10 QUESTIONS FOR MANUELA (PURPLE MUSIC CO-FOUNDER)
Thursday, 19 April 2018
- IT’S THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU ARE INTERVIEWED FOR YOUR OWN LABEL TELL US SOMETHING TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF ?
After I finished the school as tour operator (but never worked in the tourism branch ), I start working in the music industry in my city Milan @FULLTIME RECORDS early 1990 and I never left this crazy world! I worked as export manager for some of the top Italian’s music distributors where I could learn & increase my knowledge about the various sides of the music industry . In 1997 I moved to Switzerland and created my own record label PURPLE MUSIC with JAMIE LEWIS who had always in mind to create his own record label (even if he was busy enough with his own record shop »dee Jay Service », as Dj and as producer) .So when i moved to Winterthur city it was natural for us to think to create our own business and put together our experiences and energies
- WHY THE NAME PURPLE MUSIC ?
As many knows now , we decided about the name of our record label while we were watching PRINCE’s PURPLE RAIN movie.We were Prince fans and never thought 20 years later to have the big bless to work with him !!moreover we liked the colour Purple so :PURPLE MUSIC was born !
- WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME ?
I really dream about having some free time….beside of the 200% work in the office for the label i m a multitask woman,& mum ..happily full engaged with various sports and competitions of my daughter, i go out 3,4 times a day for long walks with my dog, i m a wife, i have to think about 1000 things daily for the family as well (school, friends, appointments..home things ) so i never get bored …but when i have time for myself i like to chill in my garden and read a book (at least try to do it)
- THE BEST PURPLE MUSIC PARTY EVER WAS AT ?
… I cannot just mention one party after 21 years ….For sure all events at our residency Swiss club Kaufleuten for 14 years, Nikki Beach in Miami with our friend Marcela and El Divino in Ibiza, Ends Up in San Francisco…but we had so many amazing parties and good time also in Italy,Turkey, Greece, Uk,Croatia,Spain….Every time was different and amazing at the same time
- WHAT IS THE PURPLE MUSIC CRITERIA TO CHOOSE IF A DEMO IS GOOD TO BE RELEASED OR NOT ?
.Well , we do a first selection as sometime we receive productions that musically are not for us. It’s not only a personal flava that helps us to choose but is also a long experience in the music business that make us feeling and decide if a product it’s good but not for us, or it must be part of our catalogue ! We release vocal, soulful, deep, disco, nu disco,Afro :anything we think is quality music anything that give us emotions.By the way for info i’m not the one who is having the last word on this matter so if someone has a complain pls revert to email@example.com LOL
- THE ARTISTS YOU ARE MORE PROUD OF ?
We are proud of ALL our Artists ,singers, ,more than 400 releases… !! Every Artist put a bit of themselves, spend time and money so we have a big respect for everyone but of course it was a BIG HONOUR to work with Legends like Icon PRINCE, or the disco king Cerrone…this happens once in life!
- WHAT IS PURPLE MUSIC GOAL FOR 2018 ?
To do and continue what we like and try to do it always in the best way We have many forthcoming releases in the pipeline featuring some new good artists as well as big came back of some others…It’s always exciting
- THERE AREN’T A LOT OF WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, IT SHOULD BE DIFFICULT TO COME INTO THIS BUSINESS WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
Well 27 years ago when I start (yes i m getting old !) there were for sure not a lot of women in the music industry as A&R or manager..or record label owner…but since the past decade when the music industry has changed a LOT luckily a lot of women are part of this business and i m proud I know a lot of successful ones… !!
- THE BEST & THE WORST FACES OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY:
In my experience the best thing is that you can have a dream job, express yourself in various ways and never get bored, you can put together sinergies and create something fabulous, meet new people, travel, have success …the worst :many people just use others to reach their goals, and it’s often unfortunately a pretty fake world. Things can be good or bad depending on the kind of connections you have got : the best is to be at the right time in the right place the worst is not to be at the right time at the right place!
- WHAT KIND OF QUALITIES ARE NECESSARY TO RUN SUCCESSFULLY A RECORD LABEL FOR OVER 2 DECADES ?
I like this question ! I think the rights ingredients are more or less the same as for a successful marriage : :you must have a lot of PATIENCE ! & A REAL PASSION for music and for everything you have to deal with every day .you must be SMART enough to do the right choice at the right moment , have a lot of ENERGY as this is almost a 24 hours job ! INTUITION & FAIRNESS , have JOY to do what u do and be a bit CRAZY(in the good way) to risk sometime and of course LOVE what u do and NEVER QUIT!
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10 QUESTIONS FOR ANDREA MONTA & KARL 8
Sunday, 08 April 2018
- ANDREA : WE LEFT YOU MANY YEARS AGO WORKING IN RADIO IN MILAN : WHEN DID YOU DECIDE CREATE YOUR OWN RECORD LABEL ?
After several years as show producer and music selector in radio, it was a natural evolution to become A&R and to start participating in the creation of the tracks since the beginning.
- KARL8 : RESIDENT DJ @NIKKI BEACH AND PRODUCER OF PALMA DE MALLORCA : HOW DID YOU START YOUR BOTH CAREERS ?
I grown up in the radio stations of my parents in Italy so I started play with vinyls when I was 8 years old ,but my first real gig was in my hometown NYE party when I was 13.
When I was 10 year old they gave me a Roland S10 sample, and it all begun
- ANDREA & KARL : WHERE DID U MEET AND WHY THE DECISION TO PRODUCE TOGETHER ?
We met several years ago, we released a couple of productions together. Then we pursued kind of parallel careers working on mutual projects and remixes remaining always in touch and, as music has several paths, we crossed into each other again 2 years ago and we decided to start a production team.
- ANDREA : WHAT IS YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL RELEASE AS PRODUCER OR REMIXER EVER ?
I have 2 records I’m very proud of :
1 The remix I made of Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Phunk With My Heart personally approved by Will.i.am
2 Wisdome – Off The Wall released on Positiva in 1999, a re-work of the famous song by Michael Jacckson.
- KARL : THE BEST PLACE TO DJ IS :
Nikki Beach of course !
I love the Nikki Beach concept, but the thing that I love most is to make daytime party, every day is unique, special and perfect to celebrate life!
- RECENTLY YOU HAD TOGETHER A COUPLE OF PRODUCTIONS IN THE TOP 10 OF TRAXSOURCE: WHAT IS YOUR NEXT GOAL?
We want to become the kings of reggaeton in Porto Rico… LOL
No everyone understands house music
We are focussed on producing the music we love and we play in our DJ set
- KARL : CAN YOU GIVE A COMMENT ON THE ACTUAL SPANISH DANCE MARKET ?
First of all we must distinguish the mainland from the balearic islands
Spanish market at the moment is focused on 3 main genres : EDM, Reggaeton and Trap
The radios are still playing the long tail of EDM , Reggaeton is everywhere and Trap luckily is for the youngester only.
The balearic mood is quite different, both Ibiza and Mallorca are closer the the English, German and Scandinavian trends. EDM is not the main genre anymore, the BPM are going down and the is a revamp of the real house music, and we cannot be happier than that
- WHAT ARE YOU BOTH DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME ? ANY HOBBIES?
Last winter we planned to attend at the golf course here in Mallorca, but we definitely missed the target… too many productions to complete and projects to follow.
Actually we can’t complain at all, music has been main part of our lives since ever, so what is better than having your passion as job?
- ANDREA- KARL : WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL ROOTS ?
Andrea: I grown up in a family listening to Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy and jazz icons as Duke Ellington Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker then eventually I discover Moroder
Karl8: I studied piano for 5 years, I love funky music
- YOUR FIRST RELEASE WITH US « I CAN DO MAGIC » IS NOW OUT , JUST ENTERED THE TOP 30 (or better reached the top10 🙂 SOULFUL CHARTS @TRAXSOURCE, AND WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER ONE SOON YOUR REMIX OF THE MESSENGERS FEAT LISA MILLETT….DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER SURPRISE IN THE PIPELINE FOR PURPLE MUSIC ?
At the moment we are working on several ideas, for the next one we’d like to do a collaboration with a big name of house music scene.
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10 QUESTIONS FOR DJ FUNKY T
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
- SIMON BOITUMELO MOSIA AKA DJ FUNKY T : WE WELCOME YOU IN THE PURPLE MUSIC FAMILY.WE RECENTLY RELEASED TWO GREAT SONGS OF YOURS : CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THESE PRODUCTIONS ?
Had an honor to work with two most amazing vocalists on both songs respectively, worked with South Africa’s Mpho Masilo on a track called ” Your Love” and Uk’s FiL Straughan on a track called “I Am Blessed”.
My musical relationship with Mpho dates back to 2011, a mutual friend introduced us, we clicked immediately & we were of the same musical hue, we recorded a few tracks together, yielding to a better understanding of each other’s musical prowess, so it was a no brainer that when i was working on the track, I kept hearing her voice in it. Initially, I only had an idea for the hook/chorus and the idea quickly spawned to a testimonial revelation about my spiritual relationship with the most high and about my then emotive situation & experiences.
I wrote the music and the complete lyrics, I then forwarded what i had written to Mpho (including the beat), she instantly loved the idea and could relate with the message, we then made time to record the song a week later and the outcome was a groovy uptempo Gospel House Groove that’s appreciated in different parts of the world currently (now Playlisted in various radio stations across the globe).
On the second song called ” I Am Blessed” I worked London’s best kept secret FiL Straughan. The song is also gospel house 4 by 4 subliminal Groove with lyrics filled with gratitude & praise, vocal written & performed by FIL Straughan( Recorded in London, UK).
I connected with FiL after discovering his music on Soundcloud in 2015, we started conversing and giving remarks about each other’s music, the relationship morphed into that of a brotherhood, resulting in to our eventual collaboration.
- WHEN DID YOU START BEEING A DJ ?
Well, I’ve always been lover of music & rare grooves connoisseur but started collecting/buying vinyls around 2005 and started Djing in 2006, I had friend whom i shared a very deep mutual connection & passion for the music, we both fed off each other’s passion for the craft.
- AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO DO YOUR FIRST PRODUCTION ?
As per typical evolutional norm, it was only natural for me to gravitate towards wanting create my own beats and enhance my knowledge base within the craft, I always loved playing “sick” never been heard before tunes. initially i would merge or do a mash up of different songs with different accapellas to create beats no 1 had but that quickly expired as groundbreaking means for me, I then wanted to create something unique, something i can created on my own from scratch, that’s when I started teaching myself how to produce(watched a lot of tutorials till I felt I could hold my own). Made my first complete track in 2007…
- WE KNOW THAT SOUTH AFRICA HAS A GROWING BIG HOUSE MUSIC SCENE :WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ?
House Music is a mainstream genre here at home and multi faceted too.
Afro influenced sub- genre has a higher commercial trajectory but the electronic influenced house vibes are quickly gathering momentum and breaking grounds.
The people are becoming more survvy about the alternative sound.
The underground scene is forever growing despite the sloth from traditionalist status quo , Deep house festivals & movements are popping up all over the country.
Big Corporates are now partnering and endorsing artist.
Artist are now brand survvy & now more professionally astute.
- -DO YOU HAVE A LIFE Motto ?
My mantra is “Impossible is nothing”
- DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN RECORDING STUDIO OR STUDIO ANY Partner ?
Well, my setup is that of a bedroom studio but I have never let that be an obstacle to create A-grade high quality sound… I’m also in a process of Finding office space and expand my record label “Funky T Music”
- ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST DREAM IS…
to travel the world show casing my music, and like any other driven artist, i am gunning for that ultimate musical honor of a Grammy nomination & have song on the Billboard charts.
- ONE OF THE BEST HOUSE EVENT IN SOUTH AFRICA Is.
Well, in terms of festival events.
“Rocking The Daisies(Cape Town) ” / “Spring Fiesta(JHB)/ ” It’s Personal” (JHB) / “Corona Festival (Cape Town) / ” Ultra Fest” & “DJ Nation(Taung) are pretty much at the forefront of the scene currently.
- HOUSE MUSIC
is more than just music, it’s soul thing, a body, a spiritual connection.
- WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN THE PIPELINE FOR THE SUMMER?
Currently working on my debut album called “Reincarnation” featuring artist such as Sara Devine/ Wanda Baloyi/Nontu X. /FiL Straughan, Elliot /Mpho Masilo/Ms Kelle/Karen Benord (who has worked with A-list artist such Chaka Khan, Mary J. BLIDGE, Erykah Badu and more). Still to have few groundbreaking collabos to complete before I drop the album. Will also be embarking on my maiden European tour later this year.
Will be attending ADE (Amsterdam)
My label “Funky T Music PTY- LTD” will be releasing its first vinyl press worldwide.
There’s a lot of staff in the pipeline but I will reveal at the right juncture.
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10 QUESTIONS FOR JERK IN THE BOX
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
- LUCA ONERE YOU ARE RESIDENT DJ & CO-CREATOR OF RMC VIP LOUNGE PROGRAM AT RADIO MONTE CARLO ITALY : HOW DID EVERYTHINGS HAPPEN ?
I count twenty years of experience working in major radio networks (Rtl 102.5, Radio Kiss Kiss, Radio Italia Network)
Since 2005 i am working at Radio Monte Carlo. & since February 2017 i m producing
RMC VIP LOUNGE, the new Radio Show dedicated to Club Culture and Top DJs international; I select and mix the best Tracks plaied in the most important clubs in the world. The program is On-Air every Friday evening from 22.00 to 01.00, on RMC & simultaneously on RMC2
- FERNANDO YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING SINCE LONG TIME AT RADIO IBIZA IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY : WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS RADIO WORK EXPERIENCE ?
It has been absolutely my best life experience, it’s almost 30 years of music experience, connections and ackowledgement , I started my figure as a dj in a Radio and then in all best and famous clubs of Italy and all around the world.Working on a Radio,has allowed me to to meet and interact with thousand of people and insiders ,with whom I worked and still work today.
- WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PRODUCE TOGETHER AND WHY AKA JERK IN THE BOX ?HOW DID U CHOOSE YOUR TEAM NAME ?
We decided to work together because we’re friends first since long time an we tought that it could be interesting to mix all our experience and musical backgrounds . Jerk in the Box name has been chosen by Fernando before we met, it has a non real sense, but it sounds Good!!!!
- PURPLE MUSIC RELEASED YOUR REMIX OF THE ITALIAN PRODUCERS ROCCO CARERI& ARTURO MACCHIAVELLI FT ELLICE : WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT ?
We decided to remix this single when we heard it for the first time , it was a good chance to start a cooperation with Purple Music , infact since we heard for the first time the accappella we imagined and worked for a great remix specially made for Purple , and we did it !!!!!!!!
- FERNANDO YOU HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE PAST WITH SOME IMPORTANT NAMES OF IBIZA : IS IT RIGHT ?
Yes , above all with Dj Pippi , Cesar De Melero , and Tuccillo , specially with Tuccillo we keep on working together on new projects
- LUCA WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY AS DJ ?
The best place is where I have not plaied yet!!!
- YOUR NEXT VACATION WILL BE?
Fernando: Absolutely New York ! Luca: An american tour!
- IF YOU HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE 2018 WITH 2 WORDS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ?
Simply productive !!!!!!!
- THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS
LUCA: My family e my girfriend Sara
FERNANDO: My daughter Giulia and my Girlfriend Stefania
- WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NEXT FROM BOTH OF YOU ?
Lot of new stuff coming up next … lot of Gigs and lot of Good Music
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10 QUESTIONS FOR WALTERINO
Sunday, 04 March 2018
- From the last interview we made many things changed in your life for example we know that you became daddy for the 3rd time ! ?
Oh yes i did another great hit with my 3rd son Gregorio after my twins Filippo & Tommaso, 3 boys… !! it’s seventh heaven for me!! He gives me a lot of power
- Your new productions for PURPLE DISCO RECORDS are very successful, especially DISCO KLAP.You always had this disco flava in your past releases with purple Music :what did inspire you creating recently DISCOKLAP DISCORLANDO & DISCOBIONIC ?
I m very happy of this vein of creativity and to be part of this new label it’s amazing for me !
I ‘m always inspired from what i feel, from my sensations and i always look forward…i think a lot before any release and then i put my ideas in the studio session with my playfellow Keller,a big producer and cult music lover!
Of course the disco music gave me always a lots joy as music genre since i was a child ….with the time i learned more and got inspired from that era.
- Is it true that you will collaborate with Purple Disco Records as A&R ?
Yes and i m very happy about it!
When Jamie and Manuela proposed it to me : i couldn’t believe it !…
Purple Music has always been a music icon for me , it showed always a music coherence and great music flava and if i think now i can be apart of it as A&R , it pay me back and it shows me that the humility, passion and constancy i had during the past years at the end win ! thank you so much !
- What is coming next in your pipeline?
Many things and always more interesting: first of all my first Album «”DiscoTeca” » that will include all my disco unreleased productions& ideas..
I m also always looking for passionate people of this genre to produce them and i see that this music culture is becoming always more appreciated
- Do you think that quality housemusic is coming back in Italy ?
I think so because a quality product is always appreciated
There is too much cheese sound « i call it random music »,”that makes tired after a short period so let’s give space to good music and to all people who are living of it !
- Dad, husband, producer, dj and swimming coach ,: what are you doing in your free time?
Everything ! dad when i m not working , husband when i can, producer every day, dj during the weekend and swimming coach always!
I m very lucky because my two big passions music and swimming became my main activities & work !
- What bothers you ?
Rudeness and inconsistency also in the music !
- with whom would you like to collaborate for one of your forthcoming releases ?
I m very open for collaborations ,but if i have to mention one producer it’s Mousse T and the guru Jamie Lewis Lewis(with whom i start a collaboration almost 11 years ago with COLORS !)
- Would you ever go to a Big brother casting ?
Absolutely not ! it would mean for me to have reached the end of the line and be outside of the music industry!
I would like to be remembered for my music not for a reality show, (a very short moment) Do you think that artists such as Frankie Knuckles(peace),Little Louie Vega,or Mousse T(just to name a few ones) or any big music producer could ever take such a kind of decision?
- Next appointment with dj Walterino in a club is …
I have a couple of residencies in Mantova and Treviso cities, I m also scheduled to play in many italian regions such as Calabria, Tuscany , Umbria ..i m working on some very interesting situations..
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