Valentino Kanzyani (jesus loved you / next wave / ibiza)

Valentino Kanzyani is a founding father of Slovenian techno, and has been involved in the country’s dance scene since the mid 1990s. A celebrated DJ first and foremost, Valentino built a solid reputation for himself whilst he was resident spinner of Ambasada Gavioli, one of Slovenia’s most famous clubs. His fame grew when he started spinning on three turntables as standard.

Joining forces with fellow countryman and techno champion Umek, Valentino saw his first release in 1999 under the moniker Recycled Loops. Due to the success of their joint EPs, Valentino Kanzyani and Umek set up Recycled Loops as a record label, which further helped establish Valentino as a major player in Eastern Europe’s techno scene. A number of world tours, festival appearances and big club gigs followed.

Whilst Valentino’s sound has evolved over the years, he is committed to protecting the art of the DJ with real integrity. Valentino set up his label Jesus Loved You in 2005, for instance, just as digital downloading was becoming the main dissemination channel for the music industry. Instead of joining the trend, Valentino decided to release his label’s music mainly on vinyl as a way to support the true original format of the DJ. And it is his love for vinyl that has seen him flourish today, to become one of most respected underground vinyl DJs around.

You can find similar credibility in Valentino’s Ibiza-based party project, Next Wave. Set up in 2011 as a way to support the less commercial side of club music on the island, the Next Wave parties have become a resounding success in 2012. The cream of underground house and techno DJs have played for Valentino at Next Wave including many of Romania’s new breed of vinyl DJs, and occasionally, masters of the scene like Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano have played extended sets at Next Wave.

This year, Kanzyani produced a tribute to American soul and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away in 2011. He also began releasing a series of EPs on Cadenza in the build up to his debut artist album ‘Love & Gratitude’. The album showcases Valentino Kanzyani’s underground house vision, and so far two 'Love & Gratitude' EPs have been released on Cadenza. The releases on Cadenza also represent something of a new chapter in Valentino Kanzyani’s career – the Slovenian DJ and producer has now joined Cadenza’s booking agency.