Mix and mash – and en­joy

Ital­ian DJ and pro­ducer Giuseppe Ot­ta­viani can’t wait to get spin­ning at the Cream­fields dance mu­sic fes­ti­val

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TALIAN DJ and pro­ducer Giuseppe Ot­ta­viani says he’s look­ing for­ward to mak­ing au­di­ences happy when he hits the decks for the Cream­fields Australia dance mu­sic fes­ti­val tour.

Best-known as a trance artist, Ot­ta­viani has been signed to Paul van Dyk’s la­bel, Van­dit, since launch­ing his DJ ca­reer more than 10 years ago.

He wants to feed off the Cream­fields crowds’ en­ergy when he takes the stage at the Gold Coast leg of the event at Parklands Show­grounds next week­end.

‘‘If there is any way to get my crowd happy, that’s the point,’’ he says.

‘‘You have to go to a party be­cause you want to have a party and be happy and en­joy. What­ever makes peo­ple happy, this is what I am, where I am.

‘‘When I play my mu­sic in front of a crowd, that’s my goal. I don’t need any­thing else. It’s a pas­sion that be­came my job.

‘‘The rea­son why I make mu­sic is I want to share the same emo­tions that mu­sic gives to me when I lis­ten to it with other peo­ple.’’

Ot­ta­viani will per­form a ‘‘live’’ set for his Cream­fields shows. In DJ par­lance, that means he’ll use key­boards, lap­top and per­cus­sion gear to cus­tomise tracks and mash things ups.

‘‘It to­tally brings my own sound so ev­ery track has a unique flavour, sim­i­lar to a live band,’’ he says, promis­ing plenty of big melodies over the top of it all.

Ot­ta­viani says new tracks such as Toys, which fea­tures vo­cals by Bet­sie Larkin, are a tad slower than his ear­lier work, in­clud­ing last year’s com­pi­la­tion EP Go On Air and his 2006 de­but al­bum Go.

Ot­ta­viani says he’s been holed up in the stu­dio, work­ing on an as-yetun­ti­tled sec­ond solo al­bum. Due for re­lease later this year, it will prob­a­bly in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions with Faith and Filo and Peri among oth­ers.

‘‘I’ve been happy to be stuck in the stu­dio work­ing on a cou­ple of things, in­clud­ing the solo al­bum,’’ he says.

While he’s al­ways ex­plor­ing new sounds and el­e­ments, Ot­ta­viani says he doesn’t stray too far from his sig­na­ture mix.

‘‘In some ways, it’s good to bring some­thing new, oth­er­wise it’s al­ways the same kind of sound with the same kind of mu­sic and that can be bor­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘But for me, the point is try­ing to make some­thing new for your lis­ten­ers, but at the same time you have to keep your own sound.

‘‘ If peo­ple recog­nise your sound, you’ve reached a goal.’’

David Guetta, Above and Be­yond, Dirty South, Alesso, Vi­talic, Con­gorock, W&W, Giuseppe Ot­ta­viani, Bombs Away and more play Cream­fields, at Parklands Show­grounds, on May 6.

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Ital­ian DJ and pro­ducer Giuseppe Ot­ta­viani heads to the Gold Coast next week­end for the Cream­fields fes­ti­val.

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