Born in 1967 in Pavia, Italy, Massimo Pezzali first met Mauro Repetto, with whom he would later form the group 883
, in high school, where, thanks to their similar musical tastes, the two soon became good friends.
After a trip to the U.S. in 1988, Pezzali returned with a synthesizer and soon began writing songs with Repetto. A demo of theirs made it onto Italian radio, which eventually led to them performing on the television program 1,2,3 Jovanotti. Under the name 883
, the duo released three albums before Mauro decided to pursue a career in acting, leaving Max to reorganize the band, this time with a group of young musicians. After a series of albums that brought them both national and international fame, 883
saw the release of their final full-length, Uno in Piu', in 2001. Pezzali, who was now determined to make it as a solo artist, issued his debut, Il Mondo Insieme a Te, in 2004, followed the next year by Tutto Max -- a greatest-hits compilation that traced his musical history since his participation in 883
through his most current solo work -- as well as a DVD and a tour. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi