Giuseppe Ottaviani: Letting it shine
“I love big melodies,” Giuseppe Ottaviani professes, launching into his chat with inthemix ahead of Australia’s upcoming Creamfields tour. The festival, kicking off at the end of April, is by Giuseppe’s own admission a bouncy change for the Italian trance artist. “I always like to bring a lot of energy to the production, and returning to a big festival set up is a super way to let this shine.”
This energy is especially bright in Giuseppe’s live DJ set-up. The keyboards, laptop and percussion gear he uses onstage (a la Paul van Dyk and Eddie Halliwell) permits him to customise tracks on the fly. He explains that cranking it live this way allows him to make every set unique, “It totally brings my own sound so every track gets its own unique flavour, similar to a live band.”
It’s this type of individuality that puts Giuseppe’s music on the leading edge, while keeping his live show visually entertaining. It’s his raison d’íªtre: where he can rort a riff or lengthen a loop, he creates an interactivity that’s aurally avant-garde. “Changing the groove and playing in this way allows me to even get out of the four beats key,” he adds.
Not content to only mash it up live, the producer explains how his current studio exploits aren’t immune to this musical morphing. “I like to ensure my music is continually evolving. For example, back in the early days when I was with NU-NRG I was playing up around the 140 bpm mark, now I’m more 134-135.” This tempo change also has Giuseppe slipping more vocals into his tracks, particularly when it comes to the trance staple: the collaboration. “I’m just finishing up a track called Toys which features vocals by Betsie Larkin and it should be out around the end of February or early March.”
Studio hours are in short supply for Giuseppe, and bar the 2011 compilation EP Go On Air, he’s not delivered a solo effort since his 2006 debut Go. But all this is about to change, with an as-yet-untitled second solo album due for release soon. “I’m finally, happily, stuck in the studio working on a couple of things. One of which I can’t announce until the end of March, but one I can is the second solo album.” He explains. “It’s never easy balancing touring with studio time, but I’m now into it and I’ve promised myself it will be out this year!”