Last month we welcomed DJ and producer Stefano Ritteri (AKA Solo) along to the PB studios for a Live Masterclass series in association with DJ Mag.
Refusing to define himself by any one scene or sound, Stefano strives to create something new and fresh with every new track. With releases on the likes of Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Sound Pellegrino and dirtybird we’ve had our eyes on this producer for quite some time.
Stefano joined us in the studio to offer an insight into how he puts together his tracks using Cubase, taking us behind the scenes of some of his biggest tracks and remixes.
A bit of background…
Stefano Ritteri is a man whose star is most definitely in the ascendance. His prodigious rise to prominence over the last few years has seen him release on a who’s who of the most exciting labels in contemporary dance music, remix the likes of Underworld, Depeche Mode and Wiley and embark upon his first world tour. And, as if this wasn’t already an enviable list of achievements, he can also add to this a residency at the world famous Fabric nightclub in London.
Born in Rome, Italy, music has been a driving force in Ritteri’s life since a young age. Showing an early fascination with the creation and construction of sound, he had already started building a studio by his early teens, both playing drums in a band and starting to experiment with computers and samplers. This embodies perfectly Stefanos’s enthrallment with music – equal parts technical geek, musical aficionado and party lover.
After his first revelatory visit to fabric in London, Stefano’s mind was made up. Moving to London soon after to follow music, the Solo project was born. Initially working behind the scenes engineering for other artists, Ritteri developed his own production skills and made some useful friendships and connections along the way.
After ‘Congaloid’ was picked up by Claude Von Stroke for dirtybird, Stefano’s name was on placed firmly on the map and he hasn’t looked back since. With an already hectic schedule, 2013 is going to be a busy year for Stefano. Combining his superlative enthusiasm for all strains of music with a humble ambition, he is intent on continuing to evolve as an artist and has also started work producing in the pop world, working with singers and looking to initiate a live show.