In recent years Donato Dozzy has emerged as one of the leading contemporary techno DJs. He has developed a strong following for his distinctive tripping, hypnotic take on techno music. Ignoring fads and trends, Dozzy's approach to electronic music – both as a DJ and as a producer – is based on a deep understanding of what has come before him. Being introduced to Disco, Italo, Reggae, Dub and other forms of electronic music at an early age, he first began exploring DJ'ing in 1983 under the mentorship of a DJ from Bari, called Maurizio Laurentaci. By the late 1980s he was discovering techno and acid with his friend Leo (now producing house music under the name Lerosa). Despite his love for electronic music, he continued his studies, eventually graduating from the University of Rome with a Doctorate in Politics. This education, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of music, later earned him the nickname of "The Professor". In 1999, he began an ongoing residency at the famous Brancaleone club in Rome, where he further honed his skills as a DJ. In 2001, he was as part of the band, The Kitchen Tools, which were signed to Virgin records and had some commercial success in Italy. This was not enough to satisfy Dozzy, and in 2004 he moved to Berlin. From 2004 to 2006, Dozzy held a residency at Panorama Bar, where extended sets at the end of long nights of partying allowed him to further develop his slow-burning, hypnotic groove. A watershed moment in his career came in 2007 when he was invited to play at the Labyrinth festival, an outdoor electronic music festival in Japan. While 2007 went well, its main purpose was laying the foundations for his return in 2008, when Dozzy would play the closing set at Labyrinth. It would prove to be a turning point for Dozzy, as he played one of the most memorable sets of techno that had ever been witnessed at the festival. This set went on to be podcasted by mnml.ssgs and Donato's popularlity grew exponentially.
Jean-Drapeau Park 01/06/2014
Leading Italian techno producer and DJ Donato “Dozzy” Scaramuzzi, has been discreetly plying his psychedelic trade over the past two decades, cementing his status as one of electronic music’s most respected purveyors of tripped out, “voodoo” techno. Never one to get behind the hype machine and its rhythmic allegiance du jour, this holder of a doctorate in Politics has long impressed his considerable “cult of Dozzy” with hypnotic DJ sets (going back to the mid-80s) showcasing his exhaustive knowledge of electronic music history. Given his early exposure to disco, dub, reggae and acid techno, it’s no surprise Dozzy’s singular soundscapes dish out a percussive pasticcio of slow-burning ambient and transcendent techno. Since 2005, he’s committed to doling out extensive production work as well as launching two imprints – the now-defunct Dozzy Records and the short-lived though influential ambient/techno pillar Aquaplano. He’s also maintained a frenetic DJ schedule while pursuing a number of highly lauded side projects: the gritty, evocative minimalism of Voices From the Lake, with frequent collaborator Neel (Giuseppe Tillieci), and Dozzy’s recent reinterpretation of Chris Madak’s Vaporware piece, entitled “Plays Bee Mask,” which taps into the Italian maestro’s yearning to take a more abstract, cosmic sonic turn.