Leandro Fresco joins FRISKY CHILL with the launch of The Invisible Kingdom
Leandro Fresco has been a master of experimentation, creating emotional electronic music that transcends definition. Since releasing his first CD in 1996, he has had a continuous stream of albums, tracks, and performances that exemplify his creative and unique perspective on the music, ranging from deep ambient to commercial pop. Although not considering himself a musician, he has been sought after for several performing roles – in the early 2000’s he played keyboards and did programming for Gustavo Cerati, and later toured as a guest musician with Soda Stereo, along with Tweety González García. He also composed and performed the Soundtrack for Mercano the Martian.
Alongside all this, he continued to produce new music of his own. His “Pop Ambient” releases on Kompakt have received much acclaim, with the latest “El Reino Invisible” proving why he continues to be one the most influential Latin American ambient producers.
Now he will be bringing his well developed yet experimental sound to FRISKY CHILL with the monthly broadcast “The Invisible Kingdom”, premiering Sunday June 19th at 10AM EST [convert timezone]. He takes us deep into his world before we launch:
What keeps you excited about producing and working with music?
The desire to create something, to generate an unreal world with its own laws to escape the everyday world in which we live. It is to create an alternate reality. I am born under the sign of Aquarius: I’m a mental person, I can be alone a long time, which does not mean that I am someone untreatable, or I have no friends or no sense of humor. haha Creating something generally has a therapeutic effect on me, it helps me maintain a balance that is related to my physical health. The music has an instant effect on me: I speak of the music that genre myself, but even more, the other musicians colleagues.
Many times I feel as a worker who works with sounds, I’ve been fortunate to work with extremely talented musicians, and before them I feel different: most of the time I do not think of myself as a musician.
Do you think there are unique challenges and rewards to producing chill/ambient?
They say that the ambient is a genre both to be heard to be ignored. And it’s true. It must be the least heard genre of electronic music. What I have noticed is that the stillness that ambient propose, exposes people themselves, and in some cases, it generates an unpleasant feeling, it is difficult to cope with introspection.
As for the production, when I was a kid and sat in front a synthesizer, a computer, or any instrument, the sounds that called me more attention, were the fx, or textures that less interest or possibilities they offered to a classically trained musician.
I have spent hours listening to these sounds or textures, until I realized that sound was the musical piece itself. The effect of suspension, produced by the cyclical repetition of sounds is interesting sometimes.
Either way, there is too much music nowadays: some time ago the election was to listening to music, today the choice is not listening. The context in which the music is played, also is what makes the difference. Creating ambient music, is something that comes naturally to me.
How would you describe your style to new listeners?
Though it’s hard to believe I have a project of pop music in which I compose classical songs and also held the role of singer, for me, is terribly difficult to compose pop music, and I consider it one of my more experimental projects regarding methods, not the result. But at another time we can talk about it.
As for my ambient side, I’ve had more noisy times, in which the last thing I thought was in the listener. Many times I felt that was a sculptor whose material was audio and should be presented as an installation.
I think that are epics components and melancholy in my music that connect with my roots and tango. My friends of kompakt (the label that I edit my last LP) called it “pop ambient” and I will continue to deepen in that search.
Currently I like to be the more artificial and emotional as possible on ambient music.
What does the phrase “Invisible Kingdom” mean to you & how does it represent your show?
The invisible realm is the soul of the people, is the intimate space that inhabits the body of each person. I like the idea of something hidden and fantastic that lives within every human being.
The trip on that realm, translated into music, is what I’ll introduce you to my show.
I also like to let you know that I will shortly release a new Ambient work vinyl done in collaboration with the master mind of ambient Rafael Irisarri, under the UK label: ASIP
This is a FRISKY CHILL addition not to be missed! Join us on Sunday June 19th @ 10AM EST [convert timezone] to welcome Leandro Fresco’s The Invisible Kingdom.