DJ Ivano Bellini (MIAMI)

Sunday, December 8, 2019

MIAMI – Few DJ/producers ascend to the heights of greatness, where their

live sets are considered as valuable and inimitable as those of skilled

orchestral conductors. Having been a professional DJ since 1986, Ivano

Bellini today exemplifies the term *superstar DJ* with his long-running

“Sunrise Sessions” afterhours residency. A weekly resident DJ on the famed

Terrace at Miami’s Club Space for seven years (since its inception in the

original Space), Bellini was nominated as “Best Resident DJ” at the 2006

Club World Awards.

Ivano Bellini’s sound is intoxicatingly sophisticated, irresistibly sexy and

full of hidden pleasures. At a time when advances in technology produce

fledgling producers at a dime-a-dozen, Bellini is among the rare breed of

*global DJs* whose name on a club flyer is enough to draw crowds from far

and wide. With a catalog of his own artist tracks, popular remixes,

compilations and a full-length artist album on the way, Bellini has

established himself in the dance music industry as a penultimate


Lifting his listeners to exhilarating highs on buoyant blasts of audio

dynamite, Ivano Bellini is the DJ’s DJ. He speaks four languages fluently

(his native French, Italian, Spanish and English), and he never tires of the

arduous task of finding, producing and playing the world’s best electronic

music. He also can’t imagine his life without DJing. He says, “I've been

DJing for more than 25 years. If not for the love of it, I would’ve left this

business a long time ago. That's what I always tell ‘kids’ when they ask me

about what it takes to succeed as a DJ: Do it for the right reasons, or you'll

get burned very quickly.”

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1966, the young Bellini was influenced by

his father’s jazz performances, as well as the sounds of funk, soul, disco and

pop music. In 1989 Bellini won first-place in Switzerland’s National DJ

Championship. In 1991, Bellini moved to South America where he lived

briefly, but it was a year later when he flew to South Beach on vacation that

his life changed. Falling in love with the sultry rhythms and exotic flavors of

Miami’s stylish inhabitants, Bellini decided to stay and helped form the

“South Beach sound” with residencies at nightclubs Le Loft, Van Dome,

BarRoom, Living Room, Opium and Nikki Beach, hosting such high-profile

audiences as Madonna, U2, Prince, Lenny Kravitz and Mick Jagger. More

recently, celebrities like Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx and P-Diddy

have been regular guests at Bellini’s parties in New York and Miami.

Word spread about the sensuous, fun-loving atmosphere created by

Bellini’s DJ sets, and soon, respected nightclubs in Amsterdam, Ibiza,

London and the U.S. were clamoring to have him play at their venues.

Bellini says, “I moved to South Beach in ‘91 and started to make a name for

myself there, and I really started to travel in 1996. The feeling was

awesome. I’d always loved to travel, but the best part was to know that my

music was appreciated all over the world, and that it could touch people’s

souls far away from where I lived.”

Joining forces with DJs Pierre ZonZon and Marc Sacheli, Bellini created

SFP Records (Sounds For People Records) in 1996, the label that today

houses a diverse array of talented artists and sub-genre imprints. As SFP

Records’ label chief, Ivano Bellini is in the enviable position of discovering

the best new artists, playing their music out in clubs, and finally releasing

them on his own label.

In 2000 club-promoter Luis Puig asked him to take part in Puig’s latest

nightclub undertaking: the ambitious nightclub in downtown Miami which

spawned the area now housing Nocturnal, Twilo and other superclubs.

Puig’s venue Space would go on to win the coveted DanceStar Award for

“Best Club,” and undeniably, Bellini’s celebrated Sunrise Sessions sets on

Space’s open-air Terrace significantly contributed to the club’s success.

Over the years, Miami’s Space has hosted every global DJ under the sun,

including: Paul Van Dyk, Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Tiësto, Paul

Oakenfold, Steve Lawler, Sander Kleinenberg, Erick Morillo, Roger

Sanchez, and an endless list. But before any of these world-famous DJs

came to play at Space, Ivano Bellini was already its resident.

House music legend Danny Tenaglia was a regular visitor at Space, and in

2001, he witnessed one of Bellini’s marathon sets. A journalist for DJ

Magazine wrote that Bellini’s performance was the “Best Surprise DJ Set”

of the entire Winter Music Conference. Tenaglia soon invited Bellini to spin

with him at his “Be Yourself @ Vinyl” parties in New York, and the city’s

demanding crowds quickly embraced Bellini for his exceptional DJing


In March of 2016, Ivano Bellini took upon a new challenge when he was

offered to be the Music Director at Pawn Broker Lounge in downtown

Miami, a new project from rewarded hospitality moguls Andreas Schreiner

and Jose Mendin of Pubbelly restaurants. He was put in charge of creating

a musical identity and vibe for the new project starting from day one,

including sound system design. Team work with the Pubbelly Guys and his

musical vision helped make Pawn Broker a instant and lasting success

being praised by patrons and winning multiple awards from industry

publications. For the next 18 months Ivano Bellini managed the whole

music programming and also took on a weekly residency, something he

hadn’t done in quite some time. The Pawn Broker music programming /

residency was followed by a similar partnership at River Yacht Club in

Brickell starting in October 2016

Ivano Bellini has also been busy producing with producing partner, Gianni

Ruocco. He's working on a new set of projects soon to be released and made

available for the public. In October 2018 Ivano Bellini released his remix of

Kanye West & Lil Pump’s mega hit “I LOVE IT” in collaboration with long

time friend/partner Armand Pena.

In May, 2018 Ivano Bellini started his new weekly residency at Roger

Sanchez’ famed UNDR THE RADR Sundays at Wynwood’s hot spot 1-800-

Lucky and is set to tour Europe next summer under the Undr The Radr