Mario had his first experiences with music during his childhood days. He played the piano and received influences in electronical music through his cousin who looked after him. Mario made musical experiments with his computer and created his first technotracks. At the end of grammar-school he started to work and bought his first real synthesizer, and after some time got more and more equipment. He went on to now produce more professionally which was important for him. He is today Austria's most famous hardtechno-producer and dj and continues to release innovative music on his labels Schubfaktor, Schlagwerx, Vernacular, Ostarrichi and Girlpower and on other labels such as Fon, Lifeform, Artillery, Abstract, Highball, Carnage, Subsounds, Friendly Fire, Tausendgroove and Tekktribe. Mario's great dj sets are as hard to categorize. Just like his tracks, they go from groovy house, to stomping hardtechno, punky hardcore and crazy noise. Overall he spreads a very positive vibe. He connects a lot of different styles and is unique in his own genre.
Clubbersguide: When did you start DJing and where was your first gig?
Mario Ranieri: I started Djing with 15 years (1995) at home. I played some times in a youth club in my hometown, but the boss kicked me out sometimes, because he didn't like Techno. My first official public gig was on a Rave in Neuhofen an der Krems (Austria) in the year 1999 – the same year i started my label SCHUBfaktor.
Clubbersguide: How do you see the role of DJ these days as opposed to when you first started out?
Mario Ranieri: When i started deejaying, it was really unique to be a real deejay spinning with vinyl records. Nowadays every kiddie can buy a laptop with some mp3s and start being a deejay. A lot of people think the digital future opens a lot more possibilities for deejaying, but i dont think so. I mean Traktor is really cool and everything, but the real sense of Djing for me is the art to mix and synchronize 2 records BY HAND – and that's it! I dont need hundreds of effects, controllers and decks... But thats just my opinion...
Clubbersguide: What do you think is more important for a DJ - the mixing technique or the track selection?
Mario Ranieri: I think both is real important, but the mixing technique doesn't matter nowadays – because with the tools from today you just have to press SYNC – that's the mixing technique from the future. So i think its the track selection nowadays!
Clubbersguide: With all the new styles and new kind of sounds coming out, do you think that the original sound of techno will become obsolete?
Mario Ranieri: No i don't think so. Techno was changing every time! All the years Techno exists, it changed. Techno is about experimenting and trying out new things. I don't think there is an „original sound of Techno“. Now we have this Minimal hype, but i think in some years we have some other styles and hypes. This process was already happening the last years... The only thing which is important for me is to be open-minded for new things and look into the future!
Clubbersguide: What's your preference - playing at festivals or clubs?
Mario Ranieri: For sure i like both. But i think its more personal if you play in a small club with around 300 people and meet up with fans and have some drinks and fun!
Clubbersguide: What's been the best party you've DJed at? Whats the strangest thing that has happened to you at a gig? What was your best, and your worst party experience?
Mario Ranieri: I think all of the parties i ever played were best! For sure there were some special parties like in Venezuela on a mountain with the raising sun in the morning. Also some big festivals like Love Parade or Defqon 1 were really amazing. But over all i enjoyed every party!
I like it most when my crowd freaks out totally – because then i know i played the perfect set and i can be satisfied with my work. It was one of this special moments in Bulgaria in Club Black Box in 2006 when i was stage diving and the whole club shouted „Mario Mario Mario!!!“. Also in czech republic i had some really nice gigs where they raised papers with „Super Mario“ written on it! I had a lot of this moments in my carreer and they were great!
I hopefully had not so much bad experiences on parties at all – but if i have to name it, the baddest ones where those parties were the sound equipment was fucked up! I had one of this moments just some month ago in Czech Republic. I had no signal in the headphones, something was fucked up. The sound disappeared in front of 10.000 people and i did not know what to do – i couldn't mix anymore It was horrible and i was really disappointed! I felt like a newbie this moment, but it was not my fault and i couldn't change it!
Clubbersguide: Do you think drugs are still a very important part of dance culture?
Mario Ranieri: For me i can say i never used any drugs except alcohol. If the people like to use drugs its okay for me, as long as they don't turn aggressive on it! But i think – maybe its just an illusion – the people don't use so much drugs anymore than years ago. But i dont know... It's just how i see it!
Clubbersguide: Since your name is synonymous with techno, what is there that keeps you playing it, and how do you compare it to other styles?
Mario Ranieri: I like music at all. Classic, Rock, Drum'n'Bass, Techno, etc etc etc... People know that my musical taste is big and they hear it in my sets. My big musical taste made me unique and most of the people like it. I am trying to mix also other styles into my sets and turn it into one Techno mix... And it works Techno for me is the only music which has the possibilities to do sound experiments. If you have Rock or something else, you have the typical instruments and sounds and thats it. In Techno you can do everything. You can make a Poo, sample it, make a track out of it and its okay for (most of) the people You know what i mean?
Clubbersguide: Techno has obviously been your passion for many years but all genres change as time goes on. How has your sound developed and how would you describe it now?
Mario Ranieri: For 100% MARIO RANIERI is Hardtechno. Not more not less. I don't like to use genres or anything. It was also hard when people asked: „Are you playing Schranz or Hardtechno“ - i mean – for me its the same... It is a hard kind of Techno – HARDTECHNO... Thats it! As RANIERI i play normal Techno! Yes my sets contain Techno, Electro, House, Progressive House, Minimal, etc etc etc .. But i simply call it Techno – because it is not more and not less I think my tracks have changed a little bit more in the song-orientated direction. I am trying to build up my tracks more like real songs nowadays. A good example is one of my latest releases „Jugz in tha Clubz“. But for sure i would call it Hardtechno. Maybe MARIO RANIERI needs an own genre to describe the exact sound The only thing i can say is that i am trying to experiment a lot and I am trying out new sounds and ways of production.
Clubbersguide: Being a producer as well as a DJ, how much does one influence another, are your productions more influenced by your sets and the tracks you play or is it vice versa?
Mario Ranieri: This is a good question. Sometimes i have inspirations when i play in a club. I have an idea and when i go home i start to produce. Sometimes its vice versa and my set is influenced by my own songs. It changes from time to time. But what i can hardly say is that i don't play so much songs from myself in my sets. Sometimes i do play my „hits“, but mostly i don't play every record i released. In producing i am experimenting a lot and mostly it doesn't fit in my sets!
Clubbersguide: When you're making music, what kind of equipment are you using?
Mario Ranieri: When i started to make music i had a lot of Hardware, but i sold everything because i didn't like the way of producing with MIDI and cables and all the stuff. Now i am using 99,9% FL Studio and hundreds of VST plugins and instruments. But when i am ready with building my recording studio in my house, i want to buy some stuff to produce with. Small equipment – not too much. FL Studio is more than enough to produce a techno track!
In my opinion the software doesn't matter – everyone is using the tool what he thinks is best. If you want to make music you can use every program – it doesn't matter which one. The song you make is important, not the tool you are using! The most important thing is an idea and you can use the best tools ever: If you have no idea what you want to do, you are lost!
Clubbersguide: What do you find more chalenging - recording your own tracks, or remixing tracks from other producers?
Mario Ranieri: I like both! But when i create my own songs i can do whatever i want. Remixing is always like enhancing someone others work. But this can also be interesting. The best remix i ever did in my opinion was with Arkus P's HOT SPACE.
Clubbersguide: Where do you find your inspiration?
Mario Ranieri: My whole life is my inspiration. It's not like i have an idea and i try to realize it in my software. I experiment some hours with different sounds and effects and when i like it i have my main loop for my track or it goes into the trash. When i make music it's something that just happens. Sometimes i want to make a track and it doesn't work – and sometimes i just experiment around and i have a song that throws me from the seat
The most important thing for me are the track titles! It's the only way in Techno to say or express anything directly to the people!
Clubbersguide: Name some of your biggest influences...
Mario Ranieri: Falco, Marilyn Manson, Aphex Twin, System of a Down, Eminem … and at the moment Dubstep! But i always listen to new songs of different genres and get my inspiration from that!
Clubbersguide: What piece of kit can you not live without?
Mario Ranieri: My computer & Internet.
Clubbersguide: What other music and which other artists do you like?
Mario Ranieri: Thousands of artists But if you want i can show you the last 10 songs in my „favourites“ iPod playlist:
SPL & Triage – Valhalla
Skrillex – Scary Monsters and nice Sprites
Mt Eden – Sierra Leone
Light Asylum – Dark Allies
Korn – Get up (Skrillex Rmx)
Beth Ditto – I wrote the book
Britney Spears – Till the world ends
Die Antwoord – Beat Boy
Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja
Johnny Cash – Gods gonna cut you down
and my special favourite and cell phone ringtone at the moment:
Skream & Example – Shot yourself in the foot again
Clubbersguide: What do you do to relax? Any hobbies besides music?
Mario Ranieri: World of Warcraft
Clubbersguide: If you hadn’t become a DJ and producer, what do you reckon you’d be doing now?
Mario Ranieri: I would work as programmer, web designer, computer guy or something else... But i would not be that happy than i am with being an artist!
Clubbersguide: Tell us an unknown fact about yourself?
Mario Ranieri: I am suffering from Neurodermatitis and a lot of allergies!
Clubbersguide: Where do you see yourself in 30 years from now?
Mario Ranieri: Hmmm then i am sixty years old. My daughter Elena is 30 years then... For sure i am still deejay and producer – i hope i had some chart hits in the past and enough money to buy everything i want
And … yeah: I hope i am still alive with 60
His latest techno set is available at http://livesets.ranieri.at/?f=f71475035fdd3c45ed036136178cdc12
All livesets can be found on http://livesets.ranieri.at/
Also check his latest hardtechno set at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BIA1LV0Z
And don't forget to check his latest release - VCEP003 - RANIERI - Escape from Dalaran: http://bit.ly/eFBW1a
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