October 1996. In a decadent corner of Rome, behind the old market, a new nightclub was born from the ashes of an old motorbike repair shop, thanks to the determination and vision of four friends and business partners. The shop had already been transformed into a nightclub in the past, but the venture had proven to be unsuccessful. They decided to call the ambitious project “Goa”, a nod to the full moon parties on Indian shores, and they decided to decorate the nightclub in the style of an English lord’s Indian mansion. Precious and elaborate furniture was installed in the space thanks to a collaboration with a famous Rome-based gallery, as well as candles and Indian-themed décor that distinguished Goa from other nightclubs in the city at the time.
Up to this day, those who come here feel like they are entering into another world, one with ivory-coloured walls, exotic and mysterious Indian objects and sofas adorned with precious fabrics. Goa club was different right from the start. The four founders were adamant about playing avant-garde and innovative music that had little to do with what was being played in other Roman nightclubs, and over the years their musical tastes evolved and blossomed further. A wide variety of music has been played there since it opened, from Acid Jazz to Trip Hop and all the way to contemporary Minimal Tech, by some of the biggest and best representatives of the various branches of electronic music – world famous artists and djs. Today Goa is recognised around the world as a real institution for electronic music thanks to its seventeen years of experience in the field and its dedication to the music it plays. It is currently equipped with an Audio Factory soundsystem that makes the sound perfect and clear.
Giancarlino carefully observes everyday reality and has the ability of experimenting and anticipating new musical trends. He surely can be considered one of the best deejays in this industry both nationally and internationally, as well as being a music producer, A&R director and organizer of big events.
Since his debut, Giancarlino has researched new sources of inspiration and has given a new imprint to his music. Being one of the first deejays playing house music in Rome, especially hip-hop and acid jazz, his taste and personal style makes him move on to electronic music.
In 1996, the opening of GOA club has been fundamental for the city of Rome as it soon becomes a symbolic club for the city. The club rapidly gets known in the deejay music scene. Its ethnic style, magical atmosphere and innovative sounds make this club unique. It continuously hosts important deejays from all over the world and Giancarlino has always given the opportunity to all emerging artists to play in his club. Many of them became important deejays throughout their career, only to mention a few, such as Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano. He also exchanges musical ideas and created friendly relationships with artists like Timo Maas, Sven Vath, Locodice and Steve Bug.
During these years Goa club has become a music factory, capable of understanding and letting grow new generation of deejays that are frequently invited to play in major clubs all over the world. The club has been able to mix music, art, theatre, dance and visual installations in all its forms.
Unlike many deejays that travel around, Giancarlino firmly decides to stay and establish himself in his home city in order to achieve his main targets, firstly by playing in many clubs of the city and later by creating his own club where he finally finds an ideal situation by putting into action all of what he has built throughout time.
Giancarlino is a quiet private person and doesn’t like appearing in social events in order to get noticed. He never really liked club private areas and everything that concerns commercial sounds and music.
One of his creations is called ‘Ketumbar’, opened together with his friend Danilo Proietti. It is a sushi bar and club that managed to launch new trends in a city like Rome, sometimes considered to be a ‘small town mentality’ city. This experience gives birth to the First Travel compilation and being of major success for both public and critics.
During the last years, Giancarlino intensified his appearance in international clubs such as The End in London, Rex club in Paris, Amnesia and Pacha in Ibiza, and every Monday at DC10 circoloco where he took part and organised events in Ibiza like ‘The Heat Timo Maas vs Fatboy Slim’.
With his partner and close friend Claudio Coccoluto, he is the resident deejay of the ‘Ultrabeat’ night at Goa club playing together with artists like Timo Maas, Sven Vath, Gilles Peterson, Howie B, Dj Hell, Kruder & Dorfmaister, Layo & Bushwacka, Pascal Feos, Tiga, just to mention a few. He organised the ‘Modula’ exhibition at Goa, that welcomes electronic music, mainly experimental, which includes artists like: Mouse on Mars, LFO, Jimmy Tenor, Funckstorung and many more. He then creates the Sunday ‘After Tea’, being a different concept of living the club as it has an afternoon opening hour where you can enjoy great quality music and listen to live shows played by leading and emerging artists. Here, you can appreciate young and talented artists having to do with art, fashion, audio-visual, photography, theatre, literature and poetry, an overall 10 hours non-stop of different range of artistic skills expressed in a singular way.
He played in big venues such as 1st of May (Labor Day) at Piazza San Giovanni for 700,000 people, at the Olympic Stadium for the ‘Derby of the capital’ and has been the supporter deejay for live concerts of Jamiroquai, Almamegretta, Warren G, and Morcheeba.
He organised and played in big events held by companies such as Nike, Citroen, Diesel, Replay, Peroni, as well as Dissonanze Festival and venues like Beat Park and New Year’s Eve 2004 in Rome inside the contemporary art museum ‘Macro’. Also, Amore 05, a New Year’s Eve party realised in cooperation with the city of Rome consecutively for 5 years, hosting more than 30,000 people. Thanks to his close connections with Sven Vath and his crew, he realised other major events under the name of Cocoon Rome.
Giancarlino plays electronic music including a wide variety of genres from breakbeat, tech house, techno, to electro, all exclusively played in vinyl records.
Simona Calvani, was born and bred in Rome, where she grew up in close contact with the local fashion and music scenes. She studied at the Accademia of Costume and Moda in Rome, which helped her to flourish as an accomplished stylist.
As a result of her academic experience, she soon managed to create her own brand of bags and fashion accessories carrying her name, a line distributed across prestigious retail outlets in Italy and abroad. Despite her initial success in the world of fashion, Simona’s passion for music eventually prevailed and led her to other paths…
During the 90’s in Rome, a time were the first techno raves started to appear alongside the first waves of electronic music, IDM and the scenes that belong to that movement… Warp, Autechre, Black Dog, LFO, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Bola and Gescom were the main influences in Simona’s early experiences with the electronic genre. Soon she began to play with friends in exclusive private parties in the Italian capital. Her encounter in ‘97 with Giancarlino, then owner of the Goa Club in Rome, radically changed her music career. She started a number of successful initiatives linked to the more intelligent side of electronic music such as the Modula showcase.
The Goa Club eventually become Red’s second home, in ’98 she became a resident which allowed her to play alongside the most prominent names of the world’s techno and electronic music scene. This would eventually prove important for her music progress, giving her the chance to experiment her sound and to elaborate a distinct personal , sensual, eclectic style, while maintaining an innovative electronic sound as a common denominator.
Her DJ sets can be described as a “voyage which involves the body and soul”, her music reflects her personality: magnetic and dark. During her performances, she always manages to capture her audiences by providing each time a different introspective into her style. This is achieved by using tracks characterised by deep basslines and hypnotic, granular synth sounds heavily influenced by her progressive rock and acid house background. “The music has to excite me otherwise I would not be able to play it,“ she once said during an interview.
DJ Red took part in numerous events in Rome, among which were all the editions of the “Amore” festival, where she played alongside artists such as Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Ellen Allien, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills, Magda and many others. In 2003 she featured at the “Dissonanze Festival” with Richie Hawtin, in 2005 at the Europa Festival with Aphex Twin and in 2006 at the Ultrabeat Festival with the Chemical Brothers.
In Europe she played in different clubs in Ibiza, Berlin, Barcelona and London such as DC10, Bar 25, Panorama Bar, Tape, Cable, London Fashion Week, Club 4 and many others.
She made her debut in Berlin in 2006 at Panorama Bar. Subsequently, she made guest appearances at Bar 25, Tape and the Lunar Festival. In 2011 Red was invited to play at Panorama Bar and at the BPitch Control showcase at Watergate.
Red has recently moved from London to Berlin, where she now lives after been signed by BPitch Control.
Fabrizio Sala was artistically born when he was 12 years old when he approached classical music, studying for 8 years the flute & percussion. At the age of 14 he joined the prestigious Conservatory “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, and after three years of music theory he began the course of “history of music” to bring it closer and closer to the world of disco house from the early 80s/90s and club culture in all its facets.Jetro Thull African percussion of blacks in America, from the world famous Studio 54 with Lerry Levan and Nick Siano up to Tony Humphries, Frankie Knukles, Little Louie Vega, are the names he grew up with.When he turned 16, he began to create his own records and soon after founded the London FM project. This projected went on for 13 years in the Italian and European clubs, such as Watergate, ZOOO project, kids club, harry klein, Goa Club, Ritual, Velvet and many others. During these years, he realized that his life is not only to DJ, but invent, discover, and animate places for his party by doing so year after year. He began to pull on small format, which creates exhibitions, organizes, and revolutionizes the club. He then honed his own mixing techniques and knew where to host DJs on the underground scene at the time. Now Fabrizio Sala is a creator along with his partners of the “Nozoo” project located inside GOA Club in Rome, where he is also the resident DJ.
Silvie Loto was born and grew up in Italy with a deep interest in music from the very beginning and, very early on, she decided to follow her passion. She started DJing at the age of 17, fascinated by the night clubs and the music there after several trips to London, Spain and Germany, where she got in close contact with new sounds. In 2008 she started to play at Tenax club in Florence and it was the starting point for her to play at the best clubs all over Italy, being on the same bill as many international djs.
She has been a resident of the legendary party Ultrabeat at Goa club in Rome and the well-know Nobody’s perfect party at Tenax club in Florence since 2010.
This summer Silvie played at Amnesia Ibiza for one of the most acclaimed events of 2012, “Music On”, playing alongside his creator, Marco Carola.
Today Silvie is considered one of the most promising talent of the Italian scene. Her sets mixes House and Techno influences and her broad knowledge of the electronic music allows her to deliver versatile and deeply emotional sets.
Marcolino is the bionic hear that in 2007, together with Max Lsp, opens in Rome the most authentic shop of electronic and experimental music in Italy-Ultrasuoni Records. In 2009 he founds the label Mus Record, together with Alex Picone. After years spent in the shadow, listening, studying and collecting music, in the last few years he has started playing in the best clubs of the roman scene. Steady fixture behind the consolle of Goa Ultrabeat and Anarchy in the Club, he has recently started a new project with Picone and Rawmance “Citizens above Suspicion”. Ultrasuoni is the meeting point of all Italian djs and music lovers alike, and a fixed stop for all international djs that pass through the eternal city. “Play it on Vinyl, or don’t play it” is definitely the motto that sum up Marcolino’s credo.
Adiel, resident Dj at Goaultrabeat from Goa Club in Rome, and founder of the label Danza Tribale, early strong interests and attitudes towards various form of arts, have clearly guided her life and growth through an intense, stylish and creative path into domestic and worldwide night-life and club culture, she entered roman’s underground club scene.
There she discovered her real vocation for sound and music, her passion for vinyl spinning and her true love for all boundaries from deep to techno music, that pushed her prodigious steps into the booth without hesitation….
Together with top class mixing skills, her DJ-sets are now able to bring any crowd into a trip to far, unexplored musical galaxies.
She is able to render and share her profound and still ethereal emotions into a musical journey that drives the whole dance-floor on a perfectly tylored musical spaceship through crystal forests and obscure dephts.
A fascinating emphatic flow, hard not to follow her blindly into this intriguing musical experience.
Italian duo Doomwork have been quietly blazing a trail through the world’s techno and house scenes over the last five years, forming in 2008 and finding rapid success thereafter. Alessandro and Claudio found their first electronic education in the burgeoning scene of their home nation around the turn of the millenium, before looking further afield to the pioneering heritage of the Detroit techno deities. While this and a growing love of Chicago house helped to form their instincts for a meaty groove, a fascination with the vanguard of stadium-sized dance music (Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy) ensured that they became producers with a dash of pop sensibility about them. Not that there’s anything mainstream about their slinky take on deep, melodic house and techno; more that it straddles the divide between accessible and credible perfectly. Their music is emotive and immersive, with bold melodies and riffs locked into rolling rhythms and subtle atmospherics. “Our music is ever-changing” the duo say. “We love to find new feelings from all genres and mix them in our personal point of view to give a depth touch to the tracks.” Just a year after they started producing, they found themselves sitting at the top of the Beatport Chart with the huge Jazzy Stuff, with the biggest players in the scene singing their praises and requests coming in from some of the most acclaimed labels around for productions and remixes. 2010 saw Holland’s 2000 And One begin a relationship with the duo, showcasing several of their tracks on his 100% Pure and Area Remote labels, with Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero doing likewise for their SAW Recordings imprint. 2011 saw Christian Smith’s Tronic and Steve Bug’s Audiomatique snap up hot new Doomwork productions, while their stunning debut album Club Abduction was unleashed to widespread praise in 2012. An appearance on Sven Väth’s Cocoon ‘L’ compilation topped off their most impressive year so far. Outside of the studio, they have largely concentrated on refining their stunning live set, having performed at legendary venues across the world like Barcelona’s Elrow 14, Florence’s Tenax and Tokyo’s Air Club. The dancefloor is not their only focus, however – with a burgeoning volume of work in the soundtrack area for films, computer games and the like now also filling their time. But with a new release on Audiofly’s Supernature imprint and an inclusion on Nick Warren’s latest Renaissance compilation, you can be sure that making people move their feet will be their priority for years to come. Their ambition is simple: “We’d like to be respected artists with a recognisable sound and a great live act show. To be a benchmark in the music world is our goal and to do that would give us great satisfaction.” Given that they’ve achieved most of this already, they should probably set their sights even higher…
Lorenzo Dada is steadily building his reputation as a producer who is influenced by his classical background. From the start Lorenzo has been a classical composer and pianist with a degree from the prestigious Conservatory of Saint Cecilia in Rome. From this Lorenzo has blended Classical and Electronic music for labels such as Culprit LA, Contexterrior, Poesie Get Physical Music and more..
Lorenzo holds residency for Goa Ultrabeat at Goa Club in Rome since 2014.
For the past 8 years Lorenzo Dada has been playing concerts and shows in Rome, Italy alongside influences (Dj Koze, Zip, Dj Qu and many others), gaining musical experience and outlook. He has also played in events held around the world including BPM Festival in Mexico, WMC in Miami and Off Sonar in Barcelona.
He has showcased his Live as a guest artist at events held at GOA Club in Rome, as well as opening for Marco Carola’s DJ Set at Music On in Rome, and before Sven Vath at GOA Ultrabeat and Studios for Cocoon Rome.
Lorenzo Dada is currently working towards releasing EPs with some of the labels he has released on through compilations including Culprit LA, No.19 and Contexterrior.