Joseph Capriati

As you may or may not be aware, every time we release an artist's CD on either of our ongoing mix series (fabric/FABRICLIVE) there happens a lot of behind the scenes conversations that are all part of the preparation. One of these is a tailor constructed artist biography that's written to give the press extra background information on the artist in question: where they were born, where they grew up, how they got into music, etc etc. In truth, these biographies often become quite enlightening documents in their own right and from now on, in the week before we release the mixes to the public, we'll be publishing the biographies here to give you, our faithful readership, the exact same additional insight.

Joseph Capriati (fabric 80)

I was born and raised in Caserta, a city 20 minutes away from Napoli. When I was 11 years old I saw a DJ playing for the first time and from that moment my life changed. From playing football and video games with my friends, after that my only interest was to save money to buy my first turntables and after school finished for summer, I used to work for 3 months to buy gear and records.

I was lucky to grow up with a close family that made many sacrifices for the studies of me and my younger brother. My parents wish was to see me become a doctor or a lawyer, but after I discovered music and how to DJ my only wish was to be able to play for people and make them happy. It was just a dream for many years and my family started to be worried about my future, because even if I was still studying and doing OK at school, they saw me losing my interest in university. At the age of 18, after finishing my high schoo,l I didn't want to continue, as I had made my first record a few months before and I wanted to keep producing and spending all my time on that.There were many fights with my parents about my future and what I was thinking about doing and after a year I decided to make them happy and I enlisted with the military.

I was waiting to leave for the military career, but my passion and dream for DJing was still on and to be honest I was really afraid to go away to do something that I really didn't want by myself. Destiny intervened the day I got the letter of admission to the military forces, it said, "sorry but we cannot accept your request due a lack of a document that you didn't send to us". I remember that I cried, and I told my Mum to wait one more year, and I was going to put 100% of myself into the music and if nothing became of it, I would really go into the military without any regret.

After that year I was traveling the world doing what I love more than anything. Thank God!

My first influences were hip hop and classic house music from the likes of Masters At Work, Danny Tenaglia, Little Louie Vega, Francois Kevorkian and Claudio Coccoluto. The first time I heard techno music was in 2003 at the legendary Napoli open air venue, Old River Park. It was a 12-hour party with Dave Clarke, Billy Nasty and Rino Cerrone. I was totally impressed by that sound and something in my mind changed so that I came out with another view of the club scene and DJing.

In 2003 I made the leap into production; slaving away on a home PC and hi-fi speakers, honing my skills for three years and eventually creating my first important records. My first official release was in 2007, named ‘Microbiotic’. My first high profile gig was at Napoli's infamous 5000 capacity Golden Gate venue in October 2007.
“[fabric 80’s] like a journey at fabric, passing from Room One to Room Two and going back to the Room One for the last track, which is melodic and emotional, as if it was 9am and the club was going to close…”

My first important records were ‘C’est La Vie’ and ‘Microbiotik’ which found their way on to two of the most influential Neapolitan techno labels; Analytic Trail and Globox Records.

In 2009 I started my collaboration with Chris Liebing's label CLR, and with Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label with whom I still collaborate. Then, in 2010, my first album came out on Analytic Trail - named Save My Soul. In November 2013 I released my second album Self Portrait on Drumcode.

My first time at fabric was on 4th June 2011, if I remember correctly, in Room Two with Ben Sims. I remember my excitement and pride, as it was one of the real important goals for me and my career, as I knew fabric's name since the early days I discovered techno music and heard the feedback of my friends from Caserta who had been in London and had the opportunity to go there and experience one of the world’s best underground clubs. Since that day my connection with the club, the crowd and the promoters has grown a lot and I can truly say that whenever I play fabric I always feel like I’m "home". I’ve always played Room Two up till now and I remember a gig in particular that really changed my profile in London. I was closing Room Two, which usually finishes before Room One, but on this occasion I played last, closing Room Two after Room One [had closed].

For me that was really one of the most emotional moments of my career, when Judy and Andy came on the stage and hugged me saying that it was one of the historical moments of the club's history. I’m so proud to collaborate with people like them, who support artists when they deserve it and they believe in somebody that loves music and wants to grow step by step. Now with the fact that I’m mixing the fabric 80 compilation signifies the beginning of a new era for us and our strong partnership, and I’m sure that the future will see us achieve many more goals working hard together, with the priority of making people happy and giving them emotions with music.

I recorded the mix live in my studio with 2 CDJs and a mixer, like if I was mixing at fabric. I made a tracklist with various techno and tech house tastes, with some vocals and melodies included. It’s like a journey at fabric, passing from Room One to Room Two and going back to the Room One for the last track, which is melodic and emotional, as if it was 9am and the club was going to close and you’ll never forget that night.

Many things are planned and happening. I’m thinking of creating a label next year, that is my real important step for my life and career, but I know that if I’m going to do that it shouldn’t be just "one of the many" labels. I want to make a proper plan and concept for it. I will continue with my collaborations with my friends like Adam Beyer and Drumcode, which was the real first big support that I got from anybody. Also there will be a lot of news for the next summer season in Ibiza.

fabric 80: Joseph Capriati is out now.
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Joseph will launch fabric 80 in Room Two this Saturday alongside Phil Kieran (Live) and Terry Francis.
Advance tickets/full info here.

Photography: Jimmy Mould

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