Madhouse - Freerange Records
Berghain / Panorama Bar
11pm to 05am - 8€
Chicago and Detroit have been mentioned repeatedly when describing Tony Lionni's original productions, but the Berlin resident has yet to play in America. Growing up in Manchester with a father who was also a DJ, Lionni was also exposed to good music at an early age. He also had the advantage of being exposed to black music in Mancurian clubs before it even reached the Haçienda. "For me, when I write house music I think of it from a hip-hop perspective.", he says.
Larry Heard is a name that has been drawn for comparison, but Lionni also cites Ron Trent, Theo Parrish and Kerri Chandler as of some of his greatest influences. Reviews of his work commonly note that while his style draws heavily from classic Chicago house and Detroit techno, his take on the resulting hybrid is undeniably fresh and all his own.
Since the 'Deep Joy' EP in 2008, Lionni has gone on to release on a variety of reputable labels in such a short time, including Ostgut Ton, Freerange Records and Mulemusiq. Fast forward to 2010 and he has just released release his debut LP entitled ‘As One’ on Freerange Records, receiving praise from the likes of DJ Mag, Mixmag and Dazed Digital in the UK, Groove and De:Bug (Germany), Trax and Tsugi (France), Deejay (Spain), DJ Mag (Italy), DJ Broadcast (Netherlands) and XLR8R (USA). His tracks are also regular fixture with DJs including Josh Wink, Ewan Pearson, Anja Schneider, Steve Bug, Jimpster and Sebo K to name a few.
Biography · 19 March 2014
ony Lionni was born in Liverpool 8 in the 1970s into a multi ethnic family based on european and black african roots.
Growing up in a multi cultural family in liverpool which was a mecca for black music during the 70s and having an enthusiastic black music loving father
Tony was exposed to all forms of black music from birth, Soul, funk, jazzfunk etc.
Always looking for the next form of black music Tonys interest in music firmly began when electro arrived to the uk, thus prompting him to dig in his dads record collection looking for records that hip hop artists started sampling.
During the late mid/late 80s tony made the migration to Manchester and became friends with the manchester black music community around the neighbourhood of Manchesters Old trafford area.
For the next 20 years Tony began experimenting writing Hip hop in the 90s and house and returning to house music production several years ago and gained instant success and applause from the likes of francois kevorkian, derrick may etc and signed in the first month major releases with Wave records, freerange and Mule music
After the massive anthem that was Found a place released on Ostgut Ton for Berghain which was voted as one of the top classic house tracks of the decade saw the release of a glorious 12 track album for Freerange records.
Further releases have been for freerange records, defected, Madhouse records, Aesthetic Audio.
His musical style is a perfect fusion of Detroit tinged techno and brooding deep house and has gained him plaudits and support from press and DJs alike.
Next release plans for 2013 are a brand new 10 track album coming in may for Madhouse records for kerri chandler
and a new 3 track EP for Freerange records in March