Since arriving in London at the beginning of the new millennium, Italoboyz, aka Marco Donato and Federico Marton, have become an essential fixture of the capital’s small but passionate house/techno/minimal scene. From their notorious back-to-back DJ sets at FESH (333, London), their reputation has grown to the point where they can now be found playing regularly across the planet.
However, it’s not just the energy and flair of their DJ sets that has captured the imagination, Italoboyz releases now on some of today’s most influential minimal-house / techno labels like Mothership and Get Physical, after starting to work in 2005/2006 with label like Treibstoff, Einmaleins Musik, Gumption and Safari Electronique. “When you realize that without moving there won’t be any change, you move…” explains Marco, so that’s exactly what they did, swapping their native Italy for London (Marco in 2001 and Fede in 2002), urged on by separate desires to go deeper and get more involved in electronic music. It was this fusion of minds, with complementary ways of both absorbing and communicating electronic music that inspired them to team up and form Italoboyz in 2002.
Since then they haven’t stopped moving forward, obsessively exploring the hybrid sounds of house and techno through their love of minimalism, acid-house and hi-tech funk. Although their sound has always been characterized by organic elements along with large doses of funk and energy, the distinctive flavor of their productions and DJ sets is down to a willingness to embrace and explore the various genres and sub- genres that develop out of this constantly evolving music.
One of the reasons Italoboyz productions are so well received is the fact that their musical expression is a fusion of sounds, themes and ideas resulting from over 15 years of music research and DJing experience. Their aim is to deliver the most modern, cutting edge sound possible but it should still resonate through time, both past and future, in order to make the immediate experience all the more seductive.
When they were throwing their own parties in 2003/2004 they built up quite a following, often running all day long from Sunday afternoon till early Monday morning. It’s anexperience that has given them valuable knowledge and insight into the difference between playing in a ‘peak time’ club environment and a more laid back ‘after hour’ situation where the emphasis is on creating sonic landscapes that morph from easy- listening, atmospheric sounds to more dance orientated grooves.
In 2007 there was a surge of events: starting with the “Accendiamo l’ascensore” EP (feat. Rico Casazza and SozAdams aka MarcAshken) on Gumption Recordings in February, followed by the release of “Viktor Casanova” – the track with the mysterious female opera singer – on Claude VonStrokes new label Mothership Music in July 07. This outstanding track developed into one of the biggest underground club hits of the last few years, highly supported initially by Villalobos, Dice, Sven Vaeth and Luciano, and then played in every corner on the planet from every DJ on heart, from house to techno to electro.
Their next EP on Get Physical Music “Zinga” at the beginning of 2008 was again a huge club hit and established the guys profile world wide. After the success of Viktor Casanova and Zinga there was no way that the Italoboyz could possibly top their own tracks? Wrong! They created an organic techno masterpiece ’Bahia,’ enlisting the help of one of the greatest jazz musicians of our time – John Coltrane. Italoboyz vs. Johan Coltrane “Bahia” is once again a club hit, the third in a row…
After playing at places like Watergate in Berlin, CocoonClub in Frankfurt, The WIRE festival in Tokyo, the Dissonanze Festival in Rome, in front of 6000 enthusiastically screaming people at PollerWiesen open Air in Cologne, gigs in the USA, the Middle East, Africa or Asia, the Italoboyz are handled as one of the hottest and most wanted newcomer. Their first live set presented in front of hundreds of thousand people at Loveparade in Dortmund this year is for sure the highlight of their career so far… Besides touring Federico and Marco spent every free minute in the studio. They are working on their next EP for Get Physical Music and also on a full length album which will be finished for a release next year… A life ‘without moving’ was never a serious option for these two…