Italo Elite: the alliance of DJs and artists Lupe, Tom Trago, Martin Duvall and San Proper.
A party and club night, a collective and young record label based in Amsterdam.
They were brought together by their love for italo disco, electronic and european disco when vintage synthesizers and drum machines reigned supreme. Not only the music but also it’s attitude is providing the inspiration for the Italo Elite. The lyrics have a penchant for themes like romance and holidays, fashion and flirting, love and sex.
Italo Elite embraces these timeless values for the future by putting this disco music in the now. They blend, re-edit and recharge it.
Lupe, Martin Tom & San, each individual member adds their own to the taste of Italo Elite:
San Proper approaches italo through an eclectic selection. Besides his many successful house releases like for instance ‘Keep It Raw’ on Perlon that reached no. 1 in the Groove chart, he has a knack for disco too. Hence his re-edits such as St. Propre on Raw Meat records and his other club night Black Disco Bust.
Tom Trago operates on a range from techno to disco, his last album ‘Voyage Direct’ also contains many elements from disco. His debut single 'Live With The BBQ' made it to Bob Sinclair’s Playboy Mansion cd. Many parties and releases, plus energetic edits of disco. Some of his upcoming releases are influenced by the arpeggiator’s swing so typical of italo disco.
Lupe comes from the electro and techno scene with italo and disco as a first love. For Italo Elite, he thought of the name and combines electronic disco gems with the newest disco sounds. His first EP, ‘Poof!’ on Instant Replay, sounds like magic indeed. He proudly boasts one of the longest running club nights in Netherlands, UNK to having played on Madonna’s after party.
Martin Duvall is a multitalented artist: as photographer Martin De Waal he captures
beauty during the day and embodies it in night life as dj and performer.
He may even treat the crowd to an italo-esque disco song in his own interpretation of the repertoire from The Flirts or Amanda Lear. His aptly named ‘Disco Culture / You Look Like You Don’t Need Money’ photo book, is full of his particular brand of visual flair.
A history until now:
Italo Elite’s club night of the same name is an instant hit and cult party in 2009. Guest artists like Anton Maiovvi and David Vunk have graced the decks, local drag heroines, male pole dancing: Italo Elite stops at nothing.
The impact reached into the far corners of the Amsterdam scene and won an infamous Golden Gnome award for Best New Club Night the same year.
In 2010 the first Dutch festivals like Loveland invited Italo Elite. At Dance Valley, the biggest Dutch outdoors festival, Italo Elite hosted their own stage including dancers, their own performances, disco-style decor and of course ‘Pole Parker’ again.
These guys are music lovers as well as people lovers: using disco and italo to connect people amongst themselves. On the Italo Elite dance floor, the beautiful and the ugly become something better together. They are ironically named ‘Elite’, because they want you to join them. Their motto stems from the often-heard words in disco lyrics of the italo genre: ‘Passion. Desire. Fantasy. Join the elite.’
Italo Elite’s tracks