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Giuseppe Ottaviani

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Genre: Trance

Giuseppe Ottaviani Bio

Characterizing trance music’s energy in both approach and output, Italy’s Giuseppe Ottaviani has long been recognized as one of the genre’s most respected and prolific merchants. From his earliest studio work (as the engine behind esteemed group NU NRG), through to his latter-day output under his own name, he has established himself as a benchmark for preeminent trance. Over the last decade his trailblazing Giuseppe Ottaviani Live! and Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0 evolutions have redefined what a DJ does. In doing so, he’s put countless hands in the air and feet on the floor at some of the world’s best-known electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland, Dreamstate, EDC UK, Transmission, ASOT and the FSOE shows being just some of them. Exclusively feeding these performances is a litany of club hits and remixes, of which ‘Ready’, ‘Angel’, ‘Linking People’, ‘Through Your Eyes’ and ‘No More Alone’ represent but a few. Giuseppe’s remains both contemporary and omnipresent in the scene with of-late solo productions like ‘Lost For Words’, the Beatport #1‘Crossing Lights’ ‘Lean On Me’ & ‘No One Like You’ and most recently ‘Slow Emotion’, ‘Brightheart’ & ‘Aurora’ continuing to win trance hearts and minds. In early autumn of 2016, Ottaviani released his third album, the critically applauded, ‘ALMA’, of which MIXMAG said was “everything you could ever want from a trance album”.

Productions:Giuseppe has long favoured the production-based approach to his electronic music career. Drawing on seemingly limitless reserves of inspiration & passion its been catalysed by his drive to create and experiment. It has seen him amass a substantial discography, now comprised of close to 60 productions and 55 or more remixes. He is now probably most readily associated with his output on Black Hole Recordings, through which he’s released his last two albums (see below). Over the years he has also been a keen collaborator and has shared production credits with a long list of musically akin producers. Of late these have come to include Paul van Dyk and Ferry Corsten (on In Your Arms and Magenta), which have produced some highly acclaimed work.
Giuseppe Ottaviani Live!:Drawing on his vast track repertoire and love of live performance, Giuseppe found himself in the position of being able to branch away from the traditional mixer/turntables DJ set-up. In 2006, he unveiled Giuseppe Ottaviani Live!, the concept provided for a more ‘club-concert’ audience experience. An instant draw for electronic music lovers the planet over, it also proved an inspiration to other DJ/producers. The Giuseppe Ottaviani Live!’s tour-sheet came to read like a Who’s Who of tentpole events. Included among them were Loveparade, Tomorrowland, Nature One, Global Gathering, Creamfields, Streetparade, Sunrise, Transmission, WMC, Colourfest, Cream Ibiza, Gallery @ MoS, Zouk, Roseland Ballroom NYC, SW4 and others.
Giuseppe Ottaviani Live! 2.0:Taking advantage of technological advances, under the name Live 2.0, Giuseppe updated his GO Live! concept (see above) in February 2016. It shifted its orientation further in the studio-meets-stage direction, with Giuseppe developing of a one-man portable tech set-up to accomplish it. It allowed him to bring the inspiration that drives his releases direct to venues and audiences, with the Italian entertaining and creating at the same time. Having launched it at EDC Mexico to rave reviews, he’s since taken the concept to Dreamstate, Istoria (PKA Atlantis) and Bliss.A flash of 2.0-enabled inspiration at the start of 2016 was the embryonic moment for his “harder, darker” and “boundary breaking” ‘Slow Emotion’ tracks, which ultimately became the first releases to be taken from his 2016 ‘ALMA’ album.

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