is Eddy Huntington ?
about your start in singing career ?
was your producer ? How you meet him ?
can you describe me how you made your first song USSR ?
The song USSR was a mega success in whole Europe. Many people
who don't follow Italo disco music know for Eddy Huntington and USSR. What is
the reason of this great success in your opinion ?
The song is a classic piece of Italo Disco and probably the truest to this style. The money was also spent on making a video and ensuring massive promotion. I appeared on TV in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and on video in many others, I flowed the Festival Bar trail in Italy and toured Italy and Portugal with some shows in Germany. If anything I spent too much time on this one song and never got around to promoting UP and Down, as I was still promoting USSR.
You made one album ? Something about it please ?
The album was made due to pressure from the Japanese market. Meet my Friend was a big success in the far east and incidentally my only UK release. It was also a big Dance hit in the USA. Anyway the album was made with a fantastic combination of Italo and Eurobeat styles. I like both, but I know that some people prefer one style or the other. I think that all the songs had potential, but the one which I feel crosses both styles is MayDay, and proved to be the biggest allround success. The track God is Love was originally Inshallah, but it was felt that iot may offend some people, so we made it more general and open to all Gods.
You have great songs Eddy. What is your favorite ? Is it
maybe USSR or Hey Senorita or maybe Physical Attraction ? For me personally
all your songs are great and you have a marvellous voice ! By the way USSR for
me has something very special inside it. It's more deeply.
My favourite changes constantly, but I have to say there are probably 3, USSR because it was and is a classic, Hey Senorita because I like singing it live and MayDay, because I remember working hard in the studio with the team on this one.
A little bit more about USSR. I remember year when you released
it and one very favorite German magazine published song words with your picture.
We didn't have lots of chance to see photos of our dearest italo disco artists.
Bravo magazine were very kind to me at the time and we had lots of interviews and photos including a time when they came to London to photograph me at home. This was excellent because Bravo is so well distributed and allows fans allover the world to see Italo and other artists. I loved reading it too to find out about Den and all of my friends in Italy as well as some of the artists in Germany that I had worked with.
Eddy do you have any video spot released ?
USSR was on video, but not available to buy now. I was also on a video called Highway to Freedom, by Farenheit 104. After that there was a video made for Formel Eins in Germany for UP and Down (but this was horrible) the rest are just TV appearances (including one rare one for the Italo Boot Mix with JD Jaber, Joe Yellow etc).
Can you tell me more about Italo disco music in the 80's
? That period was so great for me as fan, I guess you, as an artist, had also
great time ? Please describe me a bit more that time ?
Working on Festival Bar brought me close to many Italo stars and I worked with Den Harrow and Tom Hooker every week. I also got to meet Tracey Spencer, Spagna, Sandy Marton, Righera, Baltimora and many many others. Most of them were really friendly and we often ate or drank together before or after the shows. I also worked with lots of Brits and German stars too who were very nice, including Erasure, Sam Fox, OFF.
You had lots of concerts and perfomances I guess ? Did you
travel a lot ? Only in Europe or ... ? Recently you had concert in The Hague
with George Aaron ? Tell me please more about that concert?
I have performed in many countries and have loved nothing more than live shows. The feeling is electric. The Hague was the first for many years and I was very nervous. The crowd were fantastic and I met some great people and made some good friends. The fans of Italo are a dedicated bunch, who really know there stuff, I remain very impressed!
Eddy do you have any more contact with others italo disco
I have an extremely busy life, as I teach full time and DJ and perform again. They too are usually very busy. This makes it nearly impossible to maintain quality friendships, though I do still have numbers to call as and when I or they get the time.
Who is your favourite Italo disco artist and what is your
favourite Italo song ?
Again I have lots. Here goes: Den Harrow : Future Brain and Mad Desire (original version), Lou Sern : Swiss Boy (Tom Hooker), JD Jaber : Don't wake me up, Ken Laszlo : Tonight, Spagna : Easy Lady (all classics and all still very good).
Did you wish to work with someone else in that time ?I once asked Turatti to write a song like Boys Boys Boys (musically) and he was not impressed, but no I was always very happy with my production team.
Eddy, in your opinion
differences between italo music in the 80's and 90's ? For example Mauro Farina
& Factory Team works today very hard for European market mostly, Giancarlo
Pasquini (Aleph) is still very good producer for Asian market (Japan especially)
but songs today are much more faster (more bpm's) than in the 80's. Roberto
Zanetti (Savage) said to me next: "Iitalo disco was done with the heart,
the music of 90s was done for business" What do you think as artist not
Things change and evolve. I think there is a very good new crop of songs, but they will never recapture the full Italo feel because it is not the 80's and we are all a little bit older. Memories can make things even bigger and better than they were. I feel that we should be true to our ears and give these new tunes a good listen to, they still have more to offer me than the other Dance music around (Trance, Techno and worse still rap!). Keep the balance but don't shut out the new or the music may just dry up.
Did you watch work of
others Italo artists then and today ?
In the UK it is harder to hear the sounds of Italo music, but with the advent of the internet it has become possible again. I am eternally grateful and enjoy all of the Italo stuff again! The artists I work with are always charming and I love to watch them perform too !
You have your very own
web page. Many others artists has web pages also but made by professional web
designers. You made your own by yourself so i guess you like computers and Internet
? You are very often guest on I Venti D'Azzurro's message board so it's very
nice you have time for all fans of italo music. I think this is great and I
wish others italo artists could be like you ?
I mustn't take full credit for this. It was friends who told me that sites existed and nagged me to make one of my own. I don't want to make a professional site as this is not personal enough and I enjoy the personal touch. The Iventi board has been a great source of fun and information and I check it regularly.
Music from Germany was
very similiar to italo music, we all have the same name for that both music,
no metter is music coming from Italy or Germany ? Did you follow Germany's disco
scene and what is your opinon about it ?
I'm pleased you said so. I agree totally and have loved both ! ZYX in particular has been a very good label for both countries and has embraced it all under the name of Italo.
What are you doing today
? Did you have thoughts about your comeback ?
As I said, I am teaching in a primary school (my class are aged 9 and 10) and I DJ in small clubs and I have taken some bookings for shows. I have made some initial contacts with producers about re recording, but will wait to see if I can find time to fit it all in. I like all of it and don't want to give any of it up !
Am I right if I say
you were a model ? Are you still modelling ?
I modelled when I was 18 and 19 and then again briefly with my son when he was born for Dad and child publicity. I am now too old and not really interested as I prefer my other hobbies.
Eddy please say some
words for me, for all of us who loves Italo from the bottom of our hearts, we
are living for Italo, Italo helps me and helps others to feel so great on this
world, the world of Italo disco ?
The fans of Italo are the best. They have been and still are true to the music and feel deeply about it. I hope I have played some small part in your appreciation of it and am proud to have been a part of a great worldwide music scene. Thanks to everyone who has ever bought or listened to and enjoyed an Eddy Huntington song. I hope to be recording again soon. Keep music live and spread the word that Italo is alive and well!
OK Eddy, I want to say
you big thanx for this interview, you are a great Italo star. Your music and
songs are so great, and I am so happy I had the chance to speak with you on
this way. I can't describe you how happy I am because this interview and it
will be in my collection of interview's
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity!!
Some performers easily break on to the music scene for others it can be a struggle to follow ones passion. Getting into the music buisness can be a costly venture at first with the purchase of instruments and equipment financing. However if people have a dream or goals like some italo musicians who are passionate about producing great music nothing can get in there way to making those dreams a reality.
© Zeljko Vujkovic - 2004