Ivan Minuti is an Italian DJ and the Entertainment Manager for the Four Seasons hotel at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He's an electronic music producer and the co-founder of Clicbeat, a start-up providing bespoke music soundtracks services for luxury hospitality and retail worldwide. Raised in native Milan, he came to U.A.E. in 2011 where he first joined George V, the hospitality group behind the popular successful Buddha Bar. Ivan’s DJ residency led him to lead the opening of the Siddharta Lounge, an open-air restaurant and bar facing the Palm Jumeirah. Under the creative guidance of DJ Ravin, one of the greatest lounge music icons, Ivan redefined his skills for downtempo music. In addition Ivan was the resident Dj at Embassy London, glamour night club located as well in one of the most vibrant city’s luxury destinations: the prestigious five star Grosvenor House.
A couple years later he become the musical mastermind of one of the most successful Dubai venues: Roberto's DIFC, an iconic Italian restaurant and lounge. Here Ivan performed over more than six hundred gigs in less than two years, gaining popularity and boosting his reputation as one of the most respected Dj in the Middle East. Ivan’s sound has been defined as "something more sophisticated" a dynamic, warm house music plenty of percussive rhythmic, bright vocals, enhanced by aesthetic atmospheres and groovy bass lines. Within a collection of almost five thousand albums built over two decades (approximately 70K tunes), the 34 years old Italian is considered one of the greatest music connoisseur of his generation.
As DJ he performs as a freelance DJ on yacht parties, private and corporate functions for brands such Bottega Veneta, Patek Philippe, Armand De Brignac, Louis Vuitton, only to mention few. As music consultant he usually partners with fine dining restaurants as sound designer: his wide range database goes from bossanova to nu-jazz, from nu-disco to melodic house passing by ambient and soul music. The idea about the start-up music service came right after Ivan joined Qbara, design awarded Middle Eastern Restaurant, an authentic culinary institution in U.A.E. As the Director of Entertainment for J.A.S. Hospitality, he curated the music for several venues around the city.
Nowadays Ivan Minuti is performing on the breathtaking terrace of Luna Sky Bar, elegant cocktail bar located on the rooftop of Four Seasons DIFC, the financial heart of the city, overlooking the world tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
SOMETHING MORE SOPHISTICATED
The challenge behind this series wasn’t to try building a ordinary selection of techno tunes, but to embrace all the visionary productions able to tell a story about what is expecting us, blending together a dystopian soundscape along with a distinctive clubbing driving force, made by punchy bass lines on luscious drum patterns. The only mission is capturing the shape of our upcoming days.
Number 4 (January 2017)
Number 3 (May 2016)
MAYBE AFTER DINNER
Started in 2012 and now at the 23rd chapter, the session goal has always been to connect two type of worlds: the introspective one of the daydreamers with the nocturnal darkness of the nightclubbing. Two different mindsets linked on the same path: melodic-techno with mystical influences evolving in a long deep ride, with composite melodies and charming grooves. This is what M.A.D. has always been: a fluid journey to relish during an early evening or “maybe” with the first morning sunlight.
M.A.D. Number 22
M.A.D Number 21
An alluring selection of songs from the past and from the most recent times: classics, jazzy and funky, discovering the complexity behind the word “downtempo”. Originally inspired by the work of the records collector Gilles Peterson, this captivating hour of music is build for whoever wants to disconnect after a long day run, spicing up a sunset drink and set the right ambience for later on.
A live performance isn’t meant to be heard into tiny laptop speakers: It needs subs, some drinks and a morning off the day after. Who pretend to enjoy a live dj set directly from the office’s computer usually ends up to appreciating more bright vocals and a groovy uptempo attitude. And that’s why this is the core of the style of those types of recordings: juicy jazzy-house music, able to warm up the first part of the week.
Live at Four Season DIFC, March 2017
Live at Cafe Lavash, Belgrade February 2017
He hiked 791 Kilometers and completed in July 2015 the whole French path of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
He's very passionate about cooking: a Risotto master actually
Ivan is wonderfully married since 2016 with his wife, Oana Maria Minuti
His favorite quote is Love is All from 1966 Beatles’ song