Valerio Sinatra is an Amsterdam based-Italian DJ who originally became a well-known figure in the local electronic scene in Melbourne, Australia.
Valerio has moved up the ranks quickly thanks to the local ‘inform-ass versus’ parties and his collaborations with several local clubs and crews. His sound is diverse, encompassing a sweet kind of sonic spectrum of music genres, with the ability to cater something fresh for every party. His other involvements with the local scene include working at Minitech Recordings and being a resident DJ at NDSM Sessions.
Valerio Sinatra’s career as a DJ began early on, first touching the turntables at the sweet age of 14 and subsequently discovering his natural love for the craft. Clubs began booking him two years later, with Valerio playing and holding residencies at some of Rome’s biggest venues. Later, he worked as a sound technician at Radio Azzura Italia Network, further enhancing his sharp ear for sounds, turning him into the multidimensional musical maestro that he is today. Having played various vinyl and live sets, Valerio began to produce with live synths and drum machines as well, then traveling to Melbourne in Australia where he spent the next three years.
While there, Valerio ran his own Versus nights featuring tech house and techno, as well as organizing parties at Royal Melbourne Hotel, Brown Alley and La Di Da. He also was given the tremendous opportunity to play in some of the biggest events in 2015, playing at “OH YES OH YES!” with Carl Cox, COCOON with Sven Vath, Seth Troxler, Green Velvet, Art Department and Apollonia, Future Music Festival 2015, Darkbeat and Funf Touring with Fritz Kalkbrenner, Martin Buttrich, Audiofly, Blond:ish, Guy J and many more.
2019 was a special year for Valerio Sinatra as he organized his first-ever ADE showcase featuring Minitech Project, Waveshape, Matth Tunes, Mind Your Step, Olivia Jones, San Salvador NDSM and Bassiks.
Since he left Australia and stopped with his events he wanted to be back playing around.
In his career, Valerio has shared the stage with some of the best artists in the industry like Sam Paganini, Luigi Madonna, Enrico Sangiuliano, Markantonio, DJ RALF, Hobo, Timo Maas, Julian Jewell, Raffaele Attanasio, D.A.V.E. The Drummer and has shared festival stages with Vitalic, Chris Liebing, Danny Daze, Fur Coat, Joris Voorn, Pleasurekraft, Alex Stein, Pig&Dan, Victor Ruiz and Rødhåd, just to name a few.
We had a chat with Valerio Sinatra to learn more about his history and what’s coming up for him.
Valerio, you began to play at the age of 14, who was your motivator and how it began?
As my surname suggests, I come from a family of musicians. Not all professionals but with definitely many of them have the music inside! Not sure exactly how started but I just remember my father bringing me a couple of CDJ 100s and 2 turntables with a 4 channel mixer Behringer and from there I (almost) never stopped!
You are working with some of your favorite artists and friends around Europe, tell us more about it.
Yes, I am really lucky that I had the chance previously to play some gigs with artists such as Enrico Sangiuliano, Luigi Madonna, Sam Paganini… I always loved them as artists and once I got to know them in real life they surprised me with their amazing attitude and professionality towards the music industry. I must say that I learned a lot from them and I am happy to share these lessons with my “brothers in music” around the world.
You are now giving lectures, how did your tutor experience begin?
It started years ago… There was a time in my life that I was completely broke and when more than a few people asked me to teach them how to DJ I started charging few dollars for my time. Then when I realized that I really enjoy teaching people and that it could have been a proper income I worked to make them as professional as possible and since then I never stopped giving private lesson but only to selected people.
One day I was studying music production at SAE Amsterdam and from there almost at the end of my course I had an idea to implement with their course and funny enough it got accepted! So I ended up from being the student to the guest lecturer sitting on the other side!
What did you feel being at the Amsterdam Dance Event?
Even if I am replying to this interview a while after the event has finished, I can still feel the energy and the vibe from it… Being one of the official ADE programmers and selecting your favourite labels is amazing… I think that there is nothing that I could compare it with, a rollercoaster of emotions and highlights that can be just squashed in one word: AWESOME!
Amsterdam, Italy and Melbourne you are a very cosmopolitan person, where do you feel more techno vibes?
Mmmhmmm tough question! I guess Amsterdam has much more the feel of the “underground” scene with their bunkers, warehouses and tons of festivals… but Melbourne scene is just amazing and well… my dear Italy is the birthplace of some of my favourite artists!
What will be your next musical steps as Valerio Sinatra?
More than steps I always feel like I have still to climb huge mountains! I believe that the musical journey is endless until the point that you want it to be…
What do you think is the most difficult thing in the work of a DJ? What problems have you already faced during your career?
There are many. After having the grasp on what you want to do and how, comes the moment to “sell” yourself and of course financially that is not easy… especially if you are starting really young!
Once you overcome that barrier there is a big problem in the industry and that is mental illness. Someone said that to me that “you are good as your last gig.” You always have to be on top your game for this job but I think that everyone should remember that we all are human. Keep in touch with your humanity and remember that other people in other industry have the same problems as us and that we are not alone or “broke”
Are you doing anything to follow a trend? Is there such a thing as a “trend” for you at all, or do you try to create your own unique style?
Nah not really! Actually to avoid time waste in my daily routine I just bought a few of exactly the same clothes… if you look at my wardrobe seems like from a Disney character!
Who are the three artists, musicians or DJs who influenced you the most?
Daft Punk. Without them probably I would still be listening to pop music! The second one would probably be Cyberpunkers… back in the time they gave me that rough synth sound that I would never forget and for the last one… well Enrico Sangiuliano put a mark on a specific sound, he blended what techno was and what it is now for sure.
What are your plans for 2020?
At the moment I am in Stockholm and we are working with some local promoters on a really big project…
Sweden is really famous for its EDM scene and I believe that is now time for this country to discover more and more artists from our world. We have a festival in the making and it will be in a spectacular venue. The festival is called Gate and it will take place on the 10th and 11th July 2020 at Dragon Gate. Lineup is getting released in the next few days but so far we have announced Luigi Madonna, Roberto Capuano, Industrialyzer with many more to come!
Guest Interview by Olga Godina