London-based producer Vonica was raised in Germany by Southern Italian parents but wound up settling down in the UK to peddle his vibrant and extravagant electronic utopias. But this wasn't exactly the path he had in mind when he first started making music. Originally, he was making music in a band but that group fizzled out when his band-mate decided to quit and move to a secluded monastery in Italy to become a priest.
This newfound solo freedom allowed Vonica to move ahead according to his own creativities, unencumbered by the weight of another's rhythmic perspective. He found himself wallowing in vivid circuital patterns and elastic melodies filled with technicolor echoes and shudders. He eventually focused all these sounds into his debut EP, "Sol De Nit," which is due out Aug. 17 via Lamela.
He recently released the video for opening track, "Ai," and it's a beautifully realized visual accompaniment to the unexpected electric impulses that pour from every second of the song. Directed by Dan Tombs (who has worked with artists such as Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Factory Floor and Nathan Fake), the clip is compiled from gauzy filters, pulsing electronic distortions and images of a beautiful beach. The song itself is a miasma of colliding synthetic noises which creates a vast expanse of open-ended musical pathways.
"The first demo ideas for this track were written after I'd been to an Ai Wei Wei exhibition at the Royal Academy, hence the name," explains Vonica. "Musically it was one of the first songs to come about so it has this strong sense of urgency and joy of expressing myself under a different guise."