Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Rome and I’m happy to see that genres i loved while growing up like Hip Hop and Trap got pretty popular with new talented artists coming up every month. Right now Dancehall influences are infusing the sound quite a bit so I wonder what the next big thing will be.
How did you first start playing music?
When I was 12 I had my first drum machine and I would make small loops to sing on, emulating some of my favourite artists, styles and melodies. Then – once I was introduced to DAW’s – a new world opened up for me.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve been in rooms with many talented artists like Crack Ignaz, Chvrli, Koder and many more working on productions and songwriting for their projects. I always try to create something new to keep the creative juices flowing without thinking too much for who it would be or where it would go so that my catalogue keeps its versatility.
Your new EP is out now, what or who influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
Apart from the new “trappy vibe” that influenced “SUMMER PLANS” I digged back a bit to get inspired so there is a bit of “The Neptunes” for “COOPER” ‘s drum pattern and feel and a bit of Craig David’s UK 2 Step storytelling for “KISS + TELL”. These are obviously starting points that sparked the sound idea cuz i wanted it to sound like me and not emulate.
Where and when did you record?
Mainly in Rome. Back and forth from my studio to my house. You never know when inspiration strikes you so I always had my notes open to write down any cool lyrics and kept my recorder close to pin down some quick vocal lines. Half way thru the project I traveled for sessions so that helped me to gain new perspectives but at the end everything was finalized in my city with the mix and master being finessed by my close friend MaD3E.
Did you work with anybody else during the creation/production process?
No. I usually don’t work with other people when it’s for my project. I surely will in the future but for this EP especially I wanted it to be all me and express what I had in mind without any external help. It turned out to be quite therapeutic.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation/production of the EP?
The vision I had was to have 5 songs that touched 5 different genres that I love and raised me musically so being able to achieve that was challenging. Especially when you have to give the whole body of work a smooth logical sequence without any abrupt changes.
What do you have planned for this EP?
Since its release I gained a lot of amazing feedback from different people writing to me all across Social Media. I recently released the artworks to each individual song as I also wanted to showcase the story behind each song with visuals. You can find animated canvas of each song on the Spotify mobile app (in case you’re using the premium model). Otherwise, I have some surprises coming up the next three months.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I switch a lot. Sometimes I totally submerge myself in a month long listening spree searching for cool new music and sometimes I don’t listen to music at all.
Right now it’s one of those “no music” moments but before I had Daniel Cesar, H.E.R., Bryson Tiller and PND on loop cuz I had a craving for RnB.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love astrophysics so i binge watch interesting interviews and documentaries about space and parallel universes, lol. Once you start it’s difficult to see things the same way you used to.
Lately I got into studying historic artists like painters and sculptures a bit more too.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2019?
There’s a lot of things going on as I recently started DJing. In July, I will be performing at the Splash Festival, which is Germany’s biggest HipHop festival. Otherwise, I am constantly working on new music and doing sessions (recently been making music in Barcelona). There’s more music to be released over the summer and for the remainder of the year.
Any secrets that you care to share?
You shouldn’t put cheese on fish but I love parmigiano cheese on pasta with tuna. A lot of people that think the same as me are coming out and we will change things.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Rome offers many options so that’s a tricky one. Depending on my mood, I am to be found all across the city. Testaccio, Trastevere, San Lorenzo, Pietralata. It really depends on my mood. In regards to food, even though my name “BVRGER” has a different meaning, I still can admit that I love burgers. My manager lately introduced me to chicken and waffles in London and this was an amazing culinary experience. Try “Clutch Chicken” next to Colombia Road in Hoxton. Also pasta has a big place in my heart. Cacio e pepe, Amatriciana, Carbonara. When in Rome, try “Angelina a Testaccio” for a pasta treat.