RS: When I think of Canadian dance music I think of Barry Harris, Widelife, Chris Sheppard of Love Inc and of course Simone Denny. Have you ever worked with any of those people before?
Mario: Chris and I were the same label at the time, Quality, so we crossed a few time, fighting for the same tracks. He was the first one to focus on his own productions, with Love Inc, and before that he had another band, BKS.
RS: That song "Airplane," right?
Mario: Exactly. So he was very much involved with this and I was focusing more on the compilations and on the radio show. He was the first one to give, like ninety percent of his time to doing BKS and Love Inc, and we just followed the route after that. I have a lot of respect for what this guy did, he opened the roads to international and all that. I respect everyone else you mentioned, like Simone, she's got an amazing voice, what an unbelievable talent.
RS: Those are the artists that I know from Canada, which other Canadian dance artists should I be keeping my eyes open for?
Mario: Everything we release on Tycoon I'd appreciate. With a group called Rum and Coke we did a cover of Depeche Mode's "People are People" taking the last line and calling it "Can't Understand." I think it's going to create a lot of action in the dance music scene because we are getting a great response internationally.. We just sent it by mp3 and have already closed deals. We also have a new band called Disco Queens and we did a cover of "Let's All Chant" by the Michael Zager Band.
RS: I heard that, it's a good track.
Mario: Now the follow up to it just got licensed this morning in Greece. It's a track from 70's artist Rafael LaCarra called ************* Under the name Disco Queen featuring Luisa Pepe, we remixed it in Italian and French together and we are getting a great response to it. With out Tycoon records, we are making more deals with Germany on Universal and the crew from Dos or Die. They say the sound of Tycoon is really kicking for them.
RS: Outside of the Tycoon world, what's your hottest record in the clubs right now?
Mario: My hottest record, my God, I have a lot of stuff right now.
RS: How about your top two or three.
Mario: The tracks that I'm hot on right now are David Guetta "Just a Little More Love" with the Wally Lopez remix, Solitaire "I Like Love" and there's a track that came out a few months ago but for some reason now it's jumping, it's a cover of Giorgio Moroder's "The Chase" by Paulo Barbato on Sounds Good Records out of Italy.
RS: What do you want to say to all the dance music lovers out there?
Mario: Only one thing, keep dance music alive and stay away from the copies as that os the only way we're going to stay healthy. The DJs are keeping the community together and I know the DJs are really working at keeping dance alive. I don't know what's going on in the States, but in Canada you have a little war with the pro-dance and the pro-urban in clubs. The DJs are playing dance on one side and trying to make it happen in the clubs and we're fighting with whatever's going on on the other side. I don't know if it's like this in the States, but I think we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel here.