Interview – Riccardo Moccia

Italian artist Riccardo Moccia recently released a new song, titled Constructive. I featured the track in a round-up review and playlist based around underground metal music – I loved how extreme the track was, with it sounding very technically proficient to me. If you’re into your extreme metal, make sure you check out Riccardo’s music!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Constructive, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album and where can it be purchased?

Hello everyone- thanks for the review and the interview. My album Sensed is about darkness, where the darkness means the whole universe. It’s about ourselves and our purpose, our origin and our future. I’m trying to open a new door of perceptions and feelings with my music, and this album is a very important piece of what I’m trying to build in this life. The whole album will be released on 30 March 2022 and will be available for purchase and streaming on every platform of this broken-music-system.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Absence is the key word. Both of the processes need performances for being true. With art and music we can become our thoughts, we can show our psyche; we can learn how to control our darkness and our masks. So it is always about taking a real look inside and beyond our own flesh and skin, it’s always about something that we’ve lost; in order to find what we want to become and what we want to forget.  

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yeah, on 28th January An Old Queen will be released in collaboration with Clockbeats SRL on all music platforms. It’s a progressive death metal song with some clean vocals and is not on the Sensed album. On 28th February, I will release Becoming, the last single from Sensed.

Have you got any plans to release a full-length album or an EP anytime soon?

The entire Sensed album will be out on 30th March 2022.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Very few artists impress me. These days I listen to classical music the most – Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Paganini, Scarlatti, Rossini… I’m listening to Drew Anderson (classical guitarist) a lot, but I’m always looking for new artists to listen to. Of course, I have my preferences in the modern world of music, but I’m interested only in music made by people who try to find the connection in humans to the unspeakable – God/evil.

You’re based in Italy. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

So ugly. In Italy, music is dead and time doesn’t flow further anymore. We are a ridiculous country with no voice, no heart, no soul, no talent; nothing. The people here in Italy think that music only comes  from talent shows and the real drama is that they have absolute rights. Even the live shows in small clubs here are nothing more than a bad copy of a talent show stage. I’m really sick of this political situation and I really am stuck in here, surrounded and crushed by the mainstream’s demons and ghosts.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

In the dress of a musician not really – like I said, music was already dead here before the pandemic. I always find my audience in America, in Brazil, in Germany, in England… So the pandemic situation pushed me to find my audience with real investments and promotional collaborations with many partners that I found over the last three years. I’m also an actor (drama) and before the pandemic I really started to work seriously in that dress instead; the pandemic and the way Italian politicians managed the situation has broken everything.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not for now. I’m alone in this project, people here have never believed in this music and the musicians are too scared to do something that can’t instantly bring the bread to their mouth. I’ve no will at all to do live shows in my country anyway.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

The energy of my shows is different, people who can understand me and my music know that very well. To make a show based on Sensed, I really need to find the right partners and that’s not easy at all. I’m working on it…

Any last words for the fans?

No, my fans don’t need words. They need powerful and unpredictable feelings, just like me