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Abarico Loop Project

Interviewed by G. W. Hill

Interview with Alessandro Valle of Abarico Loop Project from 2014

MSJ:

Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music?

I started to play music late in my life, when I was 15 years old, and I started with electric bass. At 22 years old I started with flute. With my band, PropheXy, I was involved in music playing rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but in the last ten years we changed our style, which evolved to progressive rock. Abarico Loop Project, my solo project, developed because I need to create solitary music playing for myself mixing my musical experiences and researching the timbric evolution of my instrument. Loop station is a great friend in this work!
MSJ: If you weren't involved in music what do you think you'd be doing?
I think that I could be around the world exploring new lands… probably alone and traveling by foot!
MSJ: How did the name of the project originate?
Abarico is the point between the Earth and the Moon at which their gravities cancel out. We could think of this point as a place of ecstasy in which all our physical and mental pressure could dissolve.
MSJ: Who would you see as your musical influences?
For bass style, Jaco Pastorius and for flute, Ian Anderson; but for the music I think that all musicians and composers that play and write good music influenced my style!
MSJ: What's ahead for you?
A lot of music.
MSJ: I know artists hate to have their music pigeonholed or labeled, but how would you describe your music?
I haven’t a reference style because loops create a connection between the different styles that I play and could generate a hypnotic sound which mixes all in equal parts, creating a new thing that I could name “Psychedelic Dream sound.”
MSJ: Are there musicians with whom you would like to play in the future?
I hope to play with all people that believe in music and that search to improve his music and human though. . . because music is fun, but growth too.
MSJ: Do you think that illegal downloading of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of musicians?
It’s very difficult today to play music in a professional way and the problem is not only the illegal download because it has double face: you lose a lot of sales but at the same time you could listen a lot of new music! I think that the problem today is the huge amount of bands that play music: every day you have several new releases and you lose a lot of them.
MSJ: In a related question, how do you feel about fans recording shows and trading them?
Usually I ask them to post it and to advertise my project in the world.
MSJ: If you were a superhero, what music person would be your arch nemesis and why?
I think that in Italy the first arch nemesis is the pop mainstream and ignorance about music because there’s no space for right and good music!
MSJ: If you were to put together your ultimate band (a band you'd like to hear or catch live), who would be in it and why?
I think Chick Corea, McFerrin, R. Bona, Roberto Gatto and J. Scofield.
MSJ: If you were in charge of assembling a music festival and wanted it to be the ultimate one from your point of view who would be playing?
I think Pink Floyd, Muse, PropheXy, Gong, Tangerine Dream, Stefano Bollani, Herbie Hancock and a lot of others for a continuous live show… starting now and without end!
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?
The last one was Sunday Morning by Antonio Severi, Italian guitar player. I enjoy his album!
MSJ: Have you read any good books lately?
Yes, the last one was Dracula by B. Stoker. It’s not my favourite kind, but I loved it so much. Now I’m studying about Japanese composer: Toru Takemitsu.
MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
I listened to A Classical Octet which played L. Berio and D. Milhaud.
MSJ: If you could sit down to dinner with any three people, living or dead, for food and conversation, with whom would you be dining?
Obviously with my friends!
MSJ: What would be on the menu?
Polenta e Baccalà, a traditional Vicenza dish. Fish cooked in a strange way.
MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?
Please listen to my music and if you enjoy it let’s say it to your friend. . . and if you don’t like it please change music but don’t forget to have music in your life!
MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
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