FM Meets: We Speak To Italian Superstar STEFY DE CICCO

"I try to create my own sound, a mix between the traditional house and the current slap-house."
5 March 2021

By H Writes

There is something magnetic about Italy’s Stefy De Cicco. Having been in the game for some time and otherwise known as Darliane Ferreiera, this DJ and producer shows no signs of slowing down – having signed an exclusive deal with Universal Music in 2020.

After releasing the anthemic Life Is One with Ludovica Pagani in December, she has just revealed her new single Fences, co-produced by upcoming talent Wasback. We got speaking with this incredible female force about her time in dance music… 

To kick things off, can you tell us a little about yourself… where are you currently based and have you been there throughout the whole pandemic?

Actually I’m living between Ibiza, Dubai and Italy, I’m a sun-seeker! I’ve been doing music and playing as a DJ for many years and I’m very big fan of dance, house and electronic music. 

How long have you been making music for? Was there something that first got you both into creating it?

I’ve decided to be a DJ as  it was a natural consequence of my love for music, I believe that all of us need a soundtrack everyday – it doesn’t matter which genre we prefer. 

What/who/where inspires you the most creatively? 

My team and I don’t exactly have a creative model, we always try to create our own sound that mixes a bit of the traditional house sound with slap house. I want to continue to give meaning to my sound, which luckily seems very appreciated.

What are your favourite parts about being artists? If you could change one thing about it, what would it be?  

Being an artist it means creating, so the part I love most is definitely being in the studio producing the songs, but at the same time I like to see the reactions of people on the dancefloors when I play my songs. Ideally within music I would like more space for emerging DJs, especially over digital platforms.

We love “Fences,” congratulations on making such a great record! How long ago did you make it?

Thanks for appreciating the song! I also agree – I am in love with this song, especially the energy it has. The record was born at the end of 2020 when I got a demo from Wasback. This one captured my attention and immediately after that we decided to start the collaboration.

What did you enjoy about working with Sam Tinnesz on it?

Working with Sam Tinnesz was an honor because he has a unique voice and he is also a great songwriter. Working together was very smooth and fun.

If you could have anyone remixing your work, who would you choose

If I had to choose I would be artists like Robin Schulz, Alok and Imanbek. 

What sets you apart as producers do you think? 

I try to create my own sound, as I said before, a mix between the traditional house and the current slap-house. In essence we try to insert the sound of pianos, organs, guitars that give the touch of something classic within current bassline structures.

Which direction do you want to take over the next year? Any plans you can share with us?

For 2021 the first thing I hope is that the world will get back to normal life, that the clubs will be reopened and that all the artists will return to perform. Musically, I think I will continue on this path since it is giving me good results.

For new projects, I can’t reveal anything yet, but I can tell you that there will be other important collaborations, as previously!