“His style bounces between electro, rock, down-tempo, ragga, house, drum & bass and more. He’s bringing a lighter and gasoline to the rule books that run electronic music”. Do Androids Dance
The allusive 7 foot Italian maverick known as ‘Phonat’ has become one of the most respected and esteemed electronic producers in Europe over the last few years, with his debut album ‘Phonat’ being critically acclaimed as a land mark genre defining electronic album. Phonat is currently signed to OWSLA who released the ‘Identity Theft EP’ and ‘Never’ EPs to critical acclaim. 2015 will see the label release several new records from Phonat , the first will be ‘ Fire’ due out mid September.
Michele Balduzzi began making music in his home village in rural Tuscany in Italy and was quickly spotted by MofoHifi Records recording under the name Phonat. Armed with a five year old laptop and a Fender Strat the young Italian moved to a bedsit in Dalston, London where he spent two years recording his debut album in a small basement in London Bridge.
The result is an album that takes the listener on a genre defying musical journey similar to that which Phonat took in his own life moving from idyllic rural Italy to the chaos and colour of London. The album encompasses French house, D&B, nu disco, mash up, metal, trip hop, ragga, down tempo, funk, fidget, electro and rock. From the hypnotic ‘It’s For You’, the ground breaking ‘Learn to Recycle’ and ending in the dysfunctional masterpiece ‘London’.
Phonat followed the album with the darker and more downtempo Cockroaches EP. Sonny Moore (Skrillex) described Phonat as ”The most Underated producer out there” and proclaimed the Cockroaches EP to be a ‘Masterpiece’. In 2013 the ‘Identity Theft EP’ was released in collaboration with Mofohifi and OWSLA Records (owned by Skrillex). This was followed by the ‘Never’ EP which received high rotation on numerous stations, particularly triple J in Australia.
Phonat has remixed artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, Skrillex and Andrew Bayer. His music has been used in numerous computer games and he scored the soundtrack to the Xbox game Grid Autosport. When not in the studio Phonat tours across the globe with regular shows in Europe , Asia and North America. Phonat performs as both a DJ and as a live artist.
Phonat has had a long standing relationship with the graphic artist Rocco Pezzella. The Phonat videos such as ‘Ride The Prejudice’ have been exhibited in various art installations and galleries .