T.H.E Interview – Alex Di Stefano


Alex Di Stefano, born in 1977 in Italy, has been a DJ, producer and musician since 1994.

His first dance tunes DayDream – Thinkin’ About You (1994), DayDream – Through The Night (1995) have been very successful in all Europe.

Supported by international DJs like: John 00 Fleming, John O’Callaghan, Armin van Buuren, Markus Schultz, Mauro Picotto, Mario Più, Simon Patterson, Mark Sherry, Eddie Halliwell, Bryan Kearney, Max Graham, Jordan Suckley, Claudia Cazacu, Indecent Noise, Airwave, Richie Hawtin and more, Alex is known to rock all dancefloors across the whole of Europe.

He is known to always be in search of innovative sonorities, but without ever abandoning the sounds of his own past, bringing a breathe of fresh air to the underground vibe to a Trance, Tech world that has been hit by commercialism.

Considering that he is one of the few who has created a massive impact in 2015 so far, it only made sense that we catch up with him for a quick chat about how it all started, his transition to the techno-trance sound and whether we can expect him to launch his own album anytime soon. Here are some excerpts from the interview! :)

T.H.E – Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time out.

Alex Di Stefano – Hi guys, thank you for contacting me, a great pleasure enjoying this chat with you.

T.H.E – How it all started.

All started in 1989, when I started listening music from ‘Technotronic’, ‘Snap’, ‘Twenty 4 Seven’, ”Cappella’ I was immediately caught from that Electro, Techno sound combined with Rap music, which inspired me for my first Italo Dance single, under the name of (Daydream – Thinkin’ About You) and released in 1994.

T.H.E – The transition to the techno-trance sound

Alex Di Stefano – The transition began when I started to listen and appreciate, the prestigious Italian label ‘BXR’ I was totally involved from Mauro Picotto, Mario Piu’s sounds. Another great artist who influenced me in the transition between techno and trance was M.I.K.E Push. So I just tried to combine my music knowledge with the old school style, creating something would fit to the present day.

T.H.E – Getting support from industry heavyweights like Armin van Buuren, John O’Callaghan etc.

Getting support from artist such Armin Van Buuren etc. it is a wonderful feeling, I am truly thankful and proud of myself because after all the efforts made in recent years, they are finally rewarded.

T.H.E – Italy has so much history – can you talk about that from your perspective?

Alex Di Stefano – it is true Italy has a lot of history, I am bound to it mainly because of its past which gave me a lot. We had and still have great artists/talents but unfortunately, in recent years we have been overwhelmed by the commercialism like so many other countries, whereby It will be a tough fight to retrace the road that has distinguished us for years all over the world. Currently I’m not living anymore in Italy, trying new experiences abroad but of course I am bound to my country in every respect, and I will try to keep up my flag around the world.

T.H.E – Why many of the world’s great clubs are getting shut.

Alex Di Stefano – I think the reason is always the same, Clubs are struck by the commercialism, confusion between musical genres, mismanagement of clubs, poor music education by clubs, promoters and artists, too many fingers pointed on money than on quality and this from my humble point of view.

T.H.E – Recent comments made by Mat Zo about Tiesto, Armada, Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and many other big names.

Alex Di Stefano – I can be partly agree, as far as the ghost producing, I am of course for the thumb up, to all producers who struggle in the studio day and night but I keep myself aloof from any kind of criticism about it, because I’m not a fan of it.

Armin, and other big names were icons, legends who have made history over the years and many artists have been inspired from them, however, from my point of view there may be a lot more fight on what they play in the present days. because as I have already mentioned there is too much money, poor quality and this leads to poor music education to the next generation.

T.H.E – Judging by your discography, you have done it all, except launch your own label and release an album. Are there any plans in the pipeline to change this?

Alex Di Stefano – I actually, had a techno label in the last five years (Binary404) but for the past several months, I do not work more with it anymore, only to focus everything on myself and who knows, maybe in the next year or two I will try to launch a new label, same about an album.

T.H.E – What direction do you plan to take for the future? Can we see your style evolving?

Alex Di Stefano – I’m definitely looking for new sounds, trying to evolve myself but without ever abandoning the sounds which distinguishes me lately.

T.H.E – Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line.

Alex Di Stefano – I’m a dreamer and ambitious like everybody, but I live my own music experience (and not only), day by day and if I must be honest, I do not know what future is waiting for me as an artist, I just want to keep up the good work, the passion I have for music, so I leave the rest to the fate.

T.H.E – Top 5 Essential tunes at the moment.

Alex Di Stefano –

1. Bryan Kearney, Will Rees – Prime Example (Original Mix)

2. Vini Vici – The Tribe (Original Mix)

3. Ferry Corsten, Gouryella – Anahera (Extended Mix)

4. The Noble Six – Undimmed (Original Mix)

5. Sam Jones – Let Loose (Original Mix)

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