Mykonos next year.
Techno was a food, what would it taste like?
It would taste like sushi.
What were your thought processes when you collaborated with Mario Piu and made Arabian Pleasure?
I’m very happy to have been part of this project and I enjoyed that time. It was plenty of fun to produce with that style.
What is the Techno scene like in Italy? What country would you say it’s at its strongest in at the moment?
There is a good scene in Italy, especially in Turin where there are numerous events like the “Club to Club” festival in November. I feel South America at the moment has the best parties thanks to the people who are there to party and not to worry about anything else.
How does Italian techno differ to UK techno?
The first thing that comes to my mind is the difference in BPM. In Italy, generally speaking, the beats are slower (126-132bpm) and we simply call it electronic music, which includes all genres.
Do you ever just wish that people would stop with the usual questions about your music and background etc and look at your webpage instead - that way in interviews they could just ask random stuff about what you like and dislike instead?
Good point but in honesty I don’t mind answering questions regarding my past. Each moment of my career was important and helped me getting where I am today.
What question would you like to answer that you never get asked?
Exactly your question, and I wouldn’t know what to answer.
What do you think of a hard trance producer (P.H.A.T.T) remixing your classic CRW track 'I Feel Love', or do you feel some classics should be left well alone?
I am always very open to other people trying remixes. Sometimes the results are not what you expect, but you have to give it a try. In this case I think they did a good job.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
From anything around me, any moment of my life can give me inspiration.
Is there a tune or music that would make you walk off the dance floor?
Little Miss Moo
Any music without soul.
What made you decide to make a DVD?
To celebrate my 20 year of DJing I thought it would be nice to give something different to my fans. The DVD contains images from my recent tours and shows the life of a DJ both on and off the stage. It gives an insight to the life of a DJ with its high and low moments, and shows some beautiful places and parties in North and South America.
What can we expect from your new artist album?
The album contains tracks that cover a wide range of styles, from more underground to melodic to some classics I never released in the UK before.
How would you describe your current sound?
I always consider my sound to be a good mix of energy and emotion.
What have been your career highlights?
There have been so many amazing experiences during my career so it is quite hard to pick one. I could say the release of Lizard is what gave me international fame and the rest is history.
What has been your highlight of 2007?
The release of my new album “Now & Then” and the singles “Evribadi” and “Maybe, Maybe Not”. Also the fourth season of Meganite Ibiza has been amazing so far.
You can now pre-order Mauro Picotto’s 'Now & Then' Mixed CD Artist Album or his 'Live On Tour' DVD from HMV.
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