Daniele Baldelli started as a DJ in 1969 at the Tana Club in Cattolica (RN, Riviera Adriatica, Italy) and later joined the Tabù Club in 1970. That time there were no mixers, earphones and displays! The job of the disc jockey was simply to raise and lower the two turntables available, not taking care of the possible silence between two records. The first records Daniele Baldelli played were of course single singles: Ann Peebles, Arthur Conley, Rufus Thomas, Desmond Dekker, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Taylor, James Brown, Booker T., Edwin Starr and Etta James… but also: Stooges, Jericho Jones, Steppenwolf, Atomic Rooster, Steely Dan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Status Quo, Slade, Gary Glitter… Not having any model to emulate (perhaps the oldest dee-jay in Italy) Daniele Baldelli invented his own work at the console, practically a self-taught dee-jay, simply following his passion for music, experimenting with new technologies and using, from the beginning, of the first electronic batteries, keyboards, synthesizers and one of the first samplers that had only four seconds of memory! He feels lucky to have been a dee-jay since 1969. This gave him the opportunity to live, personally, the history of music and disco from the dawn to today. And this also allowed him to collect more than 70,000 vinyl records! Always alternative and futuristic, he worked in hundreds of club behind the consoles. In 1979 in Italy was opened the Cosmic, a club where Daniele Baldelli started a musical trend that would deeply mark the movement of Italian underground music. Everything developed from 1979 to 1984, and that genre was called “Afro”. Obviously, the term was, and still is, wrong because what played at Cosmic was a mix of electronic, reggae, brazil, jazz, ethnic, funk, new-wave and afro-beat! Daniele Baldelli probably played Africanism when he played Ravel’s Bolero and superimposed it on an Africa Djolè song, or an experimental piece by Steve Reich on which he mixed a piece by Malinke from New Guinea, mixing the T-Connection with Moebius & Rodelius, discovering in the album Itzito a hypnotic-tribal song by Cat Stevens, extracting Africa from Depeche Mode playing them at 33 rpm, or turning music into a reggae voice played at 45 rpm. Mixing a dozen African songs on an electronic drum pattern or playing a Brazilian batucada together with Kraftwerk, using electronic effects from a synthesizer to overlay some songs from Miriam Makeba, Jorge Ben or Fela Kuti. And again mixing oriental melodies by Hofra Haza or Sheila Chandra with the electronic sound of the German label Sky Records. Currently, Daniele Baldelli sets his work in two directions: one towards the funk to 360 degrees (soul, funky 70, future funk, funk & jazz) also using live musicians (sax, trombone, bass, keyboards); the other one towards the only “cosmic sound”: electronic, ethnic, afro-tribal, jazz, reggae, fusion… Many productions and many remixes can be found on Sound Cloud and Youtube.