INTERVIEW: Konnektivitat

— Hi Konnektivitat, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, I’ve been well. I have been passing the last few weeks writing, studying, producing new stuff. Thank you for having me here.

— Can you talk to us more about Immaterial?

Of course, Immaterial is my new EP released May 18th on vinyl and digital. There are many concepts inside every track, but looking at the cover I painted and taking into consideration the title, I would like the global meaning to be interpreted by each listener in their own way.

The first track ‘Eternal Limbo’ talks about a dying philosopher. The philosopher is telling us the story of his life in third person. There was a man that managed to reduce the world to pure logic. Looking at this perfection he wondered about the perfect ice and the perfect form. But when he tried to walk on that ice he realised that something was missing, so he fell down. That world was too perfect to let him live, so he understood that roughness and ambiguity aren’t imperfections; they are the blood that moves the world. As a result, he felt really free and started to live differently. But, he was homesick for that perfection, that wonderful ice where everything was radiant and absolute. Though he had come to like the idea of the rough ground, he couldn‘t bring himself to live there, so now he was marooned between Earth and ice, at home in neither.

‘Lobotomy’ it’s a physical trip into the modern human mind/body lobotomy. Its characters are: repetition, electricity in a huge analog distortion amount, experimental obsession with an imperfect rhythm structure, just to give the track the life needed.

‘Man Of Madness’ talks about darkness and multidimensional demonic possessions. Every man has the Devil inside him, and for some these secrets are so heavy in horror that they can be thrown down only in the grave. The only way is to un-divulge them.

‘Tentacular Nightmare’ is pretty title-described. Is the modern man halfway between sleeping and awake On another level, cosmic floor, with all his demons, his garbage but also his dreams

— What inspired you when producing the EP?

My way of producing starts always inside my head. I need to mature feelings and meanings into a deep emotional status. This can take some time, days, in some cases months. The status can mature and be influenced by a voyage between multiple books, music, paintings, films, and real life facts that I will canalise in the final track. I don’t like to make four to the floor nor to follow a usual structure template. When I start to compose and produce I need to have a really clear idea of what I‘m going to do. This won’t negate me to approach some moments with improvisation if needed. In the meantime, I always block any musical idea/phrase that comes to my mind, grouping each of them in folders that I will use or not.

— How was the recording and writing process?

Each track has its own process. I like to invent a new one each time I produce a new track. Mostly it is made with modular synthesizers: oscillators, filters, percussion modules, modulations, pedal effects, sequencers and outboards filters, distortions and compressors. The material is recorded in Ableton Live to give a final touch of mixing/layering, with some parts or the whole track mostly being processed into a tape recorder to give some analog meat to it.

I also always use musical sheets to note rhythms or musical phrases that I write using my acoustic piano.

— Can you tell us about your label Koma Recording?

Koma Recording is an independent label.

I started in 2013 in Firenze, Italy, to produce and distribute my own music and, in future, the music of artists I think can join the vision. Today, I like very much the indie labels world. I support independent labels because they really let artists free to express themselves and support the scene. Labels like PercTrax, Sonic Groove, Headless Horseman, MORD, 47 and many others did a great job improving the scene and making techno music not only a genre for club but also for listening purposes with a lot of stimulations for the listener.

— What role does Italy play in your music? Are there any artists that have influenced you?

My country is a beautiful state with a great history and a lot of amazing artists. I love Italian artists in painting, sculpture and classical music, but also in electronic music starting from the 90s. Anyway, my true influences came mostly from abroad. I‘ve studied many musical genres, but 80s industrial/noise and 90s/00s metal with all his styles, are my major influences. Returning to Italian artists, in last years I’ve liked the work of VSK, Donato Dozzy, Giorgio Gigli, Raffaele Attanasio and many others that would be too long to list here.

— How has COVID-19 affected you and how do you see the future?

Though this terrible period has scared everyone I know, I’ve always been positive about the situation. I really think the future will be better and covid will slowly disappear as a menace. We need to pay attention now more than always and keep ourselves informed by every channel we can find online/on paper. More info is way better than less. Understanding things without following just one vision like “sheep” will be vital for every human today.

— What else is happening next in Konnektivitat’s world?

I’m working on the next release that probably will be out this September/October. I think you will be able to make connections between the two EPs when the second one will be released, but since I’m an ever changing man, many approaches and sonorities are evolving.

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Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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