Meet Manuel De La Mare—One Of Italy’s Top EDM Producers

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Tuscan born Manuel De La Mare (owner of imprints 303Lovers and Hotfingers) is one of Italy’s top EDM producers and an award winning remixer. His robust Manuel De La Mare touches have amplified countless artists from Darren Emerson (“Crash Jack”) and Sander Van Doorn (“Love Is Darkness”) to Fedde Le Grand (“Metrum”) and Robbie Rivera (“I Love Ibiza”—a celebration for Juicy Music's 200th release). Add all this up together and it’s earned him Beatport’s coveted “Best Remixer” award for 2011. Not a bad way to follow up his nomination for “Best Deep House & Techno” artist in 2010. Manuel's first mixed compilation, Club Around the World, is out now and features remixes and original tunes by Avicii, Fedde Le Grand, King Richards, Bingo Players and Nicky Romero to name a few. He also just released a track with Mark Knight titled Snapshot via Toolroom Records and is getting ready to drop some treats with John Acquaviva and another with his Hotfingers/303lovers label partner Luigi Rocca. The man has a lot going on and is clearly accomplishing and producing amazing works at the speed of light. Might have something to do with the fact that he’s been making music since the tender age of 10. You could go back further to his toy flute days. Or when he bought a guitar and started having fun with music playing in metal bands, exploring everything from rock to classical to jazz. He did those things. But it all really started when he met Alex Kenji and was introduced to the sounds of house music. From there he locked down a few residencies at some small clubs in Italy, started getting booked at big venues around the world and nowadays he spends a lot of time being “board” traveling the world. When he's not doing all that fun stuff, he spends time with his cats, his girlfriend, friends and family. He likes to cook too, which he says is something he does everyday—just like making music. In fact, if you take away his current profession, grub and the preparation of are his two favorite "hobbies." Oh yea, he also likes to go river fishing. So there you go, do you have a sense of Manuel De La Mare? If not, here's some more stuff to dig in to.

Society is false in itself. It’s just a sum of rules useful for different cultures, and there is not a single rule that can be true itself.

How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
Not easy, I could start jumping at 128 BPM, it's the first step in house music learning.

What was your favorite toy as a child and when/why did you stop playing with it?
I think (my parents told me) it was a doll called Ludovico. I would take care of him like washing, feeding and stuff like that. I actually don’t remember it as I was too young. Then LEGOs, building castles and Space Shift, but I was spending almost of my day outside, playing with mud, football, fishing and stuff you can do in the country side.

Any colorful incidents involving a fan?
I've had too many and they’re all better to keep secret.

Favor us with a moment in life that changed the course of, or defined, your aesthetic philosophy.
When I saw for my first time, a long time ago, Vivienne Westwood clothes.

Your creative arc. Alpha to omega, go.
Well, first of all I build everything in my mind. Then when it’s ready I open my sequencer, Logic, and I start making some noise. Then I just refine what I have in my head and try it out later with my gigs if my imagination didn’t mislead me too much.

The movement from CD to MP3 was a big paradigm shift in the music biz. Crystal ball time. What will be the next big shake up? How are you going to come out on top?
I think the “cloud” is already a step further from the CD and MP3, as you don’t need to have the material in your hands, but just a pass for having use of it.

Do you think there are any commonly held societal beliefs that are false?
Society is false in itself. It’s just a sum of rules useful for different cultures, and there is not a single rule that can be true itself.

Darren Emerson "Crash Jack" (Manuel De La Mare Space Remix)

"The Rules Of The Game" (Manuel De La Mare remix)

Manuel De La Mare October DJ set