Pioneering Italian DJ, producer, guitarist, and bandleader, Nicola Conte recently spoke to Nicky B about his much-anticipated album People Need People.
On the album, he teams up with his long-time friend and colleague, Gianluca Petrella, on this collaborative project which comes sixteen years after their first joint offering, “New Standards”.
Listen to the full album here:
Crate digging for perfection
The collaboration goes beyond the level of song writing by the two musicians/producers. There is a heavy usage of samples, sounds and vintage instruments.
Conte explained how the album is about breaking the barrier and delivering a product that has a universal appeal, People Need People he saysis
“…the mature fruit of an unstoppable and constantly evolving work of research and exchange that’s been able to break down every possible distance during its long and complex making-of process…”
Image: Nicola Conte (Facebook)
On his love for South African music
He also spoke about his collaboration with a few South African artists on the album including Nduduzo Makhathi and how over the years he’s never seen a country that has a similar to South Africa.
“Probably one of the most important and interesting things about music, I am totally interested now with what is happening in South Africa musically speaking, I think that the music not only has very high level of musicianship, but also has a spirit that can hardly be found in music from other parts of the world.”