10 Questions with Dardust. With his double album Duality about to be released on the 28th October, we got the chance to have a quick chat with Dardust about the album and more.
1. Thank you for your time. For our readers, can you tell us who Dardust is and your musical journey to this point?
I find it hard to define myself; most of the time it is your fans and your audience that describe your musical journey…but it’s been a long-travelled one where I worked as a professional, sometimes producing for other artists, and then as an artist myself but I’ve concentrated on being a progressive influence for others. In a way, what I do is a journey with no final destination!
2. Duality comes out in a few weeks, and it sounds like a mammoth collection of your work. Can you tell us a bit about the double album and what fans can expect from it?
Duality is my first album, where piano and electronics don’t coexist together. And for this album, these two sides of my creativity are elaborated in a very new way.
It’s something different from my previous albums. So expect the unexpected. Again it is a journey.
3. It’s a double album showcasing two different extremes of your musical work; what was the thought behind going down this route?
I am a psychology graduate. I divided the album into two parts to reflect the brain’s two halves, o,r hemispheres. The piano solo part is linked to the poet’s right hemisphere, and the electronic side is connected to the left hemisphere, which I call the architect. These two sides embody my view of the relationship between logic and emotion.
4. When you listened to the final album, did it match your vision, and how did you feel when you heard the complete work?
I finished the album a year ago. If I had written it now, I would have done it differently but this is a snapshot of where I was artistically at the time. Looking back, I am proud of the album. It marks a critical period of my life after my father’s death. It signalled the rebirth of my creativity after a very tough period.
5. On that note, what do you hope fans feel when they listen to the result?
I hope to transmit a sense of freedom.
I don’t want to be pigeonholed into a particular genre or category.
I want my fans to feel the same at the end of listening.
6. You have a live tour coming in 2023. How will you translate Duality into a live arena, and how do you plan on incorporating older material into a live set?
The Duality show will be a theatrical experience divided into two acts. The first set is just me and my piano, and the audience will be very emotional. Then I am joined by a band during the second set in an extreme electronic trip through the left side of the brain.
7. What about visuals? What is your visual aspect for this area of the Dardust project?
It’s in development right now. I’m working with Stefano Polli, who is an outstanding creative director. I’m inquisitive to see the final result and how it will be transferred to the live experience.
8. You talk about being fascinated by human psychology. Is this an area you think you would work in if you didn’t work in music?
Now I prefer to be on the receiving end – I have two therapists of my own, and neither knows about the other!
9. You’ve reached the point where you’re ready to release Duality; what are your vision and goals for the project for 2023 and beyond?
I want to tour and tour and tour again because life experience is the definite, ultimate and most satisfying aspect of my work.
10. Thanks again for your time, and good luck with the album. Anything you would like to say to wrap this up?
Enjoy the album, and see you at the show.
“DUALITY” will be available digitally as well as on CD and vinyl. Pre-order HERE. It follows the release of three taster EPs: #001 Coordinate, #002