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Roberto Masi was born in Palermo, Sicily on May 18th 1966.
Fan of funk since he was a kid, he starts proposing funky music in night clubs when the term “DJ” didn’t mean much. It was the beginning of the 80’s.
Once R.M. finishes his studies he dedicates himself completely to club music. By the end of the eighties he records his first piece “Body in motion”, produced by the label Palmares of Milan.
During the beginning of the 90’s he moves to Naples and works for an important label in those days, UMM – Flying Records, where he achieves precious tech experience in studio and gets in touch with an emerging House Dance Organization “Angels of Love” headed by Claudio Coccoluto.
Later, after the Flying Records experience he returns to his home town Palermo, where BLAST project takes place (N°1 in the major British Chart “Coolcut”), this carries R.M. all over Europe, playing in major House clubs: Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Finland.
1) Take your right “blast”
2) Crazy man “blast”
3) The princess of the night “blast”
4) Sex and infidelity “blast”.
“Crazy man” wins an award as the best dance record in 1994 after selling 1 million copies worldwide.
In Palermo he starts producing a series of remixes. For the following 15 years R.M. plays in major Sicilian clubs: REBIBBIA (Palermo), POISON IVY (cefal..), TAITU’ (Taormina), MARABU’ (Taormina), LADY GODIVA (Giardini naxos), MIAMI (Catania) and launches together with his partners the memorable REBIBBIA CLUB of Palermo, where all major international house music artists played every week. It was 1995.
In the late 90’s R.M. moves to Florence and plays in various clubs in Tuscany (Mood, Gallery, and PACHA’ of Riccione, resident DJ on Sundays during 1999).
After 5 years he moves to Bologna and works for the label “Expanded Music” (Mantra Vibe). Major projects:
1) Yours sincerely Lionell “drive red five” 2001
2) Saturday morning session “drive red five 2001
3) remix for SANTOS -123 fire 2001
4) rock tha house "S.W.A.P. " 2002
5) The groove selector
6) The groove selector 2.
Roberto Masi plays at the “LINK” in Bologna and later becomes resident DJ at “MAFFIA” club in Reggio Emilia on Fridays for Pandemonio Mantra Vibe nights (2002).
In Bologna he is noticed by an important Italian pop group “SUBSONICA”. They appreciate R.M’s sound and productions and decide to commit Roberto and his partner Marco Bertoni various remixes such as Nuvole Rapide and the recording of the soundtrack and album MOTEL CONNECTION, Santa Maradona that later will be named “Give me a good reason to wake up” for “Mescal Records” Turin.
During this period he carries out another major project “DRIVE RED FIVE” for Distinctive Records, which becomes a great success in Great Britain. It is also played by CHEMICAL BROTHERS as opening piece during there concerts.
Back in Palermo R.M. produces pieces in his personal studio and plays in major clubs. Lately R.M. cooperates with RAI Trade & Gazzetta dello Sport in the production of a DVD with personal compositions.
Various series of productions have been produced (Only for DJs) under the pen-name SHAMANO together with Flavio Vecchi and Marco Bertoni