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Francisco is Francesco de Bellis (known as on half of Matt101 and Jollymusic) solo project, other aliases include Mr. Cisco. His professional career started in 1996 when he met Marco Passarani from Nature records and together they decided to start a series of projects: releases, radio-show and organization of parties.
At the beginning the first musical project was called MAT101 and it was realized with Mario Pierro (aka Raider of The Lost ARP) and Emiliano Tortora who lately decided to split from the band. They’ve released an album and a couple of singles that helped them to become popular in the electronic underground movement. So far they’ve collected many live performances, many tracks on compilations and remixes using the name MAT101.
After 3 years MAT101 decided to start another project called JOLLY MUSIC: While MAT101 is more electro oriented, JOLLY MUSIC is more into psychedelic disco and electroacoustic soul. The first track came out on a FINALFRONTIER 12” sampler with tracks from the rest of the NATURE RECORDS crew and it did get the attention of the most respected underground crews. Then a couple of singles came out in order to anticipate the full lenght album called ?Jolly Bar?. As soon as the album came out the reaction from the press was very strong: from England to Italy, from Japan to Germany the specialized magazine where shouting like ?one of the most original record of the year?. After a short while Nature records licensed this album to Sony UK, and even if the end of the story was pretty sad, with the major label not releasing the album, the duo had the chance to experience a great adventure working with some very talented singers (such as Erlend Oye from Kings of Convenience and Sonya Madden from Echobelly) and producers (such as Steve Dub of Chemical Brothers and New Order fame).|Meanwhile the Jolly guys have been touring for promotion some clubs in the UK (The End, Heaven, the Bugged out nights in Manchester and Glasgow) and they’ve added two big names in the remix field of their bio: Jamiroquai (accepted by the artist, but never released by the label) and Garbage.
Francisco is one of the most eclectic dance artist that have been working in the italian scene, especially because of his fresh and quircky sound made of italodisco, funk and old school chicago house: so many djs from italy and europe have noticed his music just after the release of his first two solo records, Salvation / Pigna 002 and Fregna / Pigna 005.
Francisco’s music has been featured on many compilations like the one mixed by Dr. Electroluv or the ones issued by the famous british dance magazines Jockey Slut and Dj Magazine. Francisco is ready now to step ahead introducing his new works with an upcoming single on Nature called “Moon Roller” followed then by a full lenght album called “Music Business”, and both works will show that he represents the heritage of the purest italo disco. His show is made of humor and groove, all based on a perfect mixing tecnique that has been acknowledged during the many experiences on the road thanks to his previous projects such as Mat101 and Jollymusic.
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