… today we are with Marco Donato and Federico Marton, better known as Italoboyz.
They arrived in London in 2002 after playing as individuals for around ten years in their home country, Italy. Since then they’ve not looked back. Their sound has always been influenced by different experiences, floating around the huge domain that is house, techno and electronic music.
7 questions to Italoboyz
Hi Italo Boyz and welcome to Clubber Confession.
Italoboyz: Hi everyone, and Thank you for having us!
I already know you are very popular in London so let’s start this little talk with a sociological question on the city that opens you the doors to a new life. What are your memories when you arrived in London the first time. How has the city chanced in years? Talking about musical venues, city growth, music shops and beverage venues.
Italoboyz: London has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, under so many aspects. We begun our personal journey in London in early 2000. At the time, the city was full of clubs of all sizes, and just around Soho you could stop by something like 15 different record shops.. Gentrification has changed the face of London (like many other big cities, of course) and especially the nightlife.
Initially, Most of the big clubs have been forced to close down due to big money and big investment into new luxury flats and also insane rules adopted by different councils. They defiantly pushed the nightlife, or at least the underground side of it, out from the west end toward poorest areas (in that days) as Shoreditch and Hackney and Dalston.
Then again after the Olympics games in 2012, they decided to gentrify also those areas. In the last few years, artists used to live and work in areas like Hackney Wick and Peckham, that now are the target of foreigner investors and the stories is repeating.
The Guardian, 2 weeks ago, reported that numbers of illegal raves in London doubles in a year. it’s impossible to stop kids from having fun!
Closure of traditional nightclubs in a capital is a key factor in the rise in a number of unlicensed events.
Wich clubs have been the most important in your musical career, talking about the begining of your musical careers – during the first years.
Italoboyz: Without the shadow of a doubt, the clubs that “made us” were:
Nag Nag Nag, a weekly Wednesday night at the Ghetto, in Soho (guess what? The club doesn’t exist anymore, it was behind the Astoria Theatre, and both have been demolished to make room for the new, huge, Tottenham Court Road Station.) That club was something else. It was early 2002, and for the first time we discovered electro/minimal techno/music genres that we never had the chance to explore in Italy… It was mind-blowing.
And then 333/Mother bar, a Club in Shoreditch where we became resident djs and where our London dj career officially started. We must also say that Fabric has been a huge influence, too. One of the best clubbing organization on earth.
Your music is stylish, polite and in some words a classy tech house. I hate to categorize music but I still think you are not tech house, just in my mind. What are the latest listenings in this month, talking for example on Spotify? This question is focused only on digital listenings.
Italoboyz: Thank you for not “categorising” us 🙂 We like a lot of different music styles, we tap from so many genres and our main aim, in making music, is trying to be timeless.
We don’t use Spotify much… We know is “the future”, but we spend a lot more time on other platforms, like Band Camp for example, listening to all kind of music as jazz, ambient, soundtracks, folk soul, funk, and techno, it’s quite easy to get lost there…
Checking to RA, you guys have played all around the world, so which far country would you like to come back to, and why? And wich clubs have been the craziest in your dj life?
Italoboyz: Not sure which club has been the craziest one, we have stories from all around… as favourite places, Japan and South America generally are MEGA cool… if we have to choose 2 countries, we’d say Colombia and Peru. They’re always magic, great people and food.
Tell me about your Cinema tastes. I know you have worked on your tracks using some vocals of notorius movies like Casablanca in Viktor Casanova. Can you list me some of your favorite movies of all time. Just 10 titles… An example, we love Ocean’s Eleven serie also for the soundtrack choises… (We know this is a very difficult question but let’s try!).
Italoboyz: Hehe, Casablanca DEFINITELY deserves the first position.. We like old movies like Alfred Hitchcock for the classy style… for the music, actors, and soundtrack. talking about soundtracks, we love vintage Italian movies, the “commedia sexy all’italiana” of the ‘70s… artists like Armando Travajoli, Piero Piccioni, Piero Uminiani and “the” maestro Ennio Morricone,…
Other directors that we love in particular are Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Stanley Kubrick… No Country For Old Man is one of my (Federico’s) favourite movies, i love it because is slow and creepy, i also really like Texas and desert and that movie hall this ingredient. One of mine (Marco’s) is Realatos Salvajes (in english: Wild Tales), an Argentinan movie…. Crazy AF!! 😉
You are now part of the booking of Made in Italy Music agency. A booking agency that we estimate as an idea of Italian artistic valorization worldwide. What we will see in the next year talking for gigs and out-coming releases?
Italoboyz: We’ve just started a collaboration with Made In Italy by doing this Single release. We’re doing our first Made In Italy Showcase for NYE in Rome, and let’s see what else comes up with the new year! We’re ready to embrace new adventures 😉
An off-site question, surely you know better than me the London’s dynamics. What do you think of Brexit? Will clubbers have more difficulty coming to London to hear Italoboyz playing? 🙂
Italoboyz: This topic is really, really sensitive. In my opinion, I think that the bottom line is that the English people, a very proud and dominant nation by nature, simply couldn’t be bothered to be told what/how/when to do by an un-elected bunch of bureaucrats from Bruxelles… For the rest, Brexit is still something that no one at the minute knows how it is going to effectively be, how much is going to affect the everyday life, etc… We’ll see. There are so many mutual interests in place, so I believe that, in a way or another, they’ll find new deals.
Hopefully, import tax won’t change, as this would be def going to affect all the UK record collectors ;)…. and clubbers won’t have any problem to come to see us in London. Alternatively, we stream ever third Tuesday of the month a Live radio show on Bloop Radio! 😉