Born the son of a Italian violinist living in Switzerland, early on Massivan enjoyed a classical education, starting with the violin at the age of six, then later also the drums. Stepping into audio-engineering and DJ’ing, his music career took a big step forward when in 2000 when he co-founded the label ‘Modest Records’. Releasing five singles on the label under the pseudonym ‘Josef’s Ruhe’, one of them, ‘Zu?rihorn’, was charted and played around the world by several high ranking djs including John Digweed, Sasha, Timo Maas and Steve Lawler.