Why not visit the biggest Italo Disco Party in Sweden?
Our 2-day Italo Disco Party will be held in Stockholm at the beautiful venue Nalen 15-16th of May, 2015. Opening time 18-02 each day. 10 different artist will be performing during the 2-day long party. Find out more by going to the Artists page.
If you got any questions don’t hesitate to contact us;
See you in May 2015! ♥
Brian Ice, Fred Ventura, Albert One, Tobias Bernstrup, Amaya, Neon Game, Italove, Linda Jo Rizzo, Fancy, Ken Laszlo, P.Lion, Kristian Conde, Baltimora, Fun Fun, Gazebo, Miko Mission, Sabrina, Scotch, Silver Pozzoli etc.
Italo disco (sometimes hyphenated, such as Italo-disco, subjected to varying capitalization, or abbreviated as Italo) is a genre of music which originated in Italy and was mainly produced at the end of the 1970s to mid-1980s. The origin of the genre’s name is strongly tied to marketing efforts of the ZYX record label, which began licensing and marketing the music outside of Italy in 1982. An early form of electronic dance music, Italo disco faded in the late 1980s when Italo house eclipsed it.
Italo disco fused Italian and foreign pop and dance music. Initially borrowing from hi-NRG and post-disco (accentuating the sounds of the former), it developed into a diverse genre. The genre employed drum machines, synthesizers, and occasionally vocoders and was usually sung in English.
The term “Italo”, a generic prefix meaning Italian, had been used on pop music compilation albums in Germany as early as 1978, such as Italo Top Hits on the K-Tel label and the first volume of Italo Super Hits on the Ariola label.
There is no documentation of where the term “Italo-Disco” first appeared, but its origins are generally traced to Italian and other European disco recordings released in the German market. Examples include the phrase “Original Italo-Disco” on the sleeve of the German edition of “Girl On Me” by Amin-Peck in 1982, and the 1983 compilation album The Best of Italo-Disco. These records, along with the Italo Boot Mix megamix, were released by Bernhard Mikulski on his relatively widely distributed ZYX label. The Best of and Boot Mix compilations each became a 16-volume series that culminated in 1991. Both series primarily featured disco music of Italian origin, often licensed from independent Italian labels which had limited distribution outside of Italy, as well as songs in a similar style by other European artists.
The presenters of the Italian music show Discoring (produced by RAI) usually referred to Italo disco tracks as “rock elettronico” (electronic rock) or “balli da discoteca” (disco dance) before the term “Italo disco” came into existence.
A related term is “Euro disco“, referring to all European disco or subsets thereof, especially that which markedly differs from American disco music from the same era.