When discussing the Northern Adriatic house music scene, one cannot pass Paolo Barbato
. DJ, producer, owner of famous 90s record shop Dance All Day, Paolo’s work influenced generations of peers and music lovers at the border crossing of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. After more than 30 years behind the decks and dedicating his life to club music, Paolo continues to be a much sought-after DJ in one of the World’s hottest festival regions, famous for always delivering – either with his vanguard sets or classic house selection.
Italian by blood but a true man of the world, Paolo is renowned as one of the pioneers and leaders of regional electronic music scene. He’s a regular at DJ Mag Top 100 clubs from Magazzini Generali and Il Muretto to Peter Pan, he held residencies at Ambasada Gavioli and Byblos and played countless gigs, big room and underground clubs, boat parties and festivals. He provides soundtracks for fashion shows and art exhibitions and was commissioned to create a limited edition compilation for the prestigious Illy Caffé brand. For two years he held a residency at Pacha Sharm El Sheik, and despite being an Ibiza regular, Paolo spends most of the summers at Croatian, Slovenian and Italian coast-one of the hottest global party destinations.
Having been in the game since the 80s, he has developed a great taste and vast knowledge of music, owns an enviable collection of classic house vinyl but is most of all a great selector that exactly when and which track to drop to create the best energy on the dancefloor. “I am a dance DJ. I’m known as a house artist, but I don’t mind mixing techno or tech-house tracks in my sets if they fit in and make people dance.” Last but not least, his passion for music is insatiable as he preserves that fresh and insatiable curiosity which pushes him to a constant search of little music gems everyone is so keen to hear in his sets.
Paolo’s career officially began in 1984 but he started buying records even before. “In the early 80s I started working on a radio station as a technician and soon after I won one of the first DJ competitions it really took off.” In the early 90s he entered then fresh club & festival scene in Slovenia and Croatia as an established artists. He was the first ever resident DJ of Ambasada Gavioli, played eight MTV Valkana Beach Festivals and was an important member of the regional rave movement, as a promoter of soulful electronic music in predominately techno influenced scene.
While younger audience refer to him as ‘that tattooed guy with minimalistic specs who plays great house’, most of DJs who were active in the mid 90s, also knew Paolo as a music dealer. For over a decade he ran a record shop called ‘Dance All Day’, making the town of Monfalcone the main source of house vinyl in the region. As the curator of the shop and a mentor to younger colleagues, he had a strong influence on the taste of DJs and audience in the region. “Every week I did a trip to Milan where I hand picked music for my regular clients as I knew exactly which tunes would fit in their sets,” he remembers.
In the beginning of the Millennium he started dedicating himself to music production, releasing on globally renowned labels such as Hed Kandi, Peppermint Jam, Ministry of Sound, Universal, as well as smaller underground labels. He collaborated with various international musicians and singers and also produced music videos (‘Fuel Your Life’ went to #4 on MTV Dancefloor Chart), which further secured his position as a leader and tastemaker of the scene. “Nowadays I also enjoy producing for other artists and sharing my knowledge with younger generation, so I’ve become official Steinberg’s Cubase Tutor.” Sure, why stop now after he’s already hooked tens of thousands people on house music after all.
After more than 30 years behind the decks and dedicating his life to club music, Paolo continues to be a much sought-after DJ in one of the World’s hottest festival regions, famous for always delivering – either with his vanguard sets or classic house selection,
and still preserves that fresh and insatiable curiosity that pushes him to a constant search of what the musical panorama hides sometime in the undergrounder channels, waves that he hurls on the dance floor of clubs disseminated all around Europe. He can be defined a pioneer of house music because he surely has followed it in its whole evolution, from the origins to nowadays and this experience makes him one of the most complete and appreciated professionists in the scene, both as dj and as producer, so Calling him just a dj, sounds reductive. Looking at his schedule gives the idea of a global dance music manager. His special taste and perception for what “It is” and what “It’s not” is reflecting all around his sound, his productions and the events he’s co-ordinating and promoting.
Paolo Barbato is the reference point for anyone who have something to do with house music. He joined the Ramirez Live Project, which carried him and Elvio Moratto playing in Glasgow in front of 10.000 people, this joint-venture generated the ambitious and prog-oriented iPop project, a perfect balance between analog synths and warm basses, the superstar-dj Tommy Vee asked them for remixes and a full-length album was done. Last but not least is the collaboration with the acclaimed percussionist Silvano del Gado, a two hours live/dj set for a two-piece orchestra, an explosive mix of natural and synthetic rhythms. So, it’s not a mystery if Mtv quote him as one of the most talented dj/producers of the entire scene. The man also runs his record label STEREOPHONIC! He has just released a new EP with timeless Lineki
! ‘Switch’ is its name and also contains a remix track from his homeboy Markizzeti. Together with his muse and vocalist Valèrie Neve. Markizzeti’s remix compared to original version it is slightly more soft and one notch deeper. He swapped the voice from the original with repetitive synthesizer patterns, which give a sparse Hypnotic feeling to the remix.
His future release is also a collaboration with Lineki
, track named “Freakin” will be released on 13th of April on Nutraxx records!