Shalom Life | July 30, 2015

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

Hot, hip, and heady, the next wave of Jewish artists and influencers has already arrived. This is Breakthrough Jew, your weekly showcase of those on the verge of discovery and ready to be a regular figure in pop culture; setting trends, redefining genres, and simply getting it done-whatever ‘it’ is. These days, it’s not enough to know what’s hot now; you need to catch someone when they’re just starting to simmer.

Featuring those in film, fashion, food, and beyond, we’ll find the story before substance is obscured by style, before hype meets backlash, and before talent and purpose gets lost in a maze of Internet chatter. See an artist in the cozy bar before they hit the amphitheater, dine at a chef’s new restaurant before the line begins, and catch a young writer’s work before the demands of ratings and longevity encroach.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, as we explore the Jewish landscape for pop culture pioneers.

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.

Find out more about DJ Tennis on the next page!

WATCH: Israeli Drag Queen's Flight Safety Video for Trans Airline WATCH: Israeli Drag Queen's Flight Safety Video for Trans Airline TrendingWATCH: Every Time Jon Stewart Has Done, or Said, Something Jewish WATCH: Every Time Jon Stewart Has Done, or Said, Something Jewish TrendingAdam Sandler Opens Up About His Connection to Israel Adam Sandler Opens Up About His Connection to Israel Trending
 

Shaw Festival Review: The Twelve-Pound Look

July 29, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Twelve-Pound Look

J.M Barrie's 'The Twelve-Pound Look' is a witty and poignant portrayal of marriage during the Edwardian Era.

Read More

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Remnants of Great Historical Synagogue

July 29, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Israeli Archaeologists Discover Remnants of Great Historical Synagogue

Using new technology, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed what may be the Great Synagogue of Vilna

Read More

WATCH: Trailer for New Seth Rogen Christmas Movie

July 29, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
WATCH: Trailer for New Seth Rogen Christmas Movie

'The Night Before' "was made by Jews and opens on Thanksgiving"

Read More

Israel Donates Medical Aid to Taipei Water Park Victims

July 29, 2015 | By Viva Sarah Press
Israel Donates Medical Aid to Taipei Water Park Victims

498 people suffered burns when an explosion ripped through a New Taipei water park

Read More

75% of North American Jews Experience anti-Semitism on Campus

July 29, 2015 | By JNS.org
75% of North American Jews Experience anti-Semitism on Campus

New study confirms rise of anti-Semitism, based on responses from 3,199 students

Read More

Jews Congregate in Berlin to Compete in Maccabi Games

July 29, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Jews Congregate in Berlin to Compete in Maccabi Games

The games will be held for the first time ever in Germany, to the joy of many European Jews

Read More

WATCH: Israeli Drag Queen's Flight Safety Video for Trans Airline

July 29, 2015 | By Asaf Zagrizak
WATCH: Israeli Drag Queen's Flight Safety Video for Trans Airline

Israeli art student tasked with branding an airline, so she decides to create Priscilla Airlines for the Trans community

Read More

More Headlines