Antonio Orrico - Urban Legends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Orrico - Urban Legends

Antonio Orrico – Urban Legends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Orrico – Urban Legends

 

Artist Name – Antonio Orrico

 

Song Title – Urban Legends

 

Album Title – Urban Legends

 

Genre – Jazz

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Antonio Orrico is an Italian guitarist, educator and composer. He currently lives with his family in Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Over the years he has been involved as a session player and composer for some of the top South African TV Shows and Adverts as well as performing with many local and international artists.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

I have always been a musician. I started at age 8 with the recorder, soon after then piano and finally upgraded to guitar at age 14. I know it sounds corny but I didn’t have to choose, music chose me.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

I was completely overwhelmed by the response of my fans. Upon release on the 22nd of December 2018, Urban Legends soared to #2 in the Top Selling Jazz Albums on Google Play Italy and stayed in the top 10 for over 5 weeks.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

We live in an exciting age for musicians; technology has broken down many barriers in so many ways.

 

Social media is definitely a major player in the success of a musician nowadays.

 

To build a following and connect with fans has become much easier than ever before.

 

I have been fortunate enough to be able to build a good following in the guitar community over the years, thanks to my education courses and that has definitely played a big part of the initial success of the album.

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Tell us how you record your song.

My recording process is very simple. I look for good melodies, chord structures or riffs then I write the back bone of the song midi in Logic.

 

Once I have a solid structure and I’m happy with the arrangements I call in a few friends and record a live rhythm section (Drums, Bass and Keys).

 

At last when I have everything ready I do all my mixing and mastering.

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Tell us the story behind the album.

I always wanted to release my own instrumental album, but being a working musician and jingle writer I’m always busy in the studio working on different projects.

 

Around August 2018, while I was going through my hard disk, I found a collection of unfinished songs that I have been writing over the past couple of years. It was like these songs were imploring me to finish them and give them life… I couldn’t resist.

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State your musical skills.

I’m a professional jazz / rock guitarist and jingle writer. I studied guitar with some great teachers in Italy, Bruno Marrazzo and Colombo Menniti, and arranging at the Berkeley College of Music.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

I have produced jingles in just a few hours in the past, but for the songs on my albums things are different. It’s just the style that requires more attention to details and very often the support of live musicians. The whole process of writing, arranging, sessions, mixing and mastering can take easily three days.

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Go into detail on how you develop the melody.

Being an instrumental smooth jazz / blues album, the guitar is king and every note carries a lot of weight.

 

I normally would need a couple of hours to craft the perfect take and develop a strong melody for the verse, chorus and solos. Having said that I’m not always that pedantic, for some of the songs a few takes were enough to get what I was looking for.

 

In the end you want to keep it fresh and real as much as possible, over producing a take can kill the natural vibe of a song, especially in this genre.

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Discuss music in full details.

What you hear in Urban Legends is a mix of the different genres that I like to play: jazz, blues and rock. I am fascinated by modern music and sounds yet I always had a foot in the past if you know what I mean. I tried to keep that balance as much as I could in this work.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

I was born (musically) listening to the classic rock of the 60/70.

 

In my early teens my uncles would feed me Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. I just loved the guitars and the whole raw vibe of those bands.

 

I was introduced to Fusion and Classic Jazz by my guitar teacher Bruno Marrazzo a few years later and that was also a big milestone for me as it opened my eyes to another world.

 

Playing guitar now meant much more than just the pentatonic scale and a few power chords. It was a great school for me; I learned a lot trying to play solos from Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and so on.

 

As I started to play for a living I wanted to get into the session scene and there’s very little space for jazz there. That’s when I started going back to rock / pop and relearning how to keep it simple and straight to the point. Players like Dann Huff and Jerry McPherson were big influences at the time.

 

In the early 2000 I started building my home studio and wanted to develop my skills as a music composer / producer.

 

At that stage I was fascinated by movie scores and mood music for TV shows and started listening to artists like Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Thomas Newman and still do.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Getting ready for a tour or a show is so much fun when you have the right musicians. The key to a great performance is to do the prep work right, surround yourself with great musicians and give them the space they deserve.

 

I always have charts ready that I hand down before the rehearsal that saves us an enormous amount of time and resources. The last thing you want is to waste precious time learning the songs.

 

I cannot afford my own exclusive band and I to use session musicians. These guys are busy bees and I cannot expect them to spend hours of their time trying to figure out my songs. That gets everybody in a good state of mind and keeps it professional, we play a song a couple of times and we are ready to go.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Guitar, keys and bass.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

Always a good time.

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Discuss your music career.

Over the years he has been involved as a session player and composer for some of the top South African TV Shows and Adverts as well as performing with many local and international artists.

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List your musical work.

Here is a short list of some of the TV Shows and Jingles he has produced music for as well as some of the Multi-Platinum Artists he has had the pleasure to work with: McDonald, Knorr, MultiChoice, Emperor Palace, Jamali, Kabelo, Wian Vos, Liesl Graham, Louis Van Rensburg, Heintje Simons, Evan Schoombie, Anais, D-Rex (aka David Campos), SABC Sport, Woza 2010, 7de Laan, Top Billing, Wufukezele, Walk The Plank, L’at Wie…

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State the title of your favourite song in the album and the meaning.

Eternal Sunshine is my 10 years old daughter’s favourite track on the Urban Legends album. So I thought I would dedicate it to her, my Eternal Sunshine.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

I had Urban Legends in mind as an album’s title for a long time. The idea that fictional stories are believed as true by the people on the street has always fascinated me for some reason.

 

You know the expression “They say so” so must be true? Well doesn’t sit well with me. Some things are rooted in pop culture and yet no one can tell me who are “They”?

 

Being an instrumental album you have no lyrics to get inspiration for your titles. You only have the music, the moods and your imagination.

 

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