People & Music: DJ Gigi D’ Agostino

Levi Brown, Senior Columnist

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There are lots of different genres of music out in America. We as Americans, listen to genres such as Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop, Country, etc. Some genres are very different because of the location of the music such asEurodance, which is electronic dance music that originated in the 1980’s in Europe. There is a specific music artist who does this genre, and he goes by the name of DJ (Disc Jockey) Gigi D’ Agostino. I would like to give background on this incredible artist and what he does.

 

Gigi D’ Agostino is like any other music artist, the only difference between him and most music artists is that he is a DJ. He is Italian and has been interested in music since he was a kid. He rose to fame in Europe for his 1999 single “Bla Bla Bla” he later expressed the song as “A piece I wrote thinking of all the people who talk and talk without saying anything!” The music video features a young animated boy walking along a line, while a shark (Or creature of some sort) is multiplying itself and following the boy. The young boy eventually turns into a shark himself and says what the shark says which is complete gibberish. The song’s music video is in the style of an Italian animated show called “La Linea” which featured a man (Mr.Linea) encountering obstacles and had live action hands draw him out of situations. The same style of the music video was used for Gigi’s song “The Riddle”.  The song peaked at #3 for the 1999 Austria’s chart, #4 in Germany and #6 in Italy.

 

Gigi’s next song was a remixed dance cover of Nik Kershaw’s 1984 “The Riddle”. For this, Gigi kept the lyrics the same, but changed the tempo to make it go faster. He also used the same style of the music video from “Bla Bla Bla” in which a man is walking on a line, but there is also a dragon that he encounters as he keeps on walking. The song peaked at #4 in the Belgium chart, #4 in Germany, #4 in The Netherlands, #7 in France, #8 in Switzerland, and #8 in Canada.

 

Gigi would go on to make the song “La Passion” (The Passion in Italian). The song is a Eurodance remix from French musician Jacno’s “Rectangle” song. Jacno’s version had no lyrics, so Gigi added lyrics to it; his voice is also auto-tuned for the song. The music video features Gigi running into a music store where he steals a CD and starts running away. The camera switches from character to character as they go on though their everyday lives, then towards the end of the video it turns out that the video is a flashback as the story continues in an infinite loop sequence. The song peaked at #1 for the Austria 2000-2002 charts, and #1 for the Belgium 2000-2002 music charts. It received a platinum certificate in Austria.


“L’amour Toujours” (French for “Love Always”) is the name for Gigi’s 3rd studio album as well as a song. The music video features Gigi performing at clubs and raves throughout Europe. The song peaked at #1 for Romania, The Netherlands, and Denmark for the 2000-2001 music charts.

 

Overall, Gigi has a good stance on the European dance scene and looks forward on keeping it up. Look out in the future for more People and Music articles to come.

 

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