Interview: Fabrizio Paterlini

Fabrizio Paterlini Records

This is something new Whatever Takes Your Fancy will be doing every once in a while, bringing you interviews with independent artists locally and from around the world. Fabrizio Paterlini is an Italian neo-classical pianist with full control of all his music and was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions for us. Please enjoy the interview in full and take some time to visit Fabrizio’s site on the link above – incredible stuff.


First of all thanks for taking the time to answer some questions, it is greatly appreciated!

In my history of jazz class the other day my teacher made a comment on the state of classical music and how society views it as an elitist genre, how do you view classical music in the modern era? Is it still relevant?

Classical music surely has always been considered as an “elitist” genre. And, for sure, it’s not always easy to approach it. But what I’m also seeing is that thanks to the internet, instrumental music “inspired” by classical textures and harmonies is becoming today more popular, also among younger kids. This may be the first step for all new curious listeners who, while enjoying this “neo-classical” wave of new music, will be also curious to find out what lies beneath, discovering the great “classics” as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, etc.

The growth of the internet as a medium for music has exploded in recent times, how important is the internet for your music distribution?

I would say the net is a fundamental tool for me. As an independent musician, I totally rely on internet for distributing my music all over. I like the idea of the “real” democracy that this model of distribution gives: if music is good and likes all around, thanks to the social networks the word is spread and the diffusion is guaranteed. The process could be maybe slower, but it’s just a matter of time! As of today, musicians can really directly approach the music business, with no intermediaries. It’s a hard work, because besides composing, recording and playing there’s also the “web presence” to manage, but, at the end, it’s a great way to share our music to the world.

Your last full length release ‘Viandanze’ is on your website as a pay what you want/can download, why did you choose to release it that way?

In January 2009, I proposed to my fans that if they helped me in funding my next release, I would set it free to download. And (I couldn’t believe it..!) in less than 6 month, I reached the amount for producing “Viandanze”. In March 2009, I founded my own label “Fabrizio Paterlini Records” on Bandcamp and I decided to implement this model of digital distribution for all my releases. Some of them are totally free, some others follow my “name your price” (with no minimum) and believe me or not, a lot of people pay what they believe is the “right price” even if the music could be downloaded for free. I’ll probably keep this scheme also for the future – things may change only if BC will associate a fee for distributing free releases, but I will keep the “pay what you want” model anyway.

You have had a release on the Test Tube Netlabel, is releasing more titles on netlabel’s something you’d like to explore?

When I discovered the netlabels’ world, I was totally fascinated! I don’t know if I will distribute again through them as I prefer spending my “marketing” efforts in my own label, but releasing through quality netlabels surely is something I would recommend to any musicians out there. And, by the way, there is plenty of excellent music that can be downloaded for free, is just a matter of discovering it!

How did the collaboration with March Rosetta come about?

Re-imagination work of my piano solo pieces was as an idea from Thom Carter (March Rosetta is only one of his moniker), when I contacted him asking if he would have remixed one of my „Viandanze“ piano songs. I enjoyed all his previous releases (and believe me, it’s not easy as the guy here is Mr Creativity in person!), and I was really enthusiastic to discover his own perspective on my music. Sharing music and ideas between us, being open to all musical paths, gives a great opportunity to learn and improve also if not in our „official“ music field.

Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with?

In these months I’ll be working on my new release so I need to focus on my music, first. However, there are a lot of artists out there I’d love to work with, from electronic musicians to classical performers…!

The song ‘Primi Passi’ from Viandanze to me is very emotional and powerful, is there a particular story or inspiration behind this track?

As most of my piano pieces, also “Primi passi” started as an improvisation. I started playing the B-minor chord and, somehow, the notes flew “magically”. The part I’ve re-worked more than the rest of the piece (once the first “take” had been recorded) was the “bridge”, which I decided to keep cleaner and simpler… breathing – somehow.

Do you have plans to start work on a follow-up to Viandanze? If so, what ideas do you have for it? (You can keep this a secret if you want 🙂 )

After a three months summer – break, I’ve “officially” started working on my new release. In a few days I’ll be posting a blog post on what’s going on here, but I can tell you that it will be a piano solo release, as “Viandanze” was, and will be released within year-end.

Who are some artists that you are enjoying right now?

At the moment I am listening to some cello works from Giovanni Sollima (“We were trees” it’s a great album!), really interesting and evocative. I also enjoyed the last works from Ludovico Einaudi and Olafur Arnalds, as well. You know, pianists are always playing on my iPod! 😉

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