ALMA  By Michael Beas Two-time Trance Award Winner for Best Live Act, DJ and Producer Giuseppe Ottaviani is making headlines once again with his latest release of ALMA – or “soul”, as the Spanish word translates into English. Ottaviani began playing the piano at the age of four. He studied and attended music school throughout his childhood and started to DJ in 1995. Every musician develops over time to find a unique sound. In Ottaviani’s case, his musical hobby quickly turned into a lifelong career of making music for all of us to enjoy. “Linking People”, “Through Your Eyes” and “No More Alone” are just some of the masterpieces that Ottaviani has carved deep into our hearts. ALMA rings home to many. The vibe is deep and heartfelt on a personal level that all of us can relate to. ALMA resonates strength, willingness and the ability to overcome all odds through a quality of pureness. Raver Magazine had a chance to catch up with Giuseppe Ottaviani this month. This is what the talented producer shared with us. giuseppe-ottaviani-2016-1 Raver Magazine: You said, and I quote, that ALMA “Brings memories from my childhood.” Why was crafting music so close to your heart and soul important for you to do? Do you feel that because it was so personal that’s why it has been so successful? Giuseppe Ottaviani This album was born with the particular idea of bringing the enthusiasm, emotions and spirit of a child into the older age.  I’ve been inspired by watching my two little children grow and noticed how music can actually mark a precise moment in their lives. This brought me back to when I was a little kid and I remembered all the types of music I was listening to. It’s hard to explain since it’s a personal feeling, but there are many melodies and sounds that are strongly related to specific moments of my childhood. Especially with the instrumental tracks like “Primavera” or “Alma” or “Aurora”. If I close my eyes I can actually see and smell those moments, so yes, it’s an entirely personal album this time. alma-album-cover-6c   Raver Magazine Talk to us about the inspiration behind “Firefly” with Kyler England. There are a lot of hidden meanings throughout the music that can be profound and uplifting. What does “Firefly” mean to you and what message do you hope it resonates the most to those who hear it? Giuseppe Ottaviani Well, I think everyone can reflect on a different personal experience to those lyrics. When I got the first draft from Kyler, I just loved it. It fitted perfectly with the moment when I left my first stable and safe job to start my music career with an uncertain future. I literally jumped into a black hole for the love of music and my girlfriend (wife now) really supported and helped me to take the right choices. Raver Magazine Growing up did you ever think that music would be your destiny or your place in the world? What challenges did you face along the way? How has overcoming those challenges made you into the international musical sensation that you are today? Giuseppe Ottaviani No, I never really thought music would become my job just because it was and it still is my favorite hobby. I would keep making music even if I had a different job. Luckily my hobby became my job and this is due to many various factors. One of the biggest factors is Paul Van Dyk. He discovered me in 2001 and introduced me to the business; the rest of the story, as they say, is history. Raver Magazine What is in store for the future of Giuseppe Ottaviani and will you embark on a tour anytime soon? Giuseppe Ottaviani I already have new plans, but at a very early stage. For now, let’s enjoy the new album and of course I’ll bring my album on tour starting this October. Check out www.giuseppeottaviani.com for tour dates, I may be in your city soon.   giuseppe-ottaviani-2016-5

ALMA Tracklist

01. Brightheart (with Christian Burns)

02. Ozone

03. Firefly (with Kyler England)

04. Loneliest Night (featuring Tricia McTeague)

05. On The Way You Go (featuring Tim Hilberts)

06. Alma

07. Primavera

08. Miracle (with Paul van Dyk featuring Sue McLaren)

09. Burn Bright (with Eric Lumiere)

10. Countdown

11. Aurora

12. Wait Till You Miss Me (featuring Sue McLaren)

13. Slow Emotion

14. Slow Emotion 2

15. Home (with Jennifer Rene)

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