Monday, August 29, 2011
Seven questions with... Leonardo Rosado
Leonardo Rosado is a real inspiration to me. He's an awesome ambient musician in his own right - I've covered 'for r' and 'opaque glitter' previously - and I have been mightily impressed by some of the releases he has overseen for his netlabel 'Feedback Loop' including 'saturation event' by Benjamin Dauer. He is a power for good in the netlabel world and someone I am glad to know. He recently responded to my seven questions with the following...
1) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Leonardo Rosado and I am an artist exploring the intersection between everyday life and poetic moments, mostly these days using sounds to express my points of view.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I finished a collaboration album with Alicia Merz aka Birds of Passage (she does all the vocals) that will be released later in the year. I also finished my following album codenamed Studies on Solitude, which will include some invited vocalists.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
When it comes to composing my music I generally don’t feel a direct inspiration from any artist, but if you think of Laurie Anderson, Ian Curtis, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen there you will find the great references for my body of work, philosophically speaking.
- Name place that has inspired you.
In general urban places inspire me, but also natural ones, the details you can find on them, their intrinsic beauty, mostly hidden in details, a fallen leave, a crack in the asphalt.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Poetry has always been the main inspiration to my work, and not only music, but photographs, painting and writing.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
I have always been passionate by several art forms, and in some way, I wanted to be part of it. To express my feelings in an abstract way that can hopefully be meaningful to others, so they can appropriate them and use them as they see fit.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Nowadays, time is unstoppable, what today is novelty, tomorrow will be forgotten. To counteract that, we need anchors in our lives that draw us into pausing and thinking about what we do, about what surrounds us. Music is a perfect medium for that, because it can be so abstract that you can delve in it and be focusing on your self.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
Sharing my thoughts and emotions through music and poetry is always an important aspect of my interests as well as being flooded by others points of view. Fortunately, through social networking I have been accomplishing this, finding kindred spirits and discussing, interpreting and pushing forward my music, either by receiving feedback from others, but also by listening and knowing other musicians, that in a way share the same love for music.
7) What is next for what you do?
For now, and since I am finishing my PhD I’ll be putting on hold several music projects, but later in the year I’ll get back to composing new pieces. My work as curator of FeedbackLoop Label will continue its normal route, so expect soon some amazing releases and hopefully 2 physical editions this year.
Please take the time to listen to Leonardo's work... and do what you can to support independent artists.