Synthspiria.fr: “Rencontre avec Vincenzo Salvia par Chaos Theory”

Cool write up on Synthspiria.fr and funny interview on Chaos Theory (you can listen to it here)

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Pur bien commencer la semaine, nouvel épisode de CTNetwork par Chaos Theory ! Cette semaine Pete Trautman et Chris Yukigami ont eu la chance de pouvoir recevoir l’artiste italien Vincenzo Salvia, qui était de passage à Paris, autour d’un verre et d’un micro.

Co-fondateur du label Sunlover Records, Vincenzo Salvia est un artiste phare du mouvement Synthwave et plus particulièrement de l’Italo Disco, genre qu’il chérit tant puisqu’ayant grandi en Italie avec les comédies italiennes comme par exemple Cinepanettoni, mettant en avant l’Italo Disco dans leur bande originale. Des influences qui l’ont suivies dans tout son parcours en tant que musicien, depuis plus de cinq ans maintenant.

Place maintenant au 19ème et premier épisode de l’année de CTNetwork avec Vicenzo Salvia et plein d’autres trucs, toujours en compagnie de nos chers Chris Yukigami, Pete Trautman,Nora, l’interprète ayant permis cet échange (et quelques autres invités), Vincenzo ne connaissant que très peu de mots en français et il s’en amuse sur son Facebook : «The only French words that I know are crêpes, profiteroles, tartellette citron, croissant, champagne and pâté».

My interview for Drive Radio. Not only pizza.

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Question N°1:
Can you please introduce yourself to those that may be new to your work?

I started to join the synthwave music in 2012 with my first EP Voyage. After this album my music had lots of evolutions, jumping from nostalgic ballads to some groovy Italo Disco tunes.

Question N°2: What are your musical influences? What kind of music do you listen when not producing?

I’m from Italy, so my main influence is the Italo Disco. This kind of music was always included in some funny italian comedies (Cinepanettoni) which I always loved and still love to watch. When I don’t produce my music I sometimes listen to some chillout not to focus on pizza.

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Question N°3: What is your earworm at the moment? What have you listening to on repeat recently?

In this moment I’m listening to the Vacanze di Natale ’83 soundtrack, in loop. I’m already in the Christmas mood!


Question N°4: What inspires you while working on new Music? What inspired you for the work on your THE SUMMONER track?

60% of my music is focused on pizza. 20% on girls, 20% on Milfs. That’s all.
When I worked on my THE SUMMONER track I wanted something powerful for my scene. I searched for some 80s workout music style because it had to be fast and hot like a pizza in the wood oven.


Question N°5: What programs and instruments do you use for your Music? What is your favourite VST you use? And which Drum Machine do you prefer?

I work on Steinberg Nuendo as DAW with some plugins such as Arturia V Collection, Minimonsta, Zebra 2 and OP-X PRO II. The last two ones are definitely my favourite!

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Question N°6: What are your favourite Movie flicks and why?

My favourite ones are almost all the movies from Robin Williams. I loved him, he was always such a strong inspiration for me.
Another one is Rain Man, with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. I love everything in that movie, the story, the music (by Hans Zimmer), the interpretation from Dustin Hoffman was amazing.

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Question N°7: What is the next step for you after the release of THE SUMMONER OST? A new Album? A new ep? Or other projects youre involved in?

I’m working on a new album feat. Pj D’Atri. He’s a crazy guitarist based in Austria. I also have a side project with an italian singer and we are focusing on some radio italo-pop tunes. Hope you’ll have the chance to listen to everything as soon as possible!

Original link here:
http://driveradio.be/2016/12/01/vincenzo-salvia-interview/

Review: Take a slice outta Vincenzo Salvia’s “Greatest Pizza”

Thanks to Arcavalon for this spicy review!

“You know when you hear that one record that you just hit play and dont even think about skipping to the next song? Well your in luck. We got one for ya.
Vincenzo Salvia’s Greatest Pizza
Vincenzo Salvia has be around for a while pumping out release after release with 17 releases total on Bandcamp. Greatest Pizza, his latest work brings that pure 80s sound and does it well.
It compiles a ton of his older work along with a previously unreleased track “Nightdrive with pizza”. If anyone was new to Salvia’s music this would be one great way to listen for the first time!
The stunning artwork for Greatest Pizza done by none other than Overglow, the Retrofuturistic 80’s inspired graphic artist whos work never fails to impress, and with tracks like “Suitcase in the Night” “Zombie Workout” and “voyage” plus the many other featured here, one could say “how can you not enjoy this amazing collection? Take a listen here!”

Another great review by my idol Giosuè Impellizzeri (Italian)

È un buon momento per il potentino Vincenzo Salvia, di diritto tra gli italiani che abbracciano con più criterio e consapevolezza gli stilemi della synthwave music. Ispirato dal recente scandalo che ha travolto la casa automobilistica di Wolfsburg, Salvia orchestra sapientemente melodie ed armonie evocate dalla synth music degli anni Ottanta, specialmente quella applicata in cinematografia (Moroder, Faltermeyer, Vangelis). La tavolozza dei suoni di “The Awakening Of The 1982 Golf GTD” profuma tanto di Kavinsky e il raddoppio ritmico, che squarcia la stesura in più parti, rinforza ulteriormente il gancio con le pellicole di un passato mai trascorso del tutto. Altrettanto evocativa è “Dieselgate” in cui si cela un retrogusto space-italo, per anni riportato in auge quasi esclusivamente da artisti localizzati tra Francia, Germania ed Olanda. Tocco più orchestrale e melanconico in “Passat Murder” col basso rotolante e struggenti linee melodiche che lo fanno assomigliare ad un Savage attualizzato per il pubblico del nuovo millennio. Mentre Volkswagen perde punti in borsa Salvia continua a far salire le proprie quotazioni in ambito musicale.

Original link here

Review on Wemusicmusic!

«The Volkswagen of Death». Abstrait et fort énigmatique, le titre du dernier EP du producteur italien Vincenzo Salvia épouse pourtant parfaitement les sonorités proposées par cet ambitieux projet.

Vincenzo Salvia - The Volkswagen of Death

Vincenzo Salvia s’est donné une mission : redonner à l’outrun ses lettres de noblesse. Alors que les dernières productions synthwave européennes commençaient doucement à se complaire dans l’excès de ringardise parodique, The Volkswagen of Death, vient remettre les pendules à l’heure.

Mixant avec brio sonorités qui fleurent bon les années 80 et la musique électronique de notre décennie, Vincenzo Salvia nous propose une course folle à bord d’un bolide, lancé à 300km/h, et qui se dirige droit vers l’espace.

Parce que c’est ça l’outrun : ressentir l’exacte sensation de piloter une Cadillac roulant sur une autoroute déserte du Nevada, alors que l’on n’a pas son permis et que l’on habite à Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Ecouter The Volkswagen of Death c’est s’accorder 12 belles minutes de plaisir. Trois titres à la fois sombres et lumineux, doux et violents : irrésistibles.

Pour soutenir le projet c’est ici.

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“The Volkswagen of Death” EP reviewed on Drive Radio!

The Italian based producer Vincenzo Salvia is back on the scene with an all-powerful new EP, called « The Volkswagen of Death ». On this new record, he has attempted to mix things up tracks with adding a little dark horror with his signature Italo Disco sounds, and the overall result is a blend of of intoxicating sounds!!! It plunges us on like an outrun race Vs. death; a winning return from an artist that has left us dangling far too long. Does Volkswagen’s motor will kill us? Can Vincenzo Salvia save us from these malefic engines? The only way to find out is to listen for yourself, but be warned: you’ll find it hard not to be fixed behind the wheel!

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Neon Vice Review: The Volkswagen of Death

If you’ve somehow managed not to hear about the MASSIVE Volkswagen scandal going on right now, here’s the TL;DR (that’s too long;didn’t read, for you non-redditors): the company or the board of directors—the details are shady at this point—lied extensively about the fuel emissions of their vehicles. We’re not talking little white lies. No. We’re talking their cars would have had a 0% chance of passing ANY countries vehicle emissions tests without the software Volkswagen installed to fudge the numbers.

You might be asking yourself, “what the hell does this post have to do with music? isn’t this a music blog?” Well, leave it to Italian synthwave artist Vincenzo Salvia to give us the opportunity for a bit of social commentary on our blog. Salvia’s new EP entitled The Volkswagen of Death channels the Halloween spirit into a dazzling synthwave creation. So what do these tracks actually have to do with the Volkswagen scandal? Well…nothing, but the names are pretty funny and you have to respect Mr. Salvia for poking fun at a pretty costly blunder by one of the biggest companies in Europe.

Without further ado, let’s get down to reviewing these tracks.

The Awakening of the 1982 Golf GTD

The opening track really starts the EP off in a dark way. The gritty bass that begins the track leads to some groovy polysynth melodies that culminate in an altogether pretty well put together tune. This track really has that analog feel that a lot of synthwave producers strive for but most end up falling short of.

Dieselgate

Salvia’s definitely not shying away from getting to the heart of the controversy. Every good scandal needs a proper -gate name and I think Dieselgate is pretty fitting. This track really reminded me of the soundtrack of the original Halloween movie. Something about the synths Salvia uses just scream 80s horror to me. The drums don’t really do much for me, but they do glue the track together nicely and compliment the rhythm of the track. Where this track excels is in the synth melodies and as a lover of all things synthy (if that wasn’t a word, it is now) Dieselgate really speaks to me.

Passat Murder

The final track of the EP begins with a pretty creepy little arp melody, complimented by some luscious pads and a standard four on the floor type kick-snare pattern. Don’t let the simplicity of the first minute of this track fool you though, it really starts to shine in the latter part of the song. When that funky lead synth kicks in a little after the 1:00 mark this track evolves into a groovy retrosynth funk masterpiece. Passat Murder is definitely my favorite track on the EP.

Final Thoughts

All in all, Vincenzo Salvia’s new The Volkswagen of Death is another great release from an ultra-talented producer. Pick it up on Bandcamp and tell your friends.

Original article here