Music was destined to set the pulse for Severino’s life since first discovering his sisters vinyl collection at the tender age of seven. Amongst the Donna Summer and Pink Floyd was Georgio Moroder’s, “Nights In White Satin”; the futuristic disco and seductive tones worked their magic and Severino was hooked. He began collecting records from the age of 10 and learnt the art of spinning vinyl, supported by his family, who saw how the music moved their son.
At 16, burning with the desire to play and perform, a teenage Severino entered a local DJ competition. Opening up his set with the unmistakable organ intro and mournful vocals of “Baby Let Me Love You For Tonight”, at a time heralded as The Summer Of Love, this is a track that holds a place in the history of club music. Crossing over the house/techno divide, seamlessly weaving elements of hip hop and Latin influenced pop, it was a genius track that took risks. Taking risks is a skill that Severino has mastered in his quest for new music whilst creating electrifying sounds and always staying relevant. It has made Severino hugely respected amongst his peers across the ages and musical genres, from disco to dup step, house to hip hop, funk and soul. He won that contest, testimony not only that he could DJ but more importantly that he knew how to meet the energetic demands of the dance floor.
With music at the centre of his life, Severino secured a daily gig at a local radio station in his beloved home City of Mantua, Italy, simultaneously cultivating his hugely successful growing profile as a club DJ. At 26 it was time for change. London was calling and Severino left his native Italy – brave move inspired by his faith in the power of music. It would help build the foundations of a great legacy whilst nourishing many lasting friendships around the world. Fate and luck also played a role and before leaving for London, he was offered a distribution role from Disco Inn.
Once in London it wasn’t long before Severino would get to know the regulars on the London party circuit. He began running a night called Happy Families in Shoreditch with ex-Jockey Slut editor Rob Wood, Michael Morley and Mark James. Word spread and numbers increased seeing them move residency to Fabric. The Horse Meat Disco crew caught wind of Severino’s unsurpassed vinyl knowledge making him a resident DJ and an essential member of the HMD quartet.
DJ’ing with HMD alongside his solo adventures has seen Severino tour the world, playing at venues from the Panorama Bar in Berlin, Pacha, Glitterbox and Ushuaia in Ibiza, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Rex in Paris, Cielo and Vandam Sundays with Susanne Bartsch in New York and London’s Ministry of Sound, to name but a few.
Uniting different musical tribes around the world with his beautiful disco vibes, Severino is trusted and loved not only by the house heads and cool club kids, but the music and fashion industry worlds. When Kate Moss made the cover of Playboy, it was Severino that played at the intimate after party. Highlights include playing at the Chanel Cruise Collection after icon Bryan Ferry, as well as Djing at the Brits every year and for MTV.
Not content with just playing, Severino has continued to produce and remix music. Creating an amalgamation of sounds that run through the veins of his production, he has remixed artists as varied as Roisin Murphy, Basement Jaxx, Billie Ray Martin, Alison Moyet, Tracey Thorn, Funky Fat and Yoko Ono, as well as recent collaborations with Acid House legend Terry Farley. Flexing his A&R skills, he has complied various albums including Classic’s Through The Eyes Of Severino and the Horse Meat Disco series out on Strut/K7!
Up until now Severino’s journey has been as rich and deep as the sublime tracks he offers up to the crowds. With such an incredible heritage behind him, his gaze is fixed firmly on the future. 2015 has already heralded an exciting chapter for Severino. With a new management team behind him, expect to see more gigs and fresh collaborations with everyone from his heroes to the young guns. What started as a discovery into the world of music as a young boy in Mantua, all those years back via Giorgio Moroder is about to come full circle, with Severino confirmed to support the founder of disco and fellow Italian later this year. With his sister’s1978 vinyl copy of “Nights in White Satin” still in his collection, it will be a night of pure disco heaven and one to remember.