Mattia Prete is a DJ and live performer based in Berlin.
His mind and music are lost in cinematic worlds where the free nature of jazz and the hypnotic repetition of techno trap you in the moment. He is always searching for deep connections to the mind, body and spirit, and as such is one of the most vital artists in avant-garde electronica.
In the German techno capital, he runs his own party ‘This is Techno Jazz’, has his own studio ‘Garden 505’ and runs two forward-looking labels: aurora. which builds bridges between scenes and sounds from all over Europe, and jazz-o-tech, which fuses jazz experimentation with techno soul in fresh new sounds.
As a DJ, Prete prepares meditative and hypnotic atmospheres, always built on strongly propulsive grooves. He has a wide sound and uses silence as a tool to increase the dynamics of his music.
He is also a DJ who likes to take risks, having learned to do so after hundreds of hours as resident at Amigdala, one of Rome’s most renowned parties. As part of the Beat Movement project, he has toured the best clubs in Europe, from the Tresor to Griessmuhle in Berlin, from Street Party Pristina in Kosovo to Lärm in Budapest and the Moog Club in Barcelona. “I like to experiment in all kinds of situations,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if the club is big or small, or the crowd strange or composed, I simply like to propose something unexpected.”
The intricate rhythms of jazz and the unbridled creativity of the genre are what inspires Prete in the studio. Add to that his love of sci-fi futurism and the immersive, expansive nature of film soundtracks, and you get everything that makes his work so unique.
Constantly searching for the perfect loop that can spin endlessly without boring, Prete recently co-founded the 505 band project with Daniel Calvi, aiming to redefine electronic rhythms with a more sensitive sound, using live electronics and organic instruments, so that his grooves have a trippy detail or electric texture that makes them even more engaging and enchanting.
Mattia Prete’s goal is to turn negative emotions into tracks with good feelings, to be constantly moving, never to be repetitive or tied to one style of music.