There is a frenetic happiness that you feel when listeningand dancing to the music of GloVibes. With updated '90s house being in the limelight, it was only a matterof time for a rework of late '80s and early '90s Italohouse. Lighting up Ibiza in 2013, Glovibes sampled the Black Box/Jock Jam classic “Strike It Up" for his massive buzz record “Movin On.” Rather than cover it, he sampled the synth-sax line and reworked itwith a fresh groove. That is the kind ofcreativity and energy he brings to all of his productions. Currently living in Los Angeles and touringthe world, Glovibes brings a radiant new energy to clubland.
RS: When you were born did your mother name you GloVibes?
GloVibes: No, that is my nickname. It was hard to find the right nmae but I came up with it when I lived in London. When I started I had so many different inspirations since I grew up listening to all different kinds of music and I wanted to create a sound and name that would give people an easy explanation of what I like to do. GloVibes is a mix of global and vibes and means that I am into any kind of global vibe.
RS: I love that! Talking about that glowing vibe the first time that I heard of you was that song “Move On” which sampled Black Box. Did you ever hear back from Black Box about that?
GloVibes: Not really but I know Daniele from London and I am a big fan of Italodisco. Growing up in Italy I started DJing when FPI Project and Black Box were big and I always had so much respect for them. I usually prefer to do original tracks by myself but when I use samples from old songs it’s just to pay tribute to them. Black Box has been killing the clubs for over 25 years so it was such a pleasure for me to use it. I can still see the effects on the crowd right now.
RS: One thing I love about you Italian house guys is that you love your diva vocalists, how did you get your hands on the Anastacia vocals?
GloVibes: As soon as I moved to LA I had the chance to work with one of the old school DJs from New York, Tony Moran. He was working on this project with Anastacia and Anastacia is huge in Italy so it was such a pleasure to work on it, her voice is so amazing.
RS: How is the scene back in Italy where you are from?
GloVibes: Back in the ‘90s the scene in Italy was amazing. I think that we were on the same page as Ibiza in terms of clubs, DJs and inspiration. Unfortunately right now there is so much confusion in Italy and we lost a little bit of that hype from the ‘90s. It’s still going okay but don’t forget that back in the early ‘90s, Italy taught people from all over the world how to make dance music. I can see that the French people want to cover us now but we defend ourselves pretty well. All you need to see is DJs Benny Benassi, Marco Carola or even Frederico Scavo and they are doing a great job.
RS: How did your new single “One By One” with Luciana did that come about?
GloVibes: Luciana and I are from the same town in Italy even though she was born in London. We met each other when I moved to LA and it was love at first sight. I had wanted to do something with her since Bodyrox and I still play that song and it kills the clubs. Finally we had the chance to do something together and we were going back and forth with some ideas and when she sent me the acapella it was amazing. I heard the vocals and I wanted to put a whistle on it and everything started from there. It was a very long transition and took me many months to do it because I heard the vocals and they were so amazing that I wanted to do something really good and original. The results were great and three days after the release date we were in the Top 100 on Beatport house charts.
RS: One thing that I have notice about GloVibes is there is a very happy and upbeat commercial vibe to it but I also know that you like the underground stuff as well, how do you express that in your music?
GloVibes: Actually I just started a new project because with GloVibes I wanted to keep myself happy and not seem too mainstream yet commercial but I also have an underground heart. I started this new project called Hands Off which literally means hands off, don’t touch my music. I am going to produce anything from new disco to deep tech house on there.
RS: At the end of the night which hurts more, your ears from the sound or your eyes from the camera phones?
GloVibes: That is a very interesting question; I am going to say both, ears first and eyes after. For me it is the same kind of pain like when you go to the gym and you are sore the next day, I like that because it means that I am feeling the effect. It is the same thing when my ears or eyes hurt it means that I had a good night and it’s kind of a good pain to have.
RS: I have never heard it said that way, that’s awesome. If you could go back to you when you were 18 and give yourself advice what would you say to yourself?
GloVibes: Not really sure but maybe study less and get more involved in the music even though I was in the clubs almost everyday since I was 15. I am actually really happy with what I have achieved in my life so I would say just follow myself and my dreams.
RS: I love that. What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
GloVibes: Please keep following me, thank you so much for following me already.
Interview conducted during WMC 2015.