Mix and mash – and enjoy
Italian DJ and producer Giuseppe Ottaviani can’t wait to get spinning at the Creamfields dance music festival
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.