Mattia Prete: East Berlin, end of December 2020, I am standing in front of the window of my apartment on the 17th floor. Few cars drive through the intersection, the buildings are illuminated and on the horizon rests a large full moon, almost as if to complete a painting, forming a perfect composition.
Like a painter I decided to recreate the landscape using a computer instead of a canvas, and a synthesizer instead of brushes and colours. “It is it,” I thought, the time is right. “Now I’m going to record something.” So I set to work and after an intense session of six hours the beat of “Moon, please don’t go Away” was born. An ode to inspiration, to that perfect moment that you wish, would never end. Then, I asked Alberto Fiori to complete the work. Alberto has a deep feeling for music and I knew he would be the right person for this.
Alberto Fiori: One day Mattia called me asking for a musical intervention on one of the tracks off of his new EP. He sent me four different tracks, leaving me free to choose the piece on which to intervene. At the first listening I had no doubt that I would have liked to get my hands on Moon, please don’t go away. When I told him, he replied: “I was sure you would have chosen that one, I knew it was more in your style.” But the track was already very strong and complete, I didn’t know what I could add.
Mattia Prete: Although at the number 2 position, “The Bright Side” was the last track made to complete this EP, as well as the key to understanding it. I am a lover of soundtracks and mysterious/psychedelic music, but sometimes I feel the need to push out from my boundaries and find out what’s on the “other side”. So, I asked Bada-Bada to collaborate by playing something harmonious and shiny over a 133bpm groove of mine. The guys understood my
intentions right away.
Behind the project, there was great editing work, especially in the arrangement parts. I tried to give space to all the musical instruments enhancing their harmonies and creating different atmospheres. The French trio is an electrifying discovery of electronic music and contemporary jazz, and it was a great pleasure to collaborate in a production with such creative
Bada-Bada: When we received the track from Mattia, we challenged ourselves to bring a brighter, happier mood to
the dark techno feels without affecting the beat. Over the course of several exchanges, we tried to build melodies and grooves using only the horns. The track evolved deeply and eventually, we recorded an acoustic drum kit to create a bridge between the electronics and the actual percussion to link all the elements together. From “Bruce Lee” to “The Bright Side,” the evolution of the title says it all.
Mattia Prete: Let’s go cinematic! This track was first released on Various Artists “This is Techno Jazz Vol.1” and was
intended as an ambient track with dark jazz atmospheres. Once the rhythmic creation process was finished, Daniel and Uri Gincel gave a touch of mystery through the guitar and piano sound.
“Burning Man” is also not just a track but a real soundtrack with a meaning behind it, but I’ll let Andrea tell you about that:
Andrea Agagiù (Film Director): The great challenge, every time you have to create a video clip for a single, is to be at the service of the “song” that the client gives you. But this was not a disadvantage for Burning Man, indeed it was the engine that
sanctioned the collaboration between Mattia Prete and myself. We had many dialogues and opinions on what the burning instinct was (Mattia never leaves anything to chance) until we had a common vision. Burning Man is an intimate desire, a passion, a drive… it’s an invitation to free yourself from your own monsters, even setting them on fire and looking for one’s own intimate salvation amongst beauty.
Mattia Prete & Daniel Calvi: Guitars and tribal electronic grooves mixed together with a dose of “Sherman”. This is “Stein” from the German word “Stone”, a return to the primitive and to the vent through dance.
It was the first time we were producing music together, but we immediately realized that what we were doing was not
just a jam but a track we could release. After several sessions of recording, we finally found the missing key (acoustic guitar) that stretches the song and totally changes the emotional level of the track.