The Ivano Bellini Interview

The Ivano Bellini Interview

by Emily Tan
01.11.2007

By the time WMC 2007 rolls around, Ivano Bellini will have been the resident DJ at Space in Miami for seven years. He is the DJ on Space’s famed outdoor terrace, where he has been playing his afterhours “Sunrise Sessions” parties from day one, beginning with Space’s original location and continuing virtually nonstop. Although Bellini regularly plays gigs in exotic places like Tunisia, Bogotá, Sao Paulo or St. Tropez, he tries to get to New York every week when possible.

Musically savvy New Yorkers who appreciate Bellini’s sophisticated, sultry house sound will be able to hear him in Manhattan when he plays Element on January 19th and again at Crobar on February 2nd. DJ Times writer Emily Tan (www.DJTimes.com) spoke with Bellini at Coffee Shop to talk about his upcoming gigs.

You’re playing with Saeed Younan at Element on January 19th. How long have you and Saeed known each other?

Bellini: I’ve known Saeed for about five years, since he was part of Saeed & Palash [with Palash Ahmed]. I’ve played with Saeed a bunch of times in Miami during Winter Music Conference for different parties we’ve done for Filtered Records – a subsidiary of SFP Records, my label – and Juicy Records with Robbie Rivera. We’ve also played together at Space in Miami and at Ultra Music Festival on the Space stage. I have nothing but love for Saeed.

What DJ gear are you using, at this moment?

I’m a Pioneer man! So, three Pioneer CDJ-1000s and a DJM-800 or DJM-1000 mixer. I love my EFX-1000 effects unit also, and I bring it with me every time I play. I’m also trying to get more into the visual aspect of DJing by getting into the Pioneer DVJ-1000. The visual part of playing DVDs is what I’m trying to get comfortable with.

A lot of people credit you with having established afterhours and the terrace at Space. How do you feel about that?

I’m proud of the accomplishment. I’m very proud that I started something that is still happening, at that level, nearly seven years later. I don’t know many ongoing clubs or parties that are still widely successful for seven years straight, non-stop, every weekend. I play weekly on Saturdays, but technically, Sunday mornings 6am to 3pm roughly. It’s Saturday night “afterhours.”

I’ve been listening to your weekly mixshow on SIRIUS Satellite Radio on Area 33 (www.sirius.com). It’s great! How long has your show been airing?

I just turned-in my 74th show to Sirius, so it’s about a year-and-a-half and counting. I love Sirius; it’s revolutionized radio as we know it.

From where do you draw inspiration, when you have to record a new set for radio, week-after-week?

I go by my feeling and emotion, so what I’m feeling at that moment inspires me a lot. It also has to do with the environment of the club and the vibe I receive from the people, with the sound, the atmosphere, the lights…everything inspires me. It’s the whole experience. But to be more detailed, as far as the music I love, the music I play has to be groovy. It has to make me move. Whether it’s techy or tribal, it has to move me. If there’s not a groove behind a record to make my body move, it’s not gonna do anything to me, so I won’t play it.

There are lots of dance music lovers who jet between New York and Miami. For those who have gone to hear you afterhours at Space, how will your New York set at Element compare?

Well, the afterhours set in Miami is outside at sunrise, so it’s a much later set. Element’s gonna be more like what I’d play in the main room at Space, which is a little darker, harder, edgier. On the terrace at Space, I play more vocals, more happy [tracks], tracks with more sunshine. Element will sound a lot more like what I do at Gryphon in Fort Lauderdale on Friday nights, or what I play in the main room at Space.

You don’t alter your sound according to the city?

It has nothing to do with the city; it has to do with if I feel that the people have musical knowledge. If I feel that I can push the envelope farther and they’re into the music, I can play more wicked stuff. As opposed to playing for people who are perhaps not used to my sound or this kind of sound. In that case, I have to keep it more accessible. New York is definitely a place where I can push the envelope, because of the long history of house music in the city.

Are you and Saeed going to tag-team at Element?

Probably not. We’ll do a set each but we’re still talking about it. We have played enough together and we’re good enough friends, so it’s not really a concern. It’s not like when you play with another DJ and you have set-times and all that. There are DJs with whom I’ve played over the years, so we know each other on a musical level as well as on a personal level, and that makes things easier.

Have you ever had to play with a DJ you disliked?

[laughs] Not really. If that happens, it’s always a shame because sometimes it’s not even the DJ’s fault, it’s the promoter’s fault. Like when the lineup is not well done and there’s no progression of sound in the DJs coming one after the other. When you have a DJ who plays too-hard too-early, and the next DJ plays too-mellow…when I have a DJ in front of me and I come after him and he’s played much harder than me, that’s always a problem. There have been DJs where I didn’t like what they played, but it was just the music itself; the energy wasn’t right. It might not be their fault; it might just be the promoter who wanted them to play before me when instead, afterwards might’ve been better.

What sound are you into right now?

Right now, I’m really into that minimal tech-house sound, deep tech. That’s what really moves me right now. I’ve been into it for a while, but during my trip to Ibiza this past summer, it was the sound that I heard at CircoLoco at DC10, Cocoon at Amnesia, and Monza at Space. All those tech sounds; it’s tech, but it’s still groovy. There are some amazing bass-driven sounds right now. That’s what I’m into at the moment.

What are your current releases?

Well, my Gryphon Sessions (SFP Records) CD is still being sold, and I did a remix of a P. Diddy featuring Christina Aguilera track called, “Tell Me,” which I’ve been playing out.

You’re playing at Crobar-New York in February with Seb Fontaine. What’s your relationship with Seb?

I’ve never played with him, actually. I just know Seb from crossing in clubs and at events. I heard him play about a month ago and he played very techy, too, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Funny enough, my first contact with Seb Fontaine was when he licensed one of my remixes for a compilation he did years ago.

How will your two upcoming New York shows – Element and Crobar – be different from each other?

Well, Crobar’s obviously a much bigger room, so you have to bring-up the energy from the very first record you play. You can’t build the set as much as you can in a smaller room. At Element, you can take your time building. Crobar’s a big room, so you have to bring-it-up from the get-go.

What’s your biggest hope for the dance music scene in the next five-to-10 years?

Hey, even though the scene was only supposed to last for a few years, after all this time, it’s still going strong.

 

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