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Name: Twiceful Mind
Summary: The artsy Italian born duo interlace electro with the high-drama of rock which overall creates a fierce intensity which expands the possibilities of where their collaborative ethos can take them.
How did you guys meet and what made you decide to team up?
Teo: We met at university doing the same course together.
Ale: We didn’t really plan to make music together but then I started writing a song and he was more into production so I asked him if he wanted to take a listen. This wasn’t really for a project together but this is how it started with the first single and then the second song came out and we said “Okay, let’s do a project.” It wasn’t planned.
Do you have different musical influences?
Teo: We have different backgrounds although there is some common ground. I listen to a lot of soul music which is entirely different to our project.
Ale: From my perspective I have a rock background so when I was approached by producers in the past it was always for a rock project but I wasn’t entirely satisfied by that so the way I wanted to approach my writing was more of a mixture of genres and different things which I like. With Teo we balance my rock attitude with some soul so the goal of this project is to really dig in and find our own way.
How do you find the live music scene in Italy different to the UK scene?
Teo: There’s a bigger audience and wider spectrum over here. Historically you have all the popular music and also I’ve never really found an Italian act who I can relate to or love as I would someone like David Bowie.
Your latest single Blue Flame is about hidden passion, what was the main inspiration in discovering this passion?
Ale: After a gig at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park a guy came up to me and said that I was a blue flame, basically a blue flame is almost invisible but the hottest part of the fire – it holds a fragility while being so strong. He said that I could express my fragility with a lot of strength.
Teo: There’s a space when you’re on stage where it just all clicks together – the form and the strength. Everything you have just bursts out.
The video for the single is pretty cool tell us a bit about that.
Teo: We collaborated with an old friend of mine (Natascia Menegatti) from back home who is a fashion designer and artist. She had this great vision for the video.
Ale: She had all the ideas and wrote the whole story and we co-directed the video but she involved the actress, the digital art (with the art installation created by Vincenzo Marsiglia) so she basically art-directed and wrote the story.
Teo: I always loved her work, I always wanted to collaborate with her but never had a strong enough proposal to approach her. With this project I thought it would be great to have some of her costumes and do a photoshoot with her.
Ale: She is a massive Bjork fan and very inspired by her concepts so she wanted us to be her sculpture. In the video the dresses really are like sculptures to make us a piece of art.
What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
Ale: More releases as we’ve been talking about our next single which will be out in a few months. More gigs too, more live gigs as we really miss that as well.
Describe each other in 3 words:
Ale: Picky! We’re both picky, we’re both perfectionists and challenge each other to do the best.
Teo: Can I use yours?