Trotta Happy In A Funk

Leading Italian promoter Claudio Trotta has edged into the international agency business by signing a worldwide deal with Planet Funk.

Trotta’s Milan-based Barley Arts will promote the band’s Italian shows, while his longtime colleague Aldo Bassi will be its exclusive booking agent worldwide.

The Italian electronic dance act, which is about to release an album through Universal, has been a favourite in its homeland for the last seven years.

Planet Funk has also achieved success in the European dance charts. Its first U.K. single, “Chase the Sun,” reached No. 5 in the British singles chart in 2001.

Barley Arts is expected to announce tour plans by the end of next month. The company’s March shows include AC/DC, Ivan Fossati, Sisters Of Mercy, Kaki King and J-Ax.