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Interview with EDX: "Stay True to Your Musical Identity"

June 10, 2015 - by Molly Sinclair

From growing up in a small town in Switzerland, to being a young house music fan in the 90's, to playing the biggest shows in the world, EDX has earned his way to the top of the musical food chain.

However, his success comes after staying true to his roots, while evolving his style. Just recently, EDX (real name: Maurizio Colella) released his rework of the 1992 Sam Feldt version of "Show Me Love" retitled "Indian Summer", giving it a fresh spin.

Read the exclusive interview with EDX, before he headlines Bassmnt San Diego this Saturday, June 13th!

Who or what inspired you to start producing music in the 90's? Additionally, is there an unforgettable musical moment that stands out to you?

It just happened organically, I was a sports and music nerd. I decided to put my all of my time into music and stopped playing soccer from one day to another, and everything took off by itself. I started hanging out with people that share the same passion. It lead to sharing a studio space, going to raves together, flying to London to buy the latest white labels no one else had. 20 years later, I can definitely say it was one of the best times of my life. Everything was young, fresh and real.

What can we expect for your show at Bassmnt in San Diego, CA? Do you plan out your sets in advance, or is it whatever you're feeling that night? What do you do differently for club sets?

It's exciting to return to San Diego. I've been playing SD for a few years, and when I played at Bassmnt last year, I really felt that the crowd had grown into liking quality music since my previous visits. SD has a very diverse scene and a lot kids that are new to clubbing and electronic music. I am really looking forward to playing an energetic progressive and deep set!

What genre does your heart belong to, as a music fan?

My music is all about making people feel good vibe house beats, but I am pretty open to all music genres. It's all about the mood I'm in and who I am with.

In your experience, what is the most important thing for becoming a successful musician?

I believe it's all about being yourself and staying true to your personal music identity.

You recently released your awesome "Indian Summer" remix of Sam Feldt's "Show Me Love" that reached #1 on Hype Machine and amassed millions of plays. What was your approach for remixing this particular track?

I've been in love with that song since I was a young kid. Stonebridge's huge house remix from '92 is one of the biggest house classics ever. I liked the way the new vocal was recorded and wanted to take the challenge. Everything matched the way I felt that day. I feel really blessed and happy about the love people are showing to my version.

Your radio show and podcast is titled "NoXcuses," and you recently hit your 222nd episode milestone, just after reaching 1M downloads on iTunes. Besides the play on words, what does the name mean to you? How do you manage to keep up with all of the new music week after week?

It's an amazing journey to run a weekly radio show. It makes you stay involved every single week with fresh and new music. Growing up surrounded by all types of music and many friends in a small neighborhood in Zurich, I've always tried to be straightforward and to the point. #NoXcuses definitely reflects that at its best.

What is your favorite thing about playing in the U.S.?

Electronic music is so new, and American audiences are young and very enthusiastic about new sounds. The U.S. is a big country with many interesting edges and huge, influential cities, especially in terms of music.

This is going to be a big summer for you! Besides spinning tons of shows including EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, and more, do you have any big plans for 2015?

My plan is to make music, travel, and spend time with family and friends. It's all about sharing what you love to do with your audience all over the world.

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