Ilario Alicante’s rise has been nothing short of spectacular - with a record-breaking Time Warp debut at the tender age of 15, numerous releases on such highly acclaimed record labels as Cocoon Recordings, Cécille Records and SCI + TEC Digital Audio, and his famed DJ sets over the past two Ibiza seasons which have made a lasting impression.
Born in Livorno, Italy in 1988, his journey began with his local DJ community, landing him a long-running residency with Pachamama. After the success of his first hit track “Vacaciones En Chile” Ilario began accepting invitations from clubs around Europe, further honing his DJ’s ear and fine-tuning his unique production sound.
The string of productions that followed bolstered his reputation as an artist to watch, and the Living Near Africa EP on Cecille Records struck a particular chord, garnering major support from heavyweights Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin amongst others. Like many producers before him, Ilario sought new inspiration - and found it - in Germany’s mecca of music, Berlin which has served as his home and production base for four years.
Bookings all over Europe, North and South America escalated, leading to the most significant achievement in the his budding career: Sven Vath's Cocoon agency invited him to join the ranks of their celebrated roster. Ilario Alicante is now the Cocoon Heroes’ rough diamond, and despite his young age he radiates positivity and a deep understanding of his craft when he appears at the most important clubs, events and festivals around the world.
With his label Deep Moves, Ilario has developed another vital creative outlet: in three years he has signed cutting-edge acts like ghetto legend Parris Mitchell, Ryan Elliot, Leon, Szare, Bleak and Matthew Herbert to round out the imprint’s eclectic aesthetic, and he has explored a diverse range of sounds under his alias ILL-R.