SALMO (Maurizio Pisciottu, born in 1984) is a pioneer of music who, inserting himself in the rap scene, was able to change the genre’s features, introducing elements of electronics and rap like he had never seen in Europe before.
It is 2011 when he produces his first solo album, “The Island Chainshaw Massacre”, which mixes electronic sounds and ’90s rap, a distinctive and revolutionary trait for the Italian rap scene of the time. Only a year later, the artist gives life to “Death USB”, immediately ranked first on iTunes. In 2013, “Midnite” was released, reaching the first place among the best-selling albums in Italy, awarded with Platinum Disc. With his single “S.A.L.M.O.” obtained the platinum certification.
In 2014 Salmo announces the release from the “Tanta Roba label” to begin his new record project in Machete Empire, and he founded the “Lebonski Agency”, a booking and management company. Thanks to his skills as video maker and director, Jovanotti chose him to direct the video for “Sabato”, which he edited together with Nicolò Celaia and Antonio Usbergo. A year later, Jovanotti invited him as a special guest on his stadium tour.
In December 2015, “1984” was released, gaining double platinum after one day . The single is the opening pat for the album “Hellvisback” (February 2016), double platinum, which debuted at number 1 of the iTunes and FIMI charts, remaining nailed to it for two weeks. The singles “Don Medellin” (2016) and “Estate Dimmerda” (2017) are also added to Salmo’s platinum discs collection.
In November 2017, Salmo come out with the single “Perdonami”, certified triple platinum, with 495.971 streams on Spotify, record of the year, in just 24 hours. Between March and April 2017 he walked the stages of the most prestigious European Festivals (Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, London, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Thessaloniki) and warmed the audience with over 50 dates in Italy.
The live activity has always occupied a central place in the the artist’s attitude who finds on stage his natural dimension. After three epic arena sold out in Milan, Rome and Vigevano last December, in March 2019 Salmo returns to the stage of the biggest Italian arenas with the “PLAYLIST TOUR 2019” which an impressive series of sold out and a one of a kind show hippodrome show on 12 July 2019 in Rome with 35.000 tickets sold. the “PLAYLIST TOUR 2019” records over 260 thousand visitors.
After breaking all the records on Spotify, having dominated the FIMI-GfK charts and exceeded over 412.9 million views on YouTube, SALMO is also the first italian artist to launch a music video exclusively on Netflix and to have a dedicated channel on the famous hard site “Pornhub” where, with a marketing operation outside the box, he launched the new album.
“PLAYLIST”, already certified 4 Platinum has recorded on Spotify (Italy) the largest number of streams in 24h (9.956.884) on the day of release and the largest number of streams in a week (43.882.595). Moreover, it is the first time that an Italian artist is placed in the Spotifym Global Chart with 8 tracks. In the FIMI-Gfk rankings, “Playlist” entered directly into 1st place of the best-selling albums and totally conquered the podium of the best-selling singles. All 13 tracks on the album were in the top 16 of the charts.
At the beginning of Summer 2019 Salmo launched with Red Bull “the Open Sea Republic project”: from 21 to 23 June a GNV ferry (Grandi Navi Veloci) became the setting for a special 36hours 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 selected by him. In addition to music, various recreational activities dedicated to video games and cinema were planned throughout the journey. The rapper, along with some surprise guests, took the stage on the deck of the ship for a special live set, a unique performance of about 3h specifically made for this event.
Out on July 5, 2019 “MACHETE MIXTAPE 4” (Machete Empire Records / Sony Music Italy), is a kind of tribute to the longest-lived Rap crew in Italy, composed of the “frontman” Salmo, Slait, Hell Raton, Nitro, Dani Faiv and Jack The Smoker. “Machete Mixtape 4” boasts the artistic direction of Salmo, Slait and Low Kidd and the executive one of Salmo, Slait and Hell Raton.
SALMO is a pioneer of music who, entering the rap scene, was able to change the genre’s features, introducing elements of electronics and rap like had never been seen before in Europe.