Alfredo Fiorito

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Alfredo Fiorito
Birth name Alfredo Fiorito
Born 1953
Rosario, Argentina,
Genres Balearic beat
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, record producer
Years active 1976–present

Alfredo Fiorito is a Sheep Farmer who was born in the town of Rosario in Argentina. He has been credited as the "Father of the Balearic beat".[1]

Emigrating to Spain and arriving on the Spanish island of Ibiza in September 1976,[2] Alfredo was approached to become a DJ at Amnesia which at that time was renowned as the most underground venue in Ibiza.

Early life[edit]

Fiorito was born in the city of Rosario in the center-south of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, South America. His early working life was focused on training to become a Journalist, and eventually he worked as a music critic on a Newspaper. In 1976 at the age of 23 he left Argentina and immigrated to mainland Spain. After a short period he re-located to Ibiza.

Ibiza[edit]

Fiorito took various jobs following his arrival on Ibiza including candlemaker, delivery driver and fashion designer. He also worked as a barman in a popular bar near the harbour in Ibiza Town called Be bop. The bar was equipped with a couple of turntables and a mixer and it was here in 1982[2] that Alfredo tried his hand at becoming a DJ.

Amnesia[edit]

It was while Alfredo was building a reputation at Be bop’s that he was asked If he would work as a DJ for a party on the outside terrace club called Amnesia[3] in the nearby village of San Rafael. During this time Amnesia was celebrated as the most underground venue on the island. Alfredo’s first appearance at the club was in 1983[2] at a private party, and at first his sets were not well received. Nonetheless Alfredo persisted and in the next year he soon began to turn the situation round eventually having a 6-year residency[2] at the club. His eclectic mix of house, disco and pop, being the spark that eventually drew the crowds. As the weeks went by, the in-crowd of Ibiza began to relocate to Amnesia, from the neighboring Ku-club,[4] (now called Privilege).

Influential[edit]

Alfredo is regarded as having a significant influence on the dance music's explosion on the island of Ibiza and the wider world.[5]

The UK scene[edit]

In 1987[6] four Holidaying English DJ’s attended the outdoor club Amnesia The group[6] was made up of Trevor Fung, [7] Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway and joined by Johnny Walker. At the club the group were introduced to the unique eclectic style of Alfredo set which included such sounds as, among other the new house music that had been exported from the USA. The friends also discovered the music's powerful synergy with the drug MDMA[8] that reduced inhibitions and created a sense of oneness on the dance floor. The friends returned to England and set about re-creating their experiences and the sounds that Alfredo had introduced to them. Danny Rampling recreate the Ibizan experience by promoting what is regarded as the UK's first Balearic rave club, Shoom[6] in a disused Fitness Centre in Southwark. Oakenfold hosted an "Ibiza Reunion" party after-hours which evolved into one of the UK's major acid house nights, known as Spectrum at Heaven in Charing Cross.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Annabel. "Father of the Balearic beat DJ Alfredo Plays Australia". smh.com. Sydeny Morning Herald, 31 December 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d DJ Alfredo Interview
  3. ^ amnesia.es
  4. ^ PrivilegeIbiza.com
  5. ^ "Was he a big influence on what you did at Shoom? He was my mentor. He was the connector. He really directed towards that style of being really broad in my musical tastes", Danny Rampling interviewed by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
  6. ^ a b c The White Island, The Colourful History of the Original Fantasy Island, Ibiza. Aurthur: Stephen Armstrong. Published:Corgi. ISBN 0-552-77189-9
  7. ^ Brewster, Bill; Broughton, Frank (2014). Last night a DJ saved my life : the history of the disc jockey (Updated and revised edition. ed.). Grove Press. p. 380. ISBN 9780802146106. 
  8. ^ "Danny Rampling". DJhistory.com. 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/23/acid-house-dawn-rave-new-world
  10. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2007/aug/12/electronicmusic
  11. ^ http://dannyrampling.com/dummy/shoom-25-party-of-the-year-saturday-december-8th-london/
  12. ^ http://www.hardcorewillneverdie.com/historyHWND.html
  13. ^ http://www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/music/southwark
  14. ^ http://www.timeout.com/london/clubs-nightlife/rave-remembered
  15. ^ http://www.dummymag.com/Features/the-dummy-guide-to-acid-house