MIKA meets up with Giuseppe Ottaviani

Ciao, Giuseppe! Come stai? It’s so nice to meet you and congratulate you on your newest album MAGENTA. How are you doing? This is the first time MIKA and our readers have the honor to meet up with you! Tell us a little more about you!

Ciao! Thanks a lot, everything’s going pretty well and I’m finally taking a little of relax after the album release madness. For all those who don’t know much about me…..well it’s a long story so you better check out my website www.giuseppeottaviani.com

In the very beginning what fascinated you about music?

I’m from classical music education so the melody is the most important thing for me. I went into the electronic dance music in the late 90’s when I’ve heard some of the best trance tracks that we all still love these days. Most probably William Orbit – Adagio For Strings “brought me here”. That was the perfect match between the beauty of classical music and the energy of dance music. That’s the point I said to myself…. I want to make this music.

Who would you point as a key influence to you?

Well all the big and classic names on trance music such as Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond and so one. I ‘ve been on Paul van Dyk’s record label Vandit for the past 12 years so I have to admin he’s been probably my biggest influence. I’m also a huge fan of U2 and I guess you can clearly hear it here and there on my productions. “Waiting on Someday” from Magenta album is probably the most noticeable one.

What is your inspiration for “MAGENTA”?

The non-verbal, yet strong, language of colors and the meaning that each color has. I was reading an article on the web about this and suddenly I found that the color magenta perfectly represents my music style.

Which is your own favorite track in “MAGENTA” and why?

My favorite one is “Love Will Bring It All Around” with Eric Lumiere. It’s a track that really touches me as it represent the real world. It’s the perfect match between my music and Eric’s deep lyrics giving to life the dark-to-light journey we both wanted to have on this track. I would also suggest to check out the “Crossover Mix” of this track which is only available on iTunes as a bonus track, I’m really in love with it.

You say that the color Magenta represents universal love at its highest level.  If colors are love, what is music?

Yes, in the language of colors that’s what the color magenta represents. More over magenta is passionate, creative, non-conformist, innovative, energetic. The music on my album intend to promote the exact same message the color does.

In “Magenta” there are lots of co-operations with other significant artists like Eric Lumiere, Audrey Gallagher, Linnea Schössow, Lo-Fi Sugar and Seri. Are there any interesting stories that took place while you were working on the compilation?

Not many as for logistic reasons we all had to work through internet files sharing but I had the chance to spend a couple of days with Eric in his studio in LA and it was fun and very creative. This is when we made the Crossover Mix of Love Will Bring It All Aound. Everything has been made in less than two days.

What makes, in your opinion, the difference between an average and a great song? According to you how does a good song sound?

You can clearly see if a song is good or not when if only played on a piano plus a voice it gives you shivers.  Great songs should be able to give goose bumps if just made by a piano and a voice. Adding some strings would just make it bigger. Then it can be turned into any musical style and it doesn’t matter the style, good music it’s just good music and it will sounds great with any style.


Who is the modern DJ? Music producer, a mastermind or an educator?

I think nowadays the DJ, as we used to know, the one that select and mixes tunes together, it’s quite dated, though still needed. DJ became an artist lately and his DJ sets are the expression of his art. In my opinion the DJ itself, or the project/team behind the DJ, should be a producer first In order to create his art, his music, and so djing would just be the final step for the DJ performing on stage what has been created in studio previously.

What are your plans for the nearer future? What’s cooking in the Giuseppe Ottaviani production studio and when/where can we hear you play live?

Now that the album is done I’m already looking forward to the next project, but it’s too early to talk about it so let’s all enjoy Magenta for now. You can check out all my upcoming shows on www.giuseppeottaviani.com or you can follow me on www.facebook.com/giuseppeottaviani

How would you define your style in three words?

Passionate, creative, non-conformist.



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