Doctor Love is a fitting title for Alex Gaudino’s second full-length album for Ultra Music which was released on March 12, 2013.
The Italian DJ/producer operates on electronic dance music and infuses flourishes of pop into his patented propulsive style. In fact, this music is just the right medicine for clubs and festivals the world over.
In 2010, Gaudino began working on what would eventually become Doctor Love. After unveiling “I’m in Love (I Wanna Do It),” the single skyrocketed to the top of the charts, remaining at number 1 on the Billboard Dance chart for four consecutive weeks in the U.S. Its follow-up, “What a Feeling” [Featuring Kelly Rowland], hit number 6 on the UK single sales chart and dominated radio airwaves everywhere.
However, his 2012 single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance” [Featuring Taboo of Black Eyed Peas], raises the stakes completely. Merging Gaudino’s inimitable style with Taboo’s infectious vocals and a hook penned by Taio Cruz, it’s bound to set dance floors off globally. The track came together organically and naturally—as most great songs do. “I met Taboo on a plane,” recalls Gaudino with a smile. “We were flying back from Tenerife to Madrid. He was like, ‘Let’s do something together’. I was into it immediately. Taboo came back with some ideas, and one of them was this track. It’s not a proper club track per se. It’s got a big pop vibe. There’s something more to this, and it’s a great introduction to the album.”
The record as a whole stands out as a veritable powerhouse, boasting diverse and dynamic collaborations with Jordin Sparks ["Is This Love?"], Mario ["You're Beautiful"], and Jay Sean ["Promise"]. At the same time, everything boils down to one universal idea and feeling for Gaudino. He goes on, “The story is love. I’m going around feeling like Doctor Love.”
In many ways, Gaudino has been working towards becoming the Doctor for quite some time. In 2008, he dropped his official debut, My Destination, which featured the dance classic “Destination Calabria”. Hot on the heels of that success, he transformed Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” into a bona fide club anthem, yielding another international hit in the process. Along the way, he was dubbed “one of the most prolific producers in Italy” by tastemaker BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and played to sold out crowds everywhere. At the same time, he’s a sought-after remixer with credits ranging from Tiësto and Benny Benassi to Katy Perry.
“I’m a music lover,” enthuses the artist. “I love all aspects of dance music from Chicago house to dubstep. I’ve always been attracted to the DJ world. It was still underground when I started, but now it’s in the same lane as pop. This album is a big evolution from the first one. I’ve gotten to see the world and play everywhere it opened my mind. It’s been magical.”
The real magic for Gaudino happens on stage though. With undeniable energy, he brings every crowd into his world during his acclaimed shows.
“I try to get people involved in my set,” he adds. “I want to dance and sing with them. I put my hands up when they do. I’m trying to make a connection. That’s very important to me because people come to festivals or clubs to forget about everything else in their lives. My mission is to help them have a good time.”
That’s exactly what he does every time he hits the studio or the stage. Gaudino concludes, “I love it when people get to party and experience the positive vibes from my music. It’s about feeling the love.”
The Doctor is in.