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    Posted: April 09 2011 at 16:10

Periferia del Mondo was formed in Rome in 1996 by woodwind player Alessandro Papotto (BANCO del Mutuo Soccorso), guitarist Giovanni Tommasi and bassist Claudio Braico, who were soon joined by drummer Tony Zito and keyboardist Bruno Vegliante. The band has performed several shows in Italy and abroad and has so far released three albums.

I got in touch with the band and Alessandro answered my questions.


Your biography has been covered in your ProgArchives profile so let's bypass the biography details.  
Periferia Del Mondo was formed in Rome in 1996 by woodwinds player Alessandro Papotto (BANCO del Mutuo Soccorso), by guitar player Giovanni Tommasi and by bass player Claudio Braico, who were soon joined by drummer Tony Zito
and by keyboards player Bruno Vegliante. The style is a kaleidoscope of colours: from jazz-rock to psychedelic music, from symphonic to world music. The band has performed several shows in Italy and abroad, and has released three albums
in CD and LP format: "In ogni luogo, in ogni tempo" (2000), "Un milione di voci" (2002), and "Perif3ria Del Mondo" (2006). Periferia Del Mondo also appears in two live productions: the CD "Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos" (2000),
the DVD "Gouveia Art Rock 2004" recorded during a show in Portugal, and the most recent DVD "Progexhibition 2010" recorded with PFM, BANCO, and with many other big progressive rock bands. Their studio albums and their shows
often featured important guests such as: Mauro Pagani, Vittorio Nocenzi, Francesco di Giacomo, Rodolfo Maltese and many others. The albums gained large appreciation and enthusiastic reviews from radios and papers all around the world.
On 2008 they played at Rock Festival “ProgResiste Convention” of Verviers in Belgium where they presented for the first time some songs of their fourth studio album that they will probably release on 2011.
But which bands were you influenced by and why did you choose that name?

Each one of us joined the band coming from different musical worlds, and this is why we liked to give to the band the name "Periferia del Mondo". 
You can't have cognition about where you're going or from where you come when you are at the "Outskirt of the World", 
because it's nowhere and everywhere at the same time. For the same reasons we are influenced by the whole good music.
How was the music scene in your area when you started up?

It was the middle of 90's, the dawn of globalization era: an age in which, on the wave of newborn internet, a lot of good things lost on the previous years, have been rediscovered.
We think that this has been not only a fashion or a revival, but a need, for some peoples, to come back to the "substance", regardless from a comfortably "form".
Talking about music world: electromecanic instruments, analog electronics, vinyl albums and turntables... and with no doubt... "Progressive Rock".
These was also the years when a lot of bands like BANCO and PFM came back live on stage, and when were born a lot of Progressive Rock Festivals all around the world.

Let's begin the discography questions with your debut album. Please tell us more about "In Ogni Luogo In Ogni Tempo" from 2000.

This album is something like a "Crossroad", where our ways meet in the sign of Progressive Rock. A Crossroad that is placed "in every place, in every time",
as for our musical roots. If you like, you can use the word "Crossroad" as a mention to Robert Johnson.

Please also tell us more about your second album "Un Milione di Voci" from 2002.

On this album we shared all of our music roots and all of our interests. It's a big diversified but homogeneus project, for which we asked for a little help from our friends: 19 musicians on the whole album.
So we could join a lot of different musical worlds, not only about music styles, but also experiencing different lineups, recording technics and unusual musical instruments, track after track.
A huge amount of different musical ideas contained on this double album make it a special item. For sure, in this album, "a million voices" are singing.

Please also tell us more about your third and most recent album "Perif3ria Del Mondo" from 2006.

In perfect opposition to previous work, this album represents the result of our quest about a unique musical way to travel togheter, our quest about what really is "Periferia Del Mondo".
So, nor guests nor citations here. Progressive or not, this sound is pure "Outskirt of the World".

Please also tell us more about your live album "Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos" from 2001 and the DVD "Gouveia Art Rock 2004" from 2005.

"Demetrio Stratos 1999 Festival" was our first live opportunity out of Rome and "Gouveia Art Rock 2004 Festival" was our first big opportunity out of Italy.
Both these occasions represents some of our most beautiful memories.

What have you been up to since 2006?
We played on 2008 at "ProgRèsiste Convention" in Belgium and then on November 2010 at "Progexhibition" in Rome together with band like BANCO, PFM, ecc.

What inspires you to create new music and what is your recording technics?

Our inspiration is the every day life... and now we're recording our music "by any means necessary".

Just to give those of us who are unknown with your music a bit of a reference point or two: How would you describe your music?

Usually radio and newspapers gave some reference about our music... they said about us that our musical style is a kaleidoscope of colours: from jazz-rock to psychedelic music, from symphonic to world music.

What is your plans for the rest of this year and beyond?

Now and for all this year we'll work to the new tracks for our fourth studio album.

To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this interview?

These are times in which many bands would like to be more "Progressive" but maybe less "Rock". In opposition with this matter we would like to be more "Rock", and maybe, less (but ever) "Progressive".
Prog ON !!! Rock ON !!!  

Thank you to Alessandro for this interview

Their PA profile is here and homepage's here

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