Butto, born and raised near Naples (Italy), is a DJ and producer who approaches music at the age of 15.
His music combines the house classic sounds with the afro/tribal ones.
In his first release "Miradero" (2017) tries to define his style focusing on sax, his favourite
In the same year he joined to "Drums Radio" family, a London broadcaster that allowed him to
create the “Be Afro Be Cool” radio show.
In 2018 he began his adventure in London performing in clubs like “The Prince of Wales” and the WORK BAR , a reference club for DJ MAG events.
In February 2019 he releases “Me Encanta” on Double Cheese Records. It’s ranked in the top 10 Afro House tracks on Traxsource and Luyo’s remix at #3 of the same chart.
R+R – Hi Butto We’ve been trying to get you on the ‘Known Unknown’ series for a while now - thanks for taking the time.
Why don’t we start by you telling us who is Butto and how did it all began?
Butto - Hi R+R, thank you for having me. “Butto” is my surname and my friends have always used this one to distinguish me from the others. My story started when i saw a dj for the first time ever in a hometown’s club. I was amazed and decided to commit myself to buy my first cdjs.
R+R – When did you start getting into music? What are your earlier memories of music?
Butto - I have always loved house music since I was very young. I grew up with the music of Louie Vega and Kenny Dope and I was very happy when my uncle gave me the first vinyl of them.
Butto - I remember when I was 15 and I tried to record my first mix. It was very bad because it was the first time I lit a cdj. The day after was definitely better and my best friend told me: “Wow! You have talent”.
R+R – What is the hardest thing about being a DJ?
Butto - The hardest thing is distinguishing yourself from the others and affirming your musical identity. It’s always difficult but I try to transmit emotions to the people believing in my ideas.
R+R – How did you overcome these challenges?
Butto - Working hard everyday is the only key to overcome these challenges. It’s important to set a goal and try to achieve it with all available means. You must have the strength to dare.
R+R – If you had share the stage with anyone who would it be?
Butto - I would like to share the stage with Pablo Fierro. I followed him since I was a child and his sound is similar to mine. I love any type of percussion even the unknown ones and I usually insert a large number of them in my tracks.
R+R – Taking into account your influences what is it that sets you apart from the rest?
Butto – I have particular standard in my releases but I always try to combine the classic sounds house with afro/tribal. My style recalls the typical Spanish and Cuban sound with African percussions.
R+R – Thinking about your sets, what experience are you trying to deliver?
Butto - People have to enter in another dimension where the percussion defines the background and the synths does the rest. They should dance with these elements otherwise magic doesn’t happen.
R+R - What do you intend to accomplish this year?
I would like to bring my music to the next high step and participate to some music festivals. My biggest dream is playing at Tomorrowland or Ultra South Africa.
R+R – For our readers and listeners who want to know more about Butto where can they find you?
Butto - Hey guys you can catch me and my music in all social medias like Traxsource, Beatport, Soundcloud and Youtube.
search for me on Instagram - butto_official on Instagram to find me.
R+R - Where are your upcoming gigs?
I have just confirmed my presence at the next Amsterdam Dance Event but this summer I’m gonna play in Naples, London and probably Ibiza so enjoy and follow me.
R+R – What can we expect from your podcast?
Butto – Empathy and fresh tunes. The tracks in my sets are perfect for listening when you drink something along the sea.