“The Volkswagen of Death” EP reviewed on Drive Radio!

The Italian based producer Vincenzo Salvia is back on the scene with an all-powerful new EP, called « The Volkswagen of Death ». On this new record, he has attempted to mix things up tracks with adding a little dark horror with his signature Italo Disco sounds, and the overall result is a blend of of intoxicating sounds!!! It plunges us on like an outrun race Vs. death; a winning return from an artist that has left us dangling far too long. Does Volkswagen’s motor will kill us? Can Vincenzo Salvia save us from these malefic engines? The only way to find out is to listen for yourself, but be warned: you’ll find it hard not to be fixed behind the wheel!

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Neon Vice Review: The Volkswagen of Death

If you’ve somehow managed not to hear about the MASSIVE Volkswagen scandal going on right now, here’s the TL;DR (that’s too long;didn’t read, for you non-redditors): the company or the board of directors—the details are shady at this point—lied extensively about the fuel emissions of their vehicles. We’re not talking little white lies. No. We’re talking their cars would have had a 0% chance of passing ANY countries vehicle emissions tests without the software Volkswagen installed to fudge the numbers.

You might be asking yourself, “what the hell does this post have to do with music? isn’t this a music blog?” Well, leave it to Italian synthwave artist Vincenzo Salvia to give us the opportunity for a bit of social commentary on our blog. Salvia’s new EP entitled The Volkswagen of Death channels the Halloween spirit into a dazzling synthwave creation. So what do these tracks actually have to do with the Volkswagen scandal? Well…nothing, but the names are pretty funny and you have to respect Mr. Salvia for poking fun at a pretty costly blunder by one of the biggest companies in Europe.

Without further ado, let’s get down to reviewing these tracks.

The Awakening of the 1982 Golf GTD

The opening track really starts the EP off in a dark way. The gritty bass that begins the track leads to some groovy polysynth melodies that culminate in an altogether pretty well put together tune. This track really has that analog feel that a lot of synthwave producers strive for but most end up falling short of.

Dieselgate

Salvia’s definitely not shying away from getting to the heart of the controversy. Every good scandal needs a proper -gate name and I think Dieselgate is pretty fitting. This track really reminded me of the soundtrack of the original Halloween movie. Something about the synths Salvia uses just scream 80s horror to me. The drums don’t really do much for me, but they do glue the track together nicely and compliment the rhythm of the track. Where this track excels is in the synth melodies and as a lover of all things synthy (if that wasn’t a word, it is now) Dieselgate really speaks to me.

Passat Murder

The final track of the EP begins with a pretty creepy little arp melody, complimented by some luscious pads and a standard four on the floor type kick-snare pattern. Don’t let the simplicity of the first minute of this track fool you though, it really starts to shine in the latter part of the song. When that funky lead synth kicks in a little after the 1:00 mark this track evolves into a groovy retrosynth funk masterpiece. Passat Murder is definitely my favorite track on the EP.

Final Thoughts

All in all, Vincenzo Salvia’s new The Volkswagen of Death is another great release from an ultra-talented producer. Pick it up on Bandcamp and tell your friends.

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Si parla di Chromelove su EDM Culture!

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Ed eccoci qui, EDM Culture riparte nel 2015 con una nuova recensione!

Vincenzo Salvia è ormai uno dei portabandiera della synthwave/retrowave nostrana. Agli sgoccioli dello scorso anno ha rilasciato la sua ultima fatica “Chromelove EP” su Doner Music, la quale si attesta di pubblicazione in pubblicazione un’ autentica etichetta feticcio della controcultura da classifica in Italia, promuovendo più che la funzionalità nel mercato di un prodotto, il suo contenuto qualitativo effettivo. Per l’occasione, abbiamo avuto anche modo di fare con il buon Vincenzo un breve punto della situazione ad oggi…

EDM: In un’intervista nel Maggio scorso ci dicesti: “sono da poco approdato in casa Doner Music, etichetta di Big Fish, con cui sto preparando un EP strumentale con un forte timbro outrun” …vogliamo sapere se ti senti soddisfatto del risultato e che cosa è cambiato stilisticamente e nell’approccio rispetto ad esempio all’ ep “Voyage”?

VS: Sono passati già più di 2 anni e una decina di album da Voyage, ed ogni album aveva qualcosa in più. Ho imparato nuove tecniche negli arrangiamenti, ho allenato l’orecchio nella scelta dei suoni e ho cercato sempre di dare una varietà alla mia musica, senza lasciare da parte la mia “firma”. Poi tanti eventi, belli, brutti, noiosi, divertenti, intensi, condizionano quello che scrivo nelle mie tracce, volendo o nolendo. Ogni tanto mi lascio andare in atmosfere da nightdrive, altre volte mi tuffo nella Italo Disco estiva alla Sabrina Salerno, altre volte mi lancio in pezzi nostalgici, o romantici, o come nei miei album Atlantis e l’ultimo nato Chromelove, provo a spingermi oltre.

EDM: Quali sono le prospettive della synthwave e retrowave nel 2015? C’è qualche evento significativo in programma nella community? Come ci si sente a far parte di un fenomeno di scala mondiale per quanto di “nicchia”?

VS: La scena synthwave cresce sempre di più, faccio davvero fatica a seguire tutte le releases e i nuovi artisti! Ma questo è un bene a mio avviso. Mi piace che sia un fenomeno di nicchia, ma sento che ha ancora del potenziale. E’ figlia degli anni 80, e quest’epoca ha dato tantissimo alla musica elettronica, e a noi che ormai abbiamo passato la trentina. E’ per questo che mi piace molto, perché non è solo un genere, ma è qualcosa che fa parte della nostra infanzia, dei nostri ricordi, ed è impossibile distaccarsene! Spero davvero che ci siano influenze anche nel pop più radiofonico, mi piacerebbe sentire in radio qui in Italia dei pezzi arrangiati in stile Outrun o ballare nei locali una New Italo Disco. Io intanto ci provo a fare qualcosa di nuovo e spero che piaccia! Da poco ho remixato con Fish un pezzo dei nostri amici italiani Fraulein Rottenmaier, abbiamo cacciato fuori qualcosa un po’ alla Moroder, fatemi passare la blasfemia vi prego!
Eventi significativi? Il mio prossimo album ovviamente, haha!

“Chromelove EP” già dall’esordio ci catapulta pienamente nel calore e nei colori di un suond analog con il singolo omonimo Chromelove, una spensierata regata in un mare di onde e venti di libeccio navigati da una voce filtrata da vocoder come ad intonare un canto di sirena.
Con Manikins i nodi aumentano e l’incedere si porta più sull’andante, guidato dal basso arpeggiato sulle frequenze basse che funge da collante con i vari eventi sonori che si susseguono sulle medio-alte.
L’aggettivo “epico” si sposa benissimo con i brani Obsessions e Metamorphosis, due avventure fra le quali spicca quest’ultima, che parte seriosa e carica di inquietudine arricchendosi progressivamente di synths più caldi e dinamici. Con Renaissance si conclude questo viaggio Outrun con incedere fiero e consapevole.

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Vincenzo captures the mystique of love!

Fantastic review on CARNOV about Chromelove!
GOLD RATING 10/10!
And it includes my interview and some extra inserts about my lovely girl Powder Slut (Yana Mesha) and my great friend Nightcrawler (George Gold)!

Vincenzo Salvia’s latest EP called ‘Chromelove‘ was released yesterday through Italian label Doner Music! This 5-track EP is available to download through iTunes ($3.99 @ 45mb total), Spotify, Bandcamp(stream only) and Soundcloud (player below). Tracks are purchasable at any time by clicking the buy/cart button through Soundcloud’s streaming player. The gorgeous cover art design was created by George Gold aka Nightcrawler!

The interview with Vincenzo is further below – in the interview you will discover how this release is autobiographical and has quite the cool story involving a certain female Synthwave artist 😀

REVIEW BY: JARED LECKIE

TRACK # 1 – ‘Chromelove’
COMMENTARY –
Without knowing the story beforehand, I find the title track ‘Chromelove’ feels like a desperate struggle between two people at some sort of standstill in their relationship. It’s moving, impactful and overflowing with lush filmic synths – just beautiful. Although obscured, the vocoder effects are enjoyable to hear and have a deep sense of yearning for connection.

This track is very replayable with a catchy drumbeat intro that quickly escapades to an engaging arrangement of amorous synths and with cool vocoder effects that take centre stage – it’s a fantastic track!

TRACK # 2 – ‘Obsession’
COMMENTARY –
The mood takes a turn to a more vibrant positive feel and fittingly infused with passionate ‘I want you’ synths. The lunging takeoff from 1:07 secs has a great effect and gets better with continuous funky beats until we hit 2:38 where the synths become focused like rapid-fire – really cool!

TRACK # 3 – ‘Manikins’
COMMENTARY –
Now this has great energy and melody with a flavour of Outrun/cruising to the sounds. The driving beats are determined and very positive as if a barrier was just broken through. As the track develops, this feeling becomes more pronounced and as always you can really feel the impact with volume up high!

TRACK # 4 – ‘Metamorphosis’
COMMENTARY –
My first impression for favourites on this EP was this track and the ‘Chromelove‘ title track. I have a difficult time in deciding which track is the winner as they are both stellar in their own way. ‘Metamorphosis‘ plays an important part of the story with the transformation from manikins to human (see interview for info on this…) – the track has a sophisticated impact with a cool ethereal feel and that drop from 45 secs. onwards has great synth power! I especially like this track as a fan of epic guitar+synths action. The intro really grabs the listener with sounds that reminded me of the creatures under the sea, it feels magical! For fun, a video track is below with a underwater scene as if we went out into the sea as shown in the background of the cover artwork 😀

TRACK # 5 – ‘Renaissance’
COMMENTARY –
A perfect synth package! The intro synths have that familiar sci-fi vibe which quick transitions of pace but yet with a smoothness that’s really appealing. The feeling is overall  positive with synths that feeling challenging but break through with wild success.

This EP is very well composed and this is the type of Synthwave where you can really connect to the music – especially since the production was based on real life! Vincenzo is at the top not just because of musical skill/talent, but because his music in most cases is close to his heart – it’s real, deeply emotive and just plain beautiful. GOLD Rating 10/10 – This is a very fine release and look forward to see what comes next from Vincenzo and his new partner in life.

CARNOV INTERVIEW

Q1 /// JARED – Can you please introduce yourself to those that may be new to your work?
VINCENZO – I’m a musician from Italy, born in 1983. I entered into the synthwave scene in 2012 with my first Outrun EP called Voyage. Since that moment I always try to improve and give new energy to my music. I jump from pure synthwave to authentic Italo Disco, mixing them and trying to give my own touch in every track. I love when the listeners don’t expect which style will be the next release!

***** JARED’S INSERT – You can listen to his very first synthwave album “Voyage” in the player below. This album is available as a FREE download! *****

Q2 /// JARED –  You have stated in the past that most of your music is autobiographical. ‘Chromelove‘ feels deeply romantic with a sense of struggle and filled with a yearning for connection. Can you explain how this EP ties in with some of your own experiences and if not personal then could you explain the story?
VINCENZO – There is an unique story behind this album. I feel like something magic was happening in my life. In the late spring I started to write the music and everything was written by itself: it tells about these manikins in the artwork, man and woman, which can’t touch each other. Then In August I stumbled into the biggest love of my life, Yana, an Ukrainian girl, synthwave composer famous as Powder Slut. For 4 months we only talked in webcam every day and every night, just like those two manikins, and… one week before the release I went to Kiev finally! This seems a love story written by the fate!

***** JARED’S INSERT – Powder Slut aka Yana Mesha is a talented synthwave artist with a number of singles available for your listening pleasure. Her tracks are consistently well received including hits such as ‘Shadow Agents‘ from Jean-Pierre Van Damme’s ‘END OF DAYS’ compilation and her most recent track ‘Mirage’ which was released just yesterday! Powder Slut is known for her rich dark brooding atmosphere – you can listen to ‘Mirage‘ in the player below. *****

Q3 /// JARED –  Actually, I find that I can really connect to these tracks without necessarily knowing the story in the first place. As mentioned in the review, the title track ‘Chromelove’ feels like a desperate struggle between two people at some sort of standstill in their relationship. It’s moving, impactful and overflowing with lush filmic synths – just beautiful. What was your goal for the Chromelove EP? How would you describe the listening experience? 
VINCENZO – This is why I wanted to arrange this album as instrumental. It must be more imaginative. I wanted that every ambience appears even without reading titles or listening to the words. The title track is my favourite, I must admit it! And the desperate struggle is evident here, the passion of love destroy their souls, then they start to feel obsessed and they move smoothly, until they change their aspect to become human.

Q4 /// JARED –  I first discovered your work with your 3-track EP ‘Summer Love’ released last year through Telefuture Records. As a fan of 80’s Italo artists like Sabrina Salerno I remember being completely captivated by the title track with an arrangement that really emphasized the excellent and very 80’s style vocals. Since then you’ve released some stunning works and I wanted to ask how you feel you’ve evolved as an artist since last year? 
VINCENZO – Lots of things changed in my style, I will never abandone my Italo, because it’s the one which I grew up with! But the sequel of “Summer Love” was already different from the first episode. “Summer Love One Year Later” was more nostalgic and romantic, I was influenced by the summer Vanzina’s movies! Also Italo and vocals are always great together, I love how vocals give it that light “pop” style!

***** JARED’S INSERT – Summer Love‘ originally released on August 20th 2013 through Telefuture Records and was a major hit in the Synthwave community. You can listen below for reference. This EP is available as FREE/Name-Your-Price release! *****

Q5 /// JARED – This cover art is richly-filled with symbolism in an appealing symmetrical design and with a great sense of depth – can you explain the design process here and the meaning of the camera/mannequins? Who was the designer?
VINCENZO – The art concept started from the vision I had of two manikins with Polaroid-heads, so I asked to my dear friend George Gold to realize the artwork. I imagined them standing in an elegant room with a retrofuturistic mood and I am a fan of surrealism of Dalì, Magritte and De Chirico. George hit the goal perfectly! CLICK HERE to view artwork portfolio showcase.

***** JARED’S INSERT – George Gold is a popular and well regarded graphics artist by day and Synthwave artist at night! He is Night Crawler! *****

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///// GEORGE GOLD WEB LINKS
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.nightcrawlermusic.com/
DESIGN STUDIO WEBSITE: http://www.medusateam.com
BANDCAMP: http://nightcrawler.bandcamp.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/nightcrawlermusic
SOUNDCLOUD: http://soundcloud.com/nightcrawlermusic
TUMBLR: http://vestroncorp.tumblr.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/georgeGold79
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/Nightcrawlermusic79

Q6 /// JARED – My favourite track on the EP is Metamorphosis because of it’s sophisticated impact with a cool ethereal feel and that drop from 45 secs. onwards has great synth power – guitar rocks too! I wanted to ask your inspiration and any background info for this track as this really stands out to me?
VINCENZO – Everything started from the bassline here, then I started to modulate the pads on it, so the melodies came at last as I almost always do. But that bassline inspired me so different emotions and those moving pads were really powerful in my mind. Probably some Jarre influences here too, and I decided to add those guitars to give more and more power!

Q7 /// JARED – What is the best way to keep up with your latest updates? Also, with 2014 coming to a close what can we expect from you in the new year?
VINCENZO – My website www.vincenzosalvia.com and my facebook page are always updated about every news! I will come back with a sequel of Chromelove probably! This love story has a real sequel again now! And I need to make some new Italo for this summer, who knows, maybe another episode of Summer Love!

///// VINCENZO SALVIA ON THE WEB
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.vincenzosalvia.com/
BANDCAMP: http://vincenzosalvia.bandcamp.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vincenzosalviamusic
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/vincenzo-salvia
TUMBLR: http://vincenzosalvia.tumblr.com/
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/vincenzo_salvia
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/alienatiomentis

 

Chromelove and paparazzi.

I’m back on Neon Vice with this interview about my new album Chromelove!

It’s been a while since you’ve been on NeonVice; How have you been since your Summer Love EP? It has been a while since and we are glad to have you back!

Since the release of Summer Love I worked a little bit to find new ideas and inspiration for this new chapter of my life. I’m quite satisfied of how my latest album was appreciated by the fans and I got lots of new followers thanks to the most loved track “Domenica”.

Has your move to Doner Music been to network more locally in Italy?

I would love if my spaghetti-people will appreciate my music of course, but there is not a purpose behind this label moving. I just love how Doner works professionally and promotes everywhere his artists. And not at last, I will be on wider music platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, etc., to reach more people! Synthwave scene is going unexpectedly great here in Italy, I know lots of talented artists who play in an awesome way. We are sometimes pessimists about our electronic scene but I should tell everyone that something big will happen again here like in the 80s, when Italo Disco was inspiration for lots of countries!

Your Chromelove EP really gets back to synthwave’s 80s roots; is this style what you feel most comfortable composing?

I feel Chromelove as the sequel of Atlantis. Not as concept, but in the style. It’s something more experimental but with that dark touch of the synthwave school. I wanted to stay away from my Italo influence and working on new atmospheres and sounds.

The album tells about two manikins who love each other but they can’t move and touch. One day I had this vision of two chrome manikins with Polaroid heads (I don’t use drugs) and all the album was a consequence of the artwork, sapiently made by my dear friend George Gold.

Will you be working on more Italo and Nu Disco that we all know and love or do you plan on expanding our minds to things we haven’t heard from you yet?

I like to alternate Italo releases to darker ones (Traffic / Auto Radio / Atlantis / Summer Love / Chromelove…), I don’t want to get bored of my music in this way, and I hope not to bore my fans too! I feel more comfortable in Italo Disco, but sometimes I really want to create something new and breaking all the rules of the old pizzaland school.

One thing about this release is the noticeable lack of vocals; are you interested in working with anyone in the near future or will we get the chance to hear your charming voice again?

Just because of more experimentation in this new release, I wanted to focus the attention on the arrangements and making something less “pop”. Of course I would love to work with vocalists and I will try to record my voice again!

Alright, so NeonVice isn’t really a place for gossip but all of us in the scene are wondering if the milf hunter has hung up his hat for a certain Ukrainian beauty? Can you let us in on the details of how things began or does the single “About us” say it all?

Paparazzi don’t miss anything! My Milf hunter career was destroyed when one hot day in August Andy commented in his funny style one of the photos of Yana Mesha (Powder Slut as musician), who I had in my Facebook friends, but who I never talked with! The photo jumped on my Facebook home, so I wanted to post something funny too, and since that moment Yana and I started to talk. And since that moment we didn’t stop. It was love at “first sight”, and maybe you will see some surprises in the next days! We decided to make our own song, something romantic which tell about us, so that title can say all!

Any last thing you would like to say, or clue us in on?

I just want to thank you for this interview and wish a merry Christmas and retro new year to NeonVice and everyone!

Talent Radar! Eccomi su Rocklab!

“Il problema di chi si cimenta oggi in ciò che chiamiamo italo disco, retro wave, outrun etc. credo sia l’autoironia. Quando è poca si prova un inevitabile imbarazzo e quando è troppa si fatica a prendere la cosa un briciolo sul serio. Vincenzo Salvia (produttore anche di cose meno italo) sa camminare sul filo come nessun altro e ci passeggia con l’equilibrio di chi quel filo non lo fa manco scorgere. E poi, se ancora non bastasse, arriva il ritornello di Domenica e fine dei giochi. L’italico cantare, il vocabolario, le immagini e ho di nuovo sette anni. Non necessariamente sette anni nell’82, anche se la cosa avrebbe tutta la sua logica. Diciamo, sette anni senza un tempo, con la vita tutta più in là ma anche tutta lì in quella partita sulla spiaggia. Che poi magari segno  e faccio la corsa di Tardelli.”
(Marco Bachini)

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Summers Past And Future In Vincenzo Salvia’s Italo Dreams – Synthetix.FM Review!

This is the fantastic review from Synthetix.FM about my latest album “Summer love …one year later” released on Telefuture. I love this review! Thanks awesome Rick!

“The romantic sentimentality of Italo Disco synth, in general, has been taken to even loftier nostalgic heights in the latest EP from Vincenzo Salvia. Reminiscing and remembering that ‘Summer Love’ romance from 2013 and bringing those warm feelings back into our lives. Summer Love… One Year Later presents four tracks of beautifully structured Italo pieces that traverse the styles and ages of classic Italo sounds in a delightfully authentic manner.

Salvia’s homages to classic Italo sounds are some of the best I’ve heard in the modern-age as this producer recreates a full immersion into the sounds and emotions of these Mediterranean flavours. With his latest EP a further progression is evidenced in the nuances in the instrumental parts as well as the vocal work with a tender, loving touch felt through each melody and subtleties in synth structures allowed to create their own golden magic.

I must say, I listen to a lot of vintage Italo Disco music. By ‘a lot’ I mean more than a thousand tracks in my music library as well as ardently listening to online Italo radio stations. The Italo genres contain an incredible amount of individual releases and the uncovering of these gems that are new to me is something I truly love. Upon hearing this new EP from Vincenzo Salvia those feelings of something vintage yet all brand new came bubbling to the surface with an effervescent fruity flavour that was impossible to sip just once.

The first track is a complete re-examining and retelling of the ‘Summer Love’ song from last year, once again with Chrissy Valentine performing the vocals while Vincenzo himself serenades his heart’s desires in the final act. This version takes the originals classic refrain and restructures it with mistier recollections and an aesthetic that longs for those times to be rekindled into passionate flames once again. The story is bittersweet, but hopeful, as the temperatures rise so to do the possibilities of that ‘Summer Love’ sparking back into torrents of desire.

‘Tramonto D’Agosto’ takes the final stages of summer love into colder temperatures as the sunset of August brings the signs of fading warmth and Vincenzo delivers sombre and melancholy vocals to accompany the emotive melodies. The melodramatic side of Italo is explored expertly in this piece as the chorus is delivered in dual voices with haunting memories of the summer now past. The honesty of the emotional involvement is unmistakable and nothing about this piece at all feels forced or hollow. The sentiment and sounds are real and you’ll feel that bite in the sea breeze cause a slight shiver deep within.

The third act on this EP has turned out to be not only one of my favourite Vincenzo Salvia tracks, but also one of my favourite Italo tracks, period. ‘Domenica’ featuring Giusi Telesca has an absolutely massive synth hook that is complemented by one of the most authentic 80s styled vocal performances I’m yet to hear. The sweet voice of Giusi Telesca has an astounding grace that is present in the delivery of every syllable. The native Italian adds even more to the spectacular performance and the balance between the synths and vocals is utterly enrapturing. It’s one thing to create a piece that is an homage to a specific style, but it is another thing entirely reinvent its soul and essence in a manner so thoroughly beautiful. Vincenzo and Giusi do just this in ‘Domenica’ and I hope this relationship bears more musical delicacies in the future.

Adding a tropical and festive dimension to the EP is final track, tantalisingly titled ‘Gelato Party’. The upbeat, dance floor oriented Italo Disco moods jostle and gyrate with bright and bouncy melodies that are packed with refreshing, fruity flavours. The synthscape is kept uncluttered and authentic and focuses on the power of the melody to make your spirits rise and your feet move as a gelato induced sugar rush of synth sweetness fills the discotheque with pastel colours swirling in musical harmony.

Telefuture Records presents Vincenzo Salvia’s Summer Love… One Year Later EP on their Bandcamp page here and the four tracks presented within span many dimensions of the Italo spectrum with an eye and ear for reverent authenticity. The four pieces are far greater than the sum of their parts as the feelings and stories conveyed via the music are refinements of specific Italo denominations and move effortlessly betwixt them from chapter to chapter. Vincenzo Salvia creates magic on this EP; shining, golden Italo magic and the result is a Synthetix Reference Experience you’d be wholly remiss to not hold deeply in a warm embrace, remembering last summer and anticipating the wonders summer 2014 will bring.”

Synthetix.FM
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Italian music blog “EDM Culture” interviewed me!

Questa settimana abbiamo l’occasione di proporvi uno dei paladini italiani della Synthwave/Italo Disco. Vincenzo Salvia è un prolifico produttore di Potenza che scolpisce nell’aria atmosfere raffiguranti idealmente viaggi, stati d’amore/pensiero onirici ed è per questo che si affida, con grande coerenza, a tutta la carica espressiva nostalgica e passionale degli stilemi anni ’80.

EDM: Come nasce il tuo progetto musicale ?

VS:Ciò che produco attualmente è un’evoluzione di un percorso musicale: vengo da alcune esplorazioni nella darkwave elettronica di stampo tedesco con influenza anni ’80. Ho sempre avuto una grandissima passione per gli eighties. Ho iniziato suonando il famoso assolo di batteria di “In the air tonight” sulle sedie di paglia con i cucchiai da cucina di mia madre. Una volta rotte tutte le sedie, mi hanno comprato una tastiera e delle sedie di legno. Dal 2001 ho cominciato a comporre, ma solo nel 2012 sono approdato realmente sulla scena synthwave con l’EP Voyage su Future City Records.

EDM: Come vivi la produzione ?

VS:E’ un momento bellissimo, soprattutto la prima fase della composizione. Comincio a strimpellare qualcosa su un loop di batteria e poi tutto viene da sé, e non capisco nemmeno io cosa sto facendo finché non finisco e dico: “Che bello”. Oppure “Che cagata”. E’ tutto molto istintivo, mi ci chiudo per ore intere, è un flusso di coscienza. Poi con calma mixo alla meglio e gli dò un titolo.

EDM: Come collochi il tuo ruolo di producer nel panorama attuale della musica elettronica in ambito dance ? Credi si possa parlare di rinascita dell’italo disco 70′/80′?

VS:In realtà vedo che all’estero non si è mai fermata, e la adorano soprattutto in Russia ed Europa dell’Est. In Italia invece è praticamente scomparsa, forse anche per le regole musicali molto rigide che la identificano, e che la rendono a lungo andare ripetitiva. Ci vorrebbe un bel tocco di modernità e innovazione, come è accaduto per la synthwave, ma senza privarla dell’atmosfera originale. Sto cercando di lavorare in questa direzione con la Telefuture: partendo da un autentico album Italo Disco (Summer Love del 2013), sono arrivato a comporre un sequel (Summer Love One Year Later) con degli accorgimenti di arrangiamento e composizione più moderni, cantato in italiano. Nostalgico si, ma senza cadere nel cheap tipico dei vecchi testi Italo.

EDM: Quanto e’ importante la veste grafica nella comunicazione della tua musica ?

VS:Tantissimo! Ti porta direttamente nel disco senza ascoltarlo. Se l’abito non fa il monaco, l’artwork invece fa l’album, almeno nel genere synthwave. Poi è un’esperienza bellissima: c’è quel momento in cui devi fare un riassunto dei brani e concentrare tutto in un’immagine che deve essere potentissima, perché deve incuriosirti e allo stesso tempo trasmetterti quello che la musica racconta.

EDM: Qual’e il pezzo a cui sei piu’ affezionato ? perche’ ?

VS:Oltre a “Voyage” che è il primo, metterei sullo stesso piano “Night signs” e “Eyes in the mirror” entrambi dell’album Nostalgia. Ricordo il momento in cui cercavo di distaccarmi dallo stereotipo di musica outrun per cercare qualcosa che mi identificasse. Era cominciato da poco l’autunno e adoravo passare il tempo in macchina sotto la pioggia ad ascoltare musica (anni 80 ovviamente). Il momento era ben decorato da una dolce cornice sentimentale e si, avete capito che sono nostalgico.

EDM: Quali sono gli artisti a cui cerchi di rifarti e quelli con cui vorresti collaborare?

VS:Passo dall’Italo all’outrun, alla workout, alla soundtrack music, quindi non ho un preciso punto di riferimento. A volte ci sono dei brani che mi piacciono e, quando li ascolto, mi dico: “Ora lo plagio”. Poi capisco che ci vuole tanto talento per plagiare qualcuno e mi esce sempre qualcosa di completamente diverso. Collaborare musicalmente è un po’ come andare a mangiare la pizza: se non ti ci trovi bene, passi una brutta serata e torni a casa nervoso. La cosa fondamentale nella collaborazione è l’intesa a livello umano. Ho avuto la fortuna di conoscere personalmente A space love adventure, Shio-Z e Apollo Zapp, con cui ho collaborato e collaborerò in vari remixes, scambi di idee, consigli su progetti futuri e discorsi sulle ragazze. Un altro grande amico è George Gold, in arte Nightcrawler, autore delle mie ultime copertine e compagno di avventure musicali, a cui ho fatto il mastering del suo ultimo album Metropolis.

EDM: Perche’ hai deciso di non utilizzare nessun moniker/nickname specifico mantenendo il nome reale ?

VS: Principalmente perché non voglio sentirmi “intrappolato” in un genere. Avendo spaziato in vari stili musicali, sarebbe statodifficile trovare un nome che raccogliesse tutto. E poi vorrei essere identificato come musicista e non con un nome che chissà chi ci sta dietro.

EDM: Parlaci delle comunita’ retrolovers di cui fai parte ( retrographix o synthetix music per esempio ) ? quanto sono importanti per la creazione e la finalizzazione dei tuoi lavori in termini di stimolo e condivisione ?

VS: E’ come andare a scuola, vedi quelli più bravi di te da cui puoi copiare il compito in classe, poi ci sono quelli da prendere in giro e quelli con cui decidi di andare a giocare in sala giochi. E’ bello vedere come si cresce giorno dopo giorno, e quanti nuovi artisti entrano a far parte di questa scuola. Sia a livello musicale che a livello grafico si è maturati molto: ricordo i primi album che giravano sempre su immagini di Testarossa, palme e griglie vettoriali. Ora stanno spuntando quelli che fanno la differenza, e questo proprio grazie ai commenti e alla condivisione dei propri lavori.

EDM: Progetti imminenti e futuri?

VS: Sto lavorando anche con altre etichette oltre alla Telefuture e cerco di differenziare un po’ il mio lavoro. Con Future City Records vorrei sperimentare di più, rimanendo un po’ distante dall’Italo. Con la francese Ricoché partirò a breve con roba di stampo Nu Disco, funky, indie-dance, con Billy Venus alla voce. E sono da poco approdato in casa Doner Music, etichetta di Big Fish, con cui sto preparando un EP strumentale con un forte timbro outrun, e che spero piacerà!

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