(original photo credit: giovanni capriotti)
fabrizio is from rome, and he specializes in deep and dubby sounds. just about all of his music has come out through his own label, attic music - fellow italians like donato dozzy, dj say and commodity place have also shown up on attic music, offering a great glimpse into that country's underground electronic scene. this year has seen fabrizio start up a new project, sustain (i wrote an RA review for the project's first twelve-inch back in june), and looking ahead, he'll be working with a very nice selection of producers, including a few other anatomy favorites... so let's have a chat:
Who is Fabrizio Lapiana?
Fabrizio Lapiana is a dreamer!
Do you remember the first 'techno' tracks you had ever heard?
"Mentasm" and "Energy Flash" by Joey Beltram.
Which artists have made the biggest impression on you over the years?
There are many artists who have had an influence on me in the '90s to the present. In particular I would like to mention some Roman artists with whom I have had the pleasure of staying in touch: Claudio Fabrianesi, Lory D, Freddy K, Donato Dozzy and Giorgio Gigli.
Name three of your all-time favorite records or pieces of music.
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works
Plastikman - "Plasticine"
Brian Eno - Apollo
What made you want to start producing, and what made you want to start your own label?
After many years of DJing I really needed to "say" something with music, to give something of my own.
Tell us about Sustain. Will there be more records from this project?
Sustain is a white label oriented on dub, downtempo and deep sounds. I launched this label to make different stuff than Attic Music. Yes, Sustain 03 is ready for mastering and the press...
What artists and labels excite you right now? What is the last record you bought? What have been some of your 2012 favorites?
Last record shopping was in Berlin at Spacehall just few days ago, about 15 records. One is by Shxcxchcxsh on Avian, very nice. Another is a great remix of Israel Vines by Silent Servant on Cult Figures. Phase is also an artist I like very much. His Binary Opposition EP on Token, I think, has been the techno record of the year. Another artist I like is Analog Roland Orchestra. Album of the year is Voices From The Lake on Prologue.
The other labels from K1971 (like me) all have great releases, especially: M_Rec, Informa, Par Wax, Limited, Natch, NX1, Annulled User, Biorecordings, Fluxus. My mates at electronique.it launched their own label in 2012 and are doing great work.
What can we expect from Fabrizio in 2013 and beyond?
Two of my releases are ready for Attic Music: the first will include remixes from Giorgio Gigli and Ness. The second will include remixes from Voices From The Lake and Milton Bradley. Other releases will include remixes from Claudio Fabrianesi and Roberto Bosco, and there will also be a release with two of my tracks only. I'm also working on a new duo project with Claudio Fabrianesi, called MUDRA. We've started to make some music and we are finishing our first track.
Finally, tell us about your mix, and how it fits into your personal philosophy of music.
Many people think I play just techno. Instead I love all electronic music: ambient, electro, dub, downtempo, deep house... So I wanted to propose my ambient and dub side.
i think the artwork fabrizio has selected is a perfect visual accompaniment to this 90 minute-long mix. smooth, moody, expansive and sensual... anatomy 22 should make a great wintertime soundtrack.
huge thanks to fabrizio for sharing this. i can't wait to hear what he does in 2013. check out his RA page and the attic music facebook page for more details, and for another recent dj set, you can try out his erfunden podcast from a month ago.
in fact, now's a great time to say thanks to all five artists who joined the fun and contributed to the anatomy series this year: rossella, hakimonu, abdulla rashim, bleaching agent, and fabrizio lapiana. now go get cozy, enjoy the holidays, and stay tuned for smilecoldanatomy's year-end picks.