YAYA DEEJAY AND ANDREA MORRICONE, WHEN POP DANCE MEETS CLASSICAL MUSIC
THE YOUNG ITALIAN DEEJAY TELLS ABOUT THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MASTER
“Pop Classic” is from today the definition that starts a new musical era. Pop dance combined with classical music, and the merit of this unique genre goes to a very unusual couple: the producer and DJ Yaya Deejay and the composer and conductor Andrea Morricone. They met and appreciated during a concert by Vasco Rossi and decided to experiment with a collaboration definitely destined to be talked about. They rented a record room in Rome and, after hours of hard work and various tests with the advices of the producer Lorenzo Confetta, their first piece was born, “Zenith“, which combines the modern rhythm of the percussion with the piano melody. But let’s talk about this collaboration from Yaya Deejay, one of the most important Italian deejays and the only woman who opens the concerts of Vasco Rossi.
A truly unusual combination with Andrea Morricone, how did this collaboration was born?
I have always been fascinated by the orchestral direction and I have a strong esteem for his father Ennio Morricone. So when I had the chance to meet Andrea, I was very happy. I never expected his interest in pop music and deejays. We both had strong mutual curiosity and so we decided to combine our passions and give life to a new kind of music that I like to call “pop classic”. Andrea is an incredible talent and an inexhaustible source of ideas, a composer with so much energy and creativity. Working with him has been a great experience …
Even strenuous, because of “genius and unruliness”?
Well yes, I confess I was destroyed. But also very proud with the product we have made. And I hope that the public can appreciate our work too. We played “Zenith” together in a sort of “rehearsal” in Milan, in Piazza delle Colonne in San Lorenzo, and the feedback was very positive.
How important is the audience for a Deejay?
Fundamental. I really like to improvise and, in my performances, I often look around, focusing not so much on those who dance, but on those who stand still. My goal is to be able to involve everyone, finding the right music. That’s why I prefer disco events. I feel a bit like a psychologist and are always experiences that give me a lot on the human level.