Marco Barotti is an atypical cross border artist and the live demonstration of the art of ubiquity. His new EP Transition out on Leonizer Records is an introduction to his constant creative shifting. Bounding art aethetic and sound researches together, the former jazz drummer is giving a unique and solemn proof that quantity can be quality with a deep almost trip hop and chillfull ep out now. Wrangelkiez has met him on his way back from touring with 2raumwohnung.
MUSIC IS QUITE OF A JOURNEY YOU HAVE STARTED THESE TRACKS WHEN YOU WERE IN MOROCCO WHAT WAS THE IDEA?
In 2011 I met an artist from Casablanca who was working in Berlin and who inspired me to invest my last money in a trip to Morocco in order to have my own independent residency and to make music in a new environment. Taking my Berlin based sound to Morocco was the beginning of a new era. I was imagining to witness the epic truths of music and life. Of course it did not happen. But instead I learned to accept myself for what I was. In Casablanca, among many other songs, I produced the song that finally reflects who I am today: The Flames, the single on my EP Transition. Now I want to go back to Morocco and finish what I started.
IS YOUR MUSIC A CONSTANT REMIX?
I personally don’t think so but if it is, I think that’s a good thing.
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE TO FINISH A TRACK?
I’m really good at finishing my art projects or producing for other people or doing things where my voice is not involved. If my voice is there I’m constantly fighting with my demons to be able to have a clear producing approach and to bring the track to the end. Sometimes I fall and I drop into a state of a psycho maniac that blinds me and doesn’t let me see anymore where the track stands and where it should go. When this madness happens, I become evil and the track gets punished. I don’t know what it is, maybe it is just fear or maybe I should see a doctor soon before it kills me and other people.
WHO COLLABORATED WITH YOU ON THIS EP?
My dear friends and family. My producers Anders Ehlin & Valentin Sommer. My friend Lars Moston, lovely Sandra Tebbe made the art work and Steffen Seeger the lettering. Anna Anderegg produced, shot and edited the video clip for “The Flames“, Christian Anderegg made the final editing and color correction. Malakoff Kowalski always does lots of good things for me. Laser/Laser, Leonizer Records. Sabine Ganske, 2raumwohnung, Inga and Tommi took me on tour with them. T.Raumschmiere mixed the Ep and Alex Kloss (Time Tools) mastered it. La Boum Fatale, Matchi and Booth Freibotar, Lars Moston & Marco Madia remixed “The Flames”, Arai Tatsuru programmed the visuals for the show and the Plastique Fantastique team supported the project in any way they could.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU THE APOCALYPTIC JACUZZI HIT THE FLAMES?
It was the time when we all should have been prepared for the end before 2012. I didn’t dislike the idea of dying in such an epic moment. I wanted to see it from the best seat and I wanted to have my love with me. We planned to run to Switzerland to hide in the highest mountain and find the perfect place to watch the perfect end. We would watch the world burning till the flames would reach us and we would die in love.
But every time I closed my eyes to picture my movie something was wrong. She was not there. She never made it. I never knew what happened to her and I never asked myself either. I stood there; with my back towards the perfect end waiting for my love to come.
THE FLAMES VIDEO IS SHOT IN ASIA WHAT HAPPENED THERE?
Phnom Penh was the trigger that pushed me to shoot the video for “The Flames“.
People say that the most beautiful thing Cambodia has to give is it’s people. They have been to hell and back. We travelled for almost 2 months starting from Bangkok ending up in Tokyo. We shot sunrises and sunsets at the Angkor temples, the Demon Island at night. Saigon’s and Hanoi’s crazy daily life till Shibuya’s new rave Japanese Party.
YOU EXPLORE PERFORMANCE, DESIGN, SOUND DESIGN, GUERILLA DANCING DO YOU SUFFER FROM ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER OR IS IT ART TOTAL?
The first one I guess.
WHAT FEEDS WHAT? YOU STARTED AS A DRUMMER THEN A GIGENTIC PLASTIC PLASTIC BUBBLES AND ART INSTALLATION HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE SUCESS OF ALL THESE PROJECTS?
I personally like to try new things, just like many other people I guess. REFRESH AND REBOOT!
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
WHAT PUSHED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT?
I had been looking for the right instrument to perform on for years. I am an excellent drummer but out there you will find a lot of excellent drummers which perform with a standard drum kit and sing along. I wanted to be unique and give the audience something they had never seen before. So I decided to create my own instrument in collaboration with Plastique Fantastique, producers of temporary inflatable urban architecture.
I wanted to have a drum kit that did not look like a drum set and did not sound like live drums. I wanted something that would allow me to play any kind of sound. It needed to be extremely small and light for easy travelling on airplanes, yet big and impressive on stage. I wanted to have visual projections and I wanted them to be interacting with my playing. What came out in the end is my own unique instruments, an entirely new invention: The Pneumatic Drums. An Inflatable Interactive Audio Video Controller for Ableton and Max for live. The whole live show presenting my new EP Transition evolves around this instrument.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE FAITH?
By not having it.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING?
A triple coffee.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HIT A DRUM KIT?
2 years a go.
DO YOU HAVE A RITUAL BEFORE ENTERING A STAGE?
I hate that stuff. When I used to play with bands I used to hide before the boring rituals. Now by myself I do Karate, boxing moves and I sing. Nobody of the crew stays around me before a show. They are afraid.
WHAT WAS THE LAST MUSIC YOU HAVE HEARD?
Brian Ferry – Love Is The Drug (Todd Terje Disco Dub)
WHERE DO WE HAVE TO RSVP?
I just came back from the Transition tour (tree weeks around Europe) and I jumped immediately into a new Production with Asphalt Piloten. “Around The Block” a series of site-specific sound and video installations which will take me to France, Germany & Switzerland till mid summer.
I’ll be making the sound space of a Plastique Fantastique exhibition at Triennale (Milan).
And of course I plan to finish my album while and will begin the production of a Theater piece with Asphalt Piloten: Raum Zwischen Raum.
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