"Im a pirate, a gyspy and a clown"
Pheel Balliana’s current alter-ego of a singing clown emerges from a long line in his professional work, having lived first in Bari in southern Italy, then Rome, Paris, Rio, Natal and Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he is now primarily based.
Pheel’s career has been multi-faceted.
He has worked as a wedding singer, a vocalist in discotheques from Milan to Jakarta, in cabarets in the red-light district of Paris and as a club-land recording artist.
His first single was a house-music record with Joe T. Vannelli, which sold well in Russia and got a mention on Billboard. Other songs have been included on the official compilations for Space Club in Ibiza, Buddha Bar and Saint Germain des Prés Café.
In 2000, Pheel opened the Zurich Energy Street Parade in front of more than 1 million people, performing on the first truck ahead of 40 floats, the master-of-ceremonies welcoming the crowd to the event.
More recently, he has worked with the dandy deejays Bart & Baker in Paris on four different records, and collaborated on remixes by Nicola Conte, the electro-jazz genius from Bari.
With his Italian band he opened for The Gotan Project, Lunatico tour in South Italy and recorded
Plenilunio Live Lounge album.
His first solo album "GOLD TRASH LATINO", produced by Gabriel Souto and Ignacio Cervantes, in between Brazil, Cuba and Italy, has being launched this year in Brazil and the first single's video "Failure" won the "Hangar Premio Da Musica", as best video of the year.