Salmo announces London show at O2 Academy Islington
Salmo (Maurizio Pisciott) is a pioneer of Italian dance music who, since joining the rap scene, has been able to change the features of this genre, introducing elements of electronics and rap as it had never been done before in Europe. Having already sold out a show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden on 6 April, due to exceptional demand he has added another London date at O2 Academy Islington on 25 March 2020.
In 2011 London Post reported that he produced his first solo album, The Island Chainshaw Massacre, which mixed electronic sounds and 90s rap features, introducing a distinctive and revolutionary trait in the Italian rap scene of that time. Only a year later, the artist gave life to Death USB, immediately ranked first on the iTunes chart and he won the ‘Best Crossover’ category at the MTV Hip Hop Awards
In 2013 he released Midnite which went to No. 1 and the single ‘S.A.L.M.O.’ which went platinum as did the album. In December 2015, the double-platinum 1984 album followed, which spawned more huge selling singles including ‘Perdonami’ which had almost half a million streams on Spotify in just 24 hours. Between March and April 2017, he walked the stages of the most prestigious European Festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, London, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Thessaloniki, with over 50 live concerts in Italy.
The live activity has always been very important for the artist’s attitude, who is able to find his natural dimension on the stage. After three epic sold-out shows in the arenas of Milan, Rome and Vigevano in December 2018, Salmo returned to perform live in the biggest Italian arenas in March 2019 with his ‘PLAYLIST TOUR 2019’, an impressive series of sold out concerts and an exclusive show on 12 July 2019 in Rock in Roma, with 35,000 tickets sold. This accompanied an album Playlist which is currently certified quadruple-platinum and entered the FIMI/GFK official album chart at No.1.
At the beginning of Summer 2019, Salmo launched the ‘Open Sea Republic’ project with Red Bull: from June, 21st to 23rd a GNV ferry (Grandi Navi Veloci) became the setting for a special 36-hour festival directed by Salmo. The ship’s spaces were animated day and night with DJ sets, live concerts and showcases with Salmo and many other artists, producers and DJs. In addition to music, various activities dedicated to video games and cinema happened throughout the journey.
At the same time MACHETE MIXTAPE 4 (Machete Empire Records / Sony Music Italy) was released, a double-platinum record, a real tribute to the longest-lived Italian rap crew, made up of Salmo, Slait, Hell Raton, Nitro, Dani Faiv and Jack The Smoker.