“Vinyl maniacs” Paine and DJ Fonx met in 1997, in Milan. Their endless love and passion for music (from vintage jazz to electronic sounds) turned into a close friendship. The 12’’ vinyl fans played together several times. Two years after their meeting, they decided to form a project called I Maniaci Dei Dischi. The two friends created an unusual sound, using 3 to 6 turntables and making interesting combinations from hip-hop, funk, soil, jazz, dub, drum’n’bass, and reggae. Their performances were very popular in Italy because the DJs were the first project that tied dance music with turntables closely.
In 2002, the duo went to the Arezzo Wave Festival where they met DJ Herrera and bass guitarist Bombo, who became part of the group. The project creates a variety of black music. They perform mostly in Milan. It’s not always easy to book I Maniaci Dei Dischi due to their popularity.
Once a month DJs perform at the Cox18 center in Milan. Any person, who knows something about DJ work, understands that the band’s creations require true mastery. Three DJs try to maintain a unique vinyl handling style, gaining more and more popularity. In the interviews, they sometimes talk about their technique but don’t reveal any secrets.
In 2001, the band started working in a studio. The track “Bene” was their first mainstream creation and became part of the album Spontaneous (2002-2003).