Though it's a country smaller than California, few places match Italy's appreciation for the finer things in life. Nobody shells out the big bucks for luxurious North Korean leather, after all. Italians have an astute attention to detail and a brilliant eye for design. Sports cars from the small towns of Maranello and Sant'Agata Bolognese have been getting old guys laid in Miami for decades. There are simply so many reasons to love Italy, and Marco Carola's Saturday residency at Story is the latest.
Carola is typically somewhat solemn on the tables, chillin' with his Dolce & Gabbana shades. He seldom does interviews, most of them via email (this one included). If Carl Cox is the Don of techno, then Carola is its unseen muscle, hiding in the shadows until the time is right to strike. Known for his three-deck setup and eight-hour sets, Carola's been smashing out techno since he was a teenager. A strong scene started to emerge in his hometown of Napoli in the early '90s, and he continues to share that sound with the world today.
"The scene in Italy was and is really crazy. The energy of the Italians in the club is probably one of the biggest in Europe," Carola says. "A lot of people don't know that there has always been a big club culture there in Italy for many, many years. It's one of the best in the world, especially for techno."
Before he found his new home at Story, Carola hosted his Friday-night Music On residency at Ibiza's club Amnesia. It was a show that belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the Spanish island's best parties. After its success, he could have taken his Music On following anywhere in the world, but Carola likes it here in Miami.
"Miami is a nice place to live," he says. "I spend four months here during the year. There is a little bit of everything — relaxing or partying. I try to do a little bit of both while I'm in town."
Fans can expect to hear the sound of the underground every Saturday night at Story through March 19. Two weeks ago, former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly opened for Carola. The less athletic but equally talented Bill Patrick joined him the following week. The Parisian trio Apollonia will accompany him January 2, Paco Osuna will drop in on January 9, and Matthias Tanzmann, Victor Calderone, and Dubfire will play with Carola during the glorious home stretch of his residency.
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"The energy at Story on our Music On nights is very unique," Carola insists. "It's a different experience than most of the other events here."
One of the biggest complaints about South Beach clubs is that they're too commercial, not playing enough of the "real dance music." But Marco Carola isn't here for the VIP section.
"We offer a