MAURIZIO CLEMENTE - Key Persons
As a teenager, John "Jellybean" Benitez w as already a noted overachiever as one of the youngest of in-demand New York disc-jockeys at the peak of the disco era. Shortly thereafter, as a twenty-something, his career matched [and largely triggered] the improbable renaissance and cultural takeover of dance music in its successor forms of hip-hop, freestyle and house, blazing an unprecedented trail beyond the DJ's turntables to creative and executive roles as music producer, composer, performer, film producer, label executive and industry mogul. His decades-long career in assembling the first multimedia empire based on early DJ success, bespeaks his other remarkable talents: innovation, imagination, entrpreneurship, adaptability and durability.
Jellybean has unerringly fused youth culture's cutting edge to mass appeal, from his breakthrough days as an idolized master-mix DJ on New York radio and in Manhattan's hottest clubs - drawing thousands of music-obsessed young and leaving them sweat-drenched on the massive dancefloor of the w est side's Fun House, feeling brand-new and ecstatically chanting, "Jellybean, rock the house!" - to the recording studio w here he has produced musical newcomers, classic vocalists and superstars of the last three decades, to the composition of themes for hit television shows, to musical scores for Hollywood films-to the creation of his own publishing and production companies and record labels. This stellar and uniquely prolific catalog of achievement spans decades of artistic and technological change, since helping usher in the era of hip-hop with his remix work in "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force and "Action" by Orange Krush, shortly thereafter producing and publishing Madonna's first pop crossover hit, "Holiday," also co-producing and remix ing the second, "Borderline," as w ell as the third, "Lucky Star."
Since moving with assurance between the DJ booth and studio console in the early 1980s, Benitez has produced and/or remixed over one hundred charted Top 10 pop hits and more than thirty-five #1 records, A glance at the credits listed under Jellybean Productions (launched in 1983) reveals a veritable "Who's Who" of diverse musical talent that includes music legends of all genres such as Madonna, M ichael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Santana, Sting, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Marc Anthony and Billy Joel.
Building on his game-changing impact as a studio producer, Benitez also won acclaim and further personal fame as a performer with his debut artist album Wotupski?! (EMI, 1984), w hich generated two number one dance hits, "The Mexican," a classic revival from the birth of dance culture, and the newly-written "Sidewalk Talk" (which also charted in the top 10 of the Billboard 100 charts). Additional personal efforts included Spillin' The Beans on Atlantic (1991) and the platinum selling 1987 international smash, Just Visit ing The Planet , on Chrysalis, which launched four tracks into the U.K national singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, as well as the #1 Billboard Dance Single "Who Found Who" .
Giving back to his industry and community since his early days of success, Benitez has served on the Board of Directors of the Archive of Contemporary Music, and as a trustee of the New York Chapter of NARAS, all for multiple years.
Manuela Gandolfo was born in Turin (Italy) and was always interested in music. She collected,through her travels and experiences,various musical styles up to lead in the world of Electronic music. The Italian artist has delighted many music lovers across the country with her soulful and melancholic music. With her deep love and passion for electronic sounds, she has created many tracks which became quite popular among the music enthusiasts.
Manuela's talent was reflected at a very early stage when She began to perform in various clubs in her own city. Later on, she also started to play with the "Savana Potente" and became a guest performer in the party ‘We love Sunday" at SPACE,in Ibiza 2010 and 2011.
In 2011 and 2012,She was hosted by one of the best party of the Neapolitan scene,in Italy called "DEEP'N MORNING" and after she released her amazing EP "OCCHI MARRONI" on Deependence Rec,with a exclusive remix by Simina Grigoriu & Lorenzo Chiabotti and Moonshine was been released on Wasabi rec.
In 2015 She played at the official After party at Cocoricò, "BUON GIORNO CLASSIC", where she expressed her side as Dj very well. After this amazing experience she decived to improve her production techniques attending a course with huge success as a Sound Engineer at Music Lab Academy.
Manuela currently plays as a resident along side famous Italian artists at the Radio "M2O SoundsRise". Her dj sets are in constant evolution, but always characterized by a deep groove and techno by melodies and voices.
In 2016,it is released his EP called "Arcadia" Feat. Francesca Lombardo,with an exclusive Premiere by DJ MAG and other very important music channels. The release will be first published in digital and later on vinyl on ECHOE Records.
Always in 2017 it is housed, from the famous Radio around the world, "Ibiza Global Radio", proving very popular, with a weekly residence in Anna Tur&Miguel Garji radio show program. In June 2017, Manuela moves to Ibiza, plays at Nassau Beach with Bushwacha, Magik Bar with Stephan Ghenacia and Veto Club with Emanuele Corsarico. Some of his productions are played by Paola Poletto at Blue Marlin and in Ibiza Global Radio.
Always in summer 2017,She played in a Private Party signed "Burn Residency&M2O", with Paola Poletto, Lollino, David Moreno and the winner of Burn Residency 2017. In May 2018 she was hosted on the radio program of "Ibiza Global Radio" presented by Jordi Villalta. July 2018 he plays alongside artists like Chris Liebing, Anna and Janina at the Sankeys in Ibiza for the Party "Unusual Suspects".
In 2019 she release a new Ep on Soundzrise Rec called "Nebula", with a special remixes signed Renè(Circoloco) and Andrea Rango(M2o Radio).
she continue to plays in Ibiza and Europe!
She played in varius Club: Italy, Ibiza, London,Spain and Bulgaria.