Raised between Italy, France, the UK, and the US, Vitto Di Vaio has been living in New England for the last five years. He has performed as a vocalist and guitarist, and currently supports the artists and music he loves in an event production role at weekly electronic night “Make It New” for the past year and a half.
How did you find about MMMMaven and the programs we offer?
This fall Vitto will be studying in Valencia, Spain earning his Masters in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation at Berklee College of Music.
I was an attendee at Make It New
in my early months in Boston. It was the one night a week I really looked forward to and I knew that it was affiliated with MMMMaven
. I was curious about DJing, so through the night I found out about the classes and then signed up for one, DJ 101
Had you ever DJ’ed before coming to MMMMaven?
Had you ever done any music production before studying at MMMMaven?
A little bit. In college, I learned how to use Logic in a computer music class. It was just a semester, so I didn’t get very good. I was always kind of a performer either through theater or music. I sing and play guitar, but production was lost on me in college. I wasn’t very good at it. I got a little older and I was in a job that required me to be pretty analytically intensive, so it taught me how to use computers a little better and handle that. So, then DJing kind of came naturally from there.
How has your music and music production progressed since graduating from MMMMaven?
I’m on a different wavelength now. Since I started, DJing, it kind of taught me how to mix, how to think about putting songs together and what patches make sense. Then, through Make It New, I was literally listening to music every week, the best artists week on week. I was also Shazaming like crazy, listening to a ton of music at home that made my taste better – my music taste was terrible in college.
So, listening to better music helped me to become a better musician.
That’s what you get here. Through MMMMaven I continued on with eventually the production program. I took production with Damian Silva and Damian’s just been my hero. We bonded and share music. He’s given me the best advice that I can get on what gear to buy too. I owe everything to MMMMaven’s production program mostly.
How did you start getting involved with Make It New?
MMMMaven put out a Facebook message asking for help. They were like, “Does someone want to volunteer for Make It New?” I saw it and I was like, “Ahhhh” so I commented and then I got a message the next day that said lets meet up and talk. Shortly after, I started at Make It New. That was, like, a year and a half ago.
How has working at Make It New and watching those DJ’s perform influenced your music?
I was literally listening to music every week, the best artists week on week, which helped me to become a better musician. I was not listening to the best music in high school, progressively better in college. Once I got out I really started to get a better sense of my musical taste.
Listening to the people that Alex books for Make It New week after week was just hugely formative.
It definitely gave me an electronic bend that I didn’t have before. From there, it’s kind of progressed beyond the beat making sphere to more ambient experimental stuff. The people that come through Make It New are kind of at the forefront of good musical taste.
You’ve lived all over – Italy, France, UK, and the US. How has the music scene differed in each country? Did you ever find it challenging to adapt? How has your geographical location influenced your music if at all?
I wouldn’t be able to tell you if the music scene differed because I was too young to really experience the club scene. Although attending high school in Milan, I was going to a lot of terrible clubs with my friends. From what I know, Europe is a very dense continent in terms of music talent, but there’s so much good music here as well. Not just New York but Boston as well. It’s accessible and allowed me to get to this point. I think it can be prohibitive in other places. I really came of age here. My location has definitely influenced my music – my support network is here, and so there’s no better place to grow and develop as an artist. Having everyone that matters to you in one place, getting advice.
You’re getting your masters at Berklee in Valencia, Spain this fall – Can you explain why you chose to get your masters? Why this program? What do you hope to get out of the program?
I was in the production class with Damien and eventually came to the topic of what opportunities there were to pursue music production on a graduate level. He said that one of the most prestigious programs, that a lot of the Make It New faculty are involved in, is the Berklee Masters program in Valencia, Spain.
It’s incredible that one of the best programs in the world also has a bunch of MMMMaven alums and former MMMMaven professors.
What do you hope to get out of the program?
My glass is empty going in. I don’t know where I am going to end up. I would like to come out with technical and marketable skills and would love to be able to work with other artists as an audio engineer as well as a producer. I want to further my own art and release something as a performing artist. I would love to learn how to program music in the most basic ways, whether that’s in regard to 360 audio or how to VJ. The goal is to make a full-length studio album, hopefully with collaborators and maybe with an associated live set.
What do you hope to have accomplished in your musical career 5 years from now?
I would love to be making money, which is the hard part. That’s part of the appeal that the program has for me.
I would love to be able to work as a salaried employee at a music software company or a hardware manufacturer; like Ableton, Roland, or iZotope.
So, I would want to continue my work as a musician at all costs, but to be a hirable person with real skills that people need to make the cool products that I’ve been exposed to, and even making for the last couple of years. Making that stuff is really fun too, but actually designing it from scratch is a whole other thing.
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