Manuel De La Mare (IT)
With his music growing in stature on ever release, the demand with his bookings has not been far behind. Already a familiar face at global venues like Ministry of Sound in London, Womb in Tokyo and Fabrik in Madrid, Manuel has managed to procure a global Tuscan born producer/dj, Manuel De Le Mare has spent the past 24 months delivering money-shot releases and remixes, whilst marrying a lifetime of passion and dedication to his love of DJing. This ability within his musical sphere has pricked the interest of global artists like Mark Knight, John Acquaviva and Feddle Le Grand who have all requested his studio talents, whilst leading Beatport to bestow him the award of ‘Best Remixer 2011’, a suitable follow up on his nomination for ‘Best Deep House and Techno Artist’ back in 2010. Emerging as one of the Italy’s forward thinking music creative’s Manuel formulated his own sound by fusing together elements of varying genres which have long been the aural identity of his native country. Combining Italo dance, jackin’ filtered and deep house, rolling techno beats and crossing minimal melodies, Manuel has been able to construct a unique musical presense that is both eclectic and flexible, yet robust and cutting edge – a characterise very much found with his studio releases. Owner of recording imprints 303Lovers and Hotfingers, Manuel started his story in the small Italian town of Barga, before moving south to Pisa where he spent much of his adolescence studying music and learning to play instruments such as the guitar, keyboard, flute, clarinet and sitar. After changing between a several local rock bands, Manual had a chance meeting a young Alex Kenji. The pair hit it off instantly and before long were locked away in each other’s studios trading ideas, working on concepts and producing a flurry of underground club sluggers which would ignite their passion for electronic music. Manuel cites that his remix of Ian Round’s track ‘Dancin’ was the turning point of his career as the track went on to the reach the Top 10 Beatport (the main digital store for electronic music) chart and pick up support from acclaimed stars like Roger Sanchez. Off the back of this remix Manuel’s production skills grabbed the attention of DJs worldwide and he soon found himself remixing for names such as Robbie Rivera. Whilst his remix work was soaring, his solo productions were also making waves with the right people in the scene, mostly of these original releases was his collaboration ‘Ytaca’ with Alex Kenji which was picked up by Pete Tong and selected as an Essential Track on his legendary BBC Radio 1 show. More recently Manuel’s remix of Bellini's classic ‘Samba De Janeiro’ claimed and held the #1 on the Beatport chart of an incredible 4 weeks. Now a doctor in Music, Cinema and Theatre under his belt, Manuel’s progression from being an unknown artist to becoming one who circumnavigates the globe performing and releasing his music to thousands of fans has been incredible short. Making it understandable why he’s able to count amongst his biggest supporters international doyens’ such as Bob Sinclar, Richie Hawtin, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Axwell and David Guetta. With his music growing in stature on ever release, the demand with his bookings has not been far behind. Already a familiar face at global venues like Ministry of Sound in London, Womb in Tokyo, Sanctuary in Dubai and Fabrik in Madrid, Manuel has managed to procure a global fan base that has enabled him to perform his music throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, as well as North and South America. His sound stretches somewhere between house and techno, whilst respectfully treading the line between commercial and credible underground. It is this quality which has led to him having already amassed label credits with some of the scenes finest imprints; Universal, Toolroom, Ministry of Sound, Tiger Records, Spinnin, Definitive and Stealth. The strength of his own recording label, which he runs with Alex Kenji and Luigi Rocca, is a testament to his intelligent foresight within his music. In a little under five years, 303Lovers and Hotfingers have both respectively find themselves being earmarked by major players like Richie Hawtin, Mark Knight, John Acquaviva, Joris Voorn, Sebastien Leger, UMEK and Tiësto, Pete Tong, Bob Sinclar, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta as a solid source of good quality electronic music. Keep pace with the last few years, Manuel had an impressive schedule for 2011 already. First up was his Beatport award for Best Remixer of 2011,followed collaboration with Mark Knight on ‘Snapshot’ which was released through Mark’s own Toolroom Records. Later in his list followed two original singles in collaboration with Robbie Rivera – I Love Ibiza and Phaze, which were unleashed on the label Juicy Music .Not to forget his remixes for Fedde Le Grand,ATB,Sander Van Doorn, Fragma and Darren Emmerson (Underworld). 2011 was also a year for releasing his first cd VA compilation "Club Around The World". His last 2011 track "La Musica Me Hace Mas Feliz" reached #2 on beatport house charts and stayed there for more than 60 days.Couple of new project are ready to go in January 2012, one of which is an original techno tune Acid As 303 made with his mate Alex Kenji. Manuel will also come up with an album entirely produced by him and Luigi Rocca. The 2012 year continues developing Manuel`s know-how by setting his dance-ruling presence at ones of the most important spots all around the world. It concerns Miami with its huge event Ultra Music Festival, where he was playing as well as some prior venues like Amnesia and Space. Another destination for the talented figure of Manuel is England's best festival Global Gathering on the 28th of July. His achievements so far also include a new residency at the famous Hard Rock Club at Las Vegas. The successful year was settled also by the two extremely played releases which have been on demand for months. Yeah, one of them is definitely Opa Locka – his collaboration with his partner and 303lovers/Hotfingers co-owner Luigi Rocca and his house remix for I Love The Music made together with the other colleague – Alex Kenji, that was one of the best house tracks of March & April. Partners in music production, the Italian trio now gathers behind the dj booth creating their future project called Forza and it`s meant to shake the dancefloor in the near hereafter. All Manuel`s roaring progress have naturally evoked his nomination for The Best Remixer of The Year, which followed up his winning position of the same contest for the previous 2011 year.
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