GENESI is an Italian artist who is really making waves on the scene right now. His track out last year ‘Everything You Have Done’ blew up massively and already has over 50million streams. He recently released a new single “Stoppin” on Greek label Cavo Paradiso so we caught up with him to find out how it came about, and what drew him to electronic music in the first place…

Hey GENESI, great to meet you! How’s 2024 treating you so far?

Nice to meet you too! 2024 has been awesome for me. I’m thrilled to be working on a ton of music, with releases already out and some great feedback and support. On New Year’s Day, Solomun, who is more than a legend to me – played one of my tracks ‘Done’ for the first time. How could I possibly say that the year started badly?

‘Everything You Have Done’ has been blowing up with over 50 million streams in under a year. What do you think made the track so huge?

Yeah, I honestly didn’t expect it to hit those numbers. It’s a big deal for a track aimed at the club scene! I think the key was taking a bit of a leap by adding some really electronic elements to the tech house vibe. That surprise factor just brings a lot of energy, whether you’re on the dancefloor or not.

How would you describe your style and sound as a DJ and producer?

I love to experiment, especially as a producer. I’m always trying to bring something new to the table, evolving my genre (when I can). If there’s one thing that ties my productions together, it’s probably the energy. As a DJ, of course, you have to adapt to the setting, the crowd, the time, all of it. But even then, I aim to bring that energy to the dancefloor with my music.

Take us through your creative process when making a track like ‘Stoppin’.

‘Stoppin’ was about blending a groove house/tech house vibe with a more electronic element like the synth/bassline. Being signed to Cavo Paradiso Records influenced the final touches. Mykonos days are all about that sunny, festive vibe, but when night falls, the club scene gets darker and more underground. So, I wanted to bring that vibe into ‘Stoppin’ too.

What drew you to electronic dance music, and how did you get started as a DJ and producer?

I’ve always been into music, but I discovered dance music a bit later. When I was around 19 (I was really into competitive tennis at the time), my best friend dragged me to a club, and it was like love at first beat. In my free time, I started tinkering on my computer, making my first remixes/bootlegs inspired by what I heard in clubs. From there, it was a short step to my first DJ gigs.

‘Stoppin’ has this hypnotic groove and those captivating female vocals. How do you choose the vocals and samples for your tracks?

For ‘Stoppin’, it’s all about the rhythm. Every drumbeat and vocal fits together just right, at least in my opinion! So, I chose the elements that meshed well rhythmically. Plus, the vocal line ‘stopping my mind’ was so hypnotic; it just matched the dark vibe I wanted for the track perfectly.
As an up-and-coming talent in the dance scene, what are your goals for the future?

My goals mostly revolve around improving myself, my music, and what I can control. Of course, I’d love to climb the charts, play in prestigious venues, and rock huge crowds. But I see those more as outcomes than goals. Right now, I’m focused on the music, which is what matters most to me. And even there, improvement is a never-ending journey.

What’s been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

My career as GENESI is still pretty fresh, but I’m proud to have produced one of the most played and listened-to dance tracks lately. It was amazing to perform at Hi Ibiza and other prestigious clubs, thanks especially to my brothers Meduza. But I think the most fun and memorable moment was DJing on a boat in New York during a crazy rainstorm.

How do you approach DJ sets differently from producing tracks in the studio?

When I start a new track, I always imagine how it’ll sound live and how the crowd might react. But it’s not always the case that the tracks I produce are perfect for the context where I’ll play them. When it comes to DJ sets, I try to understand the context: the crowd, the venue, the time – all the factors that help me bring my A-game. Still, every DJ needs a good dose of adaptation and improvisation.

Any hints about upcoming projects or releases we can look forward to from you?

Absolutely! My next single in the pipeline is called ‘Push Me’, out on Meduza’s Aeterna Records. It’s kind of an evolution of the vibe from ‘Everything You Have Done’. As for the rest, I’m excited to be collaborating with artists I admire like Max Styler, Christian Nielsen, Miss Monique, Equinox… Hopefully, I’ll have some news to share soon! And as for DJ sets, I can’t wait to get back to London for the Our House party at Drumsheds on 27th April!

GENESI “Stoppin” is out now on Cavo Paradiso Records
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