Mario Basanov is a name that will start to become familiar to many. Already a hero in his home country of Lithuania after winning producer of the year in 2011 in their annual music awards, Mario has gone on to champion the world. Mario rose to fame with his producing partner Vidis who together crafted a string of underground hits such as ‘I’ll Be Gone’, ‘Who’s Shot The Silence’, and ‘Changed’ all becoming huge international phenomena after the release of their debut artist album ‘Changed’. Now Mario steps out on his own for his debit artists album Journey released in November 2012.
It was back in 2009 Mario revealed his love affair with a more sentimental Disco and Deep House sound. His first solo release ‘I’ll Be Gone’ came on the respected Australian imprint Future Classic, followed by the unforgettable Balearic sun infused ‘Caribbean Girl’ on UK label Under The Shade. The real turning points were his releases on Needwant, the deep piano stomper ‘Up’ and follow up ‘Lonely Days’, featuring Mario’s own vocals, are both just a hint of what Mario is set to achieve with his individual productions.
Today Mario counts the likes of Solomun, Tensnake, Maceo Plex and Soul Clap amongst his music’s fans. His reputation has continued to balloon at throughout 2012 with sought after remixes for bands such as Metronomy, Tyson and Crazy P, as well as his hit single ‘We Are Child of Love’ which included two of Mario’s own dub versions.
It is not only Mario’s outstanding production that makes people take note but Mario’s scope and versatility. He is just as comfortable producing a pop infused vocal as making tasteful underground dancefloor weapons. House, Disco and Electronica; its all there in Mario’s repertoire. His creativity and abilities show genres appear as names and not boundaries.
Things are only set to get bigger and better for Mario in 2013. He continues to tour worldwide, both as Mario & Vidis and solo, taking in Brazil, Ibiza, London, Berlin along the way. His full solo album ‘Journey’ is penned and scheduled for release in November as well as releases on Nervous NYC, Needwant and Silence Music.
We are just at the start of a long and exciting musical journey.