Jul 23, 2021
Giuseppe Ottaviani Celebrates Landmark Live Set & Upcoming Album 'Horizons'
Today we’re celebrating with Giuseppe Ottaviani, who brings us a breathtaking live set recorded from Rocca dei Papi, Montefiascone in Italy. Behind the decks for two hours, Ottaviani takes listeners on a journey with progressive, melodic, and trance tracks picking up the energy as the set heads into sunset. With a new studio album 'Horizons' on the way, there was loads of new music to be shared as well, and you’ll hear world premieres of two tracks included! Read on for an inside look at his mix, his studio inspiration and drive during the pandemic, his wildly successful Masterclass, and much more in our interview. Enjoy!
Giuseppe, thanks so much for joining us with a breathtaking Exclusive Mix! We’re excited to celebrate both the mix as well as the news of your upcoming album! Looking first at the set, where did the idea to record at Rocca dei Papi come from?
Thanks for inviting me, it’s been a pleasure recording this set for you guys. I live in a beautiful area which is not really known by many people and I thought it would be nice to show it on my channels. Also, lots of people who live here don’t fully appreciate what they have, so I’ve decided to show more about the territory and a few places that I really like. Sometimes you don’t need to travel a thousand miles to experience beautiful places, just look around you. On top of that, Rocca dei Papi was the perfect location for this music.
Once you were 10 minutes out from starting to record your set, what was your mindset? How did recording this monumental set compare to a big festival performance for you?
I think that playing in locations like this is way more difficult than playing at a festival. Selecting the right music to play to match the beauty of your surroundings is not as easy as I thought it would be. Playing during a sunset makes it even more difficult because you are going through a big transition from the day into the darkness and the scenery is changing and so the music has to follow in my opinion. This is why the bpm goes up whilst moving towards the night.
Looking closer at the music included in the setm can you highlight three stand out tracks and why each is special to you?
Well I definitely have to mention two tracks that I played for the very first time in this set and those are from my new upcoming artist album. The first one I played is called “With You” in collaboration with Monika Santucci and the second track is called “The Wind In Your Face” and it’s an instrumental track. The third track I’d like to mention is my latest single which is also the last track I will release before taking a summer break. It’s called “Be The Angel” with Lucid Blue.
We’re thrilled to share news that your album Horizons is coming soon. Can you discuss your decision to name your album Horizons? How do the tracks on the album reflect this title?
The title Horizons reflects the fact that I’m always looking to the future, eventually to a brighter and better future, to different and new ways to improve and explore music. It’s not new to my friends that I sometimes get stuck staring at the sky, the horizon, and thinking that the best has yet to come. I’m normally a very positive thinking person and this album is full of hope and positivity.
As an artist, where have you been drawing inspiration from over the past year? What has it been like without a dancefloor to test your music on and connect with fans across the world? Did this influence the type of music on the album at all?
I’ve been writing most of the album ideas during the lockdowns here in Italy. All of the tracks in this album sound very different from my usual stuff, and that’s because the pandemic brought out inspiration in me for some different music. I normally make music focused on the dancefloor because that’s what gives me the biggest inspiration, but in these crazy times with no shows I didn’t really have the right inspiration for the “big festival” type of music. I went more into what I normally listen to whilst at home, or while driving my car or simply walking down the beach where I live.
I also started to play and share this music with my fans through weekly live streams from my studio or when I had the chance from different locations. I saw that they really liked it so I thought I would give them even more and make a new album.
Can you tell us a bit more about the collaborators/vocalists who will be included on the album? What made your work together especially meaningful?
Honestly I’ve been looking for vocalists with whom I haven’t worked before and artists who are not necessarily into trance music in order to bring some new vibes to the album. There’s been quite a lot of experimentation, and I’d say unexpected results, which I’m really proud of and I can’t wait to let you hear more tracks from the album.
In November of 2020 you launched a Masterclass. You’ve also been releasing music from artists who participate in that Masterclass! What has the whole experience been like for you?
The idea of making a Masterclass has been around for many years, and people constantly asked for it on my social media, but I never had the time and opportunity to properly make one. One good thing about the pandemic was that I got the chance to work on it and after six months of hard work, my team and I delivered a 14 hour long course which packs together over 20 years of music production experience showing people what I call “the real thing,” the actual way I get inspired and produce my music, from start to end with no secrets or hidden magic, just the actual studio life. I’m extremely proud of the improvements that many producers from the Masterclass achieved and few of them also made a release on my label GO Music.
Now it’s incredible to see the Masterclass constantly growing and with over 400 members it’s actually turning into a community where many other members will get the chance to release their music through my label and I’ll be helping them to reach their goals. A new big update to the Masterclass will be available after the summer, we are already working on it so keep an eye on that.
What has it felt like to return on stage for some of your recent shows? Do you have any upcoming gigs that you are particularly excited about?
Going back to the real shows has been incredible! I so needed to finally breathe some live music again.
I’m actually excited to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I prefer to not mention upcoming shows until we are really close to the dates because we have learned that things can easily change overnight and I’m just careful in getting over excited for something that might get postponed or cancelled. You never know these days.
And as we head deeper into summer, what’s keeping you excited and motivated?
The great weather here in Italy always excites me and puts me in a really good mood. I’ll just take it easy this summer trying to get some more time with my family and try to get shows done as well. Apart from that I’ll need to finish the album as there are still few things to be done.
To learn more about Giuseppe Ottaviani’s Masterclass head over to https://www.giuseppeottaviani.com/masterclass/
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