LessThan3: What do you think of the effect of events like Ultra Music Festival on the overall music scene?
Maurizio: People are really getting into the music in the US, and they’re also starting to understand the production side of artists and recognize songs. Miami was one of the only cities in the US that had an electronic music scene 10-15 years ago, but it’s finally taking over the whole country. It took a while to take off because it’s a very different culture and a different approach to music, but it’s finally here and it’s amazing.
LessThan3: What is your take on the rise of dubstep in particular in the US?
Maurizio: I had a meeting a year and a half ago with Skrillex’ label and they told me back then that he was going to be the next big thing. I think it was a chance for the more rock-driven guys to get into the sound. I’m looking forward to seeing what is going to happen in the States with this music. In Europe it’s barely happening at all.
LessThan3: Many have called Las Vegas the next Ibiza. Do you agree with this sentiment? It seems like you’ve been playing there more often in recent months.
Maurizio: I think if you compare Ibiza based on the acts booked, then sure Vegas is similar, but there is a whole development of a culture that has to happen for Vegas to really be like Ibiza. Maybe in five years we can look back and say whether or not it is actually happening. I’ve been playing in Vegas about once a month and it is amazing!
LessThan3: We’ve read that you’re a member of the Helvetic Nerds with Dinka and Daniel Portman. How did that group come about?
Maurizio: I’ve been working with my production partner Christian for more than ten years on various projects. One day we started developing and working with other electronic dance artists. It was just the right moment. We had a lot of different ideas in different genres but we weren’t really able to release them under the name EDX or Chris Reece, so we developed a group with a couple of other guys like Dinka, Portman, and Stanley Ross. We don’t know where we’re going to go with the Helvetic Nerds thing, but it continues to grow; there will be a bunch of young guys from Switzerland joining us in the near future.
LessThan3: It seems to almost be an incubator for artists.
Maurizio: We’re a full 360 solution—management, publishing, booking, etc. Our goal is to develop Swiss talents and present them to the world–that’s really the idea of the Helvetic Nerds brand.
LessThan3: Your track Embrace made our Top 15 Progressive Tracks of 2011. Congratulations on the achievement.
Maurizio: It’s funny you mention it because there actually will be a vocal version of Embrace coming pretty soon. On the album I think the track called Everything that I recorded with New York singer Hadley reminds people of Embrace as well.
LessThan3: Tell us more about your album On The Edge—which tracks do you really want to resonate with your fans?
Maurizio: I started working on the album around two years ago and at the time it was a completely concept from what we arrived at. My favorite track is the one I did with Hadley, Everything. It really is the perfect example of the “EDX sound.” The track Warrior that I did with Angel On My Shoulder singer Tamra Keenan is also amazing.
LessThan3: Are you happy with the reception that On The Edge is getting so far?
Maurizio: Absolutely, yes. It was good step and it’s something i really wanted to do for my fans that have been supporting me all this years.
LessThan3: What has been your favorite remix of a track from On The Edge? Are there any more coming that we can look forward to?
I don’t really have only one favorite. The Give It Up For Love
remix by Mysto & Pizzi got a great response on Beatport charts a few weeks back. I like all of the remixes on the Everything
remix pack, especially the Cazzette
remix and the EDX arena remix I made of it. There will be many other remixes and even a full remix album coming later this summer.
LessThan3: Do you typically just travel with flash drives these days?
Maurizio: I grew up with 12″ LPs. I don’t like the idea of looking into a laptop, choosing a track, then sending it to the CD player. USB sticks are really cool because you can pre-organize a playlist and you can also have higher quality files. It also lets you move more quickly and helps you focus on what you need to, which then plays into the quality of your performance.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Maurizio: World, Hold On
by Bob Sinclar
. It’s actually one of my favorite songs! I first heard it at a private event with Roger Sanchez in Miami on a rooftop in March of 2006. That would be a great song to listen to as the world ends.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Maurizio: Make people smile.