Ricchini or for many Italo Disco fans better known as Joe Yellow, among
other aliases he had during career, is synonym for Italo DIsco. In the
following interview you'll find out Domenico isn't fan of 80's Disco music
which could be surprise for many, but that fact doesn't diminish his huge
contribution to the Italo Disco world. His italo heritage is huge and
so valuable! Thanks to Domenico Ricchini our beautiful Italo Disco World
is more beautiful.
mind I always see and remembering mid 80s Italo Disco as “sunshine”
time of my life with many nice moments. Can you describe one of yours happy
italo disco day?
you say, please, which song you composed for Claudio Cecchetto?
Nothing. We started to make a record for Sandy Marton but the Tv-program with Cecchetto as introducers never get started, so we stoped to make the song.
impressive Italo Disco career began much earlier, years before "I’m
Your Lover", at the end of 70’s, am I right? Everything started with
Delanua project? Please, tell me more about your Italo Disco beginning and about
I started with a song that I composed and recorded with my band in a studio. When I was ready nobody wanted to distribut that. So I went from a retailer of records and I convinced him to try to make a record. That guy was Lombardoni, the Boss of Disco Magic, that from a store discs with my song beginning his career as DiscoMagic.The song was"Flood" and I used the name Delanua, with the number label N° 001. After 4 records arrived Turatti-Chieregato and the new name "Joe Yellow".
was name Joy Yellow born?
Joe Yellow name born in the Baby-Records studio and was invented by Chieregato.
Disco in 1980 was different in a way than Italo in 1986 or year before/later,
in a music sense, so would you tell me from your point of view which are differences?
Some Italo fans rather aprreciate early Italo sound (manner of speaking sounds
a bit raw, dark, cleaner) than mid 80’s commercial sound, which sounds
happy, catchy? Which one is favorite to you and why?
I don't like 80s music so much, I love 70s, I come from rock bands that used to play 70s. Italo Disco was the music of those years and I had to do it. If just want to say something about the DiscoMusic, I would say that Georgio Moroder was the biggest producer.
is definitely common to entire Italo Disco era are few significant beauties
and those are: strong accent, bad pronunciation, not good vocals in artistic
sense, sometimes imperfect vinyl pressing or bad quality of sound, funny lyrics, even nonsense lyrics. Without them,
Italo wouldn’t be Italo :-) One of example
is fantastic song Hookey by Silvy Foster, which is your record. Oh God, this
song is really great! Can you tell more details about this record and do you
remember how you got idea to make it?
Italo disco it's become a mixture of quality good and bad cause the records were multiplying day after day. Pubblishers as Lombardoni, just to sell something, he was willing to let out everything. About first records, unfortunately I wasn't a singer, but I wanted to sing my songs, and then I realized to get different singers for my songs. I was a composer and not a singer.
web sites and data bases I saw informations you were vocal of Hookey, Flood,
Starknight, How Many Feel etc. Who was the singer of Hookey?
All record I've done before Joe Yellow, "music-words-voice-arrangments" was mine, included Hookey. I sung with my voice as Joe Yellow one record in 85': "Recollection"
you worked with many producers/artists, is there any one you managed to achieve
perfect cooperation with no many questions how to do that or this, where two
or three of you worked as one? .... Maybe Miki Chiregato, lately he released
new song with another legend of Italo Disco, with Tom Hooker, are you familiar
I worked with Turatti-Chieregato, Chieregato was DJ and musician / arranger, Turatti was Dj arranger, they were the most big producers at that time. Then Farina-Crivellente, something with Cecchetto but not continued, and other important artists in our area were: Den Harrow, P.Lion, Albertone, Styloo, Fred Ventura, Huntington, Ryan Paris, JimmyMcFoy……
do you have in your collection all records you have released?
No, I gave away everything.
have your favorite song among all songs you made? And why is favorite?
My favorite song is "Lover to Lover", cause was the first with everything right like I desired, specially the singer.
was the singer?
"Lover to Lover" was sung by Simon Luca, an great and famous singer in 60-70.
there any project your started in the 80s and never released. I guess you do,
so would you consider to release it today? These days, in 2012, Italo Disco
is on top again.
Yes, there are some songs never finished and never released. But try again sounds a bit out to me. The time is gone and things change.
only interesting pronunciation were present in Italo Disco songs, some artists
even didn’t know how to sing, this is the case with extremly popular Den
Harrow. I would like to hear your opinion about it, from your point of view?
Some would say it is his business, not mine..... Like George Aaron in my interview
said: “I simply did not care... Den was just one of the many that were
around and to me it really did not matter if he was the real one or not.....”
By the way, George Aaron has great vocal, in my opinion... Today, thanks to
technology, everyone can sing and play keyboards which is not fair I guess.....
When Turatti-Chieregato had the song ready to realease, the singer of the song didn't want to perform around, so they went to discotec and they choose the best dancer and beautiful boy. He was Den Harrow and then started Den Harrow story.
have any Italo artist (male/female) you would marked as a special one with his/her
voice, music and who contributed to Italo a lot....? I would say you are one
of those, definitely!
Tanks, Mauro Farina was producer and singer. He was not the best singer, but there were a year that you could go in a club and hear his voice, record after record, all night long, all with his voice.
you in music business today? What are you doing today?
I play classic music and I don't care Disco at all. But I can wake-up a day and think totally different.
are you plans for near future, Domenico?
Nothing, I'm living with my family, my animals, in a mountain as a hermit.
you like to add anything which is important to say regarding your Italo Disco
career and I didn’t ask?
I started play piano since I was kid, many hours a day to improve my tecnic and now what!! Everybody can do it in 2 second with a computer. …it's a life!
Thank you very much for this interview, Domenico. All the best from your huge fan Zeljko :-)
© Zeljko Vujkovic - 21 July 2012