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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:24

Electronic house music to techno.
Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
SIS 'Trompeta' (Sei Es Drum)
Producer of 2008: 
SIS and Dirk Diggler.
First record you ever brought: 
Tangerine Dream
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
This question!
Top gadget of 2008: 
Apple's iPhone
Your year in five words...: 
Happiness, airports, parties, hangovers, spa.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
How to balance DJ life and new babies that just keep coming.

One of the most versatile DJs in the poll, Italy's Mauro Picotto first rose to prominence with trance monsters like 'Iguana' and 'Komodo', but since the early part of this decade has focused his efforts on techno music. Initially favouring tougher, loopier sounds, Picotto's style has got more stripped back and tripped-out, reflecting the rise in popularity of minimal. This summer saw Picotto again run his weekly Meganite party in Ibiza, where he was joined by guests like Adam Beyer, Christian Smith, Marco Carola and Slam who, like the Italian DJ, understand how to bring hard techno's dynamics to the minimal style. The club now also takes place in Picotto's home town, Turin. "It's been a good year because after five years running Meganite in Ibiza, we've just completed another successful season," Mauro says, sounding relaxed and happy. Picotto's commitment to Meganite and his own touring schedule, mainly across Europe - "It's been as busy as always," he says - means he's only released one single, 'Flashing', on his Alchemy label. However, the imprint is home to new artists like Athos, Daniele Papini and Markantonio, whose work featured on Picotto's 'Meganite Ibiza' mix CD this year. Conscious of changing technology, Picotto has also set up a digital sub-label for Alchemy. As he cryptically remarks: "Music and technology run parallel, as technology advances so does music. The science influences my lifestyle everyday." With Meganite finished for another year, Picotto is touring South America and will be focusing on Europe so he can finally get back in the studio.