Federico Leocata is an italian audio-visual artist.
As a visual artist has exhibited in Athens, Thessaloniki and Catania, and then expand his artistic research in the field of sound, based on analysis within the human psyche. Discovered by Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt, Drexciya), released his first EP in 2010 for the Belgian Weme, attracting the interest labels like Frustrated Funk and Last Known Trajectory. Federico makes scientific electro sinewaves with dark attitude and melodic outfit, his music comes in the folds of the mind. His performances consist of a live show where the sound and video works in sinergy.
— Hello, tell us please about yourself and your passion for music and in fact how it all began. Is your education related to music?
— It has been a gradual process: I have come closer to electronic music from a very young age, and then go to composition. I did not have any kind of music education, music composition was something spontaneous for me: I moved from the visual arts, especially the video installations, and then landed in the music industry with the help of Heinrich Mueller.
— What are you working on now and what are your plans for the near future?
— A new track will be released next month for the fifth “808 Box” of Alek Stark’s Fundamental Records, the video will be online on December 10th. In March will be released a split EP on Snuffo’s In The Dark Again. I’m working on a new project, unfortunately I’ve lost many months working for a big label that has disappeared: the A&R wanted to have a release on precise musical instructions, this kills creativity.
— Do you have any favorite electronic musicians and labels whose work inspires you?
— Essentially Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, Drexciya, Bjork, Heinrich Mueller.
— Is it important for you, from which media to listen to? Is it necessarily with vinyl, or can it be with digital media? Do you collect vinyl?
— I prefer physical media such as vinyl and cds, I think every record has a story to tell from the physicality of the cover and of the artwork. We are in the Spotify era, music is getting more liquid, easy to reach, but the price to pay is the disappearance of magic.
— Tell us more about your videos, what their idea is and whether they have any particular message?
— As I said, I have a visual background: it’s natural for me to express an idea through different media. Before working on a project, I focus on the concept, which has to do with the unconscious and the human condition. The idea starts from certain bases, the message is subjective.
— Do you have any experience of cooperation with any artists?
— Just for vocals: Emma de Seze, Beta Evers and Kim Karli, voice of the firsts Dopplereffekt’s EPs. I think it is really difficult to cooperate musically, for me music – especially electronic – is a communication tool of the unconscious: for me a certain pattern means something, for someone else something totally different.
— Do you perform at festivals?
— Not at the moment, but I would like to perform live again.
— Your music is truly cosmic! What kind of hardware do you use for making it?
— Thank you. Instruments are not important. I use software and hardware: the result is the most important thing.
— Does music help you in everyday life?
— Absolutely yes, the chance to explore different worlds is the prerogative of music and fortunately these worlds are infinite.