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Ilary Montanari


Ilary Montanari


Ilary Montanari


Ilary Montanary was born 26 years ago in Puglia. It was the country of Puglia, a beautiful land with breath-taking landscapes, unforgettable colours and smells and deep contrasts, that marked Ilary’s fate. Puglia’s rythm, shades, sounds and ancestral customes gives her the very love for the music… club music.

Bologna adopted her 19 years ago and, in 2006, help her do her first steps in the world of the music. Ilary had been a regular for years in the most famous clubs of the city such as Kinky, Matis, Cassero, Ruvido, Capannina and Doks and there she started to be influenced by the underground sounds of the best Italian and internationl DJ’s mixing in that famous places, under the shadow of the famous two Bologna towers.

In 2013, Ilary left the dance floor to start her adventure behind the consolle. Vynil become her obsession. She learnt all the old school techniques until she didn’t became literally an expert with Technics 1210.

She spent the whole year to improve her skills and to define her unique, personal music taste. This taste is made up of several genres such as tribal music, afro, funky and latin sounds but also Berlin and Balearic sonorities, always taking care of avoiding every label or bound.

Ilary’s myths are Frankie Knuckles, Vega, Ralf, Marco Carola and Ricky Montanari – best Italian DJ ever according to her – whom Ilary shared with not only the surname and a far affinity but also the love of house music and pure clubbing.

In 2014 she introduced her Saturday night music project called Back to the Club�� at Caffè Atlantico, aiming at offering a full dj set, along the whole house music history. On Friday night she mixed in several clubs. It is the 2014 the year of her first attempts as remixer and producer. It is possible to find on the internet not only her bootleg remix of FCL, George Ezra, Duke Dumont, Kiesza e Robin S (Show me love), but also her first tracks as producer such as Deep in my Soul (on New Creatures), kill the bass (Romano Records), the streets of Detroit (Zenith Recordings), Padua – disadvantage (on Tuxedo). On May 2015, her first compilation House Music Market was published and sold during some brand parties for EXPO 2015, in Milan. It is a compilation created with the collaboration of many important Italian music labels and of several artists of the underground environment such as Emanuele Inglese, Julian Mc Cain and Renato Pezzella.

In F/W 2014/2015 season Ilary started to mix behind the consolle of la Buca (Montese – MO), la Capannina (BO), il Bobino Club (MI), l’Alibi (Roma), with her faithful friend and teacher Emanuele Inglese. She mixed also in Qu.Bo (Bologna), Ruvido (Bologna), Matis (Bologna), Chalet delle Rose (Bologna), Loverdose Party (Bologna), La Playa (Termoli), Mosquito Beach Club (Salento), Electro Therapy Festival (Domodossola), Mamma Li Turchi (Salento), Stile Libero (Ferrara), Lido Azzurro (Leuca – Salento), House Sensation Party (traveling exhibit), Kinky (Bologna).