“Absurdly sublime” – The FADER
“Elegant in its fun, a summer jam with life lurking beneath its crisp surface” – The Guardian
“An instant winner, filled as it is with a sense of instant, body-moving happiness” – The 405
“Surrender to a decadent mélange of glittery arpeggios, fat funky basslines and chopped up vocals in this gorgeously produced track” – Discobelle
Multi-instrumentalist, self confessed synth-freak and italo-style icon, Michael Di Francesco is Touch Sensitive – the original Pizza Guy.
Touch Sensitive’s debut single ‘Body Stop’ was one of the first tracks released on Future Classic, all the way back in 2004. Cloaked in anonymity it’s cosmic vibes and Italo authenticity made it a cult favourite among discerning DJ circles from East London to Brooklyn.
Fast-forward to 2012 and his third track ‘Real Talk’, in collaboration with Anna Lunoe, saw Touch Sensitive spend five months at the top of the Beatport indie-dance charts with what was universally recognized as one of the underground hits of the year.
2013 saw the worldwide explosion of synth-house monster ‘Pizza Guy’ – with the blog lauded title track racking up millions of Soundcloud spins, Youtube views of its star-studded video clip as well as being the #3 most played track of 2013 on Australia’s No.1 radio station, Triple J.
That same year, Mikey took his impressive solo live performance to audiences across Australia, becoming a must-see highlight at some of the country’s most celebrated festivals including Harbourlife, Listen Out, Valley Fiesta, The Plot, Falls Festival and Southbound Festival.
This local success was matched by a succession of bookings across North America and Canada, most notably alongside Future Classic labelmate and Aussie boy-wonder Flume, and topped off by a NYC Boiler Room set alongside masters of funk, Chromeo (HERE).
Touch Sensitive kicked off 2014 with ‘Slowments’, a typically slick homage to the seminal ‘Moments In Love’ by Art of Noise, and finished it as the talisman of Future Classic, featuring on their year-end compilation with the titular ‘Teen Idols’. On the live side, he had support slots alongside Disclosure and Cut Copy and a massive sunset slot at Splendour In The Grass.
In 2015, the co-writer and co-founding member of Van She takes the Touch Sensitive live show on the road with Flight Facilities through North America on a 16-date tour.