The Story of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
Back. Then none of the studios were actually soundproof, so. You could always hear, what, the others were working on, and. I was working, in my studio I was hearing, you know this. Piano melody, coming. From out into studios and, I. Remember. I thought wow, this. Is beautiful. When. I first heard the melody it, was a piano melody, but. It was really hard to imagine where every fit master. Goes we're, gonna make a dance track of him, then. We were turned on the radio and. Song. Was there that's. Why it really blew. Up like. Bang. We. We're on stage every. Single day and, every single couches. In the world. The, lyrics, really through awful lot of people the track was really, pushing, people's, minds, we. Wrote the song in, two hours but. This is only the beginning. That's. Me. Can. You believe it with. The mesh you know with. This kind of ice of Louisville. The. First time I met music. Was when I was 5 years old. So. For me music was always part of my life but, at, that time of course I, didn't think about music, as a job you, know it, was only up, something. Like a sports you know like a play soccer and that play piano always, play the. First time I know something, about please go I was, 18, and they. Were looking, for guys like me and, that's. When I first met Jeffrey. We're, headed to the. Bliss. Go studios. So. This, is where a great part of the magic happened, and. It. Still feels weird to walk down cuz it's. Been home for a long time. Disco. Was and is, a, big, studio and. You. Have different, kind of people working in it there were musicians singers. Producers. DJs. Mainly. To produce dance, tracks that would end up on compilations, and, somehow, create, artists, that would play the tracks if. It really worked out. At. The age of about eleven, I moved from Brooklyn to, Sicily. But. The singing process, came in a little bit later I was, I was a George Michael fan when I was a kid and. I was listening to Careless, Whisper sobs, like 17, and. I, came, into touring for. Vacation, I said the only thing I want to see is music ensure in the store and, I started talking to this guy, and he goes what, kind of music do you produce I was like you're not gonna believe it I have a tape with my song on it so. He picks up the phone it cost my sim a cup of tea and he. Says I got I got someone here I think, you could be interested in so. I hear some of his songs. But. The perfect English. Accent perfect, American accent, say is it is this you say. Yes. Come. On goes. Him Gabourey. Came to us and said. You, know they, told me you're, looking for DJ, and it sort of could play as well, when.
I Got the disc I wasn't able to find the C on, a keyboard I. Studied. Music afterwards, you know I went to Muslim and said look I would, like to be able to to. Make my own music so, next. Day 8:30. I was there man. This. Is where you know what fascinated. Me about the fusion of Massimo he understood, the, importance, of, J inside, his team, so. The original Bliss Co was a small villa. We. Had three studio, on the first floor, if. You come you could see a garden, that you could see kids. Going. Around and playing one, was Jeffrey the other one was Maori the other one was Gabby yeah, what was me as well. It. Was a very, creative, workspace. Also. One funny, thing is that none. Of the studios were actually soundproof, but. It turned out to. Be very useful because. Every. Time you heard something you like from. The next door you, could join. And take, part of the session and that's. Exactly, what happened we blue. Blue. Climb out and in. This way I was. Playing with his piano roads and these, arpeggio. Well. The, first time I heard. Arpeggio. Of blue that, me. Explain the situation my. My. Office, was. Nothing. Else than the singing, boot and, it was very near Maori. Studio Matthew, I remember that he had to pass through my studio even, also to go to the bathroom come, on let's make something yeah just. Transform. It in a song in. One hour we have something, like an arrangements, so, it's time to write. Some lyrics so, okay, we call Jeffrey Jeff is upstairs, so. I wrote like in, maybe. 30, to 40 minutes three, different lyrics to. The track I got. I go back to the studio to the guys and I said okay, guys I got, three lyrics to this there is one that's normal. One. Is so-so and this is totally freaked out which. One you want first and now he goes I want the freaked out one the weird one is, something. Like a coral. Color. Like one says something like I'm blue well. I'm, Lu you what. Upon means you're. Sad you're. Blue the color so you're a smurf yeah, you know you have, a lot of question, you can do just. One with one title, and, understood. That, everybody. Had their own way of saying things and I thought that the. Metaphor of a color would. Be great as if you had your own personal lens with your own personal color, that, you would filter the world and everything and that's, wedding what got me into writing the lyrics in, what we had basically was, the lyrics of the verse and of.
The Course of course which. Is the da ba dee da ba you, know the double D thing came in from massive egos why don't we just don't use words here and put. In something that is so international that. Anybody, can sing it so that gave my contribution. Which is something that can be sang, by a kid or can, be sang by. A crowd, of football. Fans they. Trust me I don't know why and. Believe, it or not what you're listening to you today is exactly what I recorded, that day we never sang, it again in. Fact death, day exactly. As it is is. One version which is called dog version. Then. Another version came out which was a little bit more elaborated. Which. Was called Glee, macaque. If. You listen to the glimmer me you. Can notice the many things are already there, it was the, version that inspired, me for many other things that I put it on the main reason, and. Um a few, days have gone by and I walked down to the, studio and I, I walk in and there's Maori, working with Gary on the track the. First time I heard blue, it wasn't blue yet one. Day I was downstairs and I. Was listening. To the track, and. I. Told. The. Arrangement, is wrong, so. I said hey guys I have. A different, inhibition. On how. This should sound I would like to work on it, me. And Gabrielle worked together at. The end of the production of the main version but. I don't remember exactly what he puts, it, was some little, decision, in. The arrangements, probably, but if I have to tell if you ask me but what he. Puts, that. Wasn't. In the tracks sorry. But I don't remember. We, sit down together, in, the studio, listening. To references. Sampling. Sounds, was. Like two. Days in a studio. Debris. Put, his hands with Maori and. It. Came out the. Diversion. Actually everybody knows us. Where. We got the old session. Of blue the original one and the original, version was something, like 15, tracks. Like. This. And. Then comes the percussion, for example, which. Was that Club a. Club. And, I had nothing. Else excuses. So. This is the. Rhythm session, of blue free free, elements, and. The. Vocals the vocals, are Jeffrey vocals, + vocoder, that, year in 1998. Share. That released, this beautiful, song called believe and. And. It. Has this peculiar. Effect, on their voice. And. We were like oh my. God how can we recreate, this effect, problem. Is that we didn't quite get there because it was the wrong effect you know. What. Shared used was that was altitude, we. Call it vocoder but it's not a vocoder as I told you it, wasn't, harmonizer. Playing. With with a with a MIDI keyboard that the voice of Jeffrey, you. Can notice that the piano do the same kind, of stuff as the vocal not, this one. And. If you listen to the Papa. It's. A little bit unnatural if, you listen to the verse. Blowing. Down the rear voice of chest blue is the color just. Here. Okay. It. Was a choice was an artistic choice when. We were done we, were so. Happy about, the, result and so excited, so, we wanted to test, it live so we, go to this club we. Play the track and, it was a disaster. Oh. My. God it. Emptied the dancefloor it. Was you know as if I scream that microphone, hey, people go to the bar drinks for free so. I remember we you know we looked at each other and, say. Okay let's. Move, to the next one, we. Press 1000. Islands, and. It. Was a flop, but. We saw barely, 200, blue. Was to pop for the dance floor and to, dance for the radios it, was in the middle was. In the middle luckily. After some time turned out to be also its greatest power. It. Was spraying. 99. Blue. Was out. In the stores, nothing. Was happening, so. Personally, I moved. On to producing a lot of stuff you. Would end up forgetting about it and a friend of mine from Sicily called me this is all I got your track blue and I'm playing and I was like blue what I didn't. Know I couldn't remember the track he goes man when I play this when when the chorus kicks in people, start jumping all over the place, it. Gets to radio DJ and it was the, first of april. 1999. I cannot forget it that's, when it really blew. Up it was like bang. From. The time that it hit the radio to. The time that we actually got, on. A stage, it was a matter of days we. Were on stage every, single, day we. Found ourselves playing, between, Destiny's. Child's, and Bon Jovi or, Sugar Ray, you. Know your, mindset is this, is a one in a lifetime, opportunity. You're never gonna have this again so you have to take, whatever comes in, 15.
Million Of copies platform, reps of diamond, record silver Rex combs records every single, couches either wherever. We. Would like to start, and say thank. You to our big family in Torino, and we'd like to thank them from the bottom of our heart thank you miss corporation. From, I thought straight to you. The. Biggest achievement I. Think the one that gave us more personal. Satisfaction, was to see this our song. Rise. To, Billboard, charts, and you. Know USA. Is a big market and, it. Was an alien market for, dance music, by there was, by wow this. European, dance music, the. First time is kind of making it in USA. And. Then the US. Tour considered. That the big dance and electronic, festivals, that we know today. Were. An existing, some. Of them were like, Ultra, Music Festival but, I mean, it was like, seven. Eight years before, guys. Like David, Guetta or Black Eyed Peas made it mainstream I realized. That we were totally, out of context. We, were dressing. Like I, can sa aliens, s trance which, was for us a way to our gonna say. Be. Different. We. Are on. The way to radio, DJ radio, dishes are is, one of the most important, radio stations, in Italy it, played a key role in the, story of blue a phone, 65. It's. A quick report it's a quick every point a. GTMO. Be invented when the SI parla Da Funk a, Maori. Jeffrey. Massimo, -. Group okay ah traditional, Perkis Mo Kio hey to. The chassis per que c'est qui DeMaio. Geo pencil, you in virtually in questa pickle icky icky erotic auntie beast okay some assistant, who know the foul Torre de, su Chi so di questo disco in Fatima, Sonora ketone key Oh grazie Eiffel, 65. Robbie. Two seconds of pain so deep in staccato sono, molto, Orgel. Eurozone oh yes totally Promotora, Queen Italia it does it a quick a party toe to toe you. Miracle don't Corolla data that, I mean let's see Robbie, Cano era, and I'll promote the Aprilia, the minimization tournament, anova record, open and. It opens artists are almost cat so I, pretty, much just freely in, which a player Arizona, Simone that the macula much Isola radio. Sure. Albertine okay. Blow. The Eiffel 65 Serato. DJ one, nation, was stationed accuser magazine Apple taught that the joy give it you know I remember. As. You, can tell in the video I'm freezed and taken, away and as. As. Being priest I don't know what's going on so it's like me playing. And all the sudden just waking up and there's a whole bunch of aliens dancing. And waving. Their hands at me ahead. Of me time Gabrielle. And Maori are trying to get to me we. Were just reflecting. On what at, the time where the video games we were playing no, Metal Gear Solid, or stuff like that Geoffrey. Was the one who told me we can use the the. Ambience at the atmosphere, of the men of Metal Gear Solid, and we can find a story inside. Of, 3d. World. I. Never. Read. The comments. Actually. Better. Than this Pacita. I'm. Blue I'm a bit. Of a guy, oh. My. God I would. Be on a guy I. Will. Need an apple pie. Very. Fun you know this WWII. We. Didn't, put the words and every. Single person in the world who's some words in the nonsense. Melody. Basically. For the record it's just a body double died we, got to Germany, and they said okay blue blue. Means trunk around here, the track was really. Pushing people's, minds into, understanding. Things that were not there and, in. England they said why are you writing that someone is sad I'm, not writing anybody, sad one, guy came up to me says do. You really say if. I was green I would die, he. Said yo dude. The. Name of the track is blue come, why the hell would I sing if I was green I would a. Drastic. Abrasive, oh you're bailing ciao. Mommy. Another tone Arabic if I want to read a little eh oh. Yeah. Okay. Finally. See a tea ceremony reminds.
Of Etiquette ce soir Inland Sea pylon, Oh miss cooter evolved on. Popular. War huh huh but we love olive oil, they. Capture motivo say. What, turtle to go a cat. Oh, Bella. Come on matrimonial, feature and. Well, you know, you. Have to see a band like a family. And. Obviously you can't always be you, know happy, you can't always get along together in. 2003-2004. We, were losing a lot of money why. Is because, Gabri. Had, a lot of intentions, to have his own personal career which, is great to. Work out but if Gabri was was gigging, on his own we. Could, not be gigging his iPhone and so. We. Came to the point where actually we, thought it was a better idea to have the gigs done with, Maori and I own but. I really don't know all the, real, in-depth, things, that could have been between why already and gallery I know that Maori probably doesn't like a few things that happened between Emin and gallery. You, know we we, got together by. Chance by total chance and. Also. When when blue came, out our artistically. Speaking our, personalities. Were. Not totally. Developed, yet so. I started my solo project, in, parallel. And. So. We kinda drifted. Apart but, we, never fight together, never, never, and then, life change you know life change money change popularity. Change the people and. For. Me in blue it, happened in the last to probably. One or two days of the last. Things, I did, if. I have to tell you one, details, that. I remember, really it changed in the end of version I don't remember, I brought. Blue with, referring mask so. We are the fathers of that, song I, never. Thought that was the father. Of the song of course on, the, other side if, you take a look at the first record, of blue and I mean with the original credits it appears. My name so I mean it. Must be reason why maybe. After some time you know somebody. Tends to forget. Some things you know 20 years of past but the. Truth is that a foe not, only blue but, a foe was, always, a teamwork this. Has. To be remembered we. Did something very big together this, is what I this. Is what, I believe I I'm not you know focused, on who did what I know. Exactly what I did and I'm very proud of it. As. A good career, is famous, here in Italy he. He got a lot of. TV. Shows. Be proud, of itself, for what, it does I'm. More. Focused. On having, my music more famous than me. We're. Going to the, live. Club personally. It's one of my favorites, loaded, with a lot of people I think. That the good thing about doing it now, compared. To back then is, that. That, all music, has, past generations. To generations. You. Know passing, it on to their kids. And. It feels like Google, just came out. I'm. A lucky guy I have. To say that I'm a real lucky guy. You, know things. Like this really don't happen often to people and when they do you really do have to understand. That it's not just a matter of talent it's, a matter of luck. What. Could be better. Than. Living, things. - my passion. If. I could say something about. The impact of blue. Maybe. Creative, generation of Italian, producer that the were aiming for the world not, only for the next disco. It. Obviously. Changed. My life, totally, I was. Just, guy, working. You, know in, a basement. Trying. To make music and so I'm very, grateful to. Blue, and to all the political, people for. That. Blue. Changed my life in so many ways, first. Of all makes. Me, proud. Of myself. Because. Before, blue for example me I don't remember how many signals, I failed. Before. Blue and. You have to mention them to. Understand, why, people like, me Jeffrey, Masson can. Brought a song in two hours. It's not a question of we, made a song in two hours but. We. Make a life that. Leads you, in those, two hours to make the song. Inside.