What is your names?
Rbsn is Alessandro Rebesani main voice and songwriter, Luca gaudenzi is then the producer and sound engineer elija is on drums, Benjamin on keys Piero on guitar and Adriano playing bass.
What is your genre of music?
We blend many different genres, drawing mainly from nujazz and soul there’s a strong rock/folk vibe. Lyrics are important as much as the harmonic side of the tunes needs to be interesting or unknown, we want our own sound.
Give us a little bio about you.
born in Rome in 1996, English and Italian mother tongue. Grown up with Traditional Folk, he finally approaches Jazz and Soul music.Firstly studied in Rome with gipsy-jazz musician, then in Berklee College of Music (Bo-ston) in 2015 and in Leeds College of Music until May 2018.While in the UK worked in partnership with TATE Modern, the label Tight Lines and Sofar London, being part of the thriving UK nu jazz scene. Recently performing on Italian soil for TEDx and opening for artists like Kiefer, The Blaze and Anna Calvi besides he completed his first EP “Soul Searching” and filmed a Live Session at Contemporary Clu-ster, both produced b yLuca Gaudenzi (Pyramid Produzioni).
What made you go into music?
The possibility to shape a fantastic world, while we are surrounded by terrible circumstances seemed enough. But really watching school of rock when i was 13 made it.
Are you a signed?
You released your new EP ‘Soul Searching’, tell us more about the single.
We published 3 singles
-fryend Is a nu jazz tale, it talk about the concept of taming your demons without killing them and try to harness their power to get you voodoo shit from.
-Move a long climax to another level with an awesome ‘’drop’’. Is the last track on the ep and is featuring Roberto angelini on lap steel. It was inspired by the sisiphous myth, our hero pushes a rock thru hell just to start over again when it reaches the top for a trick made by the gods and applied to the stone. It is kind of what we all do all the time, try to figure out what to do in order to survive.
-Sbsd (so Beautiful So Dutiful) was the first single we released, is a nu soul happy jam that sees a dialog with mother nature.We have to preserve and what we found of were given
What is the meaning behind EP ‘Soul Searching’.
Soul searching means finding an identity in your actions and words. All the great creatives that I draw from and inspire me/us have this same strong sense of self. I wrote the songs when I was 18 and the whole creative and production process was really a discovering of my inner self and of those who collaborated seemed the perfect title also because the genre we draw from is also soul.
Describe each track in two words.
Sbsd –birth dance
Fryend –jazz tale
Sketches –Great harmony/Psych session
Foreover –Blighted dreams/beginning of
Move –Climax to/Level up
What was the writing process like?
I started writing this songs when I came out of high school, Foreover was the first. When I met luca the EP had a rough shape and was with him and Elija that it become an adolescent tale but really aspiring to being a full body of a first small work. We proceeded slowly trying to express the full potential of the tunes. And I think we succeeded. As you listen to the ep I think you can perceive the growth
What was the recording process like?
Slow but Sure. I was living in England an the rest of the crew was in Rome, I think that gave something to the project I’m glad I left to come back stronger. We recorded in a basement in the centre of Rome and that was fun we felt all the electricity we were using to record those track, light in the brain cells!
Who did you work with on the Single?
We decided to publish slowly so three singles in 2 years and the ep in 2020, we had the time to give a precise direction to all the aspects of the project and a large crew came together as we felt the need to give shapes and form to the music. We shot mini films with people like brando pacitto and Gabriele videtta and live sessions with jumping flea studio refining our image, performances and direction. We have a lot of content to show you!!
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
Do you have any shows coming up?
We have a mini European tour with gigs in London and berlin and rome with people from the scene like james chatburn, naima adams fromer sampa the grat backing vocalist and steam down orchestra main voice and some other exciting things for the summer.
If so where will you be heading?
Uk Germany Italy
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
Live sessions , maybe an amazing video clip and a new single?
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Would you be up for collaborations If other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Always up to meet musicians , hit me on the gram!
Do you play any instruments?
Guitar and voice mainly I compose on everything I wish I could play the piano but I just use it to find something harmony is hiding from me when I write songs.
Who are your influences?
Jimi Hendrix Jeff Buckley ,Linton Kwesi Johnson , Yussef Dayes, Jorge Luis Borges, Stevie wonder, Dan Auerbach Nick Hakim Jordan Rakei
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I like to draw from things I know I like unless I get hit by a specific concept. I sit there and I imagine a fantastic world, something that wouldn’t exist. Make to sides of a story meet and get to an end.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I have some ideas, making music in rooms full of natural light and trying to do what was never done or something like that.Hopefully touring a lot
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Pictures on film, shooting videos, trying to make more music or try to make someone else feel better
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Jp by nick hakim
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Be prepared, have a plan
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Try to make something you never heard find your own sound, and listen, to everything!!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The king is naked
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? To a bar and have breakfast
2/ Who do you see first? My mama
3/What do you eat first? Something my mama made no doubt
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Nice shoes a white shirt and a nice hat, ears, the ability to whistle