Valerio Matola Pianist and Composer originating from Italy, was born in a musical family and by the age of 7 wrote his first compositions. He later came to Athens and studied Classical Piano and Composition at the Greek National Conservatory. Wrote several works for Films / Video art / Theatre and contemporary dance plays. Valerio you composed your first song at the age of five. Are you from a musical family? Yes, my father was a guitar player and singer and his grandmother was a well known opera singer.At the time I was born my father was working as a musician for the king of Jordan. We stayed in Amman for some years and then we moved to South Italy which is my father's native country. When I was 8 years old we came to Greece where I am living right now. -- So you took piano lessons in Greece? You have studied at the National Greek Conservatorium. That was you first encounter with classical composers? Well actually yes. My parents did not listen too much classical music so the first time I listened Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokovief, Liszt to name some of the composers that have inspired me a lot was at the conservatorium. My teacher was Russian, a student of Tatiana Nikolayeva and he introduced me to Russian composers mainly. I studied with him for a couple of years and then with another teacher but soon found out that I wanted to write my own music. -- That's why you are an accomplished piano player. Your interpretations receive very good comments as well as your compositions. So tell me how is your life now? I live in a suburb near the sea. I have a passion for nature and especially for free diving. So I have the chance to dive two to three times per week . Ideally I would like to move to an island and be able to work with my music and dive every day. -- Do you find inspiration in nature? What inspires you to write music? Yes, nature fascinates me. The colours of the sky, the changing shapes of the clouds, the mist in the air, the depth and the mystery of the sea. But a big part of my work comes also from incidents that have happened to me. From the way I look at things.
Rick Tedesco provided a Prog Breaks mix for Cinematics on spacesfm if thats not enough he gave us a quick interview too.
Although a longtime fan of electronic music, it wasn’t until 2008 when Rick finally got involved in this wonderful art. Like most, Rick began mixing tracks in his bedroom until he was confident enough to begin posting his mixes. In 2009, Rick’s mixes caught the ear of Leigh Stone who ran a 4 hour mix session every Tuesday night on Kick106.co.uk. The rest is pretty much history. Since then, Rick has had several guest mixes air on stations such as Kick106.co.uk, Twistedenergy.co.uk, NSB Radio – Llupa’s Disc Breaks Show and Pure.FM just to name a few along with several live gigs in his home town of Dallas, Texas. The majority of Rick’s internet and guest mixes would be classified as deep, melodic, progressive breaks; however during his live shows, he tends to venture out into a more aggressive style exploring the darker side of breaks mixed with bits of electro and progressive dubstep, all dependent upon mood, atmosphere and occasion.
In November 2010, Rick picked up FL Studio and began to work on production. Over the next year, Rick was piecing together hardware and software for his home studio while constantly working on learning the ropes of production. Rick began to seek music/production lessons from Evan Arnett (The Emissary) and it was at this point in time through his lessons that everything finally began to make sense. The constant hard work and dedication paid off in March 2012 with his first release “Essence” which was picked up and signed by Mistiquemusic. Rick currently has new releases from Mistiquemusic, OLD SQL REC and Break Wind Productions which will hit stores in November and December of 2012.
2012 has proven to be a great year, but this is only the beginning as Rick has only just begun to get his feet wet…
Any thoughts behind your track choice and placement for your mix?
“For this mix in general, I wanted to utilize deep, melodic, atmospheric and progressive breaks with a bit of a pyramid shape and form. I wanted the mix to start slow and deep and gradually move towards a more progressive and aggressive territory, then gradually wind back down.”
What inspires your best music creation moments?
What’s the latest exciting project you’re working on?
“Trukers and I just finished a remix for the band The Panic Division, which is a rock/electronic group. The stems were super fun to play with and it was a bit different molding a rock song into a progressive breaks track. All and all, we are really happy with the end result and the feedback has been great.”
Favorite composers, producers or DJs at the moment and why?
This is a hard one as there are so many talented artists out there… I would say BT, Trukers, Beta, Clandestine, Under This, Schodt, Geon, Abdomen Burst, Colombo and many more. As for why, well these artist all have signature styles of electronic music and to be honest, they were the first to come to mind.”
What tracks are getting the most rotation in your sets at the moment?
“When it comes to progressive breaks, I would say Trukers, Alfoa, Digital Department, Schodt, Evgeny KoTT & Abdomen Burst. When it comes to playing live and or more aggressive breaks, I would say Beta, Clandestine, Under This, Geon & Colombo”
Any words of inspiration for the people out there?
“Do what you love and love what you do!”
How/where can people find out more about you? Any links, websites, reviews, etc?
“Basically all digital download stores and Soundcloud – HYPERLINK “http://soundcloud.com/r-19” http://soundcloud.com/r-19”
1)Rick Tedesco-Arcadia (Trukers Sunrise City Remix) [Mistiquemusic] 2)East Cafe-Fayerye (Loquai Breaks Mix) [LuPS Records] 3)Thailand (Original Mix) [Arrival] 4)Abstraction Unit-Something About Dreams (Evgeny KoTT Remix) [OLD SQL REC] 5)StudioSnap-Sensitive (Original Mix) [Brain Media Records] 6)Arctic Night, Roger T-Free Space (Digital Department Remix) [Elliptical Sun Recordings] 7)Platinum Monkeys-My Secret (Original Mix) [National Sound Records] 8)Rick Tedesco-Microphased (The Emissary Remix) [Mistiquemusic] 9)Michael Burns-We Will Fade (Abdomen Burst ‘Reminiscence’ Mix) [Free Download] 10)Abdomen Burst-Sakkura (Dmitry Bessonov Remix) [RUNE] 11)Envio-Time To Say Goodbye (Ozgur Can Remix) [Unknown] 12)Schodt-Cinematico (Original Mix) [Particles] 13)Trukers-Trocotrace(Andrew Philippov Remix) [Mistiquemusic
14)Digital Department-Request (Esok Remix) [OLD SQL REC]