Bio

The Økapi is a mammal which was only discovered in 1901 by an acousmatic engineer. It lives wild in the forest of the Itur Region in Upper Zaire. It was named the Okapia Johnstoni and it also commonly known as the “Daft Giraffe of the Forest”.
One of its strangest characteristics is that it is the only known mammal to wash out its own ears with its tongue: just to catch the weird melodies of nature! He adores those ferocious and vindictive chants that make him sway like … and he fights relentlessly for the domination and hegemony of incorrect and unlistenable music. He hates talking about music and certain music purists of the Forest are definitely not his friends! In recent years he has played for Dogon tribal rituals and for those more intimate Metaxu deliriums, but he is considered a solitary mammal and consequently has only published one anthem to protophony for a small label of the American prairies.

Økapi is Filippo Paolini, a French-Italian turntablist and sample cutup artist. Filippo has recorded several solo albums, as well as recording in the duo Metaxu and with the trio Dogon. He has performed live for national Italian State radio broadcasts (RAI) with renowned avant-turntablist, Christian Marclay and collaborates with numerous international artists such as Mike Cooper, Peter Brotzmann, Mike Patton, Geoff Leigh, Matt Gustafson, Zu, Damo Suzuki, Andy EX, Kawabata Makoto, Metamkine…
ØKapi’s album releases illustrate his unique and edgy use of turntables and computer beyond the hip-hop school of chopped up music, creating music that veers from orchestral to lounge with quirky experimental electronics that maintain a delicate and spacious sound throughout.

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Økapi
2018 — LP — Labirinto. Verso un altro ritorno – Aldebaran Records (IT)
2017 — CD — Pardonne-moi, Olivier! 16 oiseaux pour Olivier Messiaen— Off-Record Label (BE)
2016 — EP — Nujanode — Looney Moon Records (IT)
2015 — CD — Pruffoli — Onglagoo Records (DE)
2012 — EP —Happily reversed — LooneyMoonExperiment / Offset (IT)
2012 — CD — Opera riparata (Tribute to B.Munari) – Illegal Art (USA)
2011 — CD — Opera riparata (Tribute to B.Munari) – Offset rec (IT)
2009 — CD — Love Him – Okapi plays the music of Aldo Kapi – Illegal Art (USA)
2008 — LP — Love Him vol.1 – Okapi plays the music of Aldo Kapi – KML rec (FR-IT)
2008 — LP — Love Him vol.2 – Okapi plays the music of Aldo Kapi – KML rec (FR-IT)
2005 — CD — Where’s the beef? – Inflatabl – (USA)
2004 — Web — Bah! – ComfortStand – www.comfortstand.com

Aa/vv
2009 – web — New Adventures and Remixes of VERNON LENOIR (FR)
2008 — CD — Party Ruiners vol. 2 – Egotwister (FR)
2006 — CD — La mia parte intollerante Okapi (rivoltante) remix – EMI (IT)
2006 — CD — Altri Massaggi – Zarbing – CNI (IT)
2006 — Web — Massaggi – Tribute to John Peel
2005 — 10″ — Pignottimi d’aprosi – Superselecta: Abbuffet! – RadioDD (IT)
2005 — CD — Zu vs Okapi – Beta – SillyBoy rec. (IT)
2003 — (2xCD) — Nostalgia Del Buio – Cochon rec. (USA)
2002 — CD — Odd dead dog – Batofar cherche l’Italie (FR)
2002 — CD — Ru-dicolus – Dada Swing remix – Cochon rec. (USA)
2001 — CD — Intro/outro – Hup rec. sampler (IT)
2000 — CD — My secret love – Sotto il sole di Roma- Sonagli (IT)
2000 — CD — Ring ring 99 Around the world – Meta-Zu – ReR (UK)

K-mundi 
2016 — CD — The little disaster inside us — Off Records (BE)

With Zu
2008 — CD —  Intermediate Spirit Receiver – KML rec (FR)
2007 — 7″ pictured — Observing the Armies in the Battlefield – Public guilt (USA)
2005 — 7″ — V/A – Zu/Dalek/Okapi – Wallace Rec (I)

Metaxu
2004 — CD — Rumors of…WAR – Metaxu – No Type (Canada)
2001 — CD — 4 Dramas For The Radio – Cane CapoVolto/Metaxu (IT)
1999 — CD — MetaXu – MetaXu – Plate Lunch (D)

Dogon
2003 — CD — Who is playing in the shadow of whom? – Wallace rec. (IT)
2002 — CD — Before and after Dogon – Dogon – Stereosupremo (IT)

Festivals
Off-ICMC festival, Berlin – Turin Film Festival – Planétarium de la Cité des Sciences, Paris – Belluard Contemporary art, Freiburg – Offf Festival, Valencia – Musica90, Turin – Dissonanze festival 2005, Rome – Recyclart Festival, Brussels – Unlimited fest., Wels – Earwing NO Jazz Festival, Zagabria – MaerzMusik/Sonic Arts Lounge, Berlin – Romaeuropa Festival, Rome – Stimul Festival, Prague – European Street Party, Budapest – “Electro-Mechanica” Festival, S. Petersburg – BlackMoon Festival, Italy – Boom Festival, Portugal – Ozora festival, Hungary – Satya Festival, Israel – Freqs of Nature, Berlin – Sonica Festival, Italy – Wao Festival, Italy – Lost Theory, Spain- Tangra Festival, Bulgaria – Odysee NYE, Berlin – Tribal Gathering, Panama – Cosmic Convergence, Guatemala – Goulash Festival, Croatia – Midnight sun Festival, Norway – Transylvania calling, Romania – Fusion Festival, DE – Hadra Festival, France – Modem Festival, Croatia – 7 Chakras, Italy