R-EVOLUTION BAND was born in 2010 from an idea of the multi-instrumentalist and composer Vittorio Sabelli. The main target of the band is to destroy pre-existing styles and completely change them by a new approach using different sounds and contemporary elements (this is the meaning of the name R-E Revolution/Evolution Band).
Read the Progstravaganza Questionnaire answered by Sabelli.
How did you come to do what you do?
I started playing clarinet when I was 10 years old and heavy/thrash metal guitar at 15 years old. After the graduation at Conservatory and 12 years playing with a Symphonic Orchestra, I started to play and study jazz music and composition. I recorded two albums made by my original compositions (“One Way” in 2010 and “Versus” in 2011) and after that I wanted to try to make in practice my personal way to compose on existing songs, challenging myself to do something that had never been done before. My love for Pink Floyd, Mozart, Stravinsky and extreme metal led me to explore THE WALL and gave me the courage to destroy it and rebuild it entirely with my R-Evolution Band.
What is your first musical memory?
I can remember the bands coming to my little town playing Opera. My father loves classic music very much and when I was young it was very common in Italy to see band playing Opera during village’s festival. Then I have a clear very bad memory of my first piano lesson at 5 years old, when I fled away and after that I waited 5 years before starting to play clarinet.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It depends on what I’m writing in that particular moment of my life and on the character that I want to give to the composition. More than wait for an inspiration I make me inspired. I mean, if I’m working on a ballad or a classical taste song I spend many hours by the sea with my pencil and staff waiting for something comes out. Otherwise, if the song has a heavy or prog taste, or free jazz or noisy, I plunge myself into the chaotic world listening to that kind of music that leaves traces in my unconscious and brings me new ideas and inspiration.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
If you feel as a true fan of prog and Pink Floyd and you think you know THE WALL deeply and better than anyone else, the R-Evolution Band launch you a challenge. Have a listen to our album and you will find something completely new with the same concept of the original one but seen from its ‘dark side’ and you will discover the 26 songs under new guise.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Absolutely not! As the R-Evolution Band name itself says, our will is to destroy and revolutionize any existing pattern trying to led the listeners to explore new territories and atmospheres. In “THE DARK SIDE OF THE WALL 1979-2013” I mixed up different styles that I love and joined them together to show up another point of view.
What is your method of songwriting?
First of all I find an idea, a riff to start composition and I leave it to mature for few days or sometimes weeks or months. After that I take it again to work on it and join it to the following sections. Sometimes the first idea doesn’t change; sometimes it becomes a very different thing. Finally I work on the arrangement which is the most important part for the R-Evolution Band, always searching for new colors and sounds to give to the listeners something they never heard before.
How do you see your music evolving?
My first album “One Way”, was mainly jazz, with twelve-tone’s elements, odd times and a female voice. In the second album, “Versus”, I changed the voice with the guitar of the Swedish Lutte Berg and I started to compose in an ‘open’ way, leaving much more space to the ideas exchanging between the musicians. The line-up of “Versus” was the embryo of the R-Evolution Band that two years later destroyed completely the Roger Waters’ THE WALL and build it up again with the support of additional musicians to add new colors and create a new musical experience.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
The only way to do this is not to copy other people music and style but always making effort to find an own personal style. Sometimes you need to borrow some ideas but the important thing is to develop them in a personal way and make it different, make it yours. There is nothing more exiting that creates your own music, never heard before.
This is the meaning of Evolution/Revolution.
What are you looking forward to?
We’re searching for a management and booking agency to make a tour with this project and at the same time we’re working on a new album, almost ready and maybe out on 2015, made by original compositions that will change again the direction of our music. But I can’t say more!
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