Spellband

One could easily say that Spellband are living a “second life”, when in 2011 they started again to produce remixed music and began their collaboration with Vega Records (Louie Vega), from July 2011, as well as with Tony Records (Tony Humphries) and Madhouse Records (Kerri Chandler) while growing many other project with US djs / producers.

They became quite popular and cool on the NY scene thanks to their unique style and their capability to remix music and build from rnb songs proper house “anthems”, which, although being very hard to find as they are not for sale, they are played by the most influential djs in the world, who all give support to Spellband (L.vega, K.hedge, T.humphries etc).
In July 2011 Louie Vega decided and believed in the talent and the energy of these Italian guys after he heard and played a lot of their remixes, especially Jennifer Hudson ‘Don’t look down’, which proved to be an “unreleased” cool summer anthem, most wanted and impossible to find.

They then joined Vega Records and remixed for the label ‘Elements of life’ and 2 of Anane’s songs in only 1 month.
In 2012 they released an EP for Mad House Records, the famous Kerry Chandler’s label, called the Dogz Family EP (Euphoria).
However, Spellband started to produce music in 1997 and it was probably their different musical background the main reason behind their success.

The Band

_Giuseppe Surace 2 - SpellbandGiuseppe is the “key” composer, musician and arranger; he started playing instruments when he was 5 years old (he was a drummer child, studied piano for 3 years, bass guitar and blues guitar for 5 years), a very talented child for his small age. He was a musician for many years when he decided to try the “club scene” and, in 1990, he became a successful dj, playing many gigs around Italy.

 

_Andrea Drappi - SpellbandAndrea is the group co-founder together with Giuseppe. He is also a dj and worked in numerous clubs and radio shows during the 90?s, when he developed a lot of passion for soul music and jazz, and decided to produce dance music as a way to express himself and his fascination with sound. His main role is to edit and give sense to songs / tracks.

 

_Vins Massaro 2 - SpellbandVins is the “man” of sound: a dj from early 90’s, he worked in popular radio shows with Andrea / Giuseppe, and in many Italian clubs. He is responsible for Spellband’ sound, sound engineering, editing and the final touch, being an ‘audio-addict’ for years.

 

The history

At the beginning of their musical carreer times were different and it was not easy to setup a home studio. They finally set one up in Giuseppe’s house where they started to play with drum machines, midi, old samplers and in 2 years their music reached the top and captured the attention of US main labels such as Strictly Rhythm, 4th Floor Rec etc. Nobody at the beginning, judging from their production, would think they were Italians, as they got their influences form different places and times, mixing and stirring them with their unique touch.
They have on their history over 150 releases (80% on vinyl) and more than 100 remixes, and during all these years their name appeared on prestigious compilations like Release Yourself vol 9, with their track ‘Isolator’, and, more recently, on Miami Uncut and Tony’s Traxx by Tony Records, remixes on Shelter for Timmy Regisford, and various tracks for the likes of Terry Hunter and ‘We can heal’ for Spen’s Quantize Records.

They are currently working on many new projects such as a few remixes for Tony Records, Double Cheese Records and an upcoming EP on Global Diplomacy, the new N’dinga Gaba’s label.
The trio plays in clubs around Italy and Europe; their set is a six-handed passionate performance, often enriched by live piano sessions, and during which they play their music along with a mix of old and new sounds, all of which make their set vibrant, engaging and fun.

(photo by Jos Kottmann)

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