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Hi Antonio, we are glad you entered the Miraloop ♠ family. We listened to your work & we are curious to get to know you more. So.. Tell us something about you.
Hi, my name is Antonio Bellantoni and i’m a composer, arranger & a musician. Since I was a little boy, music cought my eye and from there my interest has just grown more and more. For example I’ve learned to play the piano, I’ve had some experiences in recording studios where I’ve learned about production & I’ve attended the CET (Centro Europeo di Toscolano founded by the great Mogol), as an arranger. What I really, really would like to do is to compose soundtracks.
You’ve published before with other record labels, but it’s the first time with Miraloop. What drew you to us?
In the past I’ve produced a few albums, ep, signles and compilations with different record labels. For example: I made a remix of Florence & the Machines’ “Breath of a life” and it was featured in a french compilation & some of my original work was featured in a bunch of tv shows. The idea of publishing with Miraloop came up beacuse I was looking for a label that I could relate to in terms of ideologies, sounds, genre, atmosphere & especially because I wrote tracks that had a particular meaning to me.
What kind of music genre are we talking about?
My music genre is called Ambient Electronica.
It’s a very specific genre. Is there a particular artist you are looking up to?
I don’t have a specific artist in mind that I fancy, but I’m surely under the influence of artists like: Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Nero etc..
Do you have a particular place where you write & compose your music?
I do have a personal studio where I can lock myself, concentrate, relax and get inspired by my flow of ideas.
What’s the creation process for your tracks? Do you always start with a distinct idea, or everything takes shape along the way?
Well… I can definitely say the main source of inspiration is my feelings, my mood and some ideas that come from my subconscious, or the influence of what I see. For example, I had the chance to travel quite a bit during the years, and one time I was travelling through Egypt and Morocco. I was so inspired by those places that a made a few compilations that were distributed in the local areas. Most of the time when I’m writing I start from a specific idea, this doesn’t mean that it cannot change and evolve.
Can we safely say that your works are personal, deep journeys?
Not always. Sometimes they’re more like a way to escape the ordinary reality and make you journey to unknown universes.
When you write music, do you do it for yourself or for those who will listen?
I do it for myself, then if other people like what I do, well, I’m more than happy.
Why did you choose this path?
I don’t know, I’ve always been fascinated by music. Even if I had never imagined I would have become a composer.
Is there a characteristic sound you look for or try to make yours?
When I compose, I pay particular attention to the sound as atmosphere, and tone. You may not know, but I have a different notion of music from most people. To me music is a personal experience where everyone can look for its own kind of emotions, sensations and memories. I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics of a song, rather on how it sounds in that specific contest. I rather use voices as a music instrument because, from my point of view, lyrics can spoil the personal interpretation of the song.
What do you mean by that?
I do speak for myself of course, but it spoils the way I feel music. To give you an example: If a song says “love me like you do”, it’s natural to focus more on those words than to the music itself.
Your latest work is called Elisya. Tell us about this project. Why did you choose this title?
The album has 6 tracks basically instrumental, where I use the voice as an instrument. Every single track has a significant meaning to me, because it belongs to a period in my life where I had a kind of rebirth after a very dark period, and I chose to call the album Elisya because it was the first track I wrote in my new period.
Well Antonio, we are thrilled about you work and we hope to keep on making music with you. We wish you the best of luck! 😉