Spotlight Interview with AP Project
Arcangelo Pezzella otherwise known as The AP Project just released an absolutely deepening and emotionally toned set of songs that are all part of a soundtrack for a film called Ti Voglio Bene and it's really quite engulfing and beautiful.
The album is of course based on different scenes from the film, but pieces are growing and swelling and have the ability to cause memories of your own top swarm through your head or think about things you haven't thought about for quite a long time.
Ther is this trigger within the music that brings out an emotion within yourself that is beckoned from the melodies and tones of it all.
Piano, keys, strings, and more all fill the atmosphere and create a thin and textural surrounding that swims around you and takes you with it wherever it goes.
You can feel the depth of emotion and drive behind most songs and the performances, especially the keys are all very well done. There is a passion behind these that comes through constantly.
Swelling string sections thrive and pull you with the current and its best o just let it happen.
RAG: Okay so let's start with Ti Voglio Bene. This record wonderfully cinematic feel to it! Where did this album come from?
- It all started with a meeting with a talented director who asked me to make a demo for his short film. He liked the way I was approaching the music for the scenes and at the end of the road we both really were happy with the work done. So much so, I decided to publish it under PA74 Music label and get it out for the world to enjoy! I'm actually amazed by the response the record had from fans on release day!
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
- I was born in hard rock and progressive metal, then I graduated in jazz and now I'm diving deep into orchestral/cinematic music and sound design. So, I couldn't tell who my biggest influences are, but rather say that I am the sum of all the things I've heard and experienced in my life as a musician and as a composer. I definitely crave for new music, new genres and new artists as I'm always looking for new points of view!
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
- I started playing guitar at the age of 13, when I saw my cousin playing his electric guitar. From there on, I started my own journey and the more I grew the more I fell in love with the power of music. What really interests me is the impact music can have in one's life and what I really want to achieve is creating the soundtrack of our lives. That is why I moved to ambient and cinematic music!
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
- I'm working on a new album which is going to be a bit of an experiment, and we'll see how that turns out. Moreover, the short film "Ti Voglio Bene" is going to be pitched to several film festivals and I hope it gets selected for screening!
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
- Usually my mood, sound and space really get the creativity flowing in my spirit. Most of the time it feels like the music is writing itself, like it was taking its own path. Other times, I just design a basic outline of the song without even starting to play and then I hit a few notes and start writing.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
- Well, it depends. Usually playing video games is my top priority when not working on music, but I like watching tv series too. It actually depends on my mood. I also enjoy just leaving the house for a nice walk in the park.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
- I'm revisiting the work of the great Vangelis. It's always interesting to listen to an artist after some time, as you'll always notice new things each time.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
- I'm not right now, but I'm planning on trying to set up a show which will put together music and images - sort of a live art exhibition. It's just a newborn idea and I'll have to see if and where something like that could actually work. We'll see!
RAG: This record seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
- I would just say not to stop and to keep going despite struggles and hardships. There's only one thing you should always do: be true to yourself.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
- I thank everyone for having listened to the record and see you at the next release! Don't forget to follow me on social media and share the music with the people you love.