Interview With Roberto Del Vecchio (The Last Hour, ex-Gothica)


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World famous Gothic / Gothic Ethereal / Dark Ambient band Gothica was remembered by original, melodious and totally dark sounding, loud performances in their native Italy and out of its borders. It is also popular with good cooperation with venerable Cold Meat Industry label.


Unfortunately, the band has stopped the existence in 2004. Well, participants of the band have not left the music, Roberto Del Vecchio has organized The Last Hour project, and Alessandra Santovito - Hexperos band. Now Roberto is more concentrated on dark sounding, and lessandra, almost completely, switched to Ambient. editor-in-chief interviews Roberto Del Vecchio and asks him about Gothica band and that music which Mr. Del Vecchio plays in the solo project The Last Hour. Who was an initiator of Gothica organisation?

Roberto Del Vecchio:I created Gothica at the end of 1994 together with Alessandra Santovito. Why have you decided to use classical poetry as lyrics for your songs?

Roberto Del Vecchio:We used these poems because the images and the atmospheres which they evoke were near to Gothica musical concepts. How many concerts has Gothica given? Which was the biggest one?

Roberto Del Vecchio:We played few concerts and the most important ones were in Rome at Blackout and in Milan at Transilvania Live. When Gothica became the famous band?

Roberto Del Vecchio:I think after the issue of The Cliff of Suicide. It was an album with critical and public success. Why did Gothica break up in 2004?

Roberto Del Vecchio:"Life is strange and people changes. It was a very hard decision, but it was the right one.The end of love story and the incompatibility of character were the main reasons of Gothica split." What was the reason to name your new project The Last Hour?

Roberto Del Vecchio:"When I conceived the idea of this project, I began to compose music to communicate with the universe, with the silence of God. The Last Hour is the door towards the infinite, the unconceivable worlds, the cosmic space, the unknown. What does clock as a symbol mean to you?

Roberto Del Vecchio:I quote from  the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: Such men are like clockwork, which is wound up, and goes it knows not why. Every time a man is begotten and born, the clock of human life is wound up anew to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations. What are the messages of your compositions?

Roberto Del Vecchio:"The main message of the album is the disillusion caused by reality and by Nature`s indifference. But again dreams are the only way out against the grim truth. The Last Hour is the fight between illusion and reality, life and dream. Like in a black and white photography, lights and shadows intertwine to draw infinite arabesques of love and death among the paths of restlessness. Sweet, dreamy, hot, foggy, cold, dark lights filter through multiform branches in the way of existence. Could you tell us your vision about what art is?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Art is beauty, pureness, freedom, dream, the expression of deepest feelings. It can help human beings to elevate their minds. What kind of music do you listen to?

Roberto Del Vecchio:I listen to several kinds of music. My favotite artists are: Dead Can Dance, Joy Division, The Cure, Einstürzende Neubauten, Diamanda Galas, Death In June, Depeche Mode, Björk, Philip Glass, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi What makes you inspired?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Each experience that I have, the universe and the art that surround me. Do you use PC while working with your musical material? What software do you prefer?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Yes, I use PC and I work above all with Cubase and Reason. Your favourite musical instrument is a synthesizer, isnt it?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Yes, its my favourite instrument to compose music together with the sampler. Have you already had concerts as The Last Hour project? If yes are they successful?

Are you going to perform soon somewhere in the Eastern Europe?

Roberto Del Vecchio:No, at the moment I dont play live and there arent live in program in the near future. What is your attitude to the Gothic subculture?

Roberto Del Vecchio:I like Gothic for cultural reasons and for his artistic aspects such as painting, sculpture, architecture and literature. But if we talk about music, Im bound up above all with the origins of the movement, with post-punk bands such as Bauhaus, Siouxsie & The Banshees What is your favourite country and why?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Italy, because its the country where I grew up and because its rich in history, culture, art and nature. Have you ever been to Eastern Europe?

Roberto Del Vecchio:No, but I hope to come in your beautiful countries soon. What do you think about Eastern European Gothic music?

Roberto Del Vecchio:Sorry, but I dont know this scene. What are you going to create in the near future?

Roberto Del Vecchio:The first full-length CD of my side project Les Jumeaux Discordants will be out soon for the French label Athanor Records. More info:


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Source: Zaporizhzhian Gothic Portal

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