I was always interested in music since my early days thanks to the passion that my parents always had for it. In my house the hi-fi was always playing some tunes, radio or music cassettes, and when I bought my first CD (Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s homeless) ) I was so proud that I listened to it a million times and I still have it as a relic of the old good days.
In the real music world I did an attempt at playing guitar, attending few months of training but I briefly quit it as I fell in love with my first techno music cassette that I parent of mine gave me when I was 12. This tape was plenty of old-school techno tracks such as Phenomenia’s Who is Elvis, Speedy J’s Pullover, Alex Silvi’s Atomic Die and I was so amazed by the vibrating sound (and of course, being a parent of mine at sponsoring that music!!) that I started at following the techno movement that at the time in my hometown was booming.
Freddy K is the DJ that most of Italian techno-lovers will remember as the father of the techno movement in Rome: Mondo Radio – a local radio – became literally the voice of techno in Rome, and his show “Virus il suono di Roma” was the reference for fine techno and hard-techno tracks. I followed him obsessively, recording on tape his weekly shows but I slowly discovered that I preferred the hardest, distorted sounds of gabber and hardcore techno.
DJ’s like Rotterdam Terror Corps, JDA, 3 Steps Ahead, Ruffneck were my preferred ones but I also appreciated most main stream hardcore DJs: it was then when I started my first hardcore productions with a friend on a 486 computer and Fast Tracker but which I never released until recent days.
It was 1995-1998 and at the time , the heavy distorted hardcore drum kick was king of my tunes and my productions were indecently amatorial, so I never released them until recent days when I published them under the name “Hardfingers” on soundcloud.com/hardfingers.
For years I have been attending hardcore/gabber parties in Italy (at discos like Qube, Hollywood, Geodrome and Number 1) around Europe (Netherlands primarly) and attending a Thunderdome or a Masters of Hardcore are the best memories of that period, but later I felt I was starving for other musical genres from where to look for inspiration on my musical productions.
Since 1998 I explored jungle & drum’n’bass ( attending parties at Brancaleone or Blue Cheese club in Rome) , hip-hop (at Circolo degli Artisti), heavy metal (I loved Slayer in Florence) and reggae (Bob Marley is the king) and made a revival-travel trough the real gods of electronic music and deejaying such as Grandmaster Flash, Kraftwerk, Technotronic, Depeche Mode while listening to the electronica mainstream masters like Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack to name a few.
I was also impressed about the quality and the concept behind the compilations such as Cafe’ del Mar, Hotel Costes and Buddha Bar which opened me new perspectives on Ibiza’s dance scene.
Then, surprisingly for sometimes I have stopped my music productions because I was busy deciding what to do in my life and finding a job, but after almost 2 years of creativity absence, in 2003 I felt that I needed to put down my re-stabilized feelings into some sort of music.
The substantial musical experience I acquired, the new maturity of the sequencers and the growing power of social networks (read MySpace and SoundCloud) were a sort of jump in the dark as in 2 year of absence, the musical production and digital audio workstations became severely different: indeed, it was not easy to switch from a simple tracker like Fast Tracker to highly bloated sequencer such as Ableton Live or Logic Studio!
It was then in 2005/2006 I started producing music with Logic Studio, exploring from hardcore/gabber remakes to more ambient and chill-out tunes which are available on SoundCloud/Zerointeractive.
I don’t want to stick to a single musical genre, so I tend to vary my musical productions ranging from techno-minimal to hard-techno and trance tracks, and attempting at softer genres such as ambient and electronica.
I wish one day to produce a single with all my songs which indeed will be available for free download.