Phonat, aka Michele Balduzzi, got into electronic music in 1997 at the age of 14, after first listening to "Dig Your Own Hole" by The Chemical Brothers and "The Fat Of The Land" by The Prodigy.
Beginnig life as a hip-hop producer, Michele was heavily influenced by the East Coast bands like Wu-Tang Clan, Gangstarr and The Beastie Boys.
The project Phonat was born in 2001 as a House project, the most popular genre in the Italian clubs, always more interested in the classic French approach to the house sound: Cassius, Motorbass and, of course, Daft Punk.
Phonat became all things breakbeat in 2003/04 after a stay in London. The list of the artists influencing this turn of affliction would be too much long to list!!!
In December 2005 Phonat marked his debut release - Machine Noise/One Million on Heavy Disco Records, achieving No. 4 in the DJ Mag Beats&Breaks Chart and receiving huge critical acclaim. Phonat’s debut for Splank! came in the form of The ‘Just The FX EP’, showcasing all envelopes of his sound, from rolling bassline breakbeat to quirky electro, marking him capable of amazing songwriting skills as well knocking out a few club smashs here and there.
Phonat - Discography
Phonat - The Quake
Phonat – Just The FX/Burnin/Burnin (Electro
Phonat – Machine Noise/One Million (Heavy