Interview with horror disco artist Antoni Maiovvi:
The Internet is a strange beast. Record stores and radio used to be my main source of discovering new artists now it’s youtube and soundcloud and random internet blogs. Italo disco has been of interest to me lately so a few short searches later I’m watching Antoni Maiovvi videos on youtube and really digging them. Then a few days later his name shows up as a record store day release on the Death Waltz record label and now I’m really interested in finding out about this guy. Luckily a few emails were exchanged and the man behind the musical persona Antoni Maiovvi agreed to answer some questions about his score for the short film Yellow and it’s upcoming vinyl treatment from Death Waltz Recording Co. (http://www.deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com/record-store-day/)
YELLOW a neo Giallo short film trailer from Ryan Haysom on Vimeo.
Record Store Day is fast approaching and the soundtrack you did for the short film Yellow is getting the vinyl treatment. First off how did you get involved on the Yellow project?
When Gianni and Myself were crowdfunding our Giallo Disco label, Ryan the director of Yellow was also crowdfunding for the film, we were both in Berlin at the time and met up. It’s wonderful, we’re very close friends now and it’s very much a case of ‘where were you all this time!’. Legendary Bromance Action…
Did they give you free reign on the music or did they have a direction they wanted the music to go in?
Ryan and I have pretty much exactly the same taste in film so he said “Manhunter & Tenebrae” and I knew instantly how that sounded. There were about three tracks I sent that weren’t in the film, but I sent them about 40 minutes of music initially.
Yellow is still making its way through festivals, is there a dvd release in the works?
There is a release for the crowdfunders, but the team is already working on the feature film and I’d imagine (although I don’t know for sure) that it would be included on that release.
Obviously you must be pleased with the results of the soundtrack. What’s it like to join the ranks of Carpenter and Frizzi on the Death Waltz label?
A little surreal, I mailed Steve Moore when I saw his name attached, I’ve tried to keep in contact with him since he said nice things about my work as I’m a big admirer of his work. We both agreed that given that our music wouldn’t be the same without Carpenter or Frizzi it’s an odd but amazing feeling. Given that Antoni Maiovvi started out as a fake Italian composer, who then became a cop, part time vigilante murderer and emotional karaoke singer, this whole thing has legitimized him in lots of ways. Needless to say, it’s awesome.
How did the idea for the Record Store Day release come about?
When the film showed at Fright Fest in London, Spencer Deathwaltz was tweeting about it so I just sent him the score via email and he loved it.
Your music has been called Horror Disco and your work shares similarities with the old horror soundtracks. What kind of influence has film had on your work?
I got into film when I was about 16 / 17 they showed all the Jess Franco films late at night and there was something about beautiful Mediterranean women, blood, nudity and freaky music that my teenage brain REALLY liked. I probably watch more films that I do listen to records, everything from 70s arthouse pornography to 80s comedies. I think the music is better in old horror and sci-fi though. I understand the problem, synth scores can make it sound cheap and strings add a touch of class, but hell.
You have cited Goblin, Tangerine Dream, and John Carpenter as influences, any other go to artists or records that you would like to share?
Italo Disco, old EBM, New Beat, Steve Moore, Bronnt Industries Kapital, Unit Black Flight, Vercetti Technicolor, David Kristian, Klaus Schulze, Neu!, Michael Garrison, Cyber Dance Records, Weidorje, Michael Stearns, Eduard Artemyev, Crème Org / Clone / Bunker Records, Umberto… I could go on and on about this…
Gianni (Vercetti Technicolor) and I were in a position in 2012 where no one would touch our music anymore for some reason, Gianni had been in a position where three labels changed their mind about a release, one even paid for a Legowelt remix before deciding not to continue! So the plan was just to start a vinyl label (Gianni and I both DJ with vinyl and are avid collectors) to give us a platform for our music that no one seemed to want. We crowdfunded enough pre-sales for the first pressing, then Clone in Rotterdam (the best record shop in the world!) for distribution, we were super happy, we never expected any of this to happen. People started sending us demos, really amazing artists that, personally, I never would have heard about any other way. Since we started the label both Gianni and I have a bunch of records coming out on other labels now. If you’re a young producer I would offer this as advice, DIY everything, speak to the distributors yourself and remember people take a physical release much more seriously.
Do you have plans for any future releases?
Next up is the long awaited solo release from label partner Vercetti Technicolor, then we have plans for releases from the amazing Alessandro Parisi from Italy. A new band called Izorzi from Paris. I can’t wait.