Phino

Tell us about yourself.
Gino: Well my name is Gino and I’m 27 years old and I was born in Miami, I grew up in a small town named Brandon but eventually moved to Orlando for college.

Phiona: My name is Phiona, I was born in NY, raised in Orlando, went to UM for undergrad/grad so lived in Miami for a while, and most recently, I’ve been living in Paris!

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

Gino: I began playing the cello at age 9 after seeing my older sister take on the violin. I never really looked back from there and solely grew to a serious musician once I entered the Patel Conservatory Orchestra at 14. I then decided to take the next step and major in Music Education at Valencia College and University of Central Florida. I then picked up Djng at about age 21, spinning at private events such as weddings and school events but then got really into music production about 3 years later.

Phiona: It wasn’t until I was getting my masters in Accounting that I realized my “true” calling was in music. I always made mixtapes for my friends, always was friends with DJs, so I guess it just took me a while to put everything together haha. I just want to make people happy and spread good vibes; I realized accounting was definitely not the place to do that. One of my DJ friends helped me get my first 1200s in 2011, and since then, I’ve been djing.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

House and Future; I’m a real old soul with house. I go back to listening to “Faithless – Insomniac” days, but I’m also a huge fan of using future sounds in productions as well. I’m a huge fan of house especially bass house, progressive, trance, and even future bass and like to borrow sounds from all of those genres.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

Gino: I’ve lately been greatly inspired by DJ Snake and it’s actually a funny story. I’m a huge night owl, literally always up at night so since I live right by a lake…I happen to go and chill there pretty frequently. Well one night I noticed that the stars were sort of aligning and I was jamming to some Snake and well…we then came together with Nicolina and had a brainstorming sessions and it just worked.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

Gino: I believe the challenge nowadays in music is getting passed that certain tier of artists. With all the access to producers uploading their music for free for streaming and with the assistance of great labels and networks that help support these artists, a lot of these artists kind of get “lost in the sauce” to me…I don’t know. They try to follow a trend but not really try to initiate a sound of their own. Like you know you’re listening to Malaa when you listen to Malaa…or you know you’re listening to Alok or Oliver Heldens. Although they might stick to trends like most do in EDM, they stick to what brought them into the game.

Phiona: I think sometimes people don’t take me seriously because I am a woman. Like, I notice a lot of times people just talk to Gino about business, and I’m like hmmm there are two of us haha, but I just have to assert myself more, and I think that’s something women have to do in all walks of life, because sometimes we just get overlooked.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

Gino: I’ve lately been greatly inspired by the moombahton movement and we had the opportunity to work with an upcoming artist in Nicolina and really wanted to spark a new Phino sound.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

We’ve had Nocturnal Times, EDM.com , YourEDM, and Women of EDM.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

Gino: Well I first began working with a DJ company during college named ‘A Premier Entertainment’ spinning for private events, then I had a great opportunity to work a little with NappyBoy; earning a spot on their NappyBoy Dj spot. I eventually followed my heart more into the electronic scene beginning a trance project in ‘Venice’.

Although it was short-lived, I continued on to a new project in “Phino” experimenting with new sounds and genres and establishing a new culture.

Phiona: I started off djing in Orlando in 2014, and in a few years, I had djed every venue in the city, which led to me playing in other cities in the nation, New York, Miami, etc. I got kind of bored being here, so I moved to France last year, and wow I’m so glad I did. I’ve been exposed to SO much culture, so many vibes, I wish I would have done so sooner! On top of that, I’ve gotten really lucky and have been able to dj in some sick places in London, Paris, Prague, and Martinique. But, I’m back in the states for Phino so, this is an exciting time and I’m so ready for Phino to get to the next level, which is, of course, our goal.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Gino: Coming from a classical background, classical music has always been an inspiration to me.

Phiona: Yeah, literally anything inspires us. I LOVE old school tunes, so most recently, that’s been in our scope, reviving some of the classics. I cannot WAIT for you guys to hear that!!

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Gino: I’d say first thing is a good musical idea, I think that’s the first important thing in a good song. Probably followed by good production and if it’s a vocal track; make sure it means something to you.

Phiona: And to add to that, I’d say, sorry to be cliche, but good vibes brahhh! Nothing will succeed without good vibes and positive energy!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Gino: I’d say just make sure you enjoy the process and don’t rush anything. Musicians and artists grow and not everyone is going to like what you write or make, as long as it’s what makes you happy and it sounds musically good, don’t sweat it ha-ha.

Phiona: I’m super impatient, as Gino knows, so I would underline his response, and make it bold lol. BE PATIENT. Anything worth having takes time….believe it or not! Don’t go based off what you see on social media. People never show the work it takes to get somewhere, only the end result. Your career and journey are your own! Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who do.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

So far we have 5 releases spanning a couple different genres and sounds. Our release includes “Perceptions”, “Head in the Clouds”, “Groove” and our latest release “Stars Align” feat Nicolina.

We’ve had the opportunity to open for some amazing Djs that include “W&W” & “R3hab”. We’ve also had the amazing opportunity to perform at the latest ‘Life in Color’ in Orlando along with “Space Jesus” and “Zed’s Dead”

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Gino: A lot of it comes with the mood I’m in that day I think. If I’m listening to some house stuff or getting in the feels. A lot of what we write and produce comes from within our home studio!

Phiona: A lot comes from just getting together and throwing words around…one of my favorite parts of the process!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Gino: Of all time? That’s tough. Obviously Amy Winehouse is a massive inspiration to me as well as Linkin Park. I’d probably have to say from those two going down..Kaskade, DJ Tiesto, and Swedish House Mafia

Phiona: Hmmm…….Dr. Dre, Drake, Jorja Smith, Booba, and Skepta…this is at the MOMENT. Not like all time FYI.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

It’s just been Nicolina for now. But we’d love to collaborate one day hopefully with Tchami, A-Trak or Diplo.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

FB

https://www.facebook.com/ PhinoMusic/

Soundcloud

https:// soundcloud.com/phinomusic

Spotify

https://goo.gl/iUPPok

IG

https://www.instagram.com/ phinomusic/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/ phino_music

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Gino: Happiest day in my life was when I performed at Carnegie Hall in NY when I was 17. Best freaking day ha-ha.

Saddest: I’d have to say when I lost my grandfather when I was 15, he never got the opportunity to see me play or even hear any of my music which still kind of saddens me.

Phiona: Happiest day: ugh I have terrible memory. Ummm…I feel so happy everyday BUT I can remember being super happy when I first moved abroad.

Saddest day: When my grandfather died last winter. Cutest and sweetest old man ever. Miss you Edward!

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Gino: I’d buy a house in Spain and invest and continue doing what I’m doing now ha-ha.

Phiona: Buy a sick place in Paris and London, pay off my parents’ house, and travel as much as I could until the money ran out. And buy sick presents to gift my people with from my travels. Oh, and I’d rent a private jet and pack it with my friends/family so they can travel with me

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