Last Vision is an italian duo from Bari made up of Gabriele & Andrea and was conceived in 2014. The two wanted to combine their different musical experiences, Gabriele coming from a classical music backgound and his instrument, the cello, where as Andrea was already a DJ before the duo combined.
It was tough at first for Gabriele & Andrea to work together, the sounds and styles clashed, but they were able to find a common ground through time and practise. Having continued to work together and move forward with their sound, they have had a number of successful releases on labels such as Natural Rhythm, Amazing Lab, Habla Music & Proper Musique while working hard to perfect their trade and expand their horizons.
Having had the chance to work with this talented duo, I took the time to ask them some questions regarding the new year and their past.
Last Vision, welcome! Lets start off with a simple one; How did the two of you meet?
Hi, first of all it’s a pleasure for us to be apart of this interview, thank you!
The two of us met in our early childhood while we attended the same parish and worked with the same activities. At that time, we never thought of creating a project together; we were children, we played together, with other friends, with our brothers etc…
Our interests were completely different even with the passing years, Gabriele had started at the conservatory while Andrea was attracted by science and technology.
When did you start making music together?
In 2014, knowing each other better, we thought that being able to combine the theoretical and technical musical knowledge (studied at the conservatory) to that of electronic music (acquired by Andrea) could be a way to express two different concepts of the same passion: Music! Gabriele studied the cello for nine years at the conservatory, but at the same time he had a piano and basses. Instead in 2011, after a course at the GOS urban laboratory, Andrea had increasingly matured and learned various techniques both as a DJ and as a producer inspired by his favourite artists, Luciano.
Together, we tried to create something but it was very difficult because of the different understandings of music. Our first work not published, but at the same time it was something very lounge-y and melodious, with a classic influence. We continued to refine our work with a lot of practice, patience and dedication taking inspiration from many genres. Artists like Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Luciano, Guti, The Martinez Brothers and many other, are all people who we looked up too, despite the commitments we had to the university.
It was only after several months that we had achieved satisfactory results by releasing our first EP, “Grime” on Mind+ Records by Artil.
How long did you use the alias “Drehan & Marzus” before switching to Last Vision?
We used the alias “Drehan & Marzus” for a little more than one year. Previously, we thought to change our name because it is too difficult to pronounce for some. “Drehan” was the first alias by Andrea (Drehan Esse) when he debuted; “Marzus” was added later when the project expanded. Under the alias “Drehan & Marzus” we released on different label such as Mind+, Atum Records, Sousa Label, Amazing Lab, Locked Records, Waldliebe Familien. But we were not completely satisfied about those works, they were experiments, although we had several positive feedbacks.
The opportunity to change our name and give a new twist to the project, came when our facebook page was hacked. So among other options, we choose “Last Vision”.
You had many releases in 2016 and 2017 doesn’t look too different, tell us about some of the new works.
Since we began to work as “Last Vision”, we have found the right tune, the right inspiration, the right sound! In each work we have tried to give a special characteristic to better explain our vision of music. Their are tracks with deep and processed bass, other with particular synths, or with an hip hop drum and so on.
Luckily, we have reached several satisfactions, supports by big artist such as Leon, Stefano Noferini, LATMUN, and signed contracts with important labels as well as began to work on different collaborations with great artists. In 2017 we will release on Ride Music, Charlotte Label, All Blak Records, SHAKE, BASSWALK RECORDS and others surprises which we will announce later.
What is the goal for 2017, where do you want to be at the end of the year?
We don’t have big goals, the most important thing for us is to share our passion, our sound, our ideas without having to wipe out the other artists. Certainly we hope to reach more milestones (releases on established labels), and have the continued support from artists & friends.
Anything else you can tell us for the new year?
We always try to conceive music not as a business but as a passion, an art, a way to be together, enjoy together!
Leave aside the selfishness and the hypocrisy at the expense of other artists. Let the music unites and does not divide!
Thank you guys!