Sonic Agenda Exclusive Interview: Daddy’s Groove
Gianni Romano, Carlo Grieco, and Peppe Folliero form the young talented trio from Italy known as Daddy’s Groove that took the world by storm last year with the release of their smash hit “Stellar”. They vaulted into the world’s top EDM producer conversation in August 2013 when they joined Tomorrowland‘s famous mainstage with David Guetta, Afrojack & Nicky Romero to debut their highly anticipated track “Surrender“. We got the chance to sit down with Carlo for an exclusive look inside the world of Daddy’s Groove.
What’s the story behind Daddy’s Groove? How did you get together?
It is a long story, we met many years ago in the Gianni’s record shop, I ( Carlo ) was a techno producer/dj and Gianni was an expert of house music, I used to produce with my personal name, we tried a track together and we loved the sound we did, it was a mix between techno and house so we decided to start a new project called Daddy’s Groove.
What roles do each of you play in the group when it comes to producing/DJing?
Gianni and I are the DJ’s and all together with Peppe we produce music; usually we try to spend all day together in the studio.
Which DJs/ producers have been a major influence and inspiration in your careers?
Daft Punk and SHM at the beginning, then David Guetta of course.
You guys worked with David Guetta for “Turn The Lights Down” and are now residents at his legendary “F#%k Me I’m Famous” party at Pacha in Ibiza. How did the residency come about? How has the experience been so far? Any particularly memorable moments?
Actually we worked with David on a lot of tracks, Turn The Lights Down was a remix that he did for us, we are at the FMIF since 3 years and to be resident for this amazing party is a great opportunity for us, we can spend a lot of time in Ibiza meeting many great producers, the vibe at Pacha is electrifying and we love to be there.
Can you tell me what emotions you felt when Guetta brought you guys on stage at TomorrowLand in Belgium with Nicky Romero and Afrojack?
We could try to tell you how amazing it was, but it’s not easy to explain what does it means to be there in that moment, believe me it’s the best of the best!
You recently released “Big Love To The Bass” with fellow Italian DJs Nari & Milani. What was it like working with them? How would you describe your relationship with them?
Nari & Milani are great Italian producers, to work with them was really nice, we never met, we worked in different cities, we just spoke on the phone and after 3 days the track was done. When you work with such professional guys it is easy to do music.
If you could pick only one DJ to have a dream collaboration with, who would it be? And why?
Daft Punk would be our dream! They influenced our world so much!
EDM critics cite that the genre is becoming increasingly generic, with many Beatport Top 100 tracks falling into bigroom “template” geared towards commercial success but lacking in creativity. What are your thoughts on the current state of EDM and where it’s going?
We think exactly the same, it is really boring to listen always the same drops and easy melodies. We try to do something different, of course it is not easy but we should definitely try new stuff matching the people different tastes.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/users/735773″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]