Interviews (a)

(33). You also stated that you have an interest in Ancient Egyptian civilizations and pre-Colombian South America. Any chances of seeing these musical elements, such as Egyptian war rhythms (ala Nile, the death metal band, or Muslimgauze) or Samba involved in your music?
samba? please…the only part of samba I like is the bottoms of the dancing girls…
I’m very much into archeology, though, and have read a whole lot of astonishing things about lost civilizations…I wish academics would open their eyes and come to terms with the fact ours is not the FIRST human race to walk on Earth…ah, the stupid things we’ve been taught in schools!

(34). You recently appeared on a comp from death-folkers Der BlutHarsch, and some of the songs such as “Little Starman” have that neo-folk appeal to them (among many different feels and elements of your music). Have you had any success in that scene and what has the reaction been?
guess there is a bit of confusion here…DBPIT has never been in herr Julius’ roster: he produces Mushroom’s Patience and they are also in the tribute-compilation “Fire Danger Season”, yes, but I’m not Mushroom’s Patience…my track “Little Starman” appears in the Cynfeirrd compilation “Songs for Landeric”, dedicated to the newborn child of Alex’s. that’s a great 2-cd work comprising Novy Svet, Tony Wakeford, Kirlian Camera to name but a few…I’m really happy with that partecipation…

(35). If given all the money you want for your dream show, what would it be like? And where/why would you choose this location?
…that’s interesting…what say under a crystal dome on Mars, televised all over the galaxy?!?
and there would be green-skinned alien dancers all around and shooting stars and rockets up in the sky…
why? maybe deranged nerve cells…

(36). This type of music is very rarely scene in a place like Italy . What was the reaction to it at first from the Italian public?
generally speaking, pretty poor…I do have had some very positive reactions but I think Italy is the real arsehole of the Earth as for art…wanne be successful in Roma? put up a U2-tribute-band, then!

(37). Have you gotten to take your act outside of Central Europe, into places such as Portugal or Britain?
no, but I’d love to…

(38). What impact does Italy have on your song writing process?
little, if any…

(39). You also work as a dentist during the day, from what I read. Does the screaming and moaning of patients inspire some of your love for noise and melodies?
yep, dentistry is what I’m forced to practice to make a living…and, sure, the common noises I put up with every day are part of my…musical background! people moan and I moan…

(40). With the animal calls on the CD, do you take these directly from the sources (the animals) or is it just synthesized?
the cats are my companions, yes; the other animals, well, no I’ve never been able to record the call of a Tasmanian Devil or a Whale, even though I’d love to; but they’re not synthetized, either, is real calls on tape or cd

(41). I read in one of the readings you gave me that there are self made instruments in the band. What are some of these instruments?
some of them I’ve already told u about; then there’s an old hand-operated washing machine I filled with hazelnuts, a car brake disc, the half-trumpet…then there’s my father’s very old, totally detuned wall-piano…it makes so weird notes!

(42). With the dentist element, ever thought of incorporating drills and dental equipment into the sound of the CD?
done, already

(43). In the studio, do you play everything, with the samples and such, all at once or do you tend to layer the effects?
having only a couple of hands and one mouth I do layer tracks; I use a multitrack software and a pc…

(44). Do you use a tape machine or laptop for samples live, or do you tend to do without the samples?
it’s usually a cd with bases; no pc on stage, I don’t like it at all!

(45). Do you ever do improvisation and just completely change the song when playing it live?

(46). Any consideration in doing soundtrack work, such as to an Italian horror film?
it’d be terrific! but I think Italian horror flicks are long time dead…

(47). Would you say your music has that Italian feel of love and poetry to it (well, that s the interpretation we in America get), or kind of countering to that feel?
…Italy, mandolino, pizza, mamma…no,no, my poetry is more like Bukowsky’s…as for love, what is it, anyway?

(48). You also did a compilation where you were to take two pictures of landscapes in Europe and a song. What ones did you choose and why?
again a bit of confusion…no songs of mine in that cd, and it’s not even a compilation but a cd by “Hide and Seek”, called “European Landscapes” (Cynfeirrd); the artwork is made out a dozen images sent in by various artists, including 2 of mine I took in London and Stonehenge

(49). What are some of your favorite films, by the way?
I simply love weird flicks, the stranger, the better…Troma’s are great! and Meyer’s, Waters’ and all the sci-fi and horror B-movies, including Italian ones

(50). If given a chance to do music completely by itself, would you give up dentistry?
Y.E.S.! by all means!

(51). Given your stance on marriage, would you ever play music at a wedding if given the chance, if just to play in an elaborate setting?
…perhaps with a machine-gun!

(53). You showed me a part in an interview where you are teaching your son to follow in your footsteps of playing music. How is that coming along?
hard task! he lives with his mother and he’s being given a strictly classical education…like in times of old, piano lessons are part of one’s upbringing…he’s attending them but shows no particular interest in music…that doesn’t mean he’s hopeless, though; he’s only 10!

(54). If you were to compose your dream song anywhere in the world (for sense of atmosphere), where would you compose it and why?
at home, alone in my studio…maybe that doesn’t sound original, but that’s the way it is…I keep collecting ideas when I’m out but is back home I feel at ease, sheltered from the world outside, and can concentrate on my doings