A Brief History of Roman Techno

In the 1990’s Rome, like many other cities around the globe, was influenced by Detroit’s techno revolution.

Detroit techno is characterized by its jazz influenced central rhythm, simple vocals, the ever essential bass drum and the backbeat of a snare, clap or hi-hat. These dark electronic beats are deeply rooted in retro synthesizers, drum machines and futurism.

The young italian  Lorenzo D’Angelo aka Lory D, inspired by the emergence of Detroit techno and deterred by the stagnant club anthems of the 80’s, went on to define the underground electronic music of his home city Rome. The track Sound Of Rome and his creation of the very first techno record label of Italy, Sounds Never Seen, changed the Roman dance scene forever.

The industrial and avant-garde records, a concoction of European and American elements, was not accepted immediately by clubbers but gradually gained popularity in warehouses, away from the small clubs that once reigned. 

In an intensive exploration of Roman Techno, Redbull Music Academy explains the concept of the sound. “What Lory D, Anibaldi, Benedetti and Vatta were searching for, and slowly developing, was a sound that was as abstract and experimental in outlook as it was overwhelmingly dancefloor-friendly.”