Bottin is a producer, DJ and sound designer based in Venice, Italy. He makes music only an Italian can make… probably. Take a youth spent against a background of old Italian Giallo soundtracks, add late 70s Italian disco influences, a touch of free and easy west-coast vibe and a smattering of kitsch. That just about half describes Bottin.
Early works include two albums (Chill Reception in 2002 and I Love Me Vol. I in 2004), later he started working as a producer and remixer for major Italian pop artists like Lucio Dalla, Donatella Rettore, Sergio Caputo and the Spanish group Chambao.
As a sound artist, he was selected for Fabrica, the Benetton creative research center founded by Oliviero Toscani. For Colors Magazine he curated the Color Music series, presented at the Sonar festival in Barcelona. For the Biennale of Venice, he designed audio for Spanish Pavilion.
Bottin’s seminal releases include “Fondamente Nove” on Eskimo Records (2008) and “No Static” for American label Italians Do It Better (2009). Bottin soon moved to the forefront of the contemporary disco scene with his concept album “Horror Disco” on Bearfunk Records UK, which garnered critical praise for its dashing display of all of Italo’s delights without the pastiche. The album’s title may conjure up images of a Goblin inspired trip through Dario Argento horror movie nostalgia, but in actuality, it is filled with thick, Moroder-esque basslines that inspire dancing rather than dread. Horror Disco has sold out 2 CD editions and is currently been repressed in a double-LP special collector’s edition.
In 2010 Bottin is back on Eskimo Recordings with Galli/Piazza Venezia (where he produced together with Rodion) in which the signature Italo-Disco approach gradually blends into a housed-up dancefloor anthem. Shortly after, Nang Records releases “Discoursive Diversions”, a collection of remixes by Bottin for artists like Lindstrøm, InFlagranti, Tosca and many more.
2011 saw the release of the Discocracy single on Eskimo Recordings (followed by the Discocracy Revisited remix EP) as well as Aztaro, a collaboration between Bottin, Justus Köhncke and Rusty Egan of Visage.
With an exhaustive touring schedule covering over 20 countries and 4 continents, from North America to Australia, Brazil to Hong Kong, from Europe’s best underground parties to cult events like We Love Space in Ibiza, Bottin’s reputation as both producer and DJ is a steadily growing force to be reckoned with. His sets are an unpredictable journey into space disco, Italo rarities, and deep funk. A reckless blend of retro-futuristic sounds and contemporary electronica that always sets the dance floor on fire.
“When it comes to Nu Disco, Italians don’t necessarily do it better. But William Bottin makes a pretty good case.” (Pitchfork)
“William Bottin is one of the finest purveyors of electronic disco around at the moment.” (Vice Magazine)
“A comic sensibility breathes from your melodies of Bottin’s Horror Disco. Based in Venice, Bottin has a closer understanding of the links between Italo disco and Giallo soundtracks than most.” (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
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