Who is ANTONIO PIACQUADIO? He’s been called many names: an artist. A party mastermind. A workaholic. One thing is for certain: ANTONIO PIACQUADIO is a visionary. The history of this native New Yorker is deeply rooted in his passion for and success in pleasing large gatherings of people, and as a DJ/producer, PIACQUADIO has come to be known as much for his filthy, tech-house DJ sets as his generous hospitality.
PIACQUADIO was born and raised in New York, where he’s lived his whole life. The eldest of two sons, PIACQUADIO was raised by an airline mechanic father and a hairdresser mother from Colle Sannita, a tiny, old-world village in the province of Benevento Campania, Italy. As a youth growing-up in and around the gritty streets of New York, the young PIACQUADIO was a precocious child and headstrong, refusing to follow the herd. His earliest memories were shaded by music – in particular, the early hip-hop and freestyle of New York, as well as music from the late Michael Jackson – and he always knew that music would play an integral part in his life.
At age 14, PIACQUADIO played his first gig as a professional DJ (after buying his first DJ mixer earlier that year), at Act III in the Bronx, which was one of the hottest clubs of that era. PIACQUADIO, influenced by none other than the legendary Todd Terry, brought the owner a two-hour house music mixtape, but he returned that same day with a two-hour “freestyle” mixtape after the owner told him that he did not like house music. He was so impressed that he hired PIACQUADIO on the spot. The rest is history! Soon it became evident that a career as an entertainer lay ahead for the aspiring DJ, and under the tutelage and guidance of industry stalwart, Joseph Lodi, PIACQUADIO learned the ropes.
In the arduous, drama-filled and often times, risky, two-decades that ensued since that first gig, PIACQUADIO cut his teeth working as a resident DJ and/or promotions director/manager for New York’s most storied clubs. The venues included: Sound Factory, the Palladium, Tunnel, Limelight, Roxy, Exit and Mirage, amongst others. In much later years, PIACQUADIO would also touch the decks several times at NYC’s Pacha and Mansion superclubs. PIACQUADIO’s love of pleasing packed dancefloors translated intuitively into his fruitful track record as a DJ/promoter, and some of the most memorial parties at indoor/outdoor venues include boat cruises around Manhattan, and even a 36-hour, nonstop DJ stint at a small club during a snow storm in New York that knocked-out power lines and paralyzed roads for days. The latter party, promoted at the last-minute, became jam-packed and was attended by 700 enthusiastic music lovers. Magic was in the air that night, fueled by great house music, and PIACQUADIO could not tear himself away from the DJ booth. The largest gig he has played to date took place in Calabria, Italy, in 2008; the event was titled, “The Different Circus Party” and was located on a beachfront site with more than 10,000 techno-lovers going bananas.
After years of deejaying, PIACQUADIO was finally able to afford his own, full studio setup in 1992. His initial production rig consisted of: an Akai MPC-3000, a Korg 909, an eight-channel Yamaha mixing board, and an assortment of effects processors.
Completely self-taught in the studio, PIACQUADIO learned the basics of production and engineering by doing everything himself. To this day, he programs all of his own drums, plays all of the keyboards, and writes all of his own music for his productions. PIACQUADIO has been producing filthy house music and techno for as long as he can remember. For two decades, he has been honing his craft. Always the perfectionist, PIACQUADIO has released music under different aliases in the past, but now he feels the time has come to release music under his real name.
The DJs who inspired PIACQUADIO were the greats, including: Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry, and Richie Hawtin. However, the DJ who has perhaps had the greatest continuing influence on PIACQUADIO is Carl Cox, the tireless jock beloved for giving every last ounce of his physical, mental and emotional energy during a performance.
From 1996 to 2010, PIACQUADIO was not only tearing up the decks at NYC’s best parties and venues, he was also getting booked for nationwide parties including several sets at WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami over the years. He also was booked for several international gigs. He has been flown to clubs and festivals in Mexico (at La Boom and the BPM Music Festival); Amsterdam; the Philippines; Italy; and the clubbing capitol of the world, Ibiza (at Amnesia). It was only a matter of time until the owner of the legendary club, Sankeys in Manchester, UK, came calling. In 2010, Sankeys Manchester was voted by more than 80,000 readers of DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs” poll as the #1 “best club” in the world on the heels of two decades as a venue where the music, DJs and patrons are of the utmost importance. When it came time for Sankeys Manchester owner, David Vincent, to expand his empire to other key cities around the world, PIACQUADIO was the first and only phone call for the New York outpost. After a brief visit to NYC and observing PIACQUADIO complete a track in the studio in under three hours, Vincent offered PIACQUADIO a residency at Sankeys. Just like the club owners in NYC, Vincent recognized the talent in PIACQUADIO and has set out to further develop him as a Sankeys resident and artist. The hugely anticipated Sankeys NYC nightclub is slated to open in 2011 and it’s as though the media and nightlife blogosphere have been lit on fire.
PIACQUADIO never rests. With a trans-Atlantic DJ residency at Sankeys Manchester, plus a three-disc studio album coming up, not to mention the all-encompassing task that is opening and operating the new Sankeys NYC location, rest is not an option. This world-class workaholic has much to offer the techno and tech-house enthusiast, and as always, PIACQUADIO gives himself 100% to the music!