Roberto and thank you for your time for this interview and thanx to Marc
Fruttero who helped me to get me in contact with you. I am glad we could
have a chat about your music and work. Roberto, could you introduce yourself,
who is Roberto Calzolari?
Dyva is a duo
with you and Massimo Traversoni. Can you tell me how you met each other
and when? And few words about Massimo please.
At the beginning of
your friendship and music career you have been perfoming Rock music and then
you started with Dance. Is there any special reason why you leave Rock and started
to play Dance? I am pretty much glad for that decision of yours and I am sure
many fans are too! ? Without that we couldn't have songs like „I Know“
Yes, at the beginning we played only Rock and PopRock, live stage, always songs written by Max and me, but during the concerts people prefered dancing our songs with more rhythm, so we decided to make Dance music (Thank you for the love you feel for our songs).
In the 1983, when you two started to play Dance, was the beginning of the special era of Italian Disco music, Italo Disco.
Oh yes, when we met Roberto Zanetti (Savage), that had just published “Don' Cry Tonight”, he told us future would have been of Dance music, therefore we started to write the first Dance tracks. From that day we’ve haven’t stopped making music anymore and also today our productions are devoted to that sound. Many years have passed by, but playing Dance music still makes us feeling shivers
Oh Mama Tonight
the same year, 1983, you made your first Italo song „Oh Mama Tonight“.
It was realeased only as promo single. Why? And for which label song failed
to appeared? Was problem for you to find appropriate publishing company
for your songs?
Legendary Discomagic published song „I Know“ on Technology label in 1987. Can you tell me please how many copies of „I Know“ exists? Some time ago I saw on eBay that this records have been sold for lots of money, for 630 us$! It's a pretty lots of money and I guess you must be very proud that your song worth that much!
your Discography we could see that you, after 1987, released song „Cannery
The Canary“ in 1990. Between 1987 and 1990 have you made any other
Italo song? It's pretty big time gap without any new song. Is there any
special reason for that?
I guess you were going
on concerts during 80's and you met some other Italo Disco artists. Can you
tell me about that more please? Ok, we’ve played with more artists
of the ’80, on tour in Discotheques, and we apologize if there’s
anybody that we’ve forgotten: Savage, Martinelli, Albert One (at the beginning
Jock Hattle), Den Harrow, P.Lion, Ago, Alberto Carrara, Bagarre, Baltimora,
Gary Low, Gazebo, George Aaron, Joe Yellow, Krisma, Lee Marrow, Ryan Paris,
Scotch, Styloo, ecc.
Could you perhaps say your favorite Italo artist? And why do you consider him your favorite one?
Many indeed, but first of all Savage and Martinelli for the atmosphere, Radiorama and Albert One for their energy
The same question as previous but about your favorite italo track?
We loved: “Alien” (Radiorama), “Don’t cry tonight” and “Time” (Savage), “Hearts on fire” (Albert One), “Computer love” (Ago), “Catch the fox” (Den Harrow), “Cenerentola” (Martinelli) and so on...
Did you have wish to work in the 80's with some other Italo Disco artists and you didn't have the chance?
And we would have already liked working with many others, but perhaps, at that time, they were too famous. However, in the 90s we published many maxi-singles with Roberto Zanetti and his Label DWA.
you and Massimo, is there anyone else who was the part of your Team in
the 80's? Anyone familiar to Italo fans?
for „Danceland“ are?
How come you decided
to re-release your old songs for Flashback Records in 2003 and 2004? Perhaps
nostalgic for Italo Disco is involved? And can you tell me a bit about your
work with Kimmo Salo, the head of Flashback records? Your latest Italo Disco
project is Marc Fruttero. You made for him song „If You're Feeling Blue“.
It's pure Italo Disco sound and I wonder do you have in your „archive“
some other songs already wrritten but not yet published? If you do have, what
are your plans for near future?
KIMMO SALO tried to find us, he came and suggested publishing our old but beloved songs and we’ve always accepted, we'll be always grateful with Kimmo for that. MARC FRUTTERO’s project of singing one of our songs “IF YOU’RE FEELING BLUE” , has amused him a lot. We hope to create a lot of surprises in future.
What are your plans for coming weeks and months?
We have now published, a single for the Melodica Label with two songs “FLYAWAY” and “RUNAWAY” by UMA69, this record in many charts around the world. In Italy now, a CD by PIANO MAN, title AMNESIA, for G Records-Universal Music Italy, 16 songs “only PIANO” written, played and produced by Max and me, shortly two singles and a CD will be published, we’re working on it now. We’ll publish the whole news on our Site www.danceland.it
Thank you Roberto for your time and for this interview. All the best to you and to Massimo. Your fan Zeljko.
Thanks to you and the entire love for Italo Dance, and thanks to every Italo Lover too. ROBY & MAX
© Zeljko Vujkovic - March 2006