Mr. Chic with the Beats: Pietro Pizzorni
June 1, 2020 | Art
chic and refined beyond the scratchboard
Q: Where are you from?
A: Italian Blooded, Venezuelan Born, Miami Raised.
Q: What was your career path?
A: Originally Finance, then came a higher calling toward something more creative.
Q: Who influenced you the most?
A: My father, Franco Pizzorni & my cousin Billy Pizzorni. Both creative geniuses and very successful in all their endeavors.
Q: What motivates you?
A: Honestly, many would answer this question with an example of someone they know or know of, but my biggest motivation comes when listening to music. It drives me to work harder in every aspect of my life.
Q: Can you describe that "moment" (experience, emotion,) when you knew that you were pursuing your passion?
A: Traveling to Ibiza in 2010 was most definitely the moment that motivated me to pursue a career in music production and DJing.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I take notes throughout every day when ideas and inspiration come to me, I have to write them down or I will lose them forever. Then, when in the studio, I read my notes and get back into the mindset and let my creativity flow. Films & other music also plays a huge role in my inspiration and creativity. I probably watch TOO many films and listen to TOO much music haha, probably why I’ve lost 15% of my hearing.
Q: Favorite place you've DJed?
A: Salinas, Ecuador. Viva Fest 2015 is my first music festival opening for NERVO. 30,000 people in attendance, goosebumps the entire time.
Q: What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
A: I create a special folder for every single one of my sets, I always prefer to over prepare that simple “winging it.” If its a venue I’ve never performed I do a little research of previous dis that have played there to get in the vibe of that specific venue.
Q: How important is building a real relationship with the music you're playing for your own approach?
A: There's so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album? Honestly, I listen to ALL types of music and have made a deeper connection with tracks/albums in the ROCK genre as well as JAZZ & Classical. Electronic music is changing and evolving every second and I download over 150 tracks nearly every day, there are very few that really stay with me, but when they do they stay in my playlists for years.
Q: Any advice for those in this realm?
A: For those in the music industry, music production is key, go to school and master your craft before considering any kind of performance regardless of your circumstances. For all others, never stop educating yourself, It keeps you sharp and builds character and discipline. Lastly, practice honestly, kindness, and gratitude daily.
Q: If you were not dj-ing, what would you be doing right now?
A: If I didn't follow my passion for music I would most likely be pursuing/working in Finance with my family as well as making moves in the food and beverage industry which has always been a large passion of mine! Honestly, I still plan on opening a restaurant in Miami or Los Angeles in the next 2-3 years.
Q: What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
A: I went to culinary school for a year and originally wanted to be a pastry chef and baker.
Q: What is the most useless talent you have?
A: Insane movie line recollection. I oddly remember every line of every movie, it even tends to annoy people at times haha. But every once in a while I find someone similar and life long friendships are immediately made.
Q: If you were to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
A: I would go to film school and become a movie director.
Q: What are some of your other passions/talents?
A: Mens fashion has always been a huge passion of mine, you could say its how I was originally scouted for modeling. Ive always loved the fashion of Gentleman suits. I collaborate with local suit brands like Stitched & Suit Supply and shoot great gentleman style content both in miami and during my travels. My other passion actually ties in quite nicely with the gentleman's style... motorcycles and vintage cars! I recently started collaborating with Ducati Miami, The Barn Miami (vintage car club), and Paramount Luxury (modern super cars) to really give my gentleman's fashion shoots an edge! Even during this quarantine my most liberating escape to being trapped at home was taking beautiful sunset drives, and I am lucky enough that these companies provide me with gorgeous motorcycles and classic/modern cars to do so!
Q: Any projects in the works?
A: 4 new original tracks releasing this year and 2 brand new residencies to be announced by August. Other than my music and fashion endeavors I recently decided to acquire some experience in television and acting (as well as improve my Spanish) and casted for a host/reporter role on Univision's LIVE prime time reality dating show "Enamorandonos." The show started in Sept of 2019 and quickly became one of the most successful shows on television today! Although we had to break for quarantine the show will return soon enough for its second season! Television is a whole other world, one I have always been curious about and am now thrilled to be a part of..
Q: What’s a quote you live by?
A: The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you learn why.