Old-school clubbers in Miami know the name Ivano Bellini from his mind-blowing "Sunrise Sessions" sets every Sunday morning at the original Club Space. Since then, the Swiss-born, progressive house DJ has kept the beats coming at the new Space up the street, plus at Gryphon at Seminole Hard Rock Live near Hollywood. Check him out Saturday, June 9, at the super-cool Digital Art Beatz event in Miami's Design District (Grey Area, 130 NW 24th St.), where body-painting, a fashion show and an art raffle enhance the evening's creative vibe. Bellini talked to Miami.com about the night.
What's the concept behind the event?
The idea is to channel some of the creative energy that comes with the monthly Art Walk, and to create a sort of multimedia, multi-art event combining music, video, art, fashion, street performances - and food trucks.
How long will you perform, and what kind of set can we expect?
I will perform for three hours (1-4 a.m.). My set will be an eclectic array of groovy, funky, wicked and sexy underground house beats punctuated by some familiar vocals and loops samples.
Will you approach this any differently from a typical night at a big club?
Not really, since the idea remains the same. It's all about connecting with the public. Yes, it's a new concept and a new venue, so there's a little part of the unknown, but I'll be ready for anything.
Your sets on the old Space Terrace are the stuff of legend. Where else can people see you perform in Miami these days, and also around the world?
I'm still a Space resident and we're getting ready for the launch of the Summer at Space season. The rest of the time, I tour where demand takes me. I've been going to South America quite often lately, and in the next couple of months I'll be performing in places like New York, Munich, Istanbul, Marseille, Orlando and Tampa.
How else can people hear your music?
People can hear my sets in different ways - first as a bi-weekly Podcast on iTunes. Sets are also available to listen to or download on Soundcloud and Mixcloud, and I post all the links on my Facebook page. I also have a weekly mix-show here in Miami on party93.1.com. It's available online or with a digital radio receiver. And lastly, I also send my mixes to various air-based and internet-based radio stations around the world.
Any new releases on the way?
I've been releasing quite a bit of tracks done in collaboration with my producing partner, Gianni Ruocco, on his label Uranobeat. My latest production is a remix I did for Nervous Records (NY), which was released this past week (Dennis Ramoon: "Kill The Messenger"). It's available for downloads on Beatport.
You've just joined the restaurant team of Pasta Folie's in Midtown Miami - what inspired that?
I was a restaurateur even before I was a DJ. My dad was a chef and restaurant owner, so basically I was raised in a restaurant and later on went to culinary school. This, in a way, is a return to the sources, but it's not even something I was looking to do - the opportunity just fell in my lap, so I took it. I really love this part of Miami, because it reminds me a lot of what South Beach was when I first got here, and I just think it's the place to be right now. So much good energy.
As a trained chef, will your creative touch influence the menu?
Yes. I already added a few items to the menu, and a few more are in the making.
Having grown up in Switzerland, what drew you to Miami?
That's easy - the sun! I arrived here on Christmas Eve, and I went out that night and everybody was in shorts and T-shirts, so coming from Switzerland where at that time of the year you're wearing ski gear, it was love at first sight.