Donato Dozzy

Donato Dozzy (IT)

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.

Nocturne 2
MUTEK 2019, spain

Nitsa / Astin - Nitsa
09/03/2019

MUTEK // PIKNIC
MUTEK 2014, montreal

Parc Jean-Drapeau
01/06/2014

Producteur et DJ pionnier dans son pays en Italie, Donato “Dozzy” Scaramuzzi roule sa bosse psychédélique depuis plus de deux décennies, considéré sur la scène électronique comme pourvoyeur hors pair d'une techno "vaudou" hallucinogène. Volontairement en retrait vis à vis de l'attention médiatique, ce détenteur d’un doctorat en sciences politiques subjugue depuis le milieu des années quatre-vingt son «fan club Dozzy» avec des prestations de DJ hypnotiques qui démontrent l’étendue de ses connaissances en musique électronique. Initié très tôt aux univers du disco, du dub, du reggae et de l’acid-techno, il n’est pas étonnant que ses compositions très originales offrent un large panel assez percussif de techno transcendantale et d’ambient méditative. Depuis 2005, il s'est construit une discographie impressionnante, en fondant notamment les étiquettes maintenant défuntes Dozzy Records et la très respectée Aquaplano, plutôt dédiée à la techno ambient. Il a su maintenir une cadence effrénée de performances tout en s'investissant dans des projets parallèles au succès incontournable : le minimalisme incisif et évocateur de Voices From the Lake, duo avec son collaborateur de longue date Neel (Giuseppe Tillieci), ou encore sa relecture récente du morceau Vaporware de Chris Madak, intitulée Plays Bee Mask, dans lequel le maestro romain jette les bases d’un tournant plus abstrait, voire cosmique, auquel il entend se consacrer. C'est l'oreille attentive à la piste de danse qu'il nous gratifie de sa présence à EM15.

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