ITALIAN hitmakers Meduza are riding high in the charts again with their new single Paradise, this time featuring the vocal talents of popular Irish singer songwriter, Dermot Kennedy.
The trio of Mattia Vitale, Simone Giani and Luca De Gregorio received a Grammy nomination for their debut, multi-platinum smash hit, Piece Of Your Heart, a collaboration with British production trio Goodboys. Not a bad start! The single in 2019 underlined house music’s continued dominance around the world. Paradise is a welcome return to this rich vein of form and the poignant lyrics something we can all relate to having been written in lockdown.
We caught up with Meduza and invited them to compile and talk us through three inspirational tracks each and one track from them all that has influenced them. The playlist they came up with features music from The Weeknd, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Queen and many more.
The Weeknd – Afterhours
“He is my favourite artist and his album has accompanied me every day during this pandemic in both easy and difficult times.”
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
“I grew up listening to Michael thanks to my father who introduced me to him and this for me represents him musically.”
Depeche Mode – Dream On
“It was the song I always listened to on my return trips in the car the first years I was a DJ to relax my ears and keep me company on the journey home.”
Route 94 – My Love ft. Jess Glynne
“Love the deep house sounds heavily influenced by 1990s.”
Disclosure – Latch featuring Sam Smith
“I really like the evolution of electronic sounds to highlight Sam’s magic.”
Queen – Who Wants To Live Forever
“Pure emotion, no other thoughts, just listen to understand.”
2Pac – Dear Mama
“I like it because I used to listen to it when I was a teenager and into graffiti. It reminds me of those times .. and then mom is always mom”
Prydz – Miami To Atlanta
“It was the first song I heard when I entered a club in Miami. It reminds me of the States and the winter music conference that takes place every year in Miami, nice memories.”
Alexander O’Neil – If You Were Here Tonight
“I discovered it by accident and it became my favorite song of all time and every once I listen to it again I get excited.”
Meduza’s big influence
Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
“It was the first time we heard a mix between pop and house and it made us fall in love with this new world making us understand that the two things could coexist together, giving us inspiration to create something similar in the future as was the Meduza project.”