One of Italy’s finest exports into the wide world of dance music, producer and DJ Marco Carpentieri is an act on the rise. Having conquered the clubs in Italy with a myriad special sets, the sturdy performer has not only showcased poise on stage but has also done well, on the charts or otherwise, with singles such as ‘Gotta Say‘ and ‘Space Disco‘ – which was a collaboration with fellow Italian DJ Luka Pink. What’s more is that the support for these tracks from the likes of Blasterjaxx, Thomas Gold, Tiesto, Bob Sinclair and EDX has been a constant source of inspiration for him to continue.
Now entering a seminal period in his career with more and more international performances – he recently performed at Ultra Music Festival in Miami and at an event in Jaipur, India- coming his way, Marco Carpentieri sat down with us for an exclusive We Rave You interview. While speaking with us, he sheds light on his origins and influences in dance music. He discusses two of his latest tracks with us and also comments on the support he has been receiving. Ending with a ambitious note to his future, Marco Carpentieri is surely looking like a force to reckon with.
How long have you been a producer/DJ for? Tell us about the origin of your music. What inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
I started playing music at the age of three when a keyboard was given to me as a birthday present. From then, I never stopped playing music. Playing music means breathing to me. I have always express at my best through music. That is the right way to connect to people in a direct and significant way. Over the time I realized that the feeling was increasing and slowly it became a real job, taking a good part of my days and started to give me some small profit and eventually I became part of the fantastic world of DJs.
Later, with some friends, I started to create music. The good point was that, knowing how to play piano, it was easy to write melodies. After that we would build the groove and slowly we would define the piece.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
I listen to all kinds of music, I really like English soundtracks and melodies, London Grammar, Ennio Moricone, Bryan Adams, Above & Beyond, these are some of the artists that have influenced my music.
Congratulations on your new track ‘Losing My Mind’. How did the track come about? What is the story behind it?
Like all my productions, it all started with the falling in love with a melody, a moment, an idea. ‘Losing My Mind’ was born on a train. A guy next to me was humming a song and I find in it some interesting notes that, in the evening, where still in my mind. I don’t exactly know what the original song was but I started to write a melody on that basis and the song was born.
Earlier in September, you have released a smashing rework of ‘Scatman’. What was the decision behind remixing the classic? Could you describe us the process of making it? What were the inspirations and main idea behind it?
I find that “dance” music should be a mix of melody and groove that, put together, make you move and dream at the same time. ‘Scatman’ was born exactly like that. I love when a beautiful melody given out by a captivating voice gives the right mood to raise your hands toward the sky. A foreign label had commissioned me to remix ‘Scatman’. I had tried not to think at all about the original version but, instead, using the features that are characteristics of my productions. With ‘Scatman’, I am very happy and I think I have done a good job as well. Also, I have received lot of consensus and support from many DJs around the world.
Speaking of your latest track and music, it has received a huge amount of support from the likes of David Guetta, Tiesto, Blasterjaxx, EDX and Kryder to name a few. How does it feel to gain support from artists like that? In addition, what is the best piece of advice you’d give to aspiring producers?
To have the support from top DJs and colleagues means to be repaid for the long hours of work in studio and for the search and effort done in every single track. My tip to all young DJs is to believe in themselves and in their project. Never give up the appetite to give the best. A DJ set must always be totally live. The aim is doing something unique and unmistakable; take the public somewhere that they don’t know or want yet. Not just giving them what they already want and expect. Choose your music and your style!
What is next for Marco Carpentieri? Could you tell us a bit more about some of your upcoming tracks? Do you have any more projects in the pipeline? Are you planning any interesting gigs?
2018 has been an intense year. I have played at EDC and Ultra Music Festival with very good results from both critics and the public. I had great satisfaction in India, too. That country has really fascinated me. For the coming year I have important music projects: a new single “Only love is gonna last” in cooperation with Sean Rumsey, singer and finalist of The Voice UK and a cooperation with Venezuelan DJ, Victor Porfidio… and this is only the beginning…