Savage Roberto Zanetti


Savage is the original 80′s italodisco pop star, famous singer, composer and producer of europop artists such as Corona, Alexia, Double You and Ice Mc. His real name is Roberto Zanetti. He began studying the piano seriously at the age of fourteen. He got together with small music groups, such as “L’inchiesta”, “Fathima e i pronipoti” and “I sangrià”, playing keyboards. His first professional experience came about with the group “Santarosa” with whom he recorded a single, “Souvenir” that went on to sell two hundred thousand copies in Italy. After this project Roberto continued playing keyboards with other groups: “I vicini di casa” and “Taxi”. It was with Taxi that Roberto produced his first dance project “To Miami”.

In December 1983 Roberto Zannetti recorded and produced a single “Don’t cry tonight”, chose the stage name “Savage” and started his career as solo artist. Throughout his career Roberto has used two different professional names, “Robyx” as a producer, and “Savage” as an artist. The song was a huge hit in Italy for first and all Europe later and he was invited to take part in many TV shows such as “Mister fantasy”, “Discoring”, “Pronto Raffaella”, “Azzurro”, “Festivalbar” and “Tocata”. Savage became one of the creators of the “Italodisco” movement.

At the finals of Italy’s most popular summer music festival “Festivalbar”, he was the most applauded artist. Since 1983-85 Savage has been continuously on tour, performing about 300 shows throughout Europe, in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Sweden and Italy. Singles, “Only you”, “Radio” and “A love again”, were released and included in his first album “Tonight”. While new singles were released (“Time”, “Celebrate” and “Love is death”), Savage performed shows outside Europe – in such countries as the United States, Brazil, and Japan. In China a special version (sung by a local rock star) of the album “Tonight” was released.

In August ‘89 Savage took part as a guest artist at the Sopot Festival, Poland. Roberto Zanetti sang on the final night that was broadcast live to all Eastern European countries and was watched by a hundred million viewers! Amongst his most important shows in Eastern Europe were those of Katowice, Poland and Ierewan (USSR) where seventy thousand people rushed to see him over four days. During the same time other singles were released, “I’m loosing you”, “Goodbye”, “I just died in your arms” (cover of Cutting Crew‘s song written by Nick Van Eede), and “Strangelove” (cover of Depeche Mode’s 1987 single). Since 1990 Savage has dedicated most of his time to his career as a producer, under the name “Robyx”.

In the early 1990s, Robyx pioneered the production of the Eurodance style. Hits such as “Think About the Way” by Ice MC, “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona featuring Ice MC, “Me and You” by Alexia, and “Run to Me” by Double You made Robyx an international success as a producer. In 1994. In 1994 a single entitled “Don’t you want me”, came out, meeting with fair success all over the world. In the mid-90s Robyx came out with several singles. The most successful of which was “Baby Baby” by Corona. “Baby Baby”, like “The Rhythm of the Night”, was played on American radio stations, which at the time was unusual for a European dance song.

In 1997, Robyx produced Alexia’s “The Summer is Crazy”. Recently, since 2005, Roberto Zanetti has started doing live gigs and concerts again, USA, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland. In october 2009 a new single “Twothousandnine” was released together with a videoclip filmed in Los Angeles. Between 2005 and 2010 Savage took part at three Autoradio Festivals in Moscow, a TV show filmed live at the Olympic Stadium in front of more than twenty thousand fans. Actually he is touring again and recording new material. Source:

Tonight (1984)
Capsicum (1986)
Goodbye (1989)
Strangelove (1994)
Don’t Cry – Greatest Hits (1994)
Discomania (2001)

Savage Roberto Zanetti Discography