I may sound like a broken record when I say we have an exclusive interview with another musician, but under the circumstances (Ultra Music Festival 2013), I think that’s appropriate. Indeed, Ultra attracts the greatest techno, house, and progressive artists in the world, and we are pleased to have this caliber of DJ sit down with the Soletron team for a chat. Today we bring you Elio Riso!
See all you want to see of Elio on his website. Reach his facebook, twitter, and Soundcloud by clicking these links. If you still use myspace (I’m sure you have your reasons) then you can reach Elio’s myspace here. And while you’re living in the past, go ahead and watch re-runs of Yo! MTV Raps.
CF: Hi this is Connie Fan from Soletron.com here with Elio Riso today at Ultra Music Festival, and we’re here to talk about the latest scoop on this amazing DJ.
Elio: “Thank you.”
CF: What brought you into this sort of music, and how long have you been at it?
Elio: “About 20 years I have been at electronic music, and I hope to stay in it for another 20 or 30.”
CF: What was it like for you in the beginning when you first started?
Elio: “It started with the funky music in disco, and then it started to incorporate house music. And going to New York has expanded my horizon in music.
CF: Why did you start with funky music? Did it mean anything to you personally, or did you find it a source of inspiration?
Elio: “It was about the musicians who played the funky music that made an impact.”
CF: Looking back and seeing how far you’ve come, how has your music changed and what has influenced you throughout the years?
Elio: “You always have to adapt and see what’s new, to become modern. You always have to have the modern sound.
CF: Where have you played throughout your career, and what are your favorite spots to play?
Elio: “The island of electronic music. For 15 years, that’s where I evolved as a producer and a DJ. All of America and Argentina and the festivals. Even though I’ve been in big festivals, Ultra is my favorite.
CF: Why is that? What about Ultra that you love so much?
Elio: “It has been more or less since 2008 when Carl Cox invited me to Ultra and I have become more or less part of the family. Now I’m playing Ultra worldwide.
CF: How was your set today?
Elio: “It was an opening set. So it was very modest, but I love the fact that I was able to open for my friends and DJs.
CF: In terms of your own music, how do you describe your style.
Elio: “House music which is electronic music. Between tech house and techno, which is what the festivals are going out.”
CF: How has social and digital media helped promote your career if it has?
Elio: “It has to do a lot with the promotion of the artist and how I project myself visually and sound wise to the social media networks. It helps that people can see and recognize and put a face to the artist and you become credible.
CF: Where do you see electronic music going in 5-10 years?
Elio: “I see markets opening up, like Korea, China. South Africa is evolving, and I see South America becoming stronger and stronger.
CF: What do you hope your listeners take away from listening to your music and going to your concerts?
Elio: “My First attempt with music I left a message, and with the melody get some to some personal space within them so they can identify with what I’m trying to project. When I play, when a DJ plays, he is the psychologist of everyone around you. If you receive the music the way I see it, it’s kind of like the message that I try to project to my followers.
CF: Do you have any shout outs or message to the Soletron followers online and on twitter and facebook? What would you like to say to them?
Elio: “Make sure you always enjoy yourself and to remember that every moment is best when enjoyed with friends.
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