Stemming from Lecce Massimilano Pagliara has been based in Berlin for several years where he’s been one of the main forces behind recombining the city’s hardboiled techno scene with an often overlooked sensibility for the soft and the tender. Call it underground disco passion.
Massi describes his style as an eclectic mix of house, disco, electro and techno – one may call it current-yet-classic. DJing has since led to production. These days Massi lets his obsession with analog synths run wild – usually he’s holed up in his apartment studio, working on his latest productions.
Massimilano’s last and sophomore album, ‘With One Another’ (LARJ, 2014), was about celebrating the joy of human encounters and in parts seemed like a big get-together with like-minded artists and friends. The record quickly hit the number one spot in Groove magazine’s album chart – and its creator hit the road.
Besides his busy DJ schedule and far from the usual club circuit routines, the Panorama Bar resident dedicated himself to intense travelling and exploring the world anew. ‘Feel Live’, Massimiliano’s third full-length endeavour was recorded in several intimate, sometimes improvised studio settings between Los Angeles, Portland, and Massimiliano’s homebase in Berlin as well as at airports and on intercontinental flights high up in the sky – Massi’s most playful and imaginative work to date. It’s as emotional as sensual, as vibrant as the first ray of light after a thunderstorm has cleared the air.