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THE LOST BOY

Posted in THE LOST BOY, Uncategorized by faultmagazine on February 26, 2010


FAULT: How would you describe your music?

TLB: well.. it’s kind of.. atmospheric? cinematic? can I say ‘trip’ music??… you just have to close your eyes and let yourself fall into it…it’s just instrumental so everyone can see/hear whatever they like/feel while listening. Maybe someone could say vocals are missing… mmh..I think it’s sad that many people pay so much  attention to vocals and singing… I mean ‘voice’ is good -and can also be  seen as an ‘instrument’- but I think ‘music’ is definitely better… music ‘speaks’ much more than ‘words’ do.. I’m totally blown away by ‘sounds’..’obsessed’ I would say… got music spinning in my mind 24 hours a day.. but my music has words too.. yes words.. you can read them while listening.. yes read them (you could even sing them if you can!) …they just describe what the music I write  is about… like the plot of a book or a play… you can read the ‘plot’ but when the music starts you can just close your eyes and let your imagination be totally free.. vocals put limits to imagination.. it’s like when you watch a movie.. it’s too much of a ‘passive’ thing while you can ‘see’ so many different worlds with just music!! it’s like… more…‘interactive’  as we would say nowadays…anyway my music is kind of sad I think or dark if you prefer… I think sad stuff is much heavier and has got a kind of ‘depth’ that pop music doesn’t have… it’s meant to last with  the passing of time while you get bored of the same pop song if you listen to it too many times.. it’s perfect music for endless sleepless nights and for broken dreams that never come true..like most of dreams never do…

FAULT: What is the creative process of your music?

TLB: oh that may depend from time to time.. having said I’ve constantly music going on in my mind I usually ‘write’ it without any instrument… it’s just in my mind… then I just put shapes to my ideas with the instruments… usually drums and bass come first and guitar riffs are the last ever thing to be added… for THE OCEAN DREAM I had this bass line in mind for..ages? and I realized it was time for it to be put into a song one sunny day on the seaside in Spain… I really had to close my eyes as there was too much sunshine and I tried hard to see the dark side of that day… It took a long while to find the right sound for the bass anyway… drums sound like they’re covered by water and that is  definitely an evocative effect… while guitar riffs weren’t even intended to be included.. a very fast and last minute thing… for THE CLOUD GIRL I wanted the song to be as long and heavy as possible.. I was trying to create the worst and saddest stuff ever.. I wanted the listener to be fed up with it and to turn the music off mid-song.. then I (partially) changed my mind… maybe.. or maybe I reached my original goal (laugh..).. someone I really care about said it was very bad and so at the very end I added strings that I laid down one day while driving to the office at 7.00 am half asleep.. not such a romantic scene you would say… but this was an exception to my self-made  writing pattern… no-one ever influences my ideas..it’s always my one and only point of view…  only my ideas… it’s a one-man/one-mind project… even more than a “solo” project.. I write and play all by myself too (even all the pictures and artwork are made by myself)..so it’s much worse than a dictatorship!! (laugh..) no-one else would ever fit in my mind…AS THE ANGELS SLEEP was much more difficult… too many ideas in my head and I changed my mind (too?) many times… THE MORNING SUN was just me working on as many guitar sounds as possible..and THE LOST BOY was the very first thing I played on my new Thunderbird Bass…

FAULT: Tell us about your musical background?

TLB: it all happened by accident one afternoon when I was very young… I found a tape-cassette of a friend of my elder brother at home… it was a compilation from (the darkest era of) THE CURE.. that changed my life forever… it was the weirdest feeling I ever had… nothing I knew or I was listening to at the time sounded like that… it was the best thing it ever happened to me… it was so strange it took me a while to understand what was really happening.. I had never even seen the band’s faces and I was not influenced by their look or stuff like that as I was not aware of it… moreover no one at home listened to alternative music and  before that moment  Patsy Kensit’s “Eighth Wonder” were the best band ever to me (oh they were really good though!!). Then I came across SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES live album ‘NOCTURNE’ which had been released some years earlier… it was more than a revelation.. I was so impressed by SEVERIN bass lines I decided it was time to get a bass and start to play! he just wrote  the most innovative, intriguing, weird, strange and beautiful bass-lines ever… bass became definitely the instrument of my life… my fave one…ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN came at the same time… first songs I learned to play.. still can’t tell with words how good they still are…

FAULT: Who or what inspired you to take a career in music?

TLB: definitely the bands above and my obsession for “sounds”.. but only after many years I decided to put into music my own visions and dreams.. it’s like making  a sculpture of the inner side of my mind, soul and heart… I don’t think the word ‘career’ is appropriate though… these tunes have always been living inside of me… maybe it just came the day I thought it was right to let them being heard by the world outside…but THE LOST BOY is just a part of me… I’ve got so many ideas that are so different from each other… and maybe they don’t fit with this project at all… dunno if they will ever see the light of the day… maybe it’s good to keep some of them in my dreams… it’s much better having a life full of dreams than a life full of songs… or not?

FAULT: What age did you discover music?

TLB: do you mean music or GOOD music? lol!  anyway  the tape-cassette story happened when I was 12…

FAULT: What are you working on at the moment?

TLB: always working on lots of ideas.. maybe too many ideas all at the same time.. well,  the next song must be better than the previous one… I’m always so unsatisfied with everything I do… I’ve got different sounds in mind too but they may fill different projects of mine… THE LOST BOY has got a very mood of its own… every song is a chapter of a very long plot…

FAULT: Do you have a style icon?

TLB: yes I do.. but ‘style’ means much more  to me.. it’s ‘attitude’ to me..I use ‘symbology’  a lot too and everything I do comes from a studied plan… there are a lot of deeper meanings no-one can really understand or see or know…

FAULT: What has been the biggest compliment you have ever been given and who was it from?

TLB: I had lots of excellent feedback that really made my day!!! Aurelio from CALLA, one of my fave band, once said he likes THE OCEAN DREAM… it’s a big honor to me… I think they’re one of the best, yet most underrated, band in the world! and  Maria from Australia.. she’s just gorgeous!

FAULT: What was the first album that you bought?

TLB: KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME from THE CURE… every now and then when I listen to it I feel this incredible sense of freshness.. can’t tell with words.. the sound is so rich and cool and that album is  such a big  masterpiece… so many moods and feelings…
FAULT: Who would you like to collaborate with?

TLB: it would be too obvious to say.. ROBERT SMITH! (laugh..) naah I don’t think it would be that easy to work with him… he would definitely succeed for that aforesaid dictatorship.. LOL!   but if still someone says vocals are missing in my music… I’d love to collaborate with Natalie… she’s from New York and used to play and sing in a band called SOME CANDY.. she’s very much talented and has a wonderful voice.. As we live so far away from each other we might end up with a project called “e-mail service” (laugh..) unfortunately THE LOST BOY songs are written from a boy point of view… but I’d really love to have some of my tunes being sung by her……and there’s also this beautiful girl that’s just started learning playing guitar…

FAULT: What new music are you listening to?

TLB: mmh..new bands? I like HTRK, CRYSTAL CASTLES and COLD CAVE to name a few but I think the myspace thing is so great… you can have access to millions of cool and unsigned bands.. lots of music without the manipulation of record companies… you can have free access to so many good songs.. there’s lots of experimental and electronic stuff I really like… very interesting… mainly unknown artists… too bad most people is leaving now for facebook which is so dull… so boring and full of common and un-artistic people that have really nothing to say… sad…

FAULT: What couldn’t you live without?

TLB: music… definitely… but football (soccer) as well! and of course there are some items I’d take with me on a desert island such as an iphone or my mac…

FAULT: Who has been your biggest influence?

TLB: the bands I mentioned above… but ‘broken dreams’ too…

FAULT: Do you feel sexy when you perform?

TLB: aww noo! (LOL!) well to say  the truth I don’t actually perform… I mean my music is made to be listened to in bedrooms with the lights switched off… I’ve seen so many unknown bands performing in small clubs and it’s so annoying seeing 99% of the audience always chatting or drinking all the time… no-one really cares nor really listens to the bands playing..so why should I do that… I think most of artists play just to satisfy themselves… their own ego or just to ‘feel’ it inside and that could be Ok… mine is just NO-FACE music instead… and if someone doesn’t like it then they won’t listen… uh and however how could I play all the instruments on my own?!?! lol…anyway I really hope my music can be ‘sexy’…somehow….LOL…


FAULT: Do you have a favorite artist/photographer?

TLB: yeah… Joanna Gniady from Poland… she takes such beautiful pictures and wonderful illustrations… they’re so colorful so they might not fit with my music but I really love them.. she’s very talented and also very supportive with what I do! also Rebecca Etter from Seattle.. she takes such breathtaking pictures… she’s amazing… generally speaking I do love photographs…

FAULT: What are you looking forward to?

TLB: peace of mind and love… and also writing a dance hit for clubs….true!!!

FAULT: Where do you see yourself this time next year?

TLB: sitting here answering more questions from you! lol! naahh probably doing the same old crappy job…

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

TLB: maybe I just dream too much…

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