Giuseppe Ottaviani

Epitomising trance music’s energy in both approach and output, Italy’s Giuseppe Ottaviani has long been recognised as one of the genre’s most prodigious and prolific merchants. From his earliest studio work (as the engine behind NU NRG), through to his latter-day output under his own name, he’s become synonymous with preeminent trance. Over the last decade the three updates he has given his pioneering club-becomes-studio Giuseppe Ottaviani Live concept has rewritten the book on what a DJ ‘does’. Through them he has brought a unique dynamic to many of the world’s best-known electronic music festivals and arena shows – Tomorrowland, Dreamstate, EDC, ASOT and Transmission amongst them.

Feeding these performances is a career-long procession of club hits, of which ‘Linking People’, ‘Through Your Eyes’, ‘Ready’, ‘Angel’ and ‘No More Alone’ are but a few. Giuseppe’s remains both contemporary and scene-omnipotent with of-late solo productions like ‘8K’, ‘Tranceland’, ‘Moscow River’, ‘Time Shift’ and others continuing to win trance hearts & minds. In the summer of 2019, through his fourth longplayer, Giuseppe fundamentally changed the album game, breaking the producer/audience barrier with his critically acclaimed ‘Evolver’.

Productions: Giuseppe has long favoured the production-based route to his electronic music career. Drawing on seemingly limitless reserves of inspiration & passion, it’s catalysed by his drive to create, experiment and challenge the industry’s customs. Along the way it has seen him amass a substantial discography, now comprised of close to 80 productions and 60+ remixes. He is now probably most readily associated with his output though Black Hole Recordings, while also releasing works through Armada, FSOE, Subculture and his own GO Recordings label.

Evolver (2019): over and above his first three, ‘Evolver’ – Giuseppe’s most recent artist album ushered in a sea change in its production approach. Through it Ottaviani sought to break through the wall that separates what an artist does instudio and what a live audience sees & hears. Powered by his Guiseppe Ottaviani Live set-up, the essence of each of its tracks was born in-club, as Ottaviani keyboard or hardware jammed them to life. For the first time vocal and collaboration free, the album’s first three singles (‘Panama’, ‘Tranceland’ & ‘8K’) daisy-chained a string of successive Beatport #1s. The album drew wide praise for its unusual approach, including from MIXMAG magazine, who (in giving it 9/10) said: “What began as simple improvisation ended in Giuseppe Ottaviani completely revamping his creative process”. Further they suggested that: “given that the entire writing process was more-or-less done on the dancefloor, ‘Evolver’ is an inherently clubready album that packs heat”.

Giuseppe Ottaviani Live, 2.0 & 3.0: Drawing on his vast track repertoire and love of live performance, Giuseppe found himself in the position of being able to pivot from the traditional mixer/turntables DJ set-up. In 2006, he unveiled Giuseppe Ottaviani Live!, the concept providing for a more ‘club-concert’ audience experience. An instant draw for electronic music lovers the planet over, it also proved an inspiration to other DJ/producers.

Having changed electronic music’s live performance game twice, 2020 saw Giuseppe do it again. Using his Live 2.0’s ‘studio-in-a-suitcase’, between 2017 and 2019 the Italian created the music (ultimately destined for his 2019-released ‘Evolver’ album) in-club, real time. In 2020 he revamped the set-up again, advancing it to give himself near limitless control over each & every sound he delivers. To do this, Giuseppe’s rethought the concept from the audience’s standpoint adding – amongst other elements – a striking lighting/visual aesthetic. Speaking ahead its launch at ASOT950 in February of 2020, he said: “with 2.0 people couldn’t see me play its keyboard component as it was desk level and within the box. With 3.0 the two keyboards and the drum machine are raised up high, which naturally brings a far greater connection between what the audience sees and what the audience hears”.

Compilations: Ottaviani has been a regular compilation mixer. Having started with ‘VANDIT – The Sessions 4’ in 2007, he went on to mix one of the long-running Techno Club editions in 2009, and most recently contributed discs to the ‘Pure Trance V2’ and ‘F15teen Years Of Goodgreef’ releases. In 2011 he began his own series. Working in sound partnership with his then radio show (see below), ‘GO ON AIR’ was released in 2011, with a second edition following in 2014.

Trance Channel every third Monday of the month (at 18.00 CET), along with a live video stream through his Facebook page. The complete set of the show is also made available on Ottaviani’s YouTube channel the following day, synched with the Podcast’s release.