DJ Fabrizio Parisi: Bulgarian folklore should not remain confined to the audience of adults

Our task as DJs and producers is to provoke young people’s interest in Bulgarian traditional musictells Radio Bulgaria Fabrizio Parisiin whose veins flows Bulgarian and Italian blood.

Born in Basel (Switzerland), he lived there until he was 5 years old, when he moved with his family to Italy. His father is a music producer from Italy, and meeting his mother in Bulgaria was the result of pure chance, while he was here for a few days in the 1970s. His father’s work with superstars of the Italian pop scene such as Ricchi e Poveri and Al Bano and Romina Power made Fabrizio’s life dynamic and difficult, but he owes his connection to music to him:

“He was the first person to get me to play instead of choosing to sing like I wanted to. When I was little I used to watch The Gold Coin and my grandmother and I even secretly recorded a tape and sent it in the mail. They seemed to like me , as they came to my house to audition me. My father was adamant that I wasn’t going and I was very angry. He said if I had gone I would have become part of the crowd, which was not right. He said I should to try to achieve something on my own. As a child I didn’t understand a word of it. So from the age of 6 I started playing classical music on the piano.”

Wonderful childhood memories for Fabrizio are the concerts he attended with his father, the music of Santana, the Doors, Led Zeppelin. “Even back then, I wanted to go on stage and experience the thrill of the performers,” recalls Parisi.

Today, rock music continues to be among his favorites, but in his performances on stage he relies on house, a style preferred by the younger audience. Although he knows Bulgarian folk music well since his student years at the music school in Ruse, Fabrizio made his first experiment with it only in 2017, when the popular Sunbeams tune was born. The clip for it is a kind of journey to the most beautiful corners of Bulgaria.


Today, the musician divides his time between Italy and Bulgaria, and our homeland is a constant source of inspiration in his work. And he admits that when choosing a folk song to work on, he approaches it with respect:

“You have to be very careful, because Bulgarian folk music is almost entirely unequal in size – explains the artist. – A large part of folk music was created during the five centuries in which we were under Ottoman rule. Therefore, the stories told in the songs, carry within themselves the hope for a brighter future. The other thing that guides me in choosing a song is the voice that sings it. It’s very important that I choose the right voice that I know will sound like 40,000 watts of sound, get into people’s hearts and make them tremble.”

Choosing a specific song to live a new life through a remix is ​​only part of the responsible task that each DJ or producer has, explains Fabrizio Parisi:


“Each country has its folklore, but it is “closed” among a narrow circle of people who are its audience. So it’s very nice when you manage to use some of this music in your tune and it enters the clubs. This feat turns us DJs and producers in a kind of educators, which is very nice. Our goal is for young people to hear and, if they like it, ask where this music comes from, get interested and look for details.”

As for the opportunities of the Bulgarian performers for a breakthrough outside the country, Fabrizio is adamant that they are quite equal to those of the rest of the world. The problem is the competition, which is huge and makes success difficult.

With the advent of the Internet, the territorial limitation disappeared. It no longer matters where you were born, where you live or work. I give you an example of Imanbek, who is one of the recent winners of the Grammy Award. He is from Kazakhstan and lives in a small town there. Before receiving the award, he worked at the train station behind his apartment. His Roses remix became a global hit. Now all that matters is the quality of the product in question, not where or who created it.


Photos: Facebook /@ Fabrizio Parisi


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