Fabrizio Sanna, Italian producer and dj, was born in Frankfurt.
Already early in his youth Fabrizio had a deep passion and love for music. Like many other teens he started making punk-grunge music with his friends in cellars, on private parties or at school. “We just took every opportunity as it came along to take the bass guitar to express the thinking, the lightheartedness of our youth,” he remembers. “It started at high school, at the beginning of the nineties in Sardinia. I met with old friends, just to pass the time, … nothing serious … and it should be like that. I played the bass guitar, but I don’t even remember the name of the group, we changed it at least ten times. At this time we were inspired by the Seattle grunge band Nirvana, but we were more influenced by punk (Sex Pistols, Ramones, NOFX, Green Day) than by heavy metal. The early nineties, when I was at high school in Italy, have been very important for my future choices. Along with my interest for the American scene in Seattle and the British scene around the Sex Pistols, my interest for house music was growing. I always bought lots of music of different kinds and never CDs of the German tech-trance were missing. It was almost an obligatory step, considering the extreme commercialization of the products. At this time in Italy three different genres were distinguished: house, techno und disco music. Techno was a genre, that I knew very well, many CDs I bought in Frankfurt, my second home and my city of birth. Regarding music, Frankfurt wasn’t any city, it was the cradle of innovation and of the culture of electronic music.” “At home in Italy the house scene was more in demand. Even today I like to remember the events in the most famous disco in Sardinia at those times, the Nottambula at Olbia, with dj Ivan Jacobucci. At the same time in institutions like Insomnia and Imperiale, artists like Ricky Le Roy, Mario Pi, Francesco Farfa, Franchino, which later in Italy became the best-known artists of this genre, spread the tendency of techno-progressive of the Tuscany school. In only a few years the elitist techno-progressive has become the music for the masses.” “It was a big luck that I could spend a lot of time in Frankfurt, especially in the summer holidays, where my family since many years is running a gastronomical business. Of course I have flashbacks regarding legendary clubs like the Dorian Gray and the Omen, names that have been copied in Italy and which represent the birth of techno made in Germany. The Matador of the evening at this time was Sven Vth, who is still today the undiscussed number one.” Frankfurt will always remain important for his musical career.
Frankfurt: past – present – future:
“Only a big city can give you stimulation and incentives. I know guys that don’t have the guts to choose alternative ways. Not only talent is needed. Setting of, searching, looking for new ways is a duty for everyone who wants to open new horizons…”, Sanna continues and talks about the will to believe in a project and to develop it, even if there are difficulties. This is a permanent subject, a leitmotiv in his life. Finished high school in 1996, he leaves Italy and returns to Germany, where he takes different singing lessons, to develop his artistic talent and to know the different nuances of music in all its aspects. In 1999, inspired by his singing teacher Helmer Sauer, producer and singer, he bought a hard-disc-recorder, to record some preliminary productions, preparing in this way step by step for his real interest: the production of music. “I have to thank my friend Samuel Meis, techno-producer, who gave me the first true friendly advice. With his information I fit out a little studio for digital recording with Mac, synthesizers and samplers.” “In August 2000 I returned to Italy, enthusiastic, with many ideas and full of energy. I wanted o do my work in Sardinia, it was my intention to settle down there and to create a space just for me. I fit out my studio and began to contact people of the Italian house-scene. I was traveling a lot, I visited different music fairs, but I found myself in a very isolated reality. I was aware after some time that Olbia, without having the important contacts to the scene, was not the right place for certain projects. But I have to mention, that I met in this time of transition Fabrizio Bucciarelli, journalist from Modena and author of ‘La casa discografica’ (ser. ‘Lavoro oggi’) who was known at the MEI, the yearly meeting of independent labels of Faenza. He was one of the first who made me known in the Italian newspapers. But I had not the right contacts, which I had in Frankfurt on my doorstep. Regarding music, Germany is a universe with lots of aspects and nuances. Every third teen is or was playing an instrument. Nearly as if it would be a duty. I think that this number shows the dimension of music in Germany. That’s why I went back to Germany. It was pure chance that I met the known producer Stefan Benz and the co-producer Chris Schwaab, of the label ‘Allstar Music Production’ together with Jam el Mar and Mark Spoon. I gave them my preliminary productions and they have been attracted by my way of making music. After a while my first single ‘Snowflake’ for BMG Records was born, dance with trance influences, sung by Chantal Hartmann.” This single has elements of the dream-progressive and the neo-classical pieces of Roberto Concina (Robert Miles) and Gianni Parrini, dj and producer. Joerg Ritzinger aka Dj Sequenza of the Europalace in Mainz made some remixes of it.
Phase of Transition:
A short interval on his many trips between Italy and Germany was the time with Mauro, a twenty year old guy from Sardinia, a dj with a big passion for house music, who challenged him during the breaks at work and teaches him playing on vinyl and CD-player. “Up to this moment I only wanted to produce. And then, due o a bet, I started to play … sometimes it is destiny…” In summer 2004, Sanna records ‘Lalla’ for the Media Records Germany, together with Mauro, named by him ‘professor’ due to his excellent technical talent. “It should be neither a musical experiment, nor a committed piece, but a ‘simple’ dancing piece without many demands.” This classical dance-hit is published in summer 2004 and is after some months in the eastern European charts. “Yes, it is true, I did a research in the internet and I found out, that we were number one on some polish dj-playlists. And we didn’t even know it!!” The ‘professor’ moves to Frankfurt as well and the collaboration of both continues. In May 2005 their second and last single ’Nobody’s sleeping’, is published by Media Records as well. ‘A piece’, remembers Sanna, “that goes back to my musical beginnings, inspired by punk-grunge of electro guitar and bass.” After some time they went their separate ways, not only regarding music.
“Already during the realization of the project ’Nobody’s sleeping’ I started to see music as something more complex, diversified, but at the same time more free and it became more fascinating by the new software and the new programmes available on the market. Due to our dj-sets, circulating in the city, we had absolutely new possibilities to produce music, I, for myself in the field of minimal techno, Mauro in the filed of vocal disco house, but our tastes met in the electronic elements.” The project had problems in the beginning, the daily gastronomical work, which allowed them to invest in the project, slowly took Mauro the verve, that distinguished him at the beginning. You need a lot of patience, you have to learn it from the beginning, it is an impressing scenario, but you have to consider that 3 of 5 play on CD-player or vinyl, there are many competitors, it is not easy to establish oneself as a dj. Mauro, having lost his early inputs, gives up and leaves Frankfurt. After the end of the project ‘Sanna feat. Il Professore’, Fabrizio reorganizes again his studio in the city of Frankfurt, from where he always coordinated his productions. First of all he makes changes regarding dj-set, software and digital mixers. “At the moment I have excellent contacts to Dorian Paic, dj and sales assistant at Freebase Records. I see the session as a fusion of the ‘old school’ of vinyl and the digital tracks.” Fascinated by electronic music, labels like Cocoon Recordings, Datapunk around Sven Vth and artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Anthony Rother, Pascal F.E.O.S., and many others, in the last years his sound atmosphere has been subject to important changes. “The fusion of different genres is that what is new” he says, “and without any doubt in this ambience, through some top-DJs, it had the maximum realisation on a European level. There are excellent Italian productions, – Marco Carola, Danilo Vigorito and Gaetano Parisio from Naples – but at the same time I have to mention names like Martinez, Trentemller, Dahlbcks, the most important representatives of the Scandinavian scene.” In the meantime some of his dj-sets are played at the exclusive German one-night-events or in the Cocoon Club, last year elected best disco of the world.