Summers Past And Future In Vincenzo Salvia’s Italo Dreams – Synthetix.FM Review!

This is the fantastic review from Synthetix.FM about my latest album “Summer love …one year later” released on Telefuture. I love this review! Thanks awesome Rick!

“The romantic sentimentality of Italo Disco synth, in general, has been taken to even loftier nostalgic heights in the latest EP from Vincenzo Salvai. Reminiscing and remembering that ‘Summer Love’ romance from 2013 and bringing those warm feelings back into our lives. Summer Love… One Year Later presents four tracks of beautifully structured Italo pieces that traverse the styles and ages of classic Italo sounds in a delightfully authentic manner.

Salvia’s homages to classic Italo sounds are some of the best I’ve heard in the modern-age as this producer recreates a full immersion into the sounds and emotions of these Mediterranean flavours. With his latest EP a further progression is evidenced in the nuances in the instrumental parts as well as the vocal work with a tender, loving touch felt through each melody and subtleties in synth structures allowed to create their own golden magic.

I must say, I listen to a lot of vintage Italo Disco music. By ‘a lot’ I mean more than a thousand tracks in my music library as well as ardently listening to online Italo radio stations. The Italo genres contain an incredible amount of individual releases and the uncovering of these gems that are new to me is something I truly love. Upon hearing this new EP from Vincenzo Salvia those feelings of something vintage yet all brand new came bubbling to the surface with an effervescent fruity flavour that was impossible to sip just once.

The first track is a complete re-examining and retelling of the ‘Summer Love’ song from last year, once again with Chrissy Valentine performing the vocals while Vincenzo himself serenades his heart’s desires in the final act. This version takes the originals classic refrain and restructures it with mistier recollections and an aesthetic that longs for those times to be rekindled into passionate flames once again. The story is bittersweet, but hopeful, as the temperatures rise so to do the possibilities of that ‘Summer Love’ sparking back into torrents of desire.

‘Tramonto D’Agosto’ takes the final stages of summer love into colder temperatures as the sunset of August brings the signs of fading warmth and Vincenzo delivers sombre and melancholy vocals to accompany the emotive melodies. The melodramatic side of Italo is explored expertly in this piece as the chorus is delivered in dual voices with haunting memories of the summer now past. The honesty of the emotional involvement is unmistakable and nothing about this piece at all feels forced or hollow. The sentiment and sounds are real and you’ll feel that bite in the sea breeze cause a slight shiver deep within.

The third act on this EP has turned out to be not only one of my favourite Vincenzo Salvia tracks, but also one of my favourite Italo tracks, period. ‘Domenica’ featuring Giusi Telesca has an absolutely massive synth hook that is complemented by one of the most authentic 80s styled vocal performances I’m yet to hear. The sweet voice of Giusi Telesca has an astounding grace that is present in the delivery of every syllable. The native Italian adds even more to the spectacular performance and the balance between the synths and vocals is utterly enrapturing. It’s one thing to create a piece that is an homage to a specific style, but it is another thing entirely reinvent its soul and essence in a manner so thoroughly beautiful. Vincenzo and Giusi do just this in ‘Domenica’ and I hope this relationship bears more musical delicacies in the future.

Adding a tropical and festive dimension to the EP is final track, tantalisingly titled ‘Gelato Party’. The upbeat, dance floor oriented Italo Disco moods jostle and gyrate with bright and bouncy melodies that are packed with refreshing, fruity flavours. The synthscape is kept uncluttered and authentic and focuses on the power of the melody to make your spirits rise and your feet move as a gelato induced sugar rush of synth sweetness fills the discotheque with pastel colours swirling in musical harmony.

Telefuture Records presents Vincenzo Salvia’s Summer Love… One Year Later EP on their Bandcamp page here and the four tracks presented within span many dimensions of the Italo spectrum with an eye and ear for reverent authenticity. The four pieces are far greater than the sum of their parts as the feelings and stories conveyed via the music are refinements of specific Italo denominations and move effortlessly betwixt them from chapter to chapter. Vincenzo Salvia creates magic on this EP; shining, golden Italo magic and the result is a Synthetix Reference Experience you’d be wholly remiss to not hold deeply in a warm embrace, remembering last summer and anticipating the wonders summer 2014 will bring.”

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Summer love sometimes comes back… one year later!

“Summer Love …one year later” EP + Dreamakes Compilation vol. 2 with 10+2 remixes by fantastic artists of the synthwave scene!

“We often come back to the same beach we were one year ago, and this is what the EP tells. Two tracks are strongly linked together: the one with my vocals describes the return of the protagonist at the seaside one year later, he is waiting for his lover but can’t find her there, he remembers when they played on the sand with their Polaroids, and then he leaves the sea to go back home. The other track is with female vocals (Giusi Telesca) and it is the parallel view from the girl life, she leaves her apartment to go back to the sea and meet her lover, but something goes wrong and her car stops on the road. This is the reason the man couldn’t find her at their appointment. But there is a twist: the two stories cross together now, and while the man is coming back home, he finds the girl hitch-hiking on the road. And the love story continues.” (From NeonVice interview)

The EP is an innovative Italo Disco album with Italian vocals by Giusi Telesca and me, plus a re-interpretation of the original “Summer Love” track (2013) feat. Chrissy Valentine, plus a happy ending/icecream party track.
Released on Telefuture / artwork and photos by me


The Compilation features amazing and creative remixes by Shio-Z, A space love adventure, Apollo Zapp, OGRE, Photosynthesi, Plaisance, Ravenholm, Farfletched, Phaserland, Botnit and Mooginizer!
Artwork by OverGlow


Italian music blog “EDM Culture” interviewed me!

Questa settimana abbiamo l’occasione di proporvi uno dei paladini italiani della Synthwave/Italo Disco. Vincenzo Salvia è un prolifico produttore di Potenza che scolpisce nell’aria atmosfere raffiguranti idealmente viaggi, stati d’amore/pensiero onirici ed è per questo che si affida, con grande coerenza, a tutta la carica espressiva nostalgica e passionale degli stilemi anni ’80.

EDM: Come nasce il tuo progetto musicale ?

VS:Ciò che produco attualmente è un’evoluzione di un percorso musicale: vengo da alcune esplorazioni nella darkwave elettronica di stampo tedesco con influenza anni ’80. Ho sempre avuto una grandissima passione per gli eighties. Ho iniziato suonando il famoso assolo di batteria di “In the air tonight” sulle sedie di paglia con i cucchiai da cucina di mia madre. Una volta rotte tutte le sedie, mi hanno comprato una tastiera e delle sedie di legno. Dal 2001 ho cominciato a comporre, ma solo nel 2012 sono approdato realmente sulla scena synthwave con l’EP Voyage su Future City Records.

EDM: Come vivi la produzione ?

VS:E’ un momento bellissimo, soprattutto la prima fase della composizione. Comincio a strimpellare qualcosa su un loop di batteria e poi tutto viene da sé, e non capisco nemmeno io cosa sto facendo finché non finisco e dico: “Che bello”. Oppure “Che cagata”. E’ tutto molto istintivo, mi ci chiudo per ore intere, è un flusso di coscienza. Poi con calma mixo alla meglio e gli dò un titolo.

EDM: Come collochi il tuo ruolo di producer nel panorama attuale della musica elettronica in ambito dance ? Credi si possa parlare di rinascita dell’italo disco 70′/80′?

VS:In realtà vedo che all’estero non si è mai fermata, e la adorano soprattutto in Russia ed Europa dell’Est. In Italia invece è praticamente scomparsa, forse anche per le regole musicali molto rigide che la identificano, e che la rendono a lungo andare ripetitiva. Ci vorrebbe un bel tocco di modernità e innovazione, come è accaduto per la synthwave, ma senza privarla dell’atmosfera originale. Sto cercando di lavorare in questa direzione con la Telefuture: partendo da un autentico album Italo Disco (Summer Love del 2013), sono arrivato a comporre un sequel (Summer Love One Year Later) con degli accorgimenti di arrangiamento e composizione più moderni, cantato in italiano. Nostalgico si, ma senza cadere nel cheap tipico dei vecchi testi Italo.

EDM: Quanto e’ importante la veste grafica nella comunicazione della tua musica ?

VS:Tantissimo! Ti porta direttamente nel disco senza ascoltarlo. Se l’abito non fa il monaco, l’artwork invece fa l’album, almeno nel genere synthwave. Poi è un’esperienza bellissima: c’è quel momento in cui devi fare un riassunto dei brani e concentrare tutto in un’immagine che deve essere potentissima, perché deve incuriosirti e allo stesso tempo trasmetterti quello che la musica racconta.

EDM: Qual’e il pezzo a cui sei piu’ affezionato ? perche’ ?

VS:Oltre a “Voyage” che è il primo, metterei sullo stesso piano “Night signs” e “Eyes in the mirror” entrambi dell’album Nostalgia. Ricordo il momento in cui cercavo di distaccarmi dallo stereotipo di musica outrun per cercare qualcosa che mi identificasse. Era cominciato da poco l’autunno e adoravo passare il tempo in macchina sotto la pioggia ad ascoltare musica (anni 80 ovviamente). Il momento era ben decorato da una dolce cornice sentimentale e si, avete capito che sono nostalgico.

EDM: Quali sono gli artisti a cui cerchi di rifarti e quelli con cui vorresti collaborare?

VS:Passo dall’Italo all’outrun, alla workout, alla soundtrack music, quindi non ho un preciso punto di riferimento. A volte ci sono dei brani che mi piacciono e, quando li ascolto, mi dico: “Ora lo plagio”. Poi capisco che ci vuole tanto talento per plagiare qualcuno e mi esce sempre qualcosa di completamente diverso. Collaborare musicalmente è un po’ come andare a mangiare la pizza: se non ti ci trovi bene, passi una brutta serata e torni a casa nervoso. La cosa fondamentale nella collaborazione è l’intesa a livello umano. Ho avuto la fortuna di conoscere personalmente A space love adventure, Shio-Z e Apollo Zapp, con cui ho collaborato e collaborerò in vari remixes, scambi di idee, consigli su progetti futuri e discorsi sulle ragazze. Un altro grande amico è George Gold, in arte Nightcrawler, autore delle mie ultime copertine e compagno di avventure musicali, a cui ho fatto il mastering del suo ultimo album Metropolis.

EDM: Perche’ hai deciso di non utilizzare nessun moniker/nickname specifico mantenendo il nome reale ?

VS: Principalmente perché non voglio sentirmi “intrappolato” in un genere. Avendo spaziato in vari stili musicali, sarebbe statodifficile trovare un nome che raccogliesse tutto. E poi vorrei essere identificato come musicista e non con un nome che chissà chi ci sta dietro.

EDM: Parlaci delle comunita’ retrolovers di cui fai parte ( retrographix o synthetix music per esempio ) ? quanto sono importanti per la creazione e la finalizzazione dei tuoi lavori in termini di stimolo e condivisione ?

VS: E’ come andare a scuola, vedi quelli più bravi di te da cui puoi copiare il compito in classe, poi ci sono quelli da prendere in giro e quelli con cui decidi di andare a giocare in sala giochi. E’ bello vedere come si cresce giorno dopo giorno, e quanti nuovi artisti entrano a far parte di questa scuola. Sia a livello musicale che a livello grafico si è maturati molto: ricordo i primi album che giravano sempre su immagini di Testarossa, palme e griglie vettoriali. Ora stanno spuntando quelli che fanno la differenza, e questo proprio grazie ai commenti e alla condivisione dei propri lavori.

EDM: Progetti imminenti e futuri?

VS: Sto lavorando anche con altre etichette oltre alla Telefuture e cerco di differenziare un po’ il mio lavoro. Con Future City Records vorrei sperimentare di più, rimanendo un po’ distante dall’Italo. Con la francese Ricoché partirò a breve con roba di stampo Nu Disco, funky, indie-dance, con Billy Venus alla voce. E sono da poco approdato in casa Doner Music, etichetta di Big Fish, con cui sto preparando un EP strumentale con un forte timbro outrun, e che spero piacerà!

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Behind the scenes – interview for NeonVice!


-What would you say the theme of your new ‘Summer Love’ EP is and does it have a linear story? 

We often come back to the same beach we were one year ago, and this is what the EP tells. Two tracks are strongly linked together: the one with my vocals describes the return of the protagonist at the seaside one year later, he is waiting for his lover but can’t find her there, he remembers when they played on the sand with their Polaroids, and then he leaves the sea to go back home. The other track is with female vocals and it is the parallel view from the girl life, she leaves her apartment to go back to the sea and meet her lover, but something goes wrong and her car stops on the road. This is the reason the man couldn’t find her at their appointment. But there is a twist: the two stories cross together now, and while the man is coming back home, he finds the girl hitch-hiking on the road. And the love story continues.

 

-Do you think that you will continue the ‘Summer Love’ story with more EP releases after the upcoming sequel? 

That’s not in my plans at the moment. I will probably make a LP on Telefuture after this second EP but I prefer to let this “saga” stay as two episodes. But I could change my mind again! I like contradicting myself. I often think about a sequel of my albums such as Voyage, or Auto Radio, something like Auto Radio 2 could be cool, but I’d love to give them the uniqueness, I don’t want they lose the energy of the first episode. But Summer Love One Year Later is totally natural, I made the remake of the original title-track for the Dreamakes vol. 2 which is almost completed and lots of images and scenes came in my mind, so the idea of the sequel has written itself. 

The LP project is so far at the moment, something Italo for sure, with the old authentic mood and something new, already in test with Summer Love. I would like to release it on tape too! Unveiling something about Dreamakes, it is a compilation where one track is remixed by several artists and I think this second episode will be out in the early June. Fantastic remixes are already in my hands!

 

-As for your ‘Under The Bed’ album coming up, has the inspiration for songs come from dreams that you’ve had? 

My other tracks always tell about my day life, there’s nothing too irrational in my themes. Most of my music is autobiographic, but nothing comes from my dreams. I tell about travels, love stories and my states of mind. Sometimes I like to let my imagination run and I come up with some releases like “Atlantis” which is a story about the undersea empire before, during, and after the immersion and then the rise of the far future.

 

-Having previously worked with vocalists, has working with Billy Venus been unique or inspiring in any way, and do you prefer creating tracks with or without vocals? 

The composition is quite different with vocalists, especially in my style of composing because I always fill the instrumental tracks with lots of melodies and there is always a main melody which replaces the singer. The arrangement with vocals is funny because you have to let the vocals sit on top and then fill the empty spaces or accompany the groove in some way. Instrumental tracks are definitely more introspective for me, it’s a moment when I totally close in myself and all the things around disappear. Tracks with vocals are a bit more rational but it’s a huge satisfaction when I listen to awesome voices on my music! I hope the experience with Billy will be appreciated by the audience so we have something to do for another release!

 

-Out of the various genres your music encompasses which would you consider your favorite(s) and why? 

Music is what we feel, what we are. Music fits perfectly to our states of mind. I love the escapist mood of the outrun music, that summer feel and freedom; I love the nostalgia and the authenticity of the Italo Disco, which I am devoted and debtor to; but I also love the energy of workout music and the groove and freshness of Nu Disco. I tried to compose all of these genres and no one can replace the other one, it only depends on the moment I’m living. And this is the reason I love to work with different labels, splitting all of these styles into them.

 

-What inspired you to join the broader synthwave scene and how did you get into composing? 

I started composing my own tracks in 2001, and I always loved the 80s, so I had that retro feeling in my tracks, and when I stumbled on great artists on Youtube like Miami Nights, Anoraak, Kristine, I thought: “WOW. THIS IS MY WORLD!” and so I tried to enter. My first EP in this scene was Voyage released on Future City Records on August 2012. I love that moment when I started to chat with other artists and discovered there was a whole scene growing! The support here is magnificent! I would never change this scene for anything. 

I perfectly remember the moment when I received some likes and comments on my Soundcloud by the Future City Records account, and I was like “Oh, do they really like my music? Is this a label?” and I instantly wrote them a message to start a collaboration. The tracks were already made, so in few days I only had to prepare the artwork (made by my bro Stefano) for the Voyage EP and my travel started from there! 

The scene has grown so much in the last couple of years. Many new labels and musicians are joining the synthwave landscape. Since this is a totally new music genre, labels are very opened to accept new music, or even if you want to self-distribute and self-promote, the support is awesome. Social networks are powerful and the music scene is enlarging to other lands, such as graphics, movies, videogames, and we’re creating a fashion which we are all a part of.

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