From Italy with love, Riccardo Tavarelli is the producer behind the nickname 40Thavha. Groove lover and progressive house expert, trance music supporter, winking at the big room EDM sound, 40Thavha in his “Antico”, on Firstplanet Academy, perfectly summarizes all these genres, unveiling a tight rhythm, masterly dotted with a maze of fine melodies resulting into a unique, heavenly and relaxing break with a rare and special climax.
“Asian Thruth” is the EP marking the debut of Marco Dionigi with UMM label (Media Records) in the house scene, nu disco and i progressive. With tracks like “When The Sun Go Down” and “Moving Around”, the Italian DJ, between dub and afro electronics, takes us back to the maze of nights spent in amazing clubs like Mazoom and Alter Ego. Dionigi has covered the A&R role with Quantistic Division. But, he says, of course, today, speaking of UMM. “This is a label that has made the history of house music, but things do change. It will certainly be an extremely positive new adventure and above all no worries: just a great excitement to start”.
So kind genre will UMM focus on?
“Old fans need to understand one thing: UMM has changed its image, it has changed its journey. After all, I was called to make a radical change. The nu disco will be the predominant music with any kind of music contamination, from new age to house, to electronic, to ethnic passing through deep and cosmic. This is the new trend that is emerging especially abroad. Musically we will go back to be propelled back into the future. Weird, isn’t it?”.
How did you get to work with Bortolotti, Media Records and UMM?
“GFB called me because he wanted to give UMM a new identity. Like me, he doesn’t like to look at the past: he is a visionary a bit like me, and he was very impressed by the nu disco and electro productions; he asked me to lead the label and build a new music reality on it. Let’s be clear, he’s so nice and I couldn’t say no”.
What are the responsibilities for you as UMM A&R?
“I will take care of all the output, and of course the music. It will have to have all a logical thread. I do not believe in all-encompassing labels: you just end up being hurt. We will try to do one thing and we will try to do it well”.
What are you going to focus on?
“I will leverage on all I have. I will invest on artists I know and who are very good at producing music and of course I will also expect a lot of demos to listen to, both Italian and foreign. I will obviously try many productions made by me, after all I’m a DJ and producer. There will be EPs, albums, in short, lots of quality music”.
What are the next releases? What’s in the pipeline for UMM?
“There are already two products ready for release and four more in the queue. But first we have to do the rest of the work and smooth the corners, and when we are ready, and it will take very little, we will have our launch”.
What’s the difference between the new and the old UMM?
“It will maintain its position, i.e. making avant-garde music and pure clubbing sound. We will look forward and not back. We will explore and experiment a lot, through music. We have to take an example from the past, to be able to go back to creating interesting and intelligent things to pass the test of time. The ‘80s and early ‘90s were so full of emotion. I will offer quality. It will be up to the public to follow the present and give up the past”.
Ten Words dedicates this track to the instrument that became popular between the late ‘60s and the first half of the ‘70s, i.e. the forerunner of samplers. In his “Mellotron”, progressive melodies and techno rhythms flow on a horizon of atmospheres with a touch of trance music, providing the whole project with a truly unique and special mood. All this on Firstplanet Academy, the engineered e-label from the Media Records EVO world.
Salvatore La Menza is Ten Words. His electronics are house music and tech-house that blend with techno. Ten Words was already released on UMM and he is always working on new singles and e.p. for Media Records EVO labels.
“I’m not a DJ categorizing music in a manic way”, says Ten Words. “An amazing electronic music has the house and techno genres as its common vision: so, if I really have to define my sound, I can say that it’s an emotional style full of meanings, from the feminine soul to the male charge and production”.
T.F.F, DJ and producer, is releasing “Laguna” with Neurals Records, trance label member of Media Records EVO Group. This is a special T.F.F prog journey into the twists and turns of the most elegant harmonies. The title is “Laguna” and it’s a track with a distinguishing club style, with dreamy pads and a sound that Neurals has been getting used to lately, refined and ideal for warm-ups.
T.F.F. is an Italian music project created by Silvio Amata in 2010. Over the years, he’s been mad about all electronic vibes from the 120 to the 140 bpm, especially for trance and progressive genres. In July of 2010, he started to work, first as an advisor and later as music programmer, with Andrea Mazza on Trance Evolution broadcast on m2o Radio, the one and only trance and progressive radioshow in an FM Italian radio station. Building on this experience, he learned to use music software, Ableton Live above all. With this DAW he began to produce his own tracks and mixed selections for different web radios (1mix, Silvermusic, trance-Energy, DI.Fm).
Has Media Records in some way changed or enriched your life as a producer?
“I hope, but a track with Medai Records makes me very proud”.
Any “work in progress” new production, ready to go?
“’Vestali’ and ‘Burn’ on Adinfinitum Recordings by T.F.F. With Swoan Mayer ‘Whitout Contact’ on Touchstone Recordings. With Steve Carniel ‘Fusion’ on Pure Trance and inside the ‘Pure Trance V.4 Compilation’, and ‘Magnitudo’ on Sunstate Records and ‘Cyclone’ on Rielism inside in ‘Rielism V. 4 Compilation’ on Black Hole Recordings. And furthermore ‘Laguna’ on Neurals”.
How would you define your music style?
“Progressive trance with a pinch of dark progressive”.
What’s your favourite genre?
“Progressive trance and dark progressive”.
How do you feel about the collaboration with Media Records?
“Really happy and. I can’t wait for my release”.
How do you think the sound could evolve and be played in big live events?
“The most important things is to have fun and entertain people”.
What’s your goal?
“T.F.F project came up as a game. I don’t have and I don’t want a specific goal because this is for me a great passion and it will always be so”.
Is there an artist that inspires you or that you particularly admire?
“Gai Barone is a friend and his music for me is a great inspiration. But Above & Beyond for me will be the most important inspiration of my life”.
Which is the best record ever?
“Andy Moor and Adam White present Whiteroom ‘The Whiteroom’. But OceanLab ‘Satellite’ by Above & Beyond it’s perfect”.