Thank you very much
for this interview. Firstly, I would like to ask you your real name.
My name is Gianfranco Felli, singer and lyrics writer.
Can you tell me who
Born in 1955 in the south of Italy, came to north at four, the fifth of six brothers, all family interested in music.
When did you start to
have an interest in music? – writing lyrics, music....
Before the disco music I was a singer at 360 degrees (folk, rock, pop,etc..etc)
How did you start making
italo disco songs?
Adriano was the keyboard player in a band I used to sing with. In ’82 he had some material he made for the new born genre of the italo dance. Knowing the knowledge that I have with the english languange, He asked me if I could write some lyrics, so I did.
released only three songs in the 80s – 'Diamond In The Night', 'Greatest
Mind' and 'Flying' (which is on the B side of 'Greatest Mind'). Why is
Who is the female
voicalist in "Diamond In The Night" song?
How did you get
in contact with Discomagic?
When you were creating
songs in the 80s, did you have contact with other italo disco artists? If so,
with whom, and can you tell me more about it?
In that period I had a lot of gigs all around of Italy with some of the most popular protagonists, getting on the stage with Den Harrow, Albertone(Jock Hattle), Joe Maran, J.D.Jaber, Angie Care, Savage, P.Lion, Novecento, Raf and others.
'Greatest Mind' is your
second song. Can you tell me more about this song?
On this song,
you had help from Vincent McMaffy and Bruno Bergonzi. Vincent McMaffy
was also part of the song 'Sunny' by Sir J. and Bruno Bergonzi on Sheik
Sphere – 'Deep Freeze'. Can you tell me more about these guys and
about their work?
What have you been doing
during that period of silence between 1985 and 2007. I know it's huge period
to describe, but just in short please.
I am still singing and writing songs, in these years I made some productions for me and others.
An album of pop-italian music called “Lontano da qui” with a guitar teacher (Marco Cases)
I wrote the lyrics in two albums of the rock band the “Freedom” recorded in Switzerland (Bastard son of Blues and Crossfire).
Now I’m the singer and the songs writer of a band called “Black Sheep” that made two albums: Blues it!...Alien (2004) and In U$ Age (2007).
This year I also released with Adriano two productions for the “Flashback Records” with the material that was in the shelf since ’83 (two vinyls).
“Diamond in the night” started with the words of the riff that I thought sounded good and the rest came out easily.
In 2007, you released
a great new song called 'Shadows Of The Night', for Flashback Records
(owned by Kimmo Salo). How did you met Kimmo Salo and can you tell me
how you started cooperation with him?
The new song has
been released in two versions – Vocal Mix and Wizard Mix. It's interesing
that for the Vocal Version of the song, you choose Bruna Mazzucchi, and
for Wizard mix, Lorella Panizzoli to sing. Why two different vocals for
two versions of the same song? And can you tell me a bit more about these
Your impressions on
italo disco music please?
I’m proud that I’ve had a little part in the phenomenom of italo dance.
Who is your favorite
italo disco artist(s)?
My favourite is Savage.
Italo disco song(s)?
My favourite song is “Fall in love” (Ryan Paris).
Where do you live today
and what is your occupation?
I live in Corrido (Como) near the lake of Lugano (CH). I’m an operator on a Psychiatric Centre.
Your plans for the near
future regarding your music career, and generally in your life?
I hope to keep singing and writing songs
I wonder, are you surfing
on italo disco web sites, and are you looking for any italo information these
days? ? Or maybe you're a member of some italo disco forums under a nickname
we don't know?! ?
Now I’m a little too busy for surfing on web but sometimes I do it.
Thank you again for this interview and for your time, and especially for the great songs you made for all of us! Ciao.
Additional info: Felli remembered, aftere the interview, that one of the vocalists in the song "Diamond In The Night" was Clara Moroni!!!
BIG thanx to
Kimmo "King-O" Salo and to his Flashback
BIG thanx also to my italo friend Paul Ritchie from London!!!
© Zeljko Vujkovic - September 2007