Lorenza Calamandrei

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Lorenza Calamandrei
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Florence, Italy
OccupationDJ, Producer

Lorenza Calamandrei (born in Florence, Italy), popularly known as DJLO, is an Italian DJ, record producer.[1] DJLO is best known for her unique sets at music events and parties.[2] DJLO is a highly acclaimed DJ with over 30 years of experience. She incorporates the open format, witty commentary, and electric energy in her performances.[3][4][5][6][7]

DJLO was amongst the first female DJs and was responsible for promoting the Rap, Urban, and Hip Hop music scene throughout Italy, especially Florence.[8][9][10] Calamandrei created and produced Tuscany's first large-scale multi-genre festival event featuring rappers, bands, DJs, and artists including, Toxic from Hollywood Africans, which also included Jean-Michel Basquiat and Rammellzee.[11][12][13]

DJLO has also performed in several private events for Hollywood giants such as Elton John, Richard and Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, along with doing a five-year residency at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[14] Some of DJLO’s clients include the MTV Movie Awards, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, SoHo House, Lions Gate, the Bafta Awards, Galaxy Stadium, the Golden Globes, Nike, Dolce & Gabbana, the Cannes Film Festival, the Italian Film Festival in Los Angeles, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Tonight, the Grammy’s Foundation, Biennale di Venezia, Festival Del Cinema Di Venezia, and several others.[15][16]

Early life and education

Calamandrei was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She graduated from the Istituto Statale d'Arte di Firenze (the Florence Institute of Art) as Art Teacher which is located within the Medici family's former stables in Boboli Gardens at Pitti Palace.


Calamandrei started her career as a club and radio DJ in the late 1980s, and became known throughout Italy as the protagonist of the rap scene. In her midteens, Calamandrei began performing with independent artists and filmmakers like Sandro Tamburi Filippi and Cesare Pergola and several underground performers. She played an integral role in shaping the Florence music scene during the city's New Wave/Rock Renaissance.

Calamandrei started performing for some of the renowned experimental events and performances of the era, including What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Felici e Maledetti. After gaining substantial recognition, Calamandrie relocated to London during the mid 1990’s. She continued DJing at popular clubs like the Met Bar at the Metropolitan Hotel, and also performed at major film premieres, BBC shows, including the 2000 BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts) Awards.

Calamandrei was primarily responsible for introducing Rap, Urban and Hip-Hop music to Italy, and became one of the leading female DJs in the country. She also made some appearances on MTV Italy during that time. Calamandrei also hosted national festivals such as the Arezzo Wave festival, which featured emerging, Italian bands like Isola Posse and Neffa and DJ'ed with Articolo 31. Later, she was hired to be the main Italian DJ at the Summer Groove jazz festival in Sardinia. During this time Calamandrie worked with some prominent music figures of the 1990s like Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Galliano, DJ Gilles Peterson, and Eddie Pillar.

Calamandrei also toured Europe with D'Influence an eponymous R&B/Soul-music quartet, who had previously opened on tours for Michael Jackson and Prince and performed with Bjork) and DJ'ed for Yo! MTV Raps Europe with Lisa I'Anson and featuring Guru's Jazzmatazz album. In 1998, she appeared on the album Bobby Digital in Stereo by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, which became certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) less than three months after its release. During her time in London, Calamandrei DJed at the premiers of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Moulin Rouge!, The Lion King, Toy Story, and Romeo + Juliet.

Calamandrei also did residency as DJ at the uber-exclusive Met Bar in the Metropolitan Hotel Hyde Park, along with I'Anson, where celebrity clientele included Bono, Janet Jackson, Eminem, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell.

Calamandrei’s music was also featured in Vera Gemma’s movie "Un Italiano Nel Mondo", a biography on Iconic Italian Actor Giuliano Gemma, with music by Oscar Winner Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and forward by Quentin Tarantino.


Album Seven Women

Calamandrei’s debut album was released in 2018 that consists of six songs covering a total of 17 minutes.


  • Sambo Royal
  • Malinconico
  • New York, New York
  • Free
  • Cinematico
  • Poolside
  • L.A (2020 mix)
  • Midnight in Venice- Feat. Djlo, The Mystery Singer
  • RZA feat. Lorenza Calamanderi - Slow Grind Italian
  • Alive (Main Version)
  • Alive (Leonardo Glovibes & Emanuele Esposito Da Funk Mix


In the media



  1. "Week End 20-21 maggio a Firenze e in Toscana: Notte Europea e Festa dei Musei, musica, teatro, eventi, mostre". Firenze Post (in italiano). 19 May 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. "Mixcloud". Mixcloud. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. "BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. "Lorenza Calamandrei: A Woman Who Works to Her Own Beat". Blog de Los Angeles. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. "Lorenzo Calamandrei Archivi". www.controradio.it (in italiano). Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  6. "RDC Entertainment". Christian Chat Rooms & Forums. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  7. "Taste of Italy - Italian food and Wine event in Los Angeles". Accent Reduction Training with LocalMasters | Learn American Accent. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  8. "Malinconico". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  9. "Taste of Italy - Italian food and Wine event in Los Angeles". Accent Reduction Training with LocalMasters | Learn American Accent. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  10. "Celebrity DJ, Lorenza (DJ Lo) Calamandrei: "Celebrity DJ Lorenza Calamandrei aka DJ LO saids its more then playing good music!". Celebrity DJ, Lorenza (DJ Lo) Calamandrei. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  11. ""Celebrity DJ Lorenza Calamandrei aka DJ LO saids its more then playing good music!". Celebrity DJ, Lorenza (DJ Lo) Calamandrei. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  12. "Lorenza Calamandrei "DJ LO" - CinemaItaliano.info". www.cinemaitaliano.info (in italiano). Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  13. "Picks of the Week: May 12 – 18". The International Review of Music. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  14. Billionaires, Block Money. ""Celebrity DJ Lorenza Calamandrei aka DJ LO enters the ranks of true celebrity DJ's!"". PRLog. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  15. "Lorenza Calamandrei". Harmonic Entertainment. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  16. "EvolvingPlanet7 (EP7)™ Global Executive Concert & Broadcast Production Team – WORLD PEACE THROUGH MUSIC". Retrieved 25 November 2020.

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