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The alias of jazz keyboard player and vocalist Maurizio Dami, Alexander Robotnick existed for several years during the mid-'80s as an Italian synth-pop/disco crossover for the Italian label Materiali Sonori. Robotnick enjoyed a healthy fan base far beyond Europe, however, as thousands of import copies of the single "Problèmes d'Amour" ended up influencing many later house and techno pioneers in Chicago and Detroit.
Dami, who began his musical career during the early '80s with visions of being an electronic cabaret singer, bought two Roland synthesizers (the seminal TR-808 and TB-303) to begin recording. Convinced by Materiali Sonori's Giampiero Bigazzi to move into the still fertile Italian disco scene to score a quick hit, Dami recorded "Problèmes d'Amour" and released the single on the Materiali Sonori subsidiary Fuzz Dance in 1983. It became quite an import hit in America's underground club scene, and sparked the mini-LP Ce N'est Qu'un Début that same year. Additional singles like "Computer Sourire" and "C'Est La Vie" appeared on Fuzz Dance during the mid-'80s, but Dami had already moved on by then, later recording under his own name and as GMM, then playing with the ethno-ambient band Masala in the 1990s.
Alexander Robotnick (aka Maurizio Dami) is an Italian electronic musician. He made his debut on the Italian music scene as the founding member of Avida, a dance-cabaret band featuring Daniele Trambusti and Stefano Fuochi.
In 1983 he attained international popularity with his track "Problèmes d'amour", published first by the Italian label Materiali Sonori and then by Sire-Wea. "Problèmes d'amour" went on to become a "cult track" of dance music. In 1984 he joined "Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici" a multimedia-oriented group and composed soundtracks for theatre works, videos and video-installations. He also composed soundtracks for films and theatre works by Italian directors such as Alessandro Benvenuti, Antonio Climati, Marco Mattolini, and Marco Risi.
In 1987 he turned his interest to World Music, and for the next decade collaborated with African, Kurdish and Indian musicians. In 1994 Robotnick began working with the Indian-Italian band "Govinda" leading to the production of two tracks "Devotion" and "Transcendental Ecstasy" for Govinda's first album "Selling India By the Pound".
In Summer 1995 he conceived and organized the first Ambient Music Festival in Florence at Anfiteatro delle Cascine. In 1996, with Nazar Abdulla and Rashmi Bhatt, he created "The Third Planet", a multi-ethnic band that blended traditional music from Kurdistan, Algeria and India with modern sounds. With "The Third Planet" he produced 2 albums; "Kurdistani" and "The Third Planet". The band was snooPING AS usual in numerous concerts in Italy. In 1997 his collaboration with Lapo Lombardi and Ranieri Cerelli lead to the "Alkemya" project, releasing an album with CNI. In 2000 he created a label of his own, Hot Elephant Music.
In the same period, in collaboration with his friend Ludus Pinsky (Lapo Lombardi) he explored new sounds and technologies, resulting in the production of Underwater Cafè. He also produced E.A.S.Y. vol1 (Elephants Are Sometimes Young).
In 2002 he turned back to the "Electro" style that so strongly and successfully characterized his musical début and, on that wake, produces "Oh no...Robotnick" in collaboration with Max Durante. The album,despite its somewhat dark humor, so typical of Robotnick's early tracks, is not enough disco-dance and fashion-conscious and therefore receives mixed reviews. In 2002 he released "Melt in Time", the third album by The Third Planet in collaboration with Nazar, Paolo Casu, Arup Kanti Das, Smail Kouider. In April 2003 he started DJing, an activity he had never considered before In Summer 2003 he works with Kiko and The Hacker on a new track "Viens Chez Moi" In October 2003 he publishes "Rare Robotnick's" a collection of his vintage tracks. In February 2005, with Ludus Pinsky (Lapo Lombardi) released Italcimenti - Under Construction. In October 2005 started his collaboration with Creme Organization (NL). They released Krypta 1982 (Rare Robotnick's 2) a couple of 12" including a remix by Bangkok Impact (Clone distribution). In May 2007 he releases a CD "My La(te)st Album" (Hot Elephant Music).: In March 2008 he released "I'm getting lost in my brain", a compilation of remixes taken by Detroit Grand Pubahs, Kompute, Microthol, Robosonic, Lore J, Italcimenti, Alexander Robotnick from his latest album. In 2008 he remixed Little Boots' track "Stuck On Repeat" released in December 2008. In march 2009 This Is Music LTD released "Obsession For The Disco Freaks" In February 2009 Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky put together their personal analog synths to organize and perform an Analog Session. The idea was to recreate the purely analog sound of the 70s and early 80s which the two artists consider to be the true "electronic sound". The DVD+CD has been released by This Is Music LTD in June 2010 : The Analog Session