"Music inspires me, Music dictates notes and words to me, Music wants to go out and wants to be heard, wants to enter people's heads"
Unconscious creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
What was your first foray into the world of electronic music?
I think my first foray into the world of music came when I was very young, my dad played the drums he painted. I listened to the sounds of the paintings and painted music in my mind. At home we listened to everything.
Could you give us an insight into your collaborative process? Who does what when it comes to composing tracks. And do you ever have any conflicting opinions, or do you both tend to share a singular vision for your sets/lives?
As for the collaborations I made, it started from my basic idea, such as a bass line, or a synth line and the rest developed. Obviously not having had the opportunity to work together, everything happened by exchanging the various stems via email etc. Fortunately I have not had any conflicting opinions so far. I like to collaborate with other artists because it is important to deal with others.
What about this name, UNCONSCIOUS? What does it mean to you?
I have always been fascinated by psychology, psychiatry, the world of dreams and mysteries that revolve around it, the complexity of the human mind and so I decided to choose this name.
It’s safe to say you’re in a position of authority to comment on the evolution of “raving”. Don’t you sometimes feel that ‘rave’ has become some sort of generic, catch-all term for parties that are in reality not ravey at all?
Yes, of course! I believe that the word "Rave" or "Ravers" has recently been exploited. I see many people, use this term without even knowing the history of this great culture. This name is used more and more often in contexts where it has nothing to do. I find it a bit sad, I think it's a bit of the social media's fault and a little because many people have lost their curiosity, curiosity in going to look for and discover the roots of certain things. These days I risk finding the word "Rave" even at the fried fish festival in a seaside resort. I think you understand my sarcasm ... hahahahah
Which artists have your interest these days?
There are many stubborn artists that I admire and respect a lot. Even though I have been listening to much more music from the past lately, or more Post-punk, New-wave, Synth-pop sounds.
In and out of the electronic music circle, who is an inspiration to you?
I am often inspired by the events that happen around me, by my travels, by watching a good movie, by reading a book, by the taste of a good wine. Many things catch my inspiration.
What was the last record store you visited and what did you keep there?
I honestly don't remember! hahaha. I think I went to an antiques market and took a couple of old records.
Are you particularly permeable to your environment, creatively speaking? If so, how does it influence your live? and producing?
The environment in which I live was, I think, the vent of my creativity. In this provincial place, I've always felt like an alien, I've always looked for ways to escape from this crap, immersing myself in my various artistic interests. This place has shaped my life and my way of producing a lot. I appreciated much more the small goals that I managed to achieve, coming from this country forgotten by God and not from a big city.
What inspires you to produce your tracks?
Music inspires me, Music dictates notes and words to me, Music wants to go out and wants to be heard, wants to enter people's heads.
How did REGNUM NOVUM come about? What inspired you?
REGNUM NOVUM is dedicated to my partner in crime of wine, my universe and existence Karolina. We decided together almost all the titles of the tracks, she was the greatest inspiration for this work. This record is my thought of love for her.
How did you come to experiment with your own music?
I think it all happened very spontaneously, a natural process like flowering.
How would you define your sound?
Like Pandora's box.
My sound as a shapeshifter. I have come to this conclusion, because I believe that depending on my moods, emotions, feelings or flasbacks that resurface in my mind, perhaps triggered by the memory of a smell or taste, he can change. I think it's very metamorphic. Everything can change it but nothing can change it.
What is/are your most favourite acid/techno record(s) of all time and why?
Joe Inferno - "Analizer"
Mesopotamia - "Nomads" (Francesco Farfa, Joy Kiticonti)"
These are 2 records that remind me of many beautiful moments of my youth, they have always made me dream. I think everything was much more genuine and true in the past. Even the music was made with more soul and I don't speak to you nostalgically, I know this still happens, luckily many artists still have this more poetic vision.
Who are your favourite electro/acid manipulators these days?
I can't tell you one in particular.
Now let’s talk about the technical aspect of your craft; what’s your studio comprised of at the minute?
My boat is really raw and minimal! I currently use my old MacBook Pro with Ableton live and some midi controllers, Boss DR-660, Virus B and Roland SP 555.
What can you tell us about the following artists?
Sarin | Lapse of Reason | Reka | Alienata
They are great artists that I really appreciate, both from an artistic and human point of view. They also always support my music and I am more than honored by it.
What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?
I really like spending time in the winery with my girlfriend and friends, going to dinner in places where you can eat good home-cooked food. Very normal things! hahaha
How do you deal with C19 confinement with your work?
Like many, of course, I am a prisoner within the walls of my home and also of my mind. I have an anarchist spirit and therefore you can imagine how it feels, but I try to work on new things anyway.
Is it possible another way to monetize magazines other than advertising, events, clubs ...? Should we think of other sources of income?
I think that as in music, even in magazines, physical support or printing can be a valid choice. Having a physical format in your hands is always a great satisfaction.
Has this situation influenced your creative perspective? What social and musical implications do you think this situation can lead to?
It certainly influenced her, because I feel distressed by this situation, obviously like many other artists I have lost some important gigs and my job. Furthermore, this situation has further amplified the discomfort that was already in the air in my country. These politicians are playing fascism with the ways that the Republic of Salò is shameful. These days I have recorded a couple of tracks inspired by all this chaos.
What tracks would you recommend us to liven up the confinement?
Mother Destruction - Birth Of The 7 (... Twin Souls)
What makes you happy?
Life makes me happy because also if she can be a bitch in certain moments, Life is bloody beautiful! And obviously my Karolina Atomica make me very happy and I am sharing my Life with her.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects? Where can we continue to see and hear UNCONSCIOUS?
I have a track that will be released for a V/A on Blacksilk, then 2 remixes on 2 other labels and an EP that will be released in the fall. You can follow me on my Facebook, Instragram and Soundcloud pages even if I'm trying to keep my distance from social networks more and more! ahahah
Also, I hope to be able to return to Europe soon to perform in my live sets.