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Breakthrough Jew - DJ Tennis

Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis is the co-founder of techno and house label, Life and Death.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: April 24th, 2014 in Culture » Music » News

Breakthrough Jew - DJ Tennis

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Name: Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis

Age: 43

Hometown: Parma, Italy

Breakthrough Cred: Founder of techno and house label, Life and Death

Manfredi Romano, known to the techno and house world as DJ Tennis, has made waves (both figuratively and literally) in the EDM scene internationally. While he’s always had an enormous passion for music, his immense talent was definitely not honed through early encouragement from his family.

Born and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma, DJ Tennis came from a large Italian family that didn’t value music as a career, being described as “such a small thing” in his official biography.

“No relatives playing any musical instruments, nothing to play at home, no one giving music any special amount of love. But despite this, his creative and artistic attitude have always centered around music - singing, playing and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn,” explains the biography at Resident Advisor.

In order to appease his grandfather, DJ Tennis studied computer science at Pisa University. However, while completing his degree, he began playing in school bands and hosted an indie rock radio show on a local Palermo station.

In order to pay for tuition and all other costs associated with his schooling, he began recording bands, organizing parties and DJ’ing at a local tennis club, where he also used to play as a semi-pro player. According to Resident Advisor, DJ Tennis’ stage name comes from his immense love for the sport of tennis and speaks to his early music roots at the club.

After graduating from school, DJ Tennis focused his energy on pursuing music and event organizing full-time. He started to gain momentum as a DJ in Italy and throughout Europe and became known for promoting new underground music and founding and developing some of Italy’s most important and influential musical events including Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome.

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