EDX has been very busy recently, touring all over the world and spreading the love of House music across the oceans. ElectroJams was able to catch up with Maurizio for one night in beautiful South Beach and get an exclusive interview from the artist, providing in-depth insight into the mind of the Swiss musician, his inspirations, and aspirations.
ElectroJams: Maurizio, you’ve been traveling a lot because of your tour and now you’re here in Miami. Where will you be going next?
EJ: How’s the scene in Europe by the way?
EDX: The scene is very mature in Europe, but it is in fact reviving in the U.S.
EJ: Absolutely, it is becoming a lot bigger here. And when you initially started did you have any people or anything that inspired you to pursue a career as a DJ in the house genre?
EDX: Well, no. Back in the day it was more driven as a DJ scene. Of course, there were already all these talents releasing music, but it was more about being a DJ out of the box, with your own style and vibe. They had DJs like Carl Cox, but this was also in connection with new sounds and he used to have a radio show on Kiss FM and that was streamed through satellite. So back in the day, I was always putting up the satellite once a week and listening to the Kiss FM show. Carl Cox was one of the heroes. But I’m talking about ’91 or ’92, so everything was different, you know?
EJ: It’s not easy like today where you go to YouTube and become a fan of someone. I used to put up my satellite to listen to Carl Cox on Kiss FM. When everything was really new, you know? There was not a lot of producers. I mean, there was of course, but I would say like Carl Cox was one that I was really impressed with, because the energy was amazing.
Then there was this other guy, which was called Laurent Garnier. It was like an early progressive, sexy, French house wave, but very progressive. And the energy behind it was really incredible. So this is how it started, you know? There was a pre-time as well in Italy, with Italian disco and the first Italo disco tracks, but if you cut away and you go to the appropriate rave/techno scene, then it was like Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier.
EJ: When you are creating or producing music, do you ever get inspired by other genres?
EDX: You know, when you are on tour, you get inspired a lot by traveling, you know? There is different cultures and places and at the end of the day, for me it’s just like a turning wheel. I’m not seeing anything new, I’m just seeing new plans.
EJ: Speaking of plans, do you have any idea where you would like to see yourself in the near future?
EDX: You know, we have always different plans and different targets, and first of all, it’s always music. I just want to make sure I keep doing great music, I personally like music. I feel this is what speaks best to the people; to the fans, so then there is like different dreams I think everyone has. I’m sure some people have a dreamlike younger kids today saying, “I want to play Tomorrowland or EDC,” or, “I want to play Ultra.” When I started, there was no Tomorrowland; there was Mysteryland actually. There was other festivals, there was Street Parade. So touring-wise, I play like nearly everywhere. So, of course, it’s always good to play certain countries I have not played. Maybe something in Jerusalem, or a show on the Black Sea- maybe in the city my parents are from, you know? Things that are personal to you. But, of course, on the music side, everyone is looking or trying to catch this one big tune, you know, a big track. That’s what I’m always starting in but it’s not so easy because I always try to keep music very quality. So it’s really hard to wait for the right moment that the music turns towards you. But right now I think everything is going more House so it’s good for us. You know small things, but maybe big things, like have a number one track; number one on Billboard. Have just like a nommie for a Grammy, or like score track in a movie.
EJ: This might be an odd question, but do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
EDX: Jovanotti for President. This album is the first album I bought. (This concluded our interview as he rapped famous words from Jovanotti’s “Gimme Five”)
Soon after, ElectroJams joined the party with EDX at the W Hotel’s spectacular nightspot: the Wall Lounge. If you have never had the chance to go, the following review of the night is my opportunity to change your mind.
Your first time trying to find Wall Lounge will probably go something like this:
You park next to the W Hotel near South Beach and proceed to walk toward the hotel. With no sight of the exclusive nightspot, you approach the big double-doored entrance, hands up and ready to pull the handle. The doors open automatically, you are pleasantly surprised. You are greeted with a dimly lit lobby full of little treasures. To your left is the receptionist, so you make your way over. “Hi! I’m looking for the Wall Lounge,” you say, to which the receptionist responds, “Absolutely! Just go outside, walk left toward the beach and make a sharp left on the first entrance you see by the bushes.” I don’t remember seeing any other entrance outside…
You make your way outside and notice two security guards standing outside a rather small entrance. This must be it. You walk through and find yourself next to a guest pool area. Confused, you keep walking, making several turns, until finally you see in big letters ‘WALL’ and multiple security guards outside. They cross-check your identification with their guest list and you’re finally on your way in!
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the a dramatically lit interior and incredible arrangements of light designs. Each table features tasteful decorations of low-polygon designs and comfortable furniture for the guests to sit or stand on if you manage to be there past 2AM.
That shift in the mood of the spot and crowd happens as soon as that big name gets lays a hand on the turntables. That night the big name was Swiss House DJ EDX, and to say he brought the house down is a bit of an understatement. This lovely little lounge slowly turned into an extremely lively nightclub as time carried on; it was wild, but you always felt welcomed.
As EDX presented his tracks, opening his heart as an artist to the people in front of him, you feel the emotion behind every down-beat, every transition, and every melody. When Show Me Love made its cameo through the veil of lights, everything else became an irrelevant blur. It was just you, the music, and the heart-felt love of the strangers around you, as if reuniting with family. The transition was especially beautiful when the new track How Long absorbed the atmosphere. For those who hadn’t heard it before, it was a welcomed journey into something attractively new. The opening features the melodic voice of singer Charlie Puth and it sets the mood for the rest of the piece. There is an initial buildup that takes minor sounds and slowly merges them, creating a complex masterpiece with a prominent kick drum that will shake the hearts of anyone on the dance floor. This song was certainly the highlight of the night.
The thing is, music has a beautiful effect on people. It’s a universal language. And when you combine that language with a DJ that speaks it fluently, the crowd reacts accordingly. Maurizio turned this lovely lounge into a big-name nightclub at the touch of a knob. That is something that is not common to see, and his experience and quality of sound shines through based on how mature and consistent his music is, only to be complimented by the unbelievable light engineering and the excitement of the people dancing under the Blade Runner-esque streamers and disco ball, as well as the fluidity of the stunning dancers.
Fans of the musician told me something that rings with strong respect for the artist: EDX could make a huge hit, he could change his style and mirror the current top sound, but he will not do that. Maurizio does not compromise his sound as an artist, just like his fans believe no one should ever compromise their character and personality, no matter what career path you follow. You should always push to remain true to yourself and the people who support you, and that is something that strikes a mutual chord with every artist.