Picotto longed to start making his own productions, but felt that to be successful he must first become a DJ and learn exactly what people wanted to hear in a record. After winning the Walky Cup competition on national TV, an event for the top DMC djs in Italy, a chance meeting with Daniele Davoli, there to promote his Black Box single 'Ride On Time', led Picotto to really throw himself into music production. His first track 'We Gonna Get', produced under the name RAF, became a Top Twenty across much of Europe and Picotto had well and truly caught the bug.
Another RAF release followed, alongside remixes and co-writing credits for the likes of Club House, Capella and the 49ERS. Soon the time was right to release a track under his own name and the resulting record, 'Bakerloo Symphony', ended up being Number 1 in Italy for eight weeks. Also in 1996 Mauro became a partner in Media Records alongside Gianfranco Bortolotti.
1998 saw him make his bid for UK stardom, with the release of the inescapable Gatecrasher anthem 'Lizard' - a record that, for many, summed up the hegemony of the emerging trance sound. The track ended up being a Top 30 hit and was followed by two further instalments in the reptilian trilogy 'Iguana' and 'Komodo.'
Komodo notched Picotto another chart hit, entering at Number 11, as well as a performance on Top Of The Pops. Mauro was the first DJ to ever play live on the show.
Further Top Tens followed, including 'I Feel Love', under the moniker CRW and 'Communication', recorded alongside his friend and fellow countryman Mario Piu. The track sampled a mobile phone ring tone and became an omnipresent summer anthem. Furthermore it was Picotto's remix which propelled York's Balearic trancer 'On The Beach' to Number 1 when it was selected by the record company to be used as the radio edit.
Two artist albums, 'The Double Album' and ''The Others', came next, in 2000 and 2002 respectively, as well as remixes and productions for the likes Freddie Mercury, Jimmy Sommerville, Pet Shop Boys and U2. Unfortunately it didn't take long for other producers to start to cash in on the Picotto sound and soon everybody was apeing his tough, uncompromising style. Having paid his dues, and notching up a string of hits, it was time for Picotto's metamorphosis from trance star to techno superhero to begin.
"I used to play 6-hr sets at Gatecrasher," Mauro explains. "But I began to grow up and the generation of people I was playing to was growing up with me. I began to make the transition into techno because it felt right and I loved the music. It wasn't like I suddenly said, ' Right, now I'm going to play techno.' I just
like good music and I'm proud that, as well as creating new fans, I've brought a lot of my old fans with me and opened them up to a new style of music."
On top of the estimated 250 tracks that he's made to date, Mauro also leads the DJ pack when it comes to his globetrotting schedule. One minute he's spinning to a packed out 45,000-seater football stadium in Amsterdam and the next he's playing to 18,000 in the middle of the Amazonian jungle at seven in the morning, with parrots flying overhead.
After leaving Media Records in 2002, Picotto formed Bakerloo Music, as well as a new label Alchemy, releasing a slew of massive club tracks, including 'New Time New Place' and the 'Alchemy EP.' That same year he launched his Meganite party at the Miami Winter Music conference and tickets instantly became must-haves for the assembled danceratti.
Building on the concept he had honed in Miami, Picotto took Meganite to Ibiza in 2004, transforming the cavernous Privilege into an intimate techno paradise for those who like their music raw, tough and undiluted. The night became one of the most successful debut parties on the island.
Following the success of the first season, Mauro returned to Privilege in 2005 with an even bigger lineup featuring new Meganite Ibiza guests Adam Beyer and Marco Carola. The unforgettable season confirmed Meganite as one of the top events on the island, with weekly attendances reaching over 5,000.
The summer 2006 looks brighter than ever. Meganite will be back at the Superclub Privilege for the third year in a row. "Meganite to the power of 3" with Mauro Picotto and new residents Marco Carola and Misstress Barbara, will bring the positive energy with fifteen sessions beginning on 7th June and continuing each Wednesday thereafter.
2000 | The Double Album
Featuring Lizard, Komodo, Iguana, Pulsar, Baguette, Proximus..
2002 | The Others
Featuring Verdi, Awesome!!!, Back to Cali, Hong Kong, Bangkok..
2006 | Superclub
Featuring New Time New Place, Funkytek, Pandoro, Taotek, Darkroom...
| 1989 First Award: Best Italian DJ - Walky Cup Competition on Italia 1 TV
| Best International DJ: German Dance Awards
| Best Producer: German Dance Awards
| Best Radio Hit: German Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: Danish Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: Ericsson Swiss Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: BBM Irish Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: Deejay Magazine Spanish Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: TMF Dutch Dance Awards
| Best International DJ: 2FM Irish Dance Music Awards
| Best DJ Techno: Pacha DJ Awards 2005 Ibiza
| Best DJ Techno: M8 DJ Awards 2006 Ibiza