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Birth nameCristiano Spiller
Born (1975-04-03) 3 April 1975 (age 49)
Venice, Italy
Years active1997–present

Cristiano Spiller (born 3 April 1975) is an Italian electronic music DJ and record producer. He is best known for his 2000 single "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)", featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The song reached number-one in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.[1] It sold over two million copies and was rumoured to be the first song to be played on an iPod.[2]



Early life and first releases


When he was a teenager, he was already introducing himself to the world of Italian house and dance music. In 1997, he released his first single, "Laguna". Billed as Laguna, in 1997 Spiller teamed up with fellow Italian producer Tommy Vee, to release the single "Spiller From Rio (Do It Easy)", which reached number 40 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] In 1998, he signed a music deal with the British record label, Positiva Records, a subsidiary of EMI UK, releasing his first solo single in the UK entitled "Batucada". In 1999, he released "Mighty Miami EP", a maxi-single including the instrumental track "Groovejet".

Mainstream popularity and "Groovejet"


In 2000, the vocal version of "Groovejet" was released. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" featuring the British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (formerly of theaudience) peaked at #1 in the UK, Australia and many other countries, becoming one of the most successful dance records of the year and winning multiple awards. It was also the first song to be played on an iPod according to technology journalist Steven Levy and the BBC's TOTP2 Goes Disco!.[4] Groovejet sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide.

Later releases


In 2002, he released "Cry Baby" in the UK. In 2003, Spiller decided to take control over his own productions and thus established his own independent label Nano Records, based in Venice, Italy. In 2004 a single titled "Sola" was released by Positiva. In the UK the single was supported by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. In 2006, he released "Jumbo". His 2011 single "Pigeonman's Revenge" is an instrumental house track with a music video formed by Starlings directed by photographer James Mollison. In 2013, Spiller released "Urastar" featuring Nina Miranda (former singer of Smoke City).



Extended plays

  • Laguna Vol. 1 EP (1997)
  • Mighty Miami EP (1999)


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Spiller from Rio (Do It Easy)" 1997 40 Laguna Vol. 1
"Batucada"[15] 1998 Non-album single
"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)"
(featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
2000 9 1 17 14 1 13 4 1 5 1 Read My Lips
"Cry Baby" 2002 78 40 40 Non-album singles
"Sola" 2004
"Jumbo" 2006
"Pigeonman's Revenge" 2011
(featuring Nina Miranda)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ Levy, Steven. "The Perfect Thing". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 137. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ BBCTOTP2 Goes Disco!
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  6. ^ Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
    • Top 50 peaks: "Discography Spiller". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
    • Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 264.
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  9. ^ "Discography Spiller". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Top 40 artiest: Spiller". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
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  13. ^ "Discographie Spiller". hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  14. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  15. ^ "Batacuda (Remixes) – Spiller > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  17. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (insert "Spiller" into the search box, select "Keyword" on the "Search by" drop-down menu and then select "Go") on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart: Chart #1234 (Sunday 5 November 2000)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2012.