Federico Mahjong Conti
(aka Mr Gone / Nardis / Joe Velvet / Laisla)
Federico Mahjong Conti started his life in music at a young age. His father played classical & jazz music on the harp (harmonica) in the late 50''s with the HOHNER BOYS, the official Hohner Harmonica quartet winners of several international championship. At the age of 8, Federico studying modern jazz with the famous American organ player Shirley Scott from Philadelphia and with James Williams from NYC for piano specialization. Adding bass, he worked with studio sessions and doing arrangements for orchestras and big bands.
In 1999, DJ Daniele Baldelli introduced Federico into the Italian club culture listening to uk garage and 2 step. Soon after, he began playing and producing live-set with grooves machines & real time sequencing, playing funky-house, 2 step, uk-garage and hip-hop. In 2000, he started to play as a DJ and combined the use of turntables and PCs and sequencing them together.
As his club world was getting bigger, Federico was still tuning his piano and organ talents on his own and working with other jazz artists such as Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari, Benny Golson, Charles Bowen, Lannie McMillan, Mike Stern, Buster Williams, and Mel Gaynor from Simple Minds.
In 2002, Federico created the production company "Mahjong Music", producing singles, LPs and compilations for various record labels, publishers and television broadcasting networks. Through "Mahjong Music" he has had music released in 24 countries around the world. Today, Federico is spending most of his time in production work than DJing and performing.
In 2004, he became part to the project "Cube Guys", with Intrallazzi (from FPI project) and Luca Provera, producing the Ibiza hit "TE QUIERO" for the Roger Sanchez''s label (Stealth Records), which landed in the Top 10 list on the European House Charts as well as working on a single from Kym Mazelle''s LP "The Pleasure Is All Mine".
During the 2005, "Mahjong Music" partnered up with Mediaset Group, the biggest private TV network in Italy, to launch libraries production activity, working on important TV programs soundtracks.
In the same year Federico Conti found his 2nd company “Recreating Samples” www.recreatingsamples.com, the one only italian “samples recreation” service on the scene ! His famous samples recreations are featured in the following records just to say a few:
- Miami Dub Machine – Be Free With Your Love (Umm)
- Alex Gaudino presents Lil’ Love – Waiting For Tonight (Time)
- Moony – For Your Love (Airplane!)
- Fabri Fibra – Tradimento (Universal)
- Alex Gaudino & Jerma – Reaction (Data)
During the 2005 winter Mahjong Music became a digital distributed label releasing several records on I-Tunes, Beatport, Napster, Sony Connect, Juno Digital, Trackitdown and many more mp3 stores / mobile providers. If Mahjong Music remains a dance / house label 2 brand new sublabels born: JuJu recordings (Downtempo – elettronica – chill-out) and Shema (crossover electro music).
In the same period Mahjong Music started to license its catalogue on american movies and european Tv commercial. The Lancia Y campain featured the track “Watcha Gonna Do” by Denim J, written, produced and performed by Federico Conti and Sam Wood.
In the 2006 Federico Conti found and produced the house project called “Eyes Of Love” featuring the beatiful singer / songwriter Sarah Grimaldi. The 1st single My Love Is U (licensed in North America to Act2 Records) has been charted in the top 20 Billboard Usa Club Charts for 2 months and now it’s charted in the world top 50 dance tracks of the year.
During the summer of 2006 he signed the exclusive license of his own project "Mr Gone” with Rebirth Records (the new Dj Shield’s label consociated with Ministry Of Sound Uk), the 1st single “Do 4 Love” has been charted and reviewed by: Laurent Garnier, Tom Novy, Tony Senghore, Mike Monday, Oscar G, Tom Neville, Freeform 5 and it appeared as SUREPLAY review on the June edition of Dj Magazine while the DMC definied this release an essential record for the year 2006.
Some of his latest remixes are:
- Amuka – I Want More (Kult Records) [1st place on Billboard Usa Club Charts]
- Penny Foster – Last Time (Music in head)
- The Sweet inspirations featuring Cissy Houston – Shake Yourself Loose (Kult Records)
- Jason Walker – Move On (Kult Records)
- Maya Azucena – Make it Happen (Kult Records)
Federico Mahjong Conti has remixed and recorded under more pseudonyms: Mr Gone as electro-house artist, Laisla as latin-house producer, Joe Velvet talking about the breakbeat releases, Nardis for the chill-out Lps and compilations.As Federico Conti he’s working on a soloist project playing new-age & nu jazz music with acoustic piano and percussions, no bass and other sounds, a pure duet. As Mahjong the most of his past and present house works and remixes.
Because of his love for making music, up through 2006, he has produced and sold records for "Airplane! Records" (Usa), "Stealth Records" (Netherlands), "Jinxx Records" (Canada), Nick Holder''s "DNH Recordings" (Canada), "M.O.D.A. Music / Warner Music" (Italy), "Media Records" (Italy), “Oxyd” (Italy), “Time Records” (Italy), "S2S" (Japan), "David Gresham Group" (South Africa), "KULT" (Usa), "Born To Dance" (UK), “ACT2” (USA), “Rebirth” (Italy), “Stefano Cecchi Records” (Italy), “Halidon” (Italy) to name a few.
Sam wood: freestyle, r&b, MC technique, ironic lyrics, can switch styles putting different characters to the messages in her lyrics, whilst intelligently mixing rap with her vocals making her an unpredictable 360 degrees artist full of surprises.Sam wood''s music is not that easy to define, hip hop styles and sounds with an obvious nu funk influence but with a movement that gives off some dance flavour, the voice breaking into strong rap verses teasing beats which leads to eratic breaks, constantly playing with different musical influenses and an incredibile sense of humour.
Sam J. Wood born in Blackpool, north west of England. Her passion for music and the entertainment business took her (still a teenager) on her first job as backing vocals/dancer around europe which enabled her to progress and discover herself as a musician and dancer/coreographer. During the mid 90''s her artistic career brought her to italy where she started a long term collaboration with top italian artist jovanotti as coreographer/dancer. Appearing on his european tour “una tribu’ che balla”, including promotional television tour on various music programmes (“festivalbar”, “buona domenica”), featuring on jovanotti''s lp “lorenzo”, writes and performes rap on his single "one nation". Another featuring on “eledanca''s” (ex casino’ royal) single "sei la mia donna". Towards the end of 1990 is signed to warner bros for the european market. During the same period of time she has performed as dancer and mc in all the top clubs throughout europe (pascia-ibiza, ku-ibizia, music festivals- switzerland, paradiso-rimini, pascià-riccione, pineta-m.marittima fura-desenzano del garda etc..Also working as a dj. Specialised in r&b, hip hop, jazz funk (ku-rimini, nrg-cesenatico, moxie-riccione, fura-desenzano etc…Her world of music brings her to the tv screen as v.j. & presenter (network 9, private networks), as speaker for "radio & disco riccione” and voices for various radio networks (radio studio piu’, radio company, radio viva fm) and as host of live & special events.