The album is due out in June on the new Undogmatisch label that Antezza has co-founded.
Antezza is best known alongside Giovanni Conti as Dadub, a collaboration that's been a key part of Lucy's Stroboscopic Artefacts crew. Aside from their own output of heavy, dubby, experimentally-inclined techno (highlighted by the 2013 album You Are Eternity), the duo run the Artefacts Mastering studio and master all Stroboscopic Artefacts releases.
Abstract and esoteric philosophical concepts have been integral to Dadub's approach, so it comes as no surprise that Antezza has similar sorts of ideas in mind with Inner8, a name that references both personal reflection and (in the number 8) the symbol for infinity. A press release for the album promises "a heady mix of both contemplation and action" that's "not beholden to any specific 'dance' genre."
Inner8 will be the first release on a new label arm of the Undogmatisch event series that Antezza operates with two longtime collaborators: Mirco Magnani, AKA T.C.O., who co-produced a track on the album, and Valentina Bardazzi, who's responsible for the artwork. It'll come on double vinyl, CD and digital formats in early June, after an Undogmatisch release party in Berlin on May 22nd.
RA reached out to Antezza for a quick Q&A about the project. Below that, you can stream album track "The Irony Of Karma (Part 2)" in full.
Why did you decide to go at it alone with a new alias?Tracklist
It happened in a totally natural way, I was just producing tracks and sounds until I decided to give a proper dimension to it. As a musician it's extremely important to always be curious and enthusiastic like a child, and there's nothing better than experimenting without a precise aim, but with a deep visionary approach.
What were your biggest inspirations for the album?
I've been always fascinated by paradoxes, especially in contemporary philosophy and in general as a conceptual approach. In my opinion this perspective reveals, often with a good dose of irony, how weak human structures and beliefs are, potentially giving to our thoughts (and existence) a good degree of independence. Another very important inspiration is my everyday life, and emotions, monsters, dreams, actions, passions and so on.
Tell us about the new label.
Undogmatisch is originally a creation by Mirco Magnani (T.C.O.) and Valentina Bardazzi, an event organized in Berlin that immediately captured my attention for its open-minded attitude, for its aesthetic and for its broad palette of artists involved. That's why I decided to be part of the project, one year ago. So, my personal decision to launch the Inner8 project, plus this collaboration, created the proper environment to develop a proper music label. At the moment, Federico Nitti (sYn) and FAX (Dadub's visual guy) are also involved in the project.
Still, this is just one step. Undogmatisch is something that we conceive as a free artistic platform, involving artists from very different backgrounds, and testing alternative ways of organization in the absence of hierarchies. Right now we have many ideas to realize.
What else are you up to in 2015?
This year looks extremely exciting and full of new projects. Undogmatisch is taking its first steps as a label, which is a dream come true. I'm preparing a collaborative album with Magnani, which will inaugurate a special Undogmatisch release series, and I'm already at work on the second Inner8 album. For Dadub, we're setting up and testing new sound design projects, and will be releasing new tracks soon.
Regarding my own performances, I had the opportunity to play in very beautiful situations, playing live with Dadub or DJing solo. I'm also extremely happy to have finally found a booking management (Aleatory AM), whose policy is totally in harmony with how I work, and with whom I'm organizing upcoming shows for Inner8 live, with sYn's visual support.
02. Daimon Anthem
03. The Irony Of Karma (Part 1)
06. The Paradox Of Authority
09. The Irony Of Karma (Part 2)
11. Ataraxia (feat. T.C.O.)
12. Moto Asintotico
Undogmatisch will release Inner8 on June 8th, 2015.