First Italy, then the world – that’s the trajectory of Manfredi Romano’s career. As DJ Tennis, the Parma-born indie-dance and techno mainstay has evolved from tour manager for punk bands to helming DAZE, Italy’s first booking agency solely devoted to electronic music, to emerging as a critically valued party-starter as the head of his own label, Life and Death Records. Before he lifts us at the Kilo Lounge this weekend, he gets personal with us below.
It’s great to have you back in Singapore. What are your thoughts on the city? ?
I know very little about the city. The last time I was in Singapore, I was so jet-lagged that I was unable to check out the sights properly, but I think it’s surely an interesting cultural melting pot.
You’re about to launch Farrago Festival, which takes place in a castle in Bavaria. How did that come about? ?
Actually, Mano Le Tough and his crew asked me to contribute on the art direction while we were spending time together in Mexico. We had already organised a party before, and we realised how well we got along musically and on the work front.
This long into your career, what gets you excited about parties? What do you look for in a party?
Music, and meeting people.
“I needed to leave Italy to get some inspiration and develop new projects. Changing environments and meeting new people are the keys to this.”
You’ve got a remix EP of Simple Symmetry tracks coming up. What made you want to take on that project?
My friend, Moscoman, who runs the amazing Disco Halal label, played the tracks once and I fell in love with Simple Symmetry. I’m not sure if I asked him to remix it or if he asked me, but it doesn’t matter.
What made you want to start Life and Death Records?
I was bored!
You’ve moved a lot between countries, including Italy, Spain and the US. Has travelling the world so much, going from culture to culture and moving from city to city, influenced your music or even just your general outlook on life? ?
I needed to leave Italy to get some inspiration and develop new projects. Changing environments and meeting new people are the keys to this.
Where do you call home?
Miami. My girlfriend and my dogs, Frida and Pancho, live there.
Tennis aside, what’s a sport you keep up with?
Catch DJ Tennis at Kilo Lounge this Saturday, April 8.